Community Grants

When you shop and donate here, you’re helping the community. Island Thrift provides grant funding to numerous Whidbey Island organizations, projects, and events. Together, we are reinvesting in the community we love.

ORGANIZATIONS, PROJECTS, AND EVENTS WE FUND

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Boys & Girls Club of Coupeville

The Boys & Girls Club of Coupeville works to enable all youth, especially those who need use most, to become productive, caring and responsible citizens – to be GREAT!

Boys and Girls Club of Oak Harbor

Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor

The Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor works to enable all youth, especially those who need use most, to become productive, caring and responsible citizens – to be GREAT!

CADA – Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse

CADA has served Island County survivors and victims, young and old, of all genders and background, with domestic violence and sexual assault services since 1979. Our services include advocacy-based counseling , a robust prevention and outreach program including school presentations to grades K through 12, and extensive complementary community collaboration with county and city services, youth groups, churches and civic groups as well as facilitation of community training.

Compass Health

Compass Health, Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader, integrates behavioral health and medical care services to support clients and communities when and where they need us.

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Click Community Arts Camp

Click Community provides a week-long resident camp for 10-18 year old youth at Cornet Bay, Whidbey Island. Activities include music, art, magic, theater and sports. This unique summer camp enriches children’s life experience and encourages them to continue to be active and happy.

Coupeville Farm to School

Coupeville Farm to School

Coupeville Farm to School aims to teach our students to value the uniqueness of their community and food system. Our purpose is to support learning in the schools, inspire creativity, and promote the health of our community’s students.

Habitat for Humanity of Island County

Habitat for Humanity of Island County

Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This is realized through the Habitat for Humanity mission: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”

 

Habitat for Humanity of Island County works alongside families to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. We believe that a Habitat home is a strong foundation for a family, an opportunity on which they can build a better life.

Healthy Island Youth Initiative HIYI Physical Activity Scholarships

Healthy Island Youth Initiative (HIYI) Physical Activity Scholarships

The Healthy Island Youth Initiative (HIYI) Physical Activity Scholarship Fund aims to reduce financial barriers Island County families face when registering children for organized physical activities.

IDIPIC – Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County

IDIPIC provides substance abuse prevention options for middle and high school students, their parents, military personnel, the general public and court-ordered offenders within Island County.

Island Senior Resources

Island Senior Resources is the largest non-profit agency serving older adults in Island County. Our overarching goal is to empower all seniors and persons over 18 living with one or more disabilities to live at their highest possible level of mental and physical health, social integration, self-sufficiency and self-actualization.

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Jake’s House, a Transitional Home for Men

At Mighty to Save Ministries our mission statement is, “Mighty to Save Ministries offers hope and new beginnings to young adults who want to be free from addiction by providing mentoring, discipling and transition assistance.” In June 2019, we opened our first men’s transitional home called Jake’s House.

Male Ensemble Northwest

Male Ensemble Northwest was formed to demonstrate a high level of music making by choral conductors from the Pacific Northwest region and also to promote male choral singing. With help from Island Thrift and others, the ensemble will be able to provide free workshops to our local high schools and offer free concert tickets so that many more can enjoy the vocal performance arts.

Miss Oak Harbor Pageant

Our mission first and foremost is to provide scholarships for young women interested in the advancement of their education, through the spirit of a competition that embodies the four points of the crown: scholarship, service, success, and style. Our intent is to inspire personal and professional growth through the development of leadership, communication, and marketability, challenging participants to serve their communities through volunteerism along the way. Our hope is that participants gain confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment that will enable them to serve as role models for the youth of their community.

Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island

The mission of Mother Mentors is to offer practical, emotional and concrete support to parents and caregivers of young children birth to five. Mother Mentors offers two types of services: parent-child playgroups and in-home volunteer mentoring support services. Using a neighbor to neighbor approach, Mother Mentors trains volunteers to assist families with children birth to five weekly in their homes for a minimum of six months.

