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Step up and be counted

Step up and be counted

I saw two numbers that concerned me this week. One was that San Juan County has so far only had 37% of our community complete the census. That puts our County near the bottom of the list Statewide. We can do better! I did not have a census id number (apparently they...

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

New track at Orcas Island School District Even in these difficult days, the work of the community continues. Several of our nonprofits and elected boards are working on plans to help move us forward. It is so challenging to plan next steps when the baseline continues...

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Update on Economic Resiliency

Update on Economic Resiliency

The Economic Resiliency project was launched to expand the conversation about how this community could learn and grow through this crisis. We held a multitude of virtual meetings over the last 10 days with over 200 participants who together generated a remarkable...

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Home and Health

Home and Health

Caption: The summer harvest has begun. One of the bright spots for me this week was talking with a young mom who had just learned she will be moving into one of the April Grove Town Homes in September. She was so grateful she was weeping….me, too.  This opportunity...

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And away we go!

And away we go!

This past week was focused on getting the Economic Recovery and Resiliency process configured to be able to work with the over 70 community members who applied. We now have two primary groups, one a steering committee and one a workgroup. The steering committee was...

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2020 Youth Philanthropy Awards

2020 Youth Philanthropy Awards

Each year a generous donor gives the Orcas High School Senior Class $5000 to donate to organizations that have made an impact and to foster philanthropy in our youth. This year, our donor has doubled this gift; the class of 2020 distributed $10,000 through the 2020...

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Silence and Celebration

Silence and Celebration

There is a silent demonstration planned for 5 pm on June 12th at the Village Green to support the Black Lives Matters movement. The OICF board met earlier this week and developed this pledge of support: We stand at a crossroads, centuries overdue. Protests across our...

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Black Lives Matter – OICF Pledge

Black Lives Matter – OICF Pledge

We stand at a crossroads, centuries overdue. Protests across our nation and the world express outrage and grief over our country’s long history of systemic racism and police brutality that most recently claimed the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee,...

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