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Hello! As of 11/2020 this site is not checked regularly. Housing needs: opalclt.org. Utilities, mental health, etc, contact orcascrc.org. Food Bank: T, W, F 12-6pm. Seniors: orcasseniors.org. More info below.

Community Updates

Food Bank Needs More Volunteers

posted 6 months ago by OrcasFoodBank from Orcas Food Bank
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The Food Bank is looking for volunteers! Our new way of operating requires more help than the old operation did. We’ve had great volunteers, but we’re now in need of more. Volunteers pick up deliveries, portion bulk products, pack food boxes, move inventory around, and manage donations. The schedule varies,…

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Need a fishing license? Kwiaht's wild food initiative can hook you up.

posted 7 months ago by Madrona from Kwiaht
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We want everyone to have access to healthy, sustainable, and affordable wild foods. We're collecting donations to help islanders purchase fishing licenses for the 2020-2021 season. Buying a license this year? Consider also donating to buy one for someone who would have difficulty affording their own. Need a license? Get…

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Town Hall 3/22 @ 7pm - Keeping Our Community Safe & Well Fed

posted 8 months ago by LearnerLimbach from Orcas Food Co-op
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Dear Orcas Island Community -

Starting March 23, Orcas Food Co-op will be making changes to our operations all with the intention of making your life easier -- and all of us safer. To that end, we are creating a new Curbside Pickup system, as well as the option for…

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Volunteers- You're on deck!

posted 8 months ago by MeganNeal from Orcas Island Community Foundation
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Hello Island Helpers! Please don't be discouraged if you have not been contacted yet to help- I know most of you are eager to do something! Many of our organizations in need are still nailing down where exactly they need the help- we expect them to have real needs in…

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Thank you for volunteering

posted 8 months ago by OrcasFoodBank from Orcas Food Bank
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The Orcas Food Bank thanks the many people who have volunteered at this site to help us. We are okay at this time for both food and volunteers. However, volunteer drivers may soon be needed for home deliveries. We will post another update once a system is set up.

FAQ and helpful info about the Orcas Island Community Response Hub!

posted 9 months ago by Chris
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This site is designed to organize community preparedness and recovery on Orcas Island, Washington.

Residents can request help or sign up to donate and volunteer by clicking on the buttons above. Your information and offerings will be shown only to vetted organizations helping in the community. If you request help…

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Emergency Information

Emergency: 911 (EMS does not do COVID testing)

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What local organizations are doing

FOOD BANK

The Food Bank is offering emergency food assistance to all islanders who need it. We are located next to the Community Church at 176 Madrona St. Food donations of unopened, nonperishable, commercially packaged food dated no older than 3 years are welcome; place in the bin on the north side of the building. Checks can be sent to Box 424, Eastsound 98245. Contact us at orcasislandfoodbank@centurylink.net or call the Food Bank at 360-376-4445.

OPAL

OPAL's top priority is to keep people in their homes. We are helping people navigate relationships with their landlords or bank, and, if needed, we will provide loans or grants to pay for residential rents and mortgages. On a more limited basis we may help small business owners who have tried other options for covering rent, but are at risk of losing their place of business. Call Julie or Jeanne at 360.376.3191. Online form to request assistance: https://www.tfaforms.com/4812884

ORCAS COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER (OCRC)

https://orcascrc.org/covid-19-resources

Needs we address: OCRC coordinates the following services to those impacted by COVID-19:

COATES Cabinet: A free monthly allocation of household and personal items such as laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers and many other items.

Utility Assistance: We work directly with OPALCO and Eastsound Water to access the Project Pal and Eastsound Water Financial Assistance Programs

Community Wellness Program: This program provides low-cost access to mental healthcare for approved, uninsured or under-insured Orcas Island Residents.

Transportation Assistance: Individuals and families enrolled in Medicaid (Apple) may qualify for ferry and gas vouchers for off-island medical appointments.

Emergency Assistance: Emergency funds are available to assist with basic necessities related to housing (not rent), food, access to medical services and transportation.

New clients will need to fill out an intake form to access these programs. Email holly@orcascrc.org

ORCAS SENIOR CENTER - HEARTS AND HANDS

Hearts and Hands is providing regular “buddy check-in” calls to seniors from matched volunteers to support self-islolation, mitigate anxiety, distress and depression, act as a conduit to resources, and to bring early awareness to potential problems. To help, please sign up here on orcas.recovers as a volunteer and reference Buddy Check-In in your comments.

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