Our ministry is primarily supported by the generosity of those who call Unity Community of Central Oregon their spiritual home.

Sharing our resources is a core spiritual value for us. Our ministers and board of trustees actively practice this principle by contributing a portion of our own dollars. We also participate in allowing the flow of abundance by continually giving 10% of YOUR dollars back to the community at large. Below you will find a list of Last year, YOU helped give back to many non-profit organizations such as: Bethlehem Inn, Family Access Network, Partners in Care and Bend Spay & Neuter.

“When one asks for divine wisdom and understanding about giving, it becomes joy both to the giver and the recipient.” Charles Fillmore, Unity Co-Founder

 

“We give to live until we live to give.” Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Agape International Spiritual Center

 

Our Community Outreach Tithe Recipients

2016


July-September: Unity NW Region

June: The Meriweathers

May: Unity Worldwide Ministries / Mendhi Audlin

April: Grandma’s House

March: Family Kitchen

February: Abilitree

January: Eric Troup

2015


December: The High Desert Community Grange

Oct-Nov: Prosperity Plus

September: Unity Worldwide Ministries

August: Oregon Natural Desert Association

July: Heart of Oregon

June: The Giving Plate

May: MS Society – Missing Spokes Team

April: Healing Reins

Healing Reins is a therapeutic riding center. Their mission is to heal with horses – Improving the wellness of Central Oregonians through nationally accredited, affordable horse-centered therapies and programs. Something extraordinary happens when horses touch the lives of people with special needs. Whether the challenges are physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral, horse-centered therapy has proven to be a remarkably effective complement to traditional strategies and treatments. Children, adolescents, adults and whole families gain confidence, freedom, power and hope… often for the first time.

March: Sparrow Clubs, USA

Sparrow Clubs set the stage for simple, yet heroic acts of kindness, by empowering kids to help kids in medical need. Primarily a Pacific Northwest charity, they serve in the states of Oregon and Washington. With core values like compassion, conscience, character and community we were honored to have Kelly Gieber, a youth in our community offer our March Tithe to Michael Leeland.

February: High Desert Wildlife

Founded in 2013 High Desert Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation is one of the most comprehensive wildlife rehabilitation centers serving Central Oregon. They provide expert medical care and rehabilitation services to all wildlife species including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

January: Mary’s Place

Mary’s Place is Saving Grace’s safe and neutral location for supervised parenting time or exchanging children without the parents seeing or hearing each other. We are located in a daycare center so it is a friendly, comfortable atmosphere for both children and parents to spend time.

2014


December: Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery

Mountain Star serves families with children 6 weeks to 4 years old who are experiencing high stress due to challenges such as low income or poverty, parenting challenges, unstable housing, inconsistent food supply, medical issues, mental health problems, substance abuse, involvement with the criminal justice system or child welfare, and lack of a positive support system. By providing a nursery school for the children, parenting coaching and a general safety net, this organization intervenes before the children are debilitated by the problems their parents face. They are in the business of saving families.

November: Operation Elfbox

Josh Hart started this project 5 years ago with the thought of collecting stocking stuffers for kids that wouldn’t get Christmas presents. Following the prompts of Spirit and catalyzing the generosity of community, his Operation Elfbox has grown to serve hundreds of families. His service is unique because he creates a toy shop where financially struggling parents can come and pick out toys for their children and wrap them during a private appointment time. In 2014 he had elfbox stores in Salem and Redmond as well as Bend.

October: Danielle Watson

After a rock climbing fall of 300 feet, 28 year old Danielle was left paralyzed from the waist down. Her survival and recovery from this accident are astonishing but pale in comparison to her undefeatable attitude. “No excuses, no regrets” is her motto. Today she is a winning adaptive athlete studying to be an occupational therapist. She inspires people of all ages with her can do attitude.

September: Erin McGaughan

Erin McGaughan is the music director for Unity of Seattle. Not just a talented songwriter, performer and director, she is a generous mentor to our music director and has written the song we sing at prayer time and happily lets us use it.

August: Healthy Beginnings

Healthy Beginnings provides accessible physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five to foster healthy, educated, nurtured children, families and communities so children can enter kindergarten prepared to learn. myhb.org

July: Younity

Younity brings positive, interactive programs to end violence and bullying in Central Oregon schools. Their mission is awakening teens to their magnificence and power, creating bold, new futures. younityus.org

June: The Bloom Project

The Bloom Project is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients on a weekly basis. Local businesses, community members and special events donate flowers and vases. These flowers are re-purposed to create bouquets, designed and delivered by our volunteers to local hospice and palliative care organizations. Hospice nursing staff, clergy, social workers, and volunteers deliver bouquets to patients in their home or care facility.

