Community Organizations & Charities


The Cascade Relays Foundation supports local non-profits, school groups, and community organizations in the communities our events travel through.  Cascade Relays has directly donated a total of $235,000 to local nonprofits and community groups since its founding in 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 2018 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 raise funds 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:

  • 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 2016 Grant Committee:  Scott Douglass, Carrie Douglass, Jo Sylvester, Robi Phinney, Kate Kranzush, Matt Ertle

“We are able to use our strong brand and sporting events to raise funds and awareness for smaller charities who make a big difference in the lives of residents, especially in smaller communities. Our events are unique and well supported because of the local involvement from nonprofits and community groups, and we enjoy giving back to the communities who open their doors to our runners and walkers.”

– Scott Douglass, co-owner of Cascade Relays

“Cascade Relays has been one of La Pine Parks and Recreation’s biggest supporters. In the five years we’ve been working with Cascade Relays, they have contributed over $19,000 to our youth and adult programs. Many people have been able to take advantage of our programs because of the scholarship opportunities Cascade Relays provides. We can’t thank them enough!”  

-Bo Deforest, Assistant Director at La Pine Parks and Recreation

In 2016, the “Hire a Volunteer Program” and other fundraising opportunities supported these non-profits and community groups:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Bend
  • CANcancer
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Oregon
  • Hawk Hoop Sports
  • Pleasant Ridge Community Hall Association
  • La Pine High School NJROTC
  • La Pine Lions Club
  • La Pine Park and Recreation Adult Education
  • La Pine Park and Recreation Foundation
  • La Pine Senior Center
  • La Pine YaYa Sisterhood
  • North Lake High School Athletics
  • Stage Rat Players of Lake County
  • North Lake Rodeo Association
  • La Pine Veterans Group (VFW/VVA)
  • East Cascades Back Country Horsemen of Oregon
  • Silver Lake Youth Center
  • La Pine Community Kitchen & St. Vincent de Paul
Cascade Lake Relay 2015

Cascade Lake Relay 2015

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.”

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.