Opportunities to give back during holiday season

Giving tree at Island Market

Consider participating in the Giving Tree Program this holiday season. The Giving Tree will be on display at Island Market from Nov. 18 to Dec. 16. Select a tag and shop for an island child.

Orcas Community Resource Center

Orcas Community Resource Center serves many individuals and families in crisis during the winter months. Their needs at this time include replenishing the following funds:

• Rental Assistance Fund – Often a one-time gift of rental assistance can save a family’s home.

• Ferry tickets for medical appointments – For those seeking medical services off island, including cancer treatment.

• Island Market and Orcas Food Co-op gift cards – So everyone has food on the table this season.

• Emergency fund – The resource center sees emergency situations, and this fund has the potential to change lives.

• Housing – Consider taking on renters so all islanders can be safe and warm this winter and continue to contribute to the island work force.

Orcas Island Food Bank

Items that may be donated are food stuffs: factory sealed, no more than two years outdated. We also accept fresh, clean fruits and vegetables. They CANNOT accept home-produced goods, plastic bags or egg cartons.

• Drop off at food bank when open: Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

• Leave in the drop box outside the food bank left entrance any time

• Collection boxes at Orcas Island Senior Center, Orcas Post Office, Deer Harbor Post Office, Key Bank

GiveOrcas Holiday Catalog 2016

Who will be the new “Flat Person” representing the Orcas Island Community Foundation’s GiveOrcas Holiday Campaign? The mystery will be revealed on December 6, and this Flat and Real Person will champion the nonprofits listed in our 2016 GiveOrcas Holiday Catalog throughout the month of December.

All nonprofits serving Orcas are welcome to apply by November 18 (see submission information on www.oicf.us). The GiveOrcas.org Catalog will be open to donations from the community December 1 -22. There will be several games where donors can win as much as $1000 to give to the nonprofit of their choosing in the Catalog.

OICF’s mission is to “enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island.” Organizers hope the 2016 GiveOrcas Campaign will be a fun and engaging way to draw attention and funding to some of the great nonprofits serving our community.

If you have questions or need further information, contact Kate Long or Hilary Canty at OICF (info@oicf.us or 376-6423).