Orcas Center remains closed at until otherwise directed by county officials, and during this time we will be posting information to navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic specifically for Orcas Islanders and those in the artistic community. If you have information that would be appropriate for us to share, please feel free email info@OrcasCenter.org and let us know!
Resources for Orcas Center’s COVID-19 Recovery
The Phases of Re-Opening
Can You Help?
For Professional and Family Caregivers
For Parents and Children
Exploring the Arts Online
Support WA Businesses
Orcas Center Show Archive
The Phases of Re-Opening
PHASE ONE: Began Tuesday, May 5th
Essentially the current phase with minor changes allowing for outdoor recreation. By mid-May, the state will allow retail curbside pickup; automobile sales; and car washes with social distancing restrictions. This phase also would allow drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle.
PHASE TWO: Began Saturday, May 23rd
Additional expansions of outdoor recreation activities would be allowed, as well as small gatherings of 5 or fewer people, new construction and in-store retail purchases with health restrictions. Barber shops and salons could reopen and house cleaning services. Restaurants could reopen with 50 percent capacity and table size no larger than 5. Some professional services and offices could open up as well, even though teleworking would remain strongly encouraged. Pet care services including grooming could resume.
Gatherings of 50 people or less, including sports activities, would be allowed, and non-essential travel could resume. Restaurants could move up to 75 percent capacity and tables up to 10 people, and bars at 25 percent capacity; gyms and movie theaters could reopen at 50 percent capacity; retail, libraries, museums and government buildings could reopen. Recreational facilities like pools could open at 50 percent capacity. Nightclubs and entertainment venues would still not be able to reopen.
PHASE FOUR: (Orcas Center returns!)
Would involve resuming the majority of public interactions. Gatherings of more than 50 people would be allowed, but still while practicing social distancing.
Can You Help?
Free Masks Available!
The Mask Makers Still Need Help Sewing!
Mask Making on Orcas
We want to help reopen as safely and peacefully as possible. To that end, Paul Berry and Ed Andrews have put together a guide for conflict management.
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
If you or a loved one is experiencing increased anxiety, depression and/or isolation as a result of the COVID-19 virus, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the following help lines:
- Mental Health Crisis Hot Line: Call the 24-hour mental health crisis line operated by Volunteers of America: 1-800-584-3578 or go to www.imhurting.org.
- Emotional Support Help Line (1-866-342-6892): Connects people with caring professionals. The services is free of charge and available to anyone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Click here for additional information.
- Washington Warm Line (1-877-500-9276): Peer support help line for people living with emotional and mental health challenges. For specific information on COVID-19 related needs, see https://mhanational.org/covid19.
A New Mental Health Directory for San Juan County
The outbreak of COVID-19 has led many people to feel anxiety, grief and stress. Thero.org is a nonprofit based on Orcas Island. They have built a local mental health resource directory for San Juan County and are recruiting volunteers to help keep it updated. Search for resources at thero.org/sanjuan or email@example.com to learn how to help the volunteer team.
Crisis Therapy Project
Thero.org also has an initiative called the Crisis Therapy Project. It uses their resource directory to connect therapists who are offering free therapy to people who are affected by a crisis (i.e. mass shootings, natural disasters, disease outbreaks). Anyone can search for free therapy for COVID-related stress at thero.org/crisis/COVID. Licensed therapists can learn how to offer free therapy at thero.org/crisis#offerhelp.
SAFE San Juans
SAFE San Juans response to the COVID-19 crisis has been to increase staff availability, work to expand short-term emergency and longer-term transitional shelter options, build remote/video support capability for staff and clients, increase client aid, and add interactive online prevent-education options for students as they study from home.
The SAFE staff personally understand the trauma of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, and they are working hard to keep the agency’s doors open to those who are suffering. We secured additional office space in order to create a place for clients where appropriate distances can be maintained and surfaces disinfected. Some of our staff are single parents who wound up having to stay home to care for and homeschool their children. We created home offices for them so they can continue serving to the best of their ability. confident that however things unfold, we will carry out our mission well. If you are suffering from domestic or sexual violence or their longer term effects, please reach out to us at 360-376-5979.
From the Recovery Community:
Alcoholics Anonymous offers 10 zoom meetings/week, covering every day of the week. Their website is www.orcasislandaa.org. There is a local phone number for info/requests: 360-376-4522.…
Island Reproductive Health Initiative (IRHI) is providing resources including:
- CONDOMS free for anyone (OCRC, SAFE SJs, Rays, Orcas Food Coop, The Kitchen).
- PLAN B (Morning After Pill): FREE for IRHI patients.
- REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE: Most Services FREE for IRHI patients.
