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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2019 finished off in a whirlwind here at OICF. Jennifer completed over 60 donor advised grants for year end gifts in the last few days. All in all, OICF distributed a total of $3,191,000 in grants, making for a record year. When I look around the community, I can see...

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Peace

Peace

I enjoyed a Solstice Hike around Cascade Lake on Sunday, Dec. 22nd and managed to see this amazing sunset. It was breathtaking. Orcas is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. We are so fortunate to call it home. As we come to the end of the year, I send you...

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Keeping the light shining

Keeping the light shining

My heart is full. In fact, my cup runneth over, as I have found myself weeping happy tears on several occasions this week. The generosity and care of so many people in this community shines bright these days. The GiveOrcas Holiday Catalog has exceeded our...

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What a Year!

What a Year!

Wow!  Unique Donor Day was WILD! 532 donations for a total of $17,900- a new record! Congratulations to Friends of Moran, who won first place with 76 donors and the $1000 grand prize. The Early Childhood Education Initiative and Hearts and Hands (the Senior Center)...

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Off and Running!

Off and Running!

Ben Franklin game day was a GREAT SUCCESS! 106 donors contributed $100 or more on Dec. 5th, raising $27,500 for the many programs in the Holiday Catalog. WaHoooo! Helen Bee won the prize drawing and the Orcas Community Resource Center will get an additional $1000 from...

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The Holidays Blow In!

The Holidays Blow In!

The winds have picked up just in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you to OPALCO for the speedy work restoring power this morning. And a big shout out to the Community Church and volunteers for opening the Cold Weather Shelter Nov. 28, 29, and 30 in the church on Madrona...

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Thank you

Thank you

We are so very grateful for all each of you does for this community and beyond. In the EMS world, we speak of the 'Chain of Survival.' It is the concept that surviving an accident or injury requires a series of individuals and skills such as assessment, transport, and...

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Feeding us all

Feeding us all

Island Market is hosting a fundraiser for the Food Bank this month. You can add a donation amount to your bill when checking out. Their goal is $5000, and it looks like they may surpass it, as they have already raised over $3000 and the month is just half over. Orcas...

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It’s great to be able to share

It’s great to be able to share

One of the (many) wonderful aspects of OICF having our own building is the opportunity to dedicate space as a community gathering place. The Volk Family Meeting Room is available free of charge to local organizations. It is equipped with wifi, VIOP conference phone,...

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November!

November!

Congratulations to the team at the Orcas Senior Center who were recognized for their amazing Community Service by the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce at their annual celebration. Lynnette Wood, president of the Operations Committee, spoke about the 75 volunteers who...

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