Check-in team Judy Scott and Hilary Canty at this week’s National Guard Vaccine Clinic

Almost 500 neighbors received their first vaccine this week administered by the National Guard at the Orcas Center. Thanks to Brendan Cowen and the County Emergency Response Team for making this possible. We are getting mighty close to 70% of the population with at least one shot on board.

The 2021 GiveOrcas campaign launches on Monday! This year, there are 24 fantastic programs featured, from Sail Orcas to SeaDoc Society, Friends of the San Juans to the Funhouse, Orcas Center to the Orcas Community Resource Center– something for everyone! The campaign opens at 12:01 AM on May 3rd through midnight on Monday, May 17th.

This model was developed by Kate Long and the team 10 years ago. OICF typically receives $225-250,000 in requests each grant cycle. We have about $50,000 annually for distribution from various funds and our Community Endowment. In an effort to fully fund as many proposals as possible, we opened up the process to the entire community and welcomed donations from $10 on up. 100% of the donations go to fund the proposals (OICF even covers the credit card fees, thanks to our Cornerstone supporters).

We have been able to fund over 90% of requests and in recent years have hit 100% on more than one occasion–amazing support from this community! It has also turned what could be an unproductive competitive process among our nonprofits into a team effort and built a great comradery as they all work together to get everyone over the finish line.

Head to on Monday and see what is on the list this round. I am hoping we can get to 100% again this year to honor Kate and all her great work making this happen. We are going to miss her at OICF!

Have a great weekend,