For more information, go to www.irhiorcas.weebly, www.facebook.com/IRHIorcas, or contact Jean Henigson (360-376-6549)
Food Bank Update
The Food Bank staff, volunteers and board thank the Orcas community for the wonderful outpouring of support during the GiveOrcas campaign. With your help we’re feeding increasing numbers of our island neighbors, offering food sourced from on island as much as we can. Your generosity makes us all so glad and proud to be part of this great community. Thank you!
Island Market – New Store Hours are 8am-6pm until further notice
The Market is monitoring and, at times, limiting the number of people in the store to protect employees and customers. Please only come to the store for essentials and team up with friends and neighbors to make one trip instead of many. Customers are asked to wait outside if capacity is reached. In case you do have to wait a bit, here are some tips:
– It is still chilly outside. Bring something warm to wear
– Please do not bring your reusable bags at this time
– There is a hand-washing sink set up just inside the door; Everyone must wash their hands before shopping
– The aisles have changed due to the reconstruction project. There are maps to help you find your items. CLICK HERE for a printable version of the new-store layout to help you with your shopping.
– Please stay home if you are sick or a family member is sick.
– Watch the below video for more tips when shopping at your local grocer:
In order to protect customers, employees, and communities, the Co-Op is only providing curbside pick-up and home delivery at this time. Current turnaround time is 24-hours. Place an order online at: www.orcasfood.coop. Watch the video below for some tips:
Just remember that these hornets do not generally attack humans unless provoked. But, their sting can be nearly 7 times as venomous as a regular hornet. (Be sure to keep your epi-pen with you if you’re allergic to stings!) They pose a huge threat to the honey-bee population – and in turn, a large percentage of our food supply. Hornets and Wasps not only love to live in the nooks and crannies of homes, but in your mailbox as well! Be sure to do some spring cleaning and regularly look for nests so that you (and your friendly postal worker) don’t get any surprises!
- Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms shall not participate in outdoor recreation activities.
- Any state parks, state public lands, hunting and fishing seasons, golf facilities, trails, and other public parks, public lands and trails may be closed at any time if there is reason to believe unsafe conditions exist or social distancing practices are not being adhered to.
- People must recreate locally: Do not travel farther than necessary and do not stay overnight to recreate.
- Limit your recreation partners to only those who live within your household unit.
- Practice social distancing at trailheads, boat launches, and all areas where you encounter others.
- Utilize facial coverings in any situation where social distancing is not possible.
- Bring your own food and supplies when possible. This will help protect others in your community.
- The Golf Alliance of Washington has been working to provide appropriate social distancing and limits on activities. These include spacing out tee times, limits on size of parties, walking-only (unless someone needs to be in the cart for mobility reasons), no on-site beverage or food service (take-away only, just as with other food service) and more.
- Passenger fare increase 2.0% – applied to all routes
- Vehicle fare increase 2.5% – applied to all routes
- Annual Peak Season Surcharge (May 1 – September 30, 2020): 25% increase on single vehicle fare purchases (35% increase for San Juan Islands routes)
- Capital Surcharge increased 25 cents per fare (for a total of 50 cents per fare) dedicated to the construction of a new vessel.
Help Secure Funds for Orcas Island
Did you know what many forms of funding for our most important island programs come about because of the Census? Without being represented, we could lose federal monies for critical programs like Medicare, the school lunch program, transportation funding programs, and much more. Many of the nonprofits in our community rely on census data to apply for critical funding grants. Please take a few minutes to fill out your census.
There are three easy ways to participate:
- Answer online at www.2020census.gov
- Call toll-free to 844.330.2020 (English) or 844.468.2020 (Spanish). Call centers are open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Return a paper form via the mail (this option is only available if you received a paper form in the mail)
It is important to know that this information if kept private for 72 years and no one in the Census Bureau can release your personal information. Watch the video below for more information:
A Message from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue:
Essential Goods Home Deliveries
During this COVID-19 emergency: vulnerable persons of any age that need home delivery of essential household goods such as food or medicine can call the resource center or senior services to ask for help. If you need this assistance, please call Jana Webb at the Orcas Community Resource Center, 360-376-3184, or Heidi Bruce with Senior Services, 360-370-0591.
OCRC also has a resource guide of programs/services that might help you during this time. The guide can be found at: https://orcascrc.org/covid-19-resources
Use Orcas.Recovers.org to volunteer, donate, or post a need. This site was started by the Orcas Island Community Foundation but it is managed by local organizations in the community. Residents can request help or sign up to donate and volunteer. Your information and offerings will be shown only to vetted organizations helping in the community. If you request help or sign up to donate or volunteer, you will be contacted by a local organization that can help you or that needs help. Organizations can post their services, request resources, and access the databases of needs, donations, and volunteers by clicking on “I Represent a Local Organization”.
