Thank You For Your Considered Support

We accept donations via credit card or ebt.



If you’d prefer to write a check in tribute to keeping Central Oregon safe and support the amazing volunteers at Deschutes County Search & Rescue please make check payable to:

Deschutes County Search & Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 5722
Bend, OR 97708

Your contributions and support are important and allow us to continue saving lives throughout Deschutes County. The SAR Foundation Board pledges to:

  • Keep you informed of the Foundation’s mission, of the way the Foundation intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • Keep you informed of the identity of those serving on the Foundation’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • Ensure you have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • Remain assured that your donation will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • Receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition of gratitude.
  • Be assured that information regarding your donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • Have confidence that all relationships with individuals representing the Foundation will be professional in nature.
  • Feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The SAR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to the SAR Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Thank You!

Thanks to Jon Weber and the entire staff at 10 Barrel Brewing for hosting the fundraiser on March 31st.  This has been the fourth straight year that 10 Barrel has generously hosted a fundraiser event for us – proceeds from these events help pay for equipment and training for the Search and Rescue volunteers.  Thank you 10 Barrel – we could not do our mission without support from generous community sponsors like you!

Where the Money Goes

One of the principal missions of the Deschutes County Search and Rescue Foundation is to provide funds to supplement the Sheriff’s Office budget to support the Search and Rescue volunteers by helping to fund training and provide the necessary equipment and food for search and rescue missions. The SAR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations to the SAR Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

In 2020 the Foundation provided the following support:

  • Donation in support of Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy $2,000
  • SAR academy expenses $1,368
  • K9 Team training/conferences/travel $826
  • SAR gear and clothing
  • Mission and meeting food/snacks $273
  • Avenza mapping tool subscriptions $60

Total SAR Support –  $ 5,207

In 2019 the Foundation provided the following support:

  • Argo Avenger amphibious ATV & Trainer $23,929
  • Utility box for siftwater first out $16,471
  • Zenmuse camera for drone $11,509
  • MRU team training/conferences/travel $9,755
  • Recognition apparel for SAR members serving 5+ years $8,053
  • Swiftwater trailer custom rack $5,432
  • Upgrade to Snowbulance for patient transport $3,510
  • K9 team training/conferences/travel $2,906
  • Swiftwater team field guides $1,850
  • Mission and meeting food/snacks $1,602
  • SAR awards/recognition party $1,202
  • Switfwater team training/conferences/travel $1,208
  • Tracking team training/conferences/travel $750
  • Drone pilot exam fees for 2 SAR members $300
  • SAR academy expenses $273
  • Light tester for SAR trailers $200
  • Other misc expenses $165
  • Professional licensing & recertification $140

Total SAR Support –  $ 89,075

In 2018 the Foundation provided the following support:

  • Two snowmobiles $ 18,599
  • Snowbulance for patient transport $ 6,950
  • Drone FLIR Zoom Camera and drone accessories $ 5,388
  • RIT craft for Swiftwater team $ 3,675
  • New Charmac trailer $ 3,649
  • Mission and meeting food/snacks $ 1,219
  • Deschutes County Chaplains support $ 1,000
  • Mapping/GPS licenses $ 950
  • SAR Awards party $ 934
  • K9 Team training/conferences/travel $ 828
  • Swiftwater team mission guides $ 707
  • SAR logo apparel $ 571
  • Professional licensing & recertification $ 493
  • Other misc equipment $ 51

Total SAR Support –  $ 45,014

In 2017 the Foundation provided the following support:

Training

  • Wilderness Medicine Field Guides for Medical Support Levels trainees – $ 248
  • SAR Academy Training – $1,290
  • WASAR Conference Registration – $130
  • Oregon EMT/Paramedic License Renewal – $370
  • Swiftwater Field Guides – $ 1,160
  • Swiftwater Mission Management waterproof booklets – $ 467

SAR Equipment

  • Polaris Ranger XP – $ 36,350
  • Unmanned Aircraft Syster w/ Flir and Accessories – $ 27,708
  • Charmac V-nose ATV trailer – $ 8,949
  • Two FLIR Thermal Monoculars – $ 6,838
  • Titaniam rescue litter – $ 2,924
  • Tether switches & grip guides for Snowmobile team – $ 1,650
  • Fat bike tire and frame for rescue litter – $ 1,400
  • Four hypothermia bags for medical team -$ 1,342
  • Reverse camera & monitor for Ranger – $ 858
  • New whiteboards & supplies for Logistics team – $ 708
  • Hangers for swiftwater dry suits – $ 111
  • Solar powered trailer vent for Swiftwater trailer – $ 44.01
  • AVENZA map subscription for field team leaders -$ 60

Other

  • Police Chaplaincy Donation – $1,000
  • Mission & meeting food – $ 1,324
  • Awards & recognition party for SAR members & families – $ 808

Total SAR Support – $95,697