May: Devin’s Destiny

Devin’s Destiny is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting homeless children throughout Central Oregon. Each year 900+ homeless children have no days of celebration, or days of simple childlike pleasures. Here at Devin’s Destiny, we are dedicated to changing that. We can do it with your help. Each child deserves, and needs, to have one day of recognition and celebration during the year.

April: Healing Reins

Healing Reins is a therapeutic riding center. Their mission is to heal with horses – Improving the wellness of Central Oregonians through nationally accredited, affordable horse-centered therapies and programs. Something extraordinary happens when horses touch the lives of people with special needs. Whether the challenges are physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral, horse-centered therapy has proven to be a remarkably effective complement to traditional strategies and treatments. Children, adolescents, adults and whole families gain confidence, freedom, power and hope… often for the first time.

March: Partners in Care

Partners In Care provides patient-centered care that honors the dignity and need of those they serve. They offer Hospice services, both in the home and in our own Hospice House; Home Health services wherever you live; Transitions program to help navigate your health care journey; and many community programs, including bereavement counseling, educational seminars, a grief camp for children, and more.

February: Michael Larrich

January: The High Desert Community Grange Hall

2013


December: Bethlehem Inn

Bethlehem Inn is a community-based facility, providing comprehensive services and resources needed to create a dignified and positive respite for those experiencing homelessness. They provide food and shelter for those experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon. They also provide case management services, access to transportation and a Work Experience Program, which utilizes our residents and their skills to complete on-site tasks.

November: Family Access Network (FAN)

FAN is committed to building a healthy community by alleviating the suffering of children in need. FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services.

October: Colorado Street Bridge

September: Bill Dewhurst & Christine Perris

August: Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon seeks to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At their four locations in Deschutes County, they serve over 1,800 youth members annually, focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship.

July: Bend Spay and Neuter Project

The Bend Spay & Neuter Project’s mission is to provide affordable, preventative care to cats and dogs at risk of suffering in order to make Central Oregon a more humane community for us all. They have spayed or neutered over 35,000 animals since their inception in 2005 and prevented thousands of unwanted cats and dogs from ending up in our local shelters.

June: MountainStar Family Relief Nursery

MountainStar Family Relief Nursery will serve more than 300 children and their families through the Safety Net and Healing Children programs this year. They serve families with children 6 weeks to 4 years old who are experiencing high stress due to challenges such as low income or poverty, parenting challenges, unstable housing, inconsistent food supply, medical issues, mental health problems, substance abuse, involvement with the criminal justice system or child welfare, and lack of a positive support system.

May: Margaret Thiessen and Full Access

April: Hospice House

At Hospice House, spacious private suites allow for family visits any time, and each room has an additional pullout bed for family members to spend the night. Pets are also welcome and encouraged to visit. Beautiful gardens, a common family room with fireplace, dining area, playground, an interfaith chapel, media access and other hospice amenities including massage services, a harpist, a dietician and therapy pets provide a comprehensive yet compassionate setting for your loved one.

March: Terri & Sandy Frame

February: Deschutes Land Trust

The Land Trust’s mission is to work cooperatively with landowners to conserve land for wildlife, scenic views and local communities. The organization is composed of people just like you…families, business owners, hikers, farmers, hunters and neighbors…all sharing a passion for the outdoors and protecting the places we care about. Together we have been celebrating and protecting Central Oregon’s beauty and quality of life since 1995.

January: Malerie Pratt

2012


December: Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness

Friends of the Badlands volunteers are a special group of people who are dedicated to preserving the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. There are many opportunities to be part of our stewardship efforts. Enjoy the great outdoors and the beauty of the badlands while helping to support our mission.

November: Oregon Adaptive Sports

Oregon Adaptive Sports exists to provide life-changing outdoor recreation experiences to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities and, concurrently, to provide their families with the education and skills to enjoy these experiences together. Through participation in Oregon Adaptive Sports’ programs, participants, athletes and families gain confidence and independence, build self-esteem, meet positive role models and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

October: Christine Perris

Septermber: Taffy Gleason

August: Dave Finch

July: Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Since 1996, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (UDWC) has worked to protect and restore the 2,000,000-acre upper Deschutes River watershed through collaborative projects in watershed restoration, monitoring and community awareness. With local support from landowners, ranchers, environmental interests, local citizens, and representatives from local governments and agencies, we lead cooperative, grass-roots efforts to improve watershed conditions. This grass-roots approach ensures that a balance of affected and interested stakeholders is involved to craft effective management strategies for our watersheds.