Thanks to donors to the Community Foundation’s Community Emergency Response Fund, OPAL Community Land Trust is helping islanders who may not be able to pay their housing costs because of the COVID-19 virus. If you want help with your rent or mortgage, please fill out the form at this link, and we’ll contact you to take next steps. Donations to the Orcas Recovery Fund to help people impacted financially by loss of wages or other COVID-19 related impacts can be made through the Community Foundation...
Orcas Community Resource Center (OCRC)
COATES’ Cabinet (new hours and procedures: https://orcascrc.org/coates-cabinet) The Coates’ Cabinet is now open on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the months at the Resource Center from 3:30 to 5:30pm. If you are a current Resource Center or Food Bank client, you are eligible for a free monthly allocation of household and personal items such as laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers and many other items.
The Shelter Task Force Seeks Items
The Community Shelter Task Force is working hard to ensure that all on Orcas have both a place and a shelter to Shelter in place. They are seeking donations of folding tables, hoses, extension cords, and market tents. In addition, we would be deeply grateful for trailers or fifth wheels. With the return of the rain, our tents are not providing adequate shelter. firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, sleeping bags (10), bedding, pillows, and towels. Cookware and propane cook stoves (need 4). Picnic tables (need 4), and several hoses and extension cords (the orange kind for outdoor use). If you have any of these to offer, please post what you have to give on orcas.recovers.org #sheltersupport, and we will be in touch. Thank YOU!…
Support Local Businesses by Buying Gift Certificates!
For Family and Professional Caregivers
From the Orcas Island Caregiver Preparedness Team
Orcas Island Caregiver Preparedness was established with the support of Orcas Island Community Foundation and the Lahari Foundation to provide information, resources and supplies to paid and family caregivers on Orcas Island. It was MOST important that safety supplies be available for all paid and family caregivers in our community. We are fully stocked with supplies needed for best safety practices in the home to include cloth, surgical and N-95 masks (dispensed with exposure risk according to CDC guidelines), goggles/face shields, gloves, gowns, hazmat bags, bleach spray for disinfection for each caregiver.
1) Home delivered meals are provided to seniors on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for those in need. Please contact Heidi Bruce with Senior Services at 360-370-0591 or email@example.com.
2) Delivery of essential household goods such as food or medicine is available for those in need. Please contact Heidi Bruce with Senior Services at 360-370-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the resource center at 360-376-3184.
3) Orcas Senior Center Hearts and Hands program is extending its reach to address the needs of seniors during this period of prolonged self-isolation. If you would like to volunteer to provide friendly regular check-ins by phone or if you are a senior and would welcome phone check-ins from a concerned and caring volunteer, go to orcas.recovers.org or call John Slater at 360-919-9318.
For Parents and Children
The Orcas Island School District recognizes that many students and families rely on school to meet their nutritional needs. We also recognize that the Covid-19 outbreak may impact the economic reality for many families who may need assistance. During the state mandated school closure from March 17th to June 19th we will be able to provide lunch and breakfast, free of charge to ALL CHILDREN (of any age, whether that child is in the public school or not), regardless of family income. CLICK HERE for more information.
- Lost wages and earnings;
- Loss from event, performance, and conference cancellations and school / community-based education closures;
- Reimbursement for travel loss;
- Medical expenses;
- Rent and mortgage payments, food, utilities, and other living expenses.
Exploring the Arts Online
- MISSING / HIGHWAY OF TEARS – Deon Venter
- DOMESTIC BLISS – Holly Ballard Martz
- THE PULSE OF WATER – June Sekiguchi
The Met Opera: Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.
Supporting Washington Businesses
Orcas Small Business Help
Are you lost in the maze? Help to navigate is here! A group of island experts has teamed up with Orcas Island Library to help you with the various business financial assistance programs. For small business owners, independent contractors and sole proprietorships facing a web of confusing information and paperwork while seeking to apply for federal and state financial assistance programs, the team can is here for you.
- Go here to get started: www.orcaslibrary.org link to Orcas Small Business Help
- Fill out and submit the request for assistance
- A Library navigator will contact you to help guide you through the process
Many areas can be addressed like identifying the most appropriate programs, coping with current bottlenecks and constraints, submitting your application, and how to follow through to ensure your application is considered. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions listed on the site. Developed in conjunction with the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF), the Small Business Coronavirus Support Network is free and ready to help you today.
- Fee and disconnect waivers
- Temporarily disconnect meter (no bill during disruption)
- Waive service access charge (base fee) with EAP-C assistance
- $25 bill credit with Rock Island (if on EAP-C)
- Switch it Up! payment deferral