Orcas Island is a generous community with many active non-profit groups. Organizations and charities, both religious and secular, span the San Juan Islands’ many needs related to children, education, healthcare, and other local and national concerns. Non-profit services provide support for the elderly, and childcare for working families. Several organizations work together to supply the homeless and destitute with food, housing, and other necessities. Support for physical and financial healthcare needs is available through individual services and non-profit coordination facilities.
Many community organizations also operate on a non-profit basis, providing platforms for local artists and advocates to entertain and inform the community. Educational services supporting disadvantaged groups or afterschool projects for kids have been active on Orcas for years. Volunteers are always welcome for annual and seasonal community events, cleanups, and projects.
Kwiáht is a nonprofit conservation biology laboratory in and for the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Kwiáht is a Coast Salish (Native American) word that means a place that has been kept physically clean and spiritually healthy. At Kwiaht we combine the latest scientific research methods in ecology, biochemistry and genetics with respect for indigenous values of place-centered human responsibility for life processes.
Founded by local activists in the Spring of 1999, The Funhouse Commons is a not-for-profit community center that fosters fun and learning with dozens of hands-on kid-friendly science exhibits, a computer lab, complete audio and video production studios, a library of educational films and documentaries, facilities for classes and meetings, clubs, and much, much more.
Call 360-376-7177, Eastsound, Orcas Island
The purpose of this non-profit organization is to stimulate knowledge and love of gardening, to cooperate in the protection and conservation of nature, and to assist in the beautification of the community.
The Mission of the San Juan County Park and Recreation Board is to provide and maintain quality parks and recreational opportunities that respond to the needs of residents and visitors, are in keeping with the natural character and beauty of the islands, are consistent with state and county statutes and which foster good stewardship of County lands.
Call 360-378-8420, San Juan Island
The Whale Museum, located in beautiful Friday Harbor, Washington, was opened to the public in 1979 as the first museum in the country devoted to a species living in the wild. Today, our museum continues to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.
Friends of the San Juans was formed as a not-for-profit in 1979, by a dedicated group of islanders concerned about the future of San Juan County. For over 25 years FRIENDS has had a single mission: To protect the land, water, sea, and livability of the San Juan Islands through science, education, law, and citizen action.
We are a community driven, local networking, nonprofit public charity that is dedicated to the well being and success of residents and business owners of Orcas Island. We work with companies, both profit and nonprofit, to ensure that we have the resources to help out the people who sustain this island when they unexpectedly hit a time of need.
League of Women Voters of the San Juans purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and to study and act on selected governmental issues. Meeting times vary. We have board meetings and membership meetings. All members and other interested people are welcome at both.
Call 360-376-2377, San Juan County, Washington
Orcas Parent, Teacher, Student Association's mission is to be a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.
Orcas Anthroposophical Trust
A non-profit foundation supporting community building, collaboration, and ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity among anthroposophical initiatives in the Pacific Northwest.
Call 360-376-4494, Orcas Island
The Friends of Moran State Park support the efforts of the rangers and staff with their ongoing work of preserving, maintaining and improving this natural resource on Orcas Island. Our Gift Shop will be open on weekends in the winter, weather permitting, and weekdays mid-May-September. Our distinctive gifts, souvenirs and t-shirts will amaze you almost as much as the view from the historic stone tower.
Serving Orcas Island Families since 1984. Serving the community with free lunches every Tuesday and food distrubtion Tuesdays and Thursdays. "Food of the Month" donation information available.
WSU Beach Watchers Program is an exciting new marine stewardship education program offered by WSU Extension San Juan County. Beach Watcher volunteers receive 100 hours of training from Washington State University in the physical, biological, and cultural aspects of marine stewardship. In return, trained Beach Watchers provide 100 hours of volunteer service back to the community through education, research and stewardship.
Call 425-357-6020, San Juan County, Washington
Perpetuate the artistry, craftsmanship, and knowledge of maritime traditions.
Call 360-376-5881, San Juan County, Washington
Founded in 1988, Orcas Montessori School on Orcas Island offers a dynamic learning environment for preschoolers and kindergartners based on the educational philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori, Italy's first female physician and a pioneer in childhood education, convened her first classroom in Rome in 1907. Her philosophy and methods have been tested for over 100 years.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island was formed to enhance the quality of life on Orcas Island by providing quality theater experiences and providing for the training and education of Actors, Directors, and others involved in theater productions and by providing an opportunity to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in theatrical productions.
Overnight and Day camps. Leadership programs for teens. Family Camps, Conference & Retreat facilities. Outdoor Environmental Education for Schools.
Call 360-376-2678, Orcas Island
Project PAL was created as a vehicle for Co-op members to help their fellow members to pay their electric bills.
Orcas Off Leash Dog Park provides a safe environment for all licensed and neutered dogs and a friendly atmosphere for owners and dogs. Open all year.
