BEND, Ore. - The Family Access Network Foundation received a generous $3,000 donation from Bank of the Cascades, made possible through United Way's donor-directed accounts, to help connect families to basic-need services in Deschutes County.
The funds will go directly to serve our most needy population, children whose families struggle to meet essential needs such as food, shelter, health care, clothing, and more.
Bank of the Cascades is committed and dedicated to serving the needs of our communities through the investment of the Bank's resources and employee participation.
They direct their giving to nonprofit organizations that address vital community needs and issues, focusing on community development, education, arts, environment, youth, seniors, and human services.
During the 2013-14 school year, FAN served over 10,000 children and family members in Deschutes County. FAN advocates assisted 4,682 individuals with clothing, connected 3,085 people to food resources, helped 2,546 family members with heating and utility assistance, and connected 2,026 family members to shelter or housing options.
FAN began in January 1993 and currently employs 26 advocates in 46 public schools (K-12) and three early childhood sites. FAN strives to improve lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services. FAN is unique to Deschutes County, utilizing advocates to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and health care. By removing these barriers, children are able to attend school.