Year over Year Sunriver Women’s Club Supports Nutrition Programs for Southern Deschutes County Seniors

Bend, Ore., Aug 2, 2021 –The Council on Aging of Central Oregon (COA) today is thanking the Sunriver Women’s Club (SRWC) for their amazing support during COVID-19 (and beyond) for important nutrition programs in south Deschutes County. The SRWC awards grants to support non-profit organizations whose work provides essential services in south Deschutes County.

The SRWC has been a long term supporter of the Council on Aging’s food and nutrition programs.  When COVID hit, the amazing SRWC members created a COVID-19 Non-Profit Fund to help the growing number of people in need in south Deschutes County.  The SRWC COVID-19 Fund distributed $45,883 from April 2020 through June 2021 in south Deschutes County, and the Council on Aging received over $8,600 from the fund. 

“The SRWC regularly helps fund Meals on Wheels (MoW) and Community Dining programs operating out of the La Pine Senior Center,” said Susan Rotella, Executive Director of the Council on Aging. “The number of seniors in need has grown significantly during the past year and a half, as COVID-19 impacted this group the hardest. We love that SRWC recognizes the importance of the work the Council does to care for and support older adults in need in south Deschutes County.”

The funds we received helped support the addition of 25 new Meals on Wheels (MoW) clients; additional Community Dining meals – which pivoted to a Grab-N-Go drive-through service until earlier in July; and the purchase of 12 insulated cooler bags for the transportation of MoW meals throughout the cities of Sunriver and La Pine.

“The SRWC Community Grant Program and COVID-19 Non-Profit Fund support organizations providing essential services to women, children, families and seniors,” states Nancy Fischer, President of the SRWC. “Programs that address food insecurity are our top priority and the Council on Aging, through their Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs, are essential services to seniors in south Deschutes County. Due to the generosity of our members and through our fundraising programs, we are able to make multiple grants possible to the Council on Aging.”

The SRWC hosts several fundraising events that provide the funds for local non-profits during each year. Upcoming in August is the Sunriver Art Fair.  This year’s Art Fair, sponsored by the SRWC, runs from August 13th– 15th, and all proceeds from fair applications and booth fees help support non-profits in south Deschutes County. Consider attending so you too can help support seniors in need in south Deschutes County.

For updates and news about services and resources for older adults in Central Oregon, visit the Council on Aging website at or follow the Council on Aging’s Facebook page at


About the Council on Aging of Central Oregon
Since 1975, the Council on Aging has served as the designated Area Agency on Aging for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties, offering adults aged 60 and older and their loved ones a range of support services. A non-profit organization, the Council on Aging advocates for, empowers and guides older adults and their loved ones to live with independence and well-being in age-friendly communities—places where infrastructure, policies and practices are developed to make the community livable, accessible and responsive to the needs of people of all ages, especially older adults.

Phone: (541) 678-5483

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About Sunriver Women’s Club

The Sunriver Women’s Club (SRWC) is a 501C (3) non-profit community service organization that welcomes members from Sunriver and the surrounding communities. Since 1999, the SRWC philanthropy program has awarded nearly $750,000 to organizations serving south Deschutes County.  The SRWC grants support non-profit agencies or organizations whose work primarily provides essential services in south Deschutes County to women, children, families and seniors.  Essential services consist of food, shelter, health, clothing, education, child development and care.  These grant awards are made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Sunriver Women’s Club and the generous support of the Sunriver community and surrounding areas.