Orcas Island Community Foundation
Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Our family has lived on Orcas Island for the past seven years. Amid this island’s diversity, we enjoy the all-in-this-togetherness of the place. Before I became a pastor here at the Community Church, I was a musician and songwriter. If I’m not drinking coffee or watching the Sounders, you might find me playing chess at the library.
Tell us a little bit about the organization you volunteer at.
I have volunteered with Park and Rec for many years as a youth soccer coach. I have also served on the board of the Music Advocacy Guild. Now, my volunteer hours are connected to the work of the Community Foundation.
This is my first year as a board member of the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF). I was a member of the Community Emergency Response Fund and the Sheltering Task Force early in the pandemic. Through that work, I made a deeper connection to OICF and was eventually approached about working with the board. I was thoroughly impressed with how nimble OICF was and quickly able to respond to the needs of islanders during a challenging time.
OICF provides an amazing hub to the non-profits of the island, and I am glad to be a part of this vital work.
What does volunteering do for you?
I believe that it is volunteerism on this island that really makes the place sing. So many different people give so many hours to keep us healthy, safe, and vibrant. I am thankful to be but a small piece in this big puzzle.
Poke around our website if you like to learn about about what OICF does, and reach out to us if you’d like to to talk further.
If you would like to learn about other volunteer opportunities on Orcas, please email Ed. He would love to get together for tea/coffee to chat about your interests.