GIVE ORCAS | December 2 -20, 2019

This holiday season, give gifts that make a difference right here at home. OICF offers this online catalog to benefit important programs in our community. All nonprofits serving Orcas were invited to participate. Browse the catalog below, pick out gift opportunities, and donate any amount of $10 or more. Your gift will make a real difference for our island community.

Game days:

  • Nov. 26-Dec. 1: Guess the 2019 Flat Person at and be entered to win $500 toward a nonprofit in the Holiday Catalog.
  • Dec. 2: Flat Person Reveal: Welcome Flat Ed Lago to the Flat Family! Congrats to Orcas Community Resource Center, winner of the $500 prize. We had 14 correct entries from 151 guesses.
  • Dec. 5 - Ben Franklin Day: - Donate $100 (or more) to an organization in the Catalog on this day and it could be boosted by $1000. Congrats to Helen Bee and OCRC, winner of the $1000 boost.
  • Dec. 10 and 17- Flat Person Selfie Drawings: Take a selfie with Flat Ed, who will be at various locations and parties around town. Post your selfie to social media with #giveorcas and you could win $250 for a nonprofit in the catalog! Congrats to OI Boosters, winner of the 1st $250 selfie drawing!
  • Dec. 12 - Unique Donor Day: - $1000 bonus to the nonprofit with the most unique donors on December 12; see our video about a unique donor: $500 for 2nd place and $250 for 3rd place.

Customer Support: Should you have questions or need assistance during your giving experience please contact us at 360-376-6423 or email and we will be happy to assist you! The "Funded" column below shows how much each organization has raised so far (there is no limit).

Grant Requests


Airhawks Flying Club
Aviation Training, Education & Engagement for Youth & Islanders

Donated funds will support:

  • Aviation and flight training for youth
  • A school Aviation Club
  • Teacher flight training
  • A flying camp for new and rusty pilots and
  • Extra-curricular classes

The training emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math. Aviation is a confidence building achievement with a long history on Orcas. It can be a vocation, an enjoyable experience, and a practical hobby.

