What’s the buzz?

What’s the buzz?

This past year has brought some new programs to OICF. Meagan Neal, OICF’s Community Outreach Coordinator, launched Hive as a way to connect and collaborate with Orcas Island’s next generation of community-minded visionaries and leaders. Hive is a small group of...
Reflection and Resilience

Reflection and Resilience

Willis enjoying the first flowers We opened the Community Emergency Response Fund (CERF) one year ago. At the time, we had a vague notion that we would need to support this community during the pandemic, but no real clear understanding of what that would look like or...
Spring

Spring

March 5th is the deadline for proposals for the 2021 GiveOrcas catalog. Kate Long and Susan Singleton have gathered a great team for this year’s Grants Committee and they will start their reviews and deliberations soon. This past year has brought a new understanding...
Feeding the soul

Feeding the soul

The pandemic has stressed our national food pantry programs. Many had been run by older volunteers who could not safely serve when Covid arrived. Others found sourcing products challenging. This occurred all while customer bases doubled then quadrupled. The Orcas...
Shelter

Shelter

Conestoga Shelters As you may recall, last Spring, when we were under a Stay Home, Stay Safe order, the Community Emergency Response team started trying to find shelters for those neighbors lacking houses. The most recent Point in Time Count (completed Winter 2019)...