Community Organizations & Charities


In addition to producing exceptional events, the mission of Cascade Relays is to support local non-profits, school groups, and community organizations as well as local businesses in the communities we travel through. In 2015, over $50,000 was raised to benefit 38 non-profit/ community organizations throughout our 3 events of CLR, S2S and BBC.

Cascade Relays has raised ~$215,000 since 2008!

If you are interested in becoming an Official Charity/Grant Group please fill out the application, and we will contact you promptly with additional information.

Apply to become a CLR Official Grant Group!

Apply to be a Grant Group
Grant Group Volunteer Sign-up

Our most popular fundraising opportunity is the “Hire a Volunteer” program. Your non-profit organization finds supporters to volunteer at the race on behalf of your charity/community group. Without our amazing volunteers and their time, spirit, and enthusiasm this incredible community event could not take place. In order to commemorate your volunteer hours that contribute to the success of the event, each volunteer will receive a Cascade Relays visor and if affiliated with an officially accepted grant group, will generate funds for your respective charity.

Volunteering at Cascade Relays provides a fun and easy opportunity to raise significant funds for your organization! Register to apply to become an official charity/community group by clicking on the link above and let us know how many volunteers you anticipate being able to provide on race day. There are no guarantees that all volunteers from your organization will be needed. Volunteer assignments will be finalized the month prior to the race.

There are many other opportunities for your organization to fundraise during the race. Historically, organizations have raised money through activities such as: selling coffee and bagels at the start line, pancake breakfast at a sleep-over area, “renting” cots at a sleepover area, accepting donations for soap and towels for showers, etc. Please indicate your fundraising ideas in the Official Charity Application and we will contact you to discuss opportunities and how we can support your organization.

If you are volunteering on behalf of an Official Charity, please visit the Volunteer page for critical instructions and directions. The volunteer coordinator for your charity will let you know where you have been assigned and what time your assignment starts.

Cascade Relays Grant Committee

The Cascade Relays Grant Committee mission is to:

  • Involve and support communities that we run through
  • Facilitate small, local non-profits and community organizations to benefit from Cascade Relays events
  • Maintain fun, respectful relationship between charities, community groups and teams

Thank you to our 2015 Grant Committee:

Scott Douglass, Carrie Douglass, Courtney Drewsen, Deb McPherson, Dave McPherson, Courtney Ulrich

In 2014, the “Hire a Volunteer Program” and other fundraising opportunities supported these non-profits and community groups:

  • Deschutes County Action Group
  • Families And Communities Together (FACT)
  • Hawk Hoop Sports
  • High Desert Amateur Radio Group ARES
  • La Pine High School NJROTC
  • La Pine Lions Club
  • La Pine Park and Recreation Foundation
  • La Pine Elementry School
  • La Pine Senior Center
  • La Pine YaYa Sisterhood
  • North Lake FBLA and North Lake Football
  • St Francis of Assisi Catholic School
  • Veterans Group (VFW/VVA)
  • Back Country Horsemen of Oregon
  • Silver Lake Youth Center
  • La Pine Community Kitchen & St. Vincent de Paul

Learn more about some of the CLR Charities:

La Pine Yaya Sisterhood
Once again, the La Pine YaYa Sisterhood wants to thank you all for giving us the opportunity to volunteer to raise funds for our high school scholarship fund.  We are enormously grateful to have this chance to spend one day volunteering to raise enough money to send at least one female graduate onto a new beginning as a college student.  Our Mission Statement is “We are a group of diverse women who come together for Friendship, Giving to the community and Self-growth.”

St. Francis School –
The parents and parishioners of St. Francis truly had a wonderful time participating in the CLR. We loved  being able to work together as a group to cheer on teams coming through. We loved dressing up and decorating our check point. The best part was getting to visit with the runners, meet new people and share in their experience.

All the funds raised through the CLR were put towards our 2012-2013 operating budget and our scholarship fund. This money helps St. Francis School provide a solid education for every student regardless of income.

PET Evacuation Team –
The PET Evacuation Team provides rescue services, temporary housing and care for domestic animals in the case of evacuations, disasters or emergencies.  We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the CLR for the networking and getting our name and preparedness info out to the community.  We use the money raised to purchase equipment and support our services.

La Pine Lions Club –
The mission of the La Pine Lions Club  is “To Serve Those Less Fortunate Than Ourselves.”  We enjoy helping make the CLR Event a success for all involved and really enjoy meeting and assisting the teams competing – they are super folks with great attitudes.

The primary focus for the funds raised is on sight and hearing – providing exams, glasses and hearing aids to those in need.

La Pine Senior Center –
Our purpose is to serve and enhance the lives of the Senior Population in the greater LaPine area by providing information and referrals to the appropriate City, County, and State or Federal agencies and to provide the LaPine community with activities in a friendly, clean and safe environment.  We add to the community’s quality of life by encouraging healthy living through educational programs and to promote independent living.

We appreciate the opportunity to help with the Cascade Lakes Relay.  We enjoy helping with what is needed and talking to the people who participate in the race.  They are a great group of people.  Everyone came to me afterwards and said sign me up for next year.  We use the money to pay our bills.  It costs a lot to keep our building open so we can provide the lunch program, activities, and educational programs that we do!


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon
RMHC of Central Oregon has been keeping families close since 1997. Their mission is to directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families, across the region. They administer the Bend Ronald McDonald House, an 8,500 square foot “home away from home” for families who must travel to Bend seeking medical care for their seriously ill or injured child and bed-resting, high-risk pregnant mothers. Every $113 donated to their cause can provide overnight lodging and home amenities to a family of seven.

The Charity is an independently governed, funded, and administered Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. 100% of funds donated to this Charity stay in the local community.