(Photo | Courtesy of Redmond Proficiency Academy)
Redmond Proficiency Academy’s (RPA) Redmond Cares program was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from First Interstate Bank in Redmond as part of the program’s new community sponsor opportunity.
“Redmond Cares is successful because of the generosity of our community partners,” said Hillary Kirk, RPA’s direct student services coordinator who oversees Redmond Cares. “We are very lucky to be able to work with First Interstate Bank to meet the needs of the Central Oregon community.”
The Redmond Cares Community Sponsor program works with businesses in Redmond and throughout Central Oregon to help fund the purchase of food and supplies for a month, host canned food drives and supply and clothing drives for Redmond Cares.
Employees from First Interstate Bank volunteered for Redmond Cares on Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24 at the RPA high school campus, helping to pack boxes of food and supplies.
RPA and members of the community launched Redmond Cares in April 2020 as a response to the economic impacts felt in the community resulting from layoffs and school closures due to COVID-19. To date, Redmond Cares has packaged and delivered over 575 boxes of food and household items to the communities of Redmond, Bend, Prineville, Culver, Madras and Crooked River.
According to Kirk, Redmond Cares provides food to over 180 individuals each week with the need continuing to grow.
“We are proud to work alongside RPA by sponsoring Redmond Cares,” said Jeff Ludeman, retail manager of First Interstate bank in Redmond. “Partnering with Redmond Cares provides an excellent opportunity for our bank team members to become even further involved in the community by helping out our neighbors during these difficult months.”
First Interstate Bank in Redmond is a full-service branch offering personal and business loans, deposit accounts, credit card services, mortgage lending and investment services.
Redmond Cares is accepting donations every Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5pm in RPA’s Glacier Building at 657 SW Glacier in Redmond. Community members bringing donations are asked to pull into the guest parking spaces and unload donations on the table in the area designated by the signs. All donations will be dropped off curbside to adhere to social distancing protocols. Each Redmond Cares team member wears personal protective equipment while working and social distancing is required for those putting together boxes and members of the community who are dropping off supplies.
Community members are encouraged to participate by doing one or all of the following:
- Donating money to Redmond Cares to allow for the purchase of food and supplies;
- Donating food and supplies;
- Volunteering to sort, pack, and deliver food and supply boxes;
- Spreading the word on social media and in the community.
Individuals interested in volunteering or becoming a community sponsor should email Hillary Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with non-perishable foods, Redmond Cares is also collecting toiletries, sanitation supplies, books and art/crafting supplies. For the complete list of items and drop-off guidelines, please visit rpacademy.org/redmond-cares.
Redmond Cares is also accepting donations online at charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/redmond-cares.