Cold Nights and Wintery Days

The National Point in Time Count, a survey of people who were unhoused or living in substandard housing on Thursday Jan 25th is taking place this week. OICF is supporting the collection of surveys in front of the Food Bank today.

In 2023, 148 people countywide were identified as having no stable place to live, with 51 people  living out of doors, in vehicles, in abandoned buildings, or in an RV or boat that lacked one of the following: drinking water, a restroom, heat, the ability to cook food, or the ability to bathe. The 2024 surveys will be collated by the County and will provide data to inform governmental support as well as the programs the many nonprofits provide locally.

This week brings more change to OICF as Jeff Piestch is stepping down from the OICF Investment Committee, where he has served since joining the OICF Board in 2017. Under his thoughtful leadership, Jeff has helped grow the funds under management, conducted Investment Reviews, and authored the quarterly Investment Notes. His service has been a gift to the community and we wish him well in the next chapter.

I am also delighted to announce that Marshall Sebring has joined both the Investment Committee and the OICF Board. Marshall has an extensive professional background as an investment manager and will bring great skill to his new volunteer positions. He rounds out the  Investment Committee which include OICF Board members Paul Sheridan,Chair, Lisa Steckley, Stephanie DeVaan, and community members Carl deBoor, Georgette Wong and Jon Finney. We are  grateful for this team which  guides OICF’s investment managers, and stewards the funds we hold for so many local organizations and donors. If you would like any additional information about OICF’s investment program, please contact me at 360-376-6423 or via email,