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The Shelter Group built its first Conestoga Hut and installed it on the grounds of the Community Church. Thanks to Larry Hughes and the team for construction and to Island Hardware for a lovely discount. This is a transitional home for folks seeking long-term shelter...

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All Smiles

All Smiles

This week marks the return of the Medical Teams International (MTI) Dental Van. This is such great news for so many neighbors as access to dental care remains one of the highest needs for folks living in poverty in the San Juan’s according to the Opportunity Council’s...

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A Decade of Service

A Decade of Service

This Spring brings a major change to OICF as Kate Long has announced plans to move on. Kate has worked with OICF for a decade, joining when we were a staff of two and making about $75,000 in community grants annually. To say that her work was transformative would be...

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OICF is hiring

OICF is hiring

The Orcas Island Community Foundation is looking for communication and administrative support person. The job description is below; a pdf is available here. To apply please send in a resume to Hilary Canty by email (hilary@oicf.us) or by mail (PO Box 1496, Eastsound...

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Access to care

Access to care

Skunk Cabbage in Moran State Park Today marks the last day of the UW Clinic on Orcas. We are, as a community, faced with a big decision on how to move forward. We can either decide to follow our current doctors into private practices, or we can support the solution...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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)...

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