North Whidbey Hearts and Hammers

North Whidbey Hearts and Hammers

North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers is a local nonprofit organization that brings together a community of local volunteers to help repair and rehabilitate homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work themselves.

North Whidbey Help House

North Whidbey Help House was chartered on July 7, 1977 and is the food bank that serves northern Whidbey Island. We distribute emergency/supplemental food (a 3-4 day supply) on a monthly basis to our clients.

Oak Harbor Educational Foundation

Oak Harbor Education Foundation

The Oak Harbor Educational Foundation was formed by caring citizens in 1992. The Foundation provides a conduit for donations, manages contributed assets and raises funds to benefit education in Oak Harbor schools.

Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society

The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society is a nonprofit, grassroots organization consisting of volunteers and community leaders concerned about the future of the Garry oak on Whidbey Island. Through constructive partnerships we are raising the community’s consciousness of our city’s namesake tree by planting and protecting Garry oaks for future generations.

Oak Harbor High School Grad Night

Our mission is to give senior children a fun, safe, drug and alcohol free graduation celebration. A grant from Island Thrift supports scholarships so more OHHS Seniors can attend Grad Night.

Oak Harbor Lions

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

Oak Harbor Main Street

Oak Harbor Main Street Association actively promotes a vibrant, historic waterfront community.

Oak Harbor Music Festival

Oak Harbor Music Festival

The Oak Harbor Music Festival will inspire you with the power of music! Two main stages feature many bands playing all types of musical genre. Wet your whistle at the beer garden, grab a bite at a food vendor or sidewalk cafe, and enjoy arts and crafts vendors as you stroll from one stage to the other.

The Center in Oak Harbor: Activities & Resources for 50+

The Center in Oak Harbor provides a place where anyone over the age of 50 can find programs, activities and services which support a positive, healthy, and active lifestyle.

Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island

The OSCWI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our military spouses and supporting the community of Whidbey Island. For the last 45 years the OSCWI has strived to foster a supportive community for active and retired military spouses to stay connected and give back.

Opportunity Council

Opportunity Council helps people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities.

Pacific Northwest Art School

The Pacific NorthWest Art School is a 32 year old non profit art school focusing on seasonal workshops taught by well known national faculty, art year round community based learning, a member’s gallery, an art lending library, scholarships, free presentations and lectures and a fun place to volunteer!

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum

Learn the history of the PBY “Catalina” aircraft and NAS Whidbey in downtown Oak Harbor. Interesting artifacts, countless models, and two flight simulators make for hours of fun.

Positively Linked

Our mission is to inspire people to embrace positivity in their lives by focusing on love, compassion, kindness, gratitude, creativity and courage.

Pregnancy Care Clinic

Pregnancy Care Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides free services to Island County and its surrounding areas. Our services include pregnancy testing, first trimester OB ultrasound, parenting classes, and the giving of material items such as diapers, baby clothing, formula, baby layettes, and baby food.

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Readiness to Learn

Readiness to Learn (RTL) promotes academic success among children from kindergarten through high school who are experiencing difficult circumstances at home. We are committed to helping children reach their full potential, by eliminating non-academic barriers that may hinder their success in the classroom.

Ryan’s House for Youth

Ryan’s House for Youth provides a safe atmosphere where youth & young adults can grow in a safe, homelike environment and with the help of caring mentors youth will find the tools to help heal and grow in their relationships, while giving them the opportunities to reach their highest potential.

Saratoga Orchestra

Saratoga Orchestra

The Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island is a professional orchestra that entertains, educates, and enriches our community through music. The orchestra presents a unique and varied musical repertoire, enhances the awareness and reputation of Whidbey Island as a cultural destination, and mentors exceptional local music students in study and performance.

