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.