Community Grants

When you shop at Island Thrift, you help your community. We donate to Island County organizations and charities, in the form of one-time and ongoing grants. Funding decisions are based on factors such as the number of people served, the organization’s needs and abilities, and the potential for additional funding sources.

PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS 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!

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.

Bowman Bay Holiday - Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island WA

Deception Pass State Park Amphitheater

The Deception Pass Park Foundation, with help from an Island Thrift grant, recently completed a beautiful new amphitheater just off North Beach in Deception Pass State Park. View a photo on our Facebook page.

Garry Oak Grove Mural

The Downtown Oak Harbor Garry Oak Mural intends to “connect” downtown to Smith Park, informing people that a nice park with a rare Garry oak grove is a short walk away. Many visitors to our Pioneer Way events are not aware of the park and may wander up to discover it during a street festival. The mural will also raise interest in our heritage and ecology as the Garry oak is our city’s namesake tree.

Hand in Hand Early Learning Center Greenhouse Garden

Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center is a partnership school coordinated by Oak Harbor Public Schools and Oak Harbor Head Start that creates a learning environment where young students, with the support of their families, can thrive.

Holiday Art Classes for Kids

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.

Island County Musuem

Island County Historical Society has been Collecting, Preserving, and Interpreting Island County history since 1949. Our museum is open daily, and is located in historic Coupeville, where we exhibit and care for thousands of historical artifacts, photos, and documents which interpret Island County history, from the Ice Age, to Native American presence, to Early American settlement, to current.

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.

Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey

Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey is all volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to raise and disperse funds to provide financial assistance to low income families and individuals who live in zip codes 98277-98278 for their prescriptions, prescribed medical equipment and emergency dental care.

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.

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 Music Festival

Oak Harbor Music Festival

The Oak Harbor Music Festival will inspire you with the power of music! Two main stages feature 30 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.

Oak Harbor Pigfest

Oak Harbor Pigfest

Pig out for a good cause at Pigfest! This annual pig roast and block party raises funds for local charities that include North Whidbey Help House, Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey, and CADA: Citizens Against Domestic Abuse.

Oak Harbor Senior Activity Center

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

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!

PBY Naval Air Museum Oak Harbor

PBY 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.

Rotary Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

The Rotary Club of Oak harbor and the Rotary Club of North Whidbey Sunrise are working together to provide weekend meals every week to kids who may not have enough to eat on days with no school lunch.

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.

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.

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.

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 Homeless Coalition

The mission of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition is make homelessness a brief and rare experience in our community.

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 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.

Wildcat Golf Team Fundraiser Golf Tournament

The Oak Harbor Wildcat Golf Team competes in AAA sports, the highest competitive level, as part of the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).