Soroptimist International Oak Harbor

Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor is part of an international organization whose mission is to provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

Special Olympics Washington – Whidbey Spring Sports

Supporting our local athletes and fueling their dream of traveling to regional tournaments and Spring games. This grant ensures that these individuals with intellectual disabilities – regardless of their ability level – may continue to partake in sports training and competition as well as benefit from Healthy Athletes and other sports programs.

Spin Cafe Oak Harbor

SPIN Café

SPIN Café exists to Serve People in Need. Our mission is to improve the human condition by relieving the isolation which so often happens when people are in need, homeless or hungry. Our organization gives the disadvantaged, and those who serve them, an opportunity to serve and be served, each according to their own needs.

Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation supports the Sno-Isle Libraries District by funding innovative programs in libraries throughout Snohomish and Island Counties. Our purpose is to help local libraries adapt to changing public needs while remaining a centerpiece of community life.

Toddler Learning Center

The Toddler Learning Center provides therapy, education, and parent support for children 0-36 months with developmental delays on Whidbey Island. Our therapy, educational, and parent support services are provided in the home. Therapists and teachers support parents and caregivers in implementing therapeutic practices into daily routines facilitating a child’s development.

United Way of Island County

The United Way of Island County works to advance the common good. This means creating opportunities for a better life for all. This is accomplished through our funding of programs and initiatives provided by partner agencies, participation in collaborative efforts and involving our community in solutions that benefit all of us. United Way focuses on basic things that we all need for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, and income that can support a family through retirement and good health.

Whidbey All-Island Community Band

Whidbey All-Island Community Band

The All-Island Community Band (AICB) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Since its establishment in 1965, the Band has continuously supported our community by presenting free musical performances.

Whidbey Homeless Coalition

The Whidbey Homeless Coalition believes every man, woman, and child coming through our programs is a valued community member with a story to tell. No matter their past, or the road that lead them to our door, Whidbey Homeless Coalition is dedicated to making their experience with homelessness brief and rare.

Whidbey Island Arts Council

The purpose of Whidbey Island Arts Commission is to assist local artists and arts organizations by providing advice, financial aid and sponsorship; and to encourage arts education at all levels and increased community awareness of and support for the arts and culture of Whidbey Island.

Whidbey Island Kite Festival

Set against the majestic backdrop of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the kite festival features impressive ground and air displays of color and imagination. Activities include kids’ kitemaking, beginning sportkite lessons, and sportkite demonstrations.

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Whidbey Island Grown Eat Local Event

Eat Local Month provides a spotlight and a reason for our community to think about where their food comes from and learn how to access local food and strengthen the local food system. It’s a way to showcase our agricultural heritage, and celebrate our many hardworking farmers, producers, chefs, and business owners on Whidbey Island. It’s also harvest time, when traditionally communities come together for feast and fun.

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Whidbey Young Professionals

Whidbey Young Professionals goal is to bring a more vibrant, entrepreneurial, and adventurous spirit to the communities on Whidbey Island. We hope to inspire young leaders to take part in the governance of community organization to provide a fresh perspective, bringing our island to the next level of growth and opportunity.

Whidbey Island Wildcats Robotics Team

We use technology to inspire today’s youth to better themselves and the world we live in. We aspire to make the community a better place.

Whidbey Playhouse & Whidbey’s Got Tallent

The Whidbey Playhouse has been presenting live theatre in Oak Harbor for over 51 years. Though we are a small community theatre, we strive for excellence and professionalism in all that we choose to do. We promote and nourish community spirit, providing support and encouragement to individuals and other cultural arts groups.

WhidbeyHealth Foundation

The WhidbeyHealth Foundation was formed in 1981. Its mission is to support and enhance WhidbeyHealth through advocacy, and through the development and management of charitable resources.

WhidbeyHealth Lifeline Services

WhidbeyHealth Lifeline Services provides personal medical alert systems to members of our community who live alone or have healthcare needs. Lifeline Services come with the assurance of fast, easy access to help in any emergency, providing peace of mind to those who live alone and their loved ones.