Island Stewards is located on Orcas Island, one of 4 ferry served islands northwest of Seattle. Our intention is to partner with the many adults-who-care about their students, their children, their grandchildren; through this partnership our stories can be distributed and positive "we can solve this" messages can inspire action.
The historic DHCC building was built in 1905 and served as the Deer Harbor schoolhouse until 1925. It now serves as the home of the community club and is listed in the Washington Heritage Register. It is available for weddings or other events, such as community or religious gatherings, classes and workshops, concerts, dances, club meetings, and family reunions. A full kitchen, ample parking, and other amenities are included. DHCC preserves and maintains the historic Deer Harbor schoolhouse building for emergency shelter, a depository for memorabilia, and a place to gather.
The CSA is a grassroots effort organized by citizens to alert you to San Juan County's proposed regulations of our critical areas: wetlands, streams, lakes, ponds, and ultimately shorelines
The Exchange was created in 1984 by visionary community activists on Orcas Island who wanted to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle® before these terms existed. Since then, The Exchange® an entirely volunteer driven organization - has redirected and redistributed literally thousands of tons of material into the community that would have otherwise ended up in the large and unsustainable landfills of the Western United States.
The Orcas Island Lions Club has been involved in the Orcas community since its inseption in 1972. At the core of this involvement are dedicated club members who devote their time and attention to serving our Orcas Island community and beyond.
The Orcas Island Historical Museum is unique in being the only object-based, interpretive heritage facility for the island, with a permanent collection comprised of approximately 6000 objects, paper documents and photographs. Call our office for open hours.
Orca Relief's mission is to act to reduce the mortality rates of the southern resident killer whales of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea through research, education, and advocacy.
A 501(c)3 organization established in 1984 for the sole purpose of financially supporting the superior programs offered in the Orcas Island Public Schools, and for scholarships and grants to students and teachers through tax deductible contributions from public and private sectors.
Wolf Hollow is a registered 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. We rely on support from individuals, businesses and foundations to carry out our work. We strive to promote the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, public education and non-invasive research.
Call 360-378-5000, San Juan County, Washington
Unique among non-profit organizations, the San Juan Island Community Foundation provides knowledge and expertise on both sides of the philanthropic exchange. We distribute grants to support and advance local nonprofit activities and projects.
Call 360-378-1001, San Juan Island
CIEE is a non-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor international students for the J-1 Visa. Established in 1947, CIEE is a world leader in international exchange services. The Work & Travel USA program was designed to help U.S. companies meet their seasonal staffing needs, while enabling international students to experience the U.S. firsthand, as both employees and tourists.
The Olga Strawberry Council was formed in 2004 when the previous owners of the historic Strawberry Barreling Building needed help to preserve the unique history and function of this historic site. Their mission is to nurture the cultural, social and socio-economic charm and vitality of the Orcas Island Community by maintaining this historic building as a gathering place for social interactions and a space for artists to display and market their work.
The SeaDoc Society, founded in 1999, conducts and sponsors scientific research in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, also known as the Salish Sea. We work to figure out what's happening to our local species, and why. And then we share that information by facilitating collaboration and networking among the different agencies, governments, and individuals who make the decisions about how the 8 million people living in the Salish Sea can live in harmony with the marine environment.
OPAL (Of People And Land) Community Land Trust is a non-profit organization that provides permanently affordable housing for islanders. San Juan County has the highest housing affordability gap in the state, and OPAL's members are committed to maintaining economic diversity on Orcas Island. OPAL is working to maintain the character, vibrancy and diversity of the Orcas Island community by acquiring land and creating permanently affordable homes.
Call 360-376-3191, Orcas Island
San Juan Conservation District is one of 48 conservation districts across the State of Washington, and it continues to advance sustainable farming and forestry county-wide through free farm/forest resource planning services, as well as providing free advice on sustainable building and land use practices.
Sail Orcas is an organization committed to providing high-quality instruction and affordable access to boats and facilities for both youth and adults.
United Way of San Juan County is a local, independent not-for-profit organization created to help the people of San Juan County live better lives. United Way has worked to build its capacity to serve families and children in our island communities for the past nine years. More than thirty diverse programs providing essential services for individuals and families are currently being funded.
Call 360-378-4121, San Juan County, Washington
Supported entirely through community funding and grants, our program helps students learn about nutrition, food differences, how to eat proper foods for healthy bodies, see how food is grown, Learn to cook, visit farms and meet farmers...all aspects of an effective Farm to Cafeteria/School Program. They are the aspects we are binding together and disseminating through our Farm to Classroom Project, the school garden, the school cafeteria, the community and local farmers.
Hearts and Hands volunteers provide practical and emotional support to assist isolated, ill, frail, elderly or disabled adults to maintain independence and improve their quality of life.
Senior Services Council of San Juan County (non-profit formed by grassroots organization of seniors in 1978) The group's mission is: To assist senior citizens 60 and over to recognize and deal with their needs and to provide a spectrum of services through a multi-function agency which will serve the recreational, intellectual, social, physical and mental needs of senior citizens and their caregivers.