Early Childhood Education Initiative
Give the Gift of Quality Education to our Youngest Islanders
ECEI works to ensure our youngest islanders have access to quality preschool education, regardless of family income. Data shows that 96% of Orcas students who attend a minimum of 12 hours a week at one of our three licensed preschools graduate Kindergarten ready. Families and educators give what they can, now let's give what we can: full day ($80), week ($400), month ($1,600), year ($16,000).
Friends Of Moran State Park
Let's Build a Center that's Orcas Grown/Milled and Keep it Local!
This past February's windstorm downed hundreds of trees in Moran State Park. Let's use those trees to support a sustainable build of the new Mt. Constitution Interpretive Center. The wood is free, but there is a cost to mill and prepare the wood for the build. A local mill is helping but we need your help to get us over the finish line. From fire hazard to studs and beams…let's keep it local!
Funhouse Commons
Give Children the Gift of Play, Learning & Friends After School
All families need a safe and nurturing place for their children to be after school. Your support will ensure any Orcas child wanting to participate in the Funhouse Afterschool Program can do so, whatever their family's financial situation is. So far in 2019, island families in need have received $100,000 in program fee subsidies. We anticipate even more families to utilize this service in 2020.
Food for Thought 2020 – a Climate-Resilience Food Fair
What should island gardeners and farmers begin growing to adapt to forecast changes in our climate such as stormier winters and warmer, drier summers? A spring tasting and seed-and-scion sharing event with old, new, and neglected plant species and varieties that can help us continue to eat more locally, and to eat well—from Camas and Indian Celery to heritage and seedling apples and pears!
Orcas Door to Door - A Senior Assistive Transportation Program
Since 2017, our pool of volunteer drivers provided 9000 miles of rides to seniors for medical appointments, shopping, and community events. Your time and financial support help our homebound elderly neighbors stay connected to their Orcas community and in their homes. Your donation will help cover our insurance for volunteer drivers and other administrative expenses.
Long Live the Kings
Help Save Salmon: Contribute to Glenwood Springs
By giving to Glenwood Springs, you help ensure strong Chinook runs in the San Juans for generations to come. Your gift will make hundreds of thousands of Chinook available to local anglers and orca, provide free educational tours to thousands, and lead major research efforts to improve salmon survival. Please consider supporting salmon recovery with a gift to Glenwood Springs today!
Music Advocacy Group (MAG)
Chromebooks/Cart Needed for OISD Music Program in New Wing
The Music Program needs 30 Chromebooks and a charging/storage cart for daily classroom use. Students use them for instrument practice, performance assignments & play tests. Chromebooks in other OISD buildings are heavily used & difficult to move (outdoors) to/from the Music Wing. A dedicated set of Chromebooks for the Music Department will enable our teachers to teach more effectively. Cost: $8152.
Orcas Choral Society
Orcas Choral Society brings "Comfort and Joy" to Orcas Island!
Orcas Choral Society has joined with choral groups across America to commission a new piece by well-known composer Ola Gjeilo. You will hear the premier performance of Gjeilo's new piece in our spring concert! Your contribution will help us fund the commission and hire the instrumentalists required for the performance. For details of the spring program, as well as our upcoming Holiday Concert, visit our web page.
Orcas Christian School
Sustainable Permaculture Garden to Feed and Teach our Community
Built by volunteers and hosted and supported by OCS, this agriculturally sustainable "food forest" provides permaculture education, nutritious local produce and economic benefit for the community, students and food bank. Your donation will help us complete our irrigation system and build compost bins, wheelchair-accessible raised beds and a greenhouse to continue growing and giving on Orcas.
Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture
Funds for Website Development To Share the OCPA Model
As we conclude our fifth season and reflect on the joys and successes of our program, our next dream is to help grow new community agriculture sites. We are receiving inquiries about implementing the OCPA model at other Orcas properties, which would positively impact local food security and resiliency. In order to share our concept, we seek funds to build a website, which will serve as a resource to open new community agriculture opportunities for our island neighbors.
Orcas Community Resource Center
Emergency Assistance for Orcas Islanders in Need
A gift of rental assistance can save a family from homelessness. A ferry ticket can help an ailing Islander access urgent medical care. A gift card for food can put basic nutrition on a worried senior's dinner table. Each year we see an influx of clients in crisis entering winter and the holidays. Join us in helping our neighbors in need. A little help at the right time can make a big difference.
Orcas Island Booster Club
Inspired Athletes & Community Create a Positive School Atmosphere
A child’s involvement in sport improves social interaction, self-confidence, physical well-being, listening and time management skills. OIBC ensures that our island youth have access to sport programs that build these qualities and create a positive community environment. Your gift will provide participation fees for students in need, supplemental funding for equipment and supplies, support for athletes who earn the opportunity to compete beyond the local level.
Orcas Island Children's House
Give the Gift of Loving Infant Care
Your gift helps Children's House open an Infant Room for babies age one-month to one-year-old. Your generosity will provide infant care furnishings, toys, teacher training and a new private nursing room. Most importantly, with your support, the new Infant Room will add approximately 6,000 hours of care each year for our youngest islanders - a big impact for working families in our small community.
Orcas Island Community Church
Fund a Standby Generator for the Severe Weather Shelter
The Severe Weather shelter was established in 2015. The greatest need at this time is to equip the shelter with a backup electrical generator in order to maintain heat and light. Over the last four years, there have been multiple nights with no power. This is a safety and practical concern. Our goal is to raise $12k for funding this project. Having a generator adds a level of security for sheltering folks in the community lacking suitable shelter in adverse weather conditions.
Orcas Island Lit Fest
Help Keep the OILF Kids' Fest Free for the Orcas Community
Help the Orcas Island Lit Fest give Orcas kids and young families access to celebrated children's and Young Adult (YA) authors. Support the OILF Kids' Fest, a beloved FREE annual event to be held in partnership with the Orcas Public Library this April 18, 2020. Reading unlocks kids' imaginations. Help us provide the key!
Orcas Island School District 137
An Inventor's Cart for Orcas School Students
A mobile cart to take into classrooms, or use in the library to inspire young inventors, engineers and tinkers. The cart would include a Vinyl Cutter, a 3-D printer and one laptop. Other supporting materials to include Squishy Circuits, Raspberry Pi, Snap Circuits, and more.
Orcas Senior Center
Hearts and Hands - Cultivating Companionship in the Community
"Her connection with the Hearts and Hands volunteer and the beautiful friendship they have created is something wonderful," says one adult child about her parent's H&H visits. For 15 years, Hearts and Hands has matched caring volunteers with seniors and individuals with disabilities for in-home companionship and assistance, helping maintain independence and quality of life. Please support H&H.
Salmonberry School and Learning Center
Salmonberry School Playground Renovation
At Salmonberry, outdoor activities and sports are an important part of our holistic approach to education. As our Elementary Program has grown over the years, the playground that was originally designed for our Early Childhood Program is not equipped for sports and games that require a flat play surface and boundary fencing. With your contribution, you can be a part of this playground renovation project which will be enjoyed by kids for years to come!
Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Wolf Hollow Needs your Help to Fix the Main Roof
Wolf Hollow Wildlife's main building roof needs help. Leaks have developed and need to be stopped before more damage is done. Your financial support will allow us to hire a local island roofer to fix the sub-roof. This keeps Wolf Hollow staff and injured wildlife safe and dry when the rain falls. Thank you!