OFC's mission is to strengthen all of our island families to ensure long term community success.
Compass Health provides mental health and chemical dependency services in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish counties. Compass Health is a leader in the delivery of behavioral health services. We provide quality, creative services to children, families and adults. Our goal is to help people stay in their home and in their community, surrounded by family and friends who can support them during difficult times.
Islands' Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is a non-profit, community oil spill response organization that provides prompt, effective, local oil spill response and prevention throughout San Juan County in Washington state.
Our mission is to establish and maintain an association of persons interested in a public library on Orcas Island. To focus public attention on and develop public support for the library and to stimulate more extensive use of the Library's resources.
The Orcas Island Farmers Market is open from 10am to 2pm every Saturday from the first weekend in May to the last weekend of September on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound. All Items sold in the market are grown or crafted by Orcas Island farmers and artisans. The market includes produce, much of it organic, crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, food and drink vendors, and some of Orcas Island’s service organizations (historical museum, master gardeners).
SAFE San Juans (formerly DVSAS) is a non-profit agency serving the residents and visitors of San Juan County. Our mission is the prevention and elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault through victim services, education, community awareness and cultural and social change.
Primary Intervention Program is a school-based introduction of skills to promote academic & social success. PIP's mission is to aid kids in developing resiliency and achieving success
Lahari's mission is to provide education, resources and support to assist aged or infirm people with living on Orcas Island up to and including provision of hospice care.
Since 1997 MAG has been an active advocate for school music and music education as an integral component of the learning process.
Located in Eastsound, OAPS is dedicated to promoting the humane care and protection of animals through their services.
The Orcas Island Artworks Gallery is a favorite Orcas destination housed in a historic building on the island's East side. Built in 1938 as a strawberry barreling plant, the lovingly restored landmark now showcases the best of our island's crafts and fine art. Home to an extensive collection of work by Orcas Island artists and craftspeople, the Artworks Gallery offers paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, wood, fiber and wearable arts, as well as other locally made items and gifts.
Call 360-376-4408, Orcas Island
The Orcas Island Booster Club is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the success of Middle and High School Athletics on Orcas Island. Our Mission is to support, promote, encourage, foster and develop interest in all Orcas Island High School and Middle School Athletics.
The San Juan County Land Bank Mandate: The purpose of the San Juan County citizens conservation Land Bank is to preserve in perpetuity areas in the County that have environmental, agricultural, aesthetic, cultural, scientific, historic, scenic or low-intensity recreational value, and to protect existing and future sources of potable water.
IRHI funds help all Orcas medical clinics to provide confidential, affordable, reproductive and sexual health care for teens and young women.
Orcas Island Recreation Program welcomes youth, teens, adults, and families to its year-round programs. Our programs are open to people of all experience and skill levels. We are committed to creating an environment that supports individuality, cooperation, safety, trust, and respect.
Call 360-376-7275, Orcas Island
The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families and individuals. Our goal is to help people learn to become self-sufficient.
Leadership San Juan Islands is a countywide program to educate and motivate community members interested in developing their professional skills and in learning more about issues affecting San Juan County. LSJI is a joint project of Skagit Valley College, San Juan County Economic Development Council and the United Way of San Juan County.
WVS provides outstanding employment services for both employers and job seekers. WVS connects adults with disabilities to our community.
Our mission is to wake people up to their natural environment, to inspire proactive care of our world, to protect nature from environmental threats, promote and support environmentally, socially and economically sustainable lifestyles, communities, and development.
Helping Hands Noramise is on the ground in Limbé, Haiti, focused on rebuilding issues and sustainable development projects. Inquiries and donations will be handled by our volunteer staff based in the US.
The Mission of CFS is to demonstrate sustainable, island-scale agricultural practices, promote environmental stewardship, and provide opportunities for education and research, while honoring Orcas Island's rural heritage
OICF's mission is to foster philanthropy to enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island. We are not the local chapter of any larger group. We are an Orcas-based public foundation, with all donations specifically directed to benefit the charitable needs of Orcas Island.
The Orcas Island Kiwanis Club was founded in 1990 by a small group of dedicated people determined to improve opportunities for the Children of Orcas Island. Most of our work efforts are devoted to raising money for these children.
OIR is an active rowing club located on beautiful Orcas Island in San Juan County. We have a boathouse and train on Cascade Lake in Moran State park. It can be a stunningly beautiful place to be. We offer a competitive rowing program for high school and junior high age students.
Call 360-376-7677, Eastsound, Orcas Island
FEAST connects high school aged students with island farmers, construction workers, and experts to learn sustainability through experiential education.
The Doe Bay Community Assiociation fosters community for Doe Bay families through year-round potlucks, emergency preparedness planning, and annual 4th of July celebration since 1971.