Register or join and event or class, by going to the Calendar of Events, find the class or event, and follow the instructions listed. New to Zoom? Go to our Zoom Like a Pro page to find out how to use Zoom.

BREAKING: Free COVID-19 At-Home Tests

The federal government announced that every home in the United States is eligible to receive four free at-home COVID-19 tests.

Order your four free at-home tests here.

We are Hiring!

Home Maintenance and Repair Coordinator

Orcas Senior Center is recruiting for a part-time independent contractor to coordinate its Home Maintenance & Repair (HM&R) pilot program (see job announcement here).

To read more about the HM&R pilot program, go here.

To see the HM&R Coordinator scope of work, go here.

To apply for the position, go here.

For questions, please contact us at or (360) 919-9312.

Introducing New Logo

In September, we introduced our new logo with a beautiful watercolor image of an old growth forest. With this new logo, we hope to portray strength, renewal, support, and connection. To read more about why we chose this design, read the article published in The Orcasonian here.

COVID-19: Be in the Know

To see the latest information about San Juan County’s COVID vaccination effort, including eligibility and announcements of vaccination dates, and to schedule a vaccine appointment, go here.

Could you use a QR code to quickly scan or a link for a digital copy of your COVID verification record? Go to WAverify here.

Do you know a community member who needs extra assistance with signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine? If so, help is available through a collaboration between San Juan County Health and Community Services, Orcas Senior Center, and Orcas Community Resource Center.

Please contact San Juan County Senior Services Specialist Jami Mitchell at (360) 376-7926 or Jana Webb from Orcas Community Resource Center at (360) 376-3184 for details regarding this assistance. 

Keep up to date with the latest information about COVID-19 locally, statewide, and globally:

San Juan County
Washington State Department of Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

Mask-Maker, Mask-Maker

Super volunteer Maggie Kaplan has been hard at work hand-making masks for our community and visitors alike since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, she has raised over $20,000 in donations for her masks! All proceeds have been donated to Orcas Senior Center! Thank you, Maggie!! (Maggie has even had so much time on her hands from being stuck at home that she’s sewn a beautiful quilt made of all the leftover mask fabric!)

You can pick up your very own stylish and well-sewn masks from her carport at 158 Palisades Drive.

Read more about Maggie and her masks in this article from the Islands’ Sounder here.

Buddy Check-In

Are you a senior? Would you appreciate a regular phone check-in by an Orcas Senior Center volunteer during your self-isolation?

Are you interested in volunteering as a buddy?

Contact Jim Glozier at or (360) 919-9318 or click the button below.

Real Time Air Quality Measurements @ OSC

As part of its Air Quality Monitoring Project, San Juan County has installed a PM2.5 monitor on the Orcas Senior Center building. 

What are PM2.5? PM2.5, which stands for “Particulate Matter 2.5, are microscopic particles that are only a tiny percentage of the diameter of a human hair in size (2.5 micrometers or smaller, to be exact). Their microscopic size allows them to bypass the protective areas of the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs, potentially causing health problems. On Orcas Island, the most common sources of PM2.5 are motor vehicles, residential wood burning, and seasonal forest fires. 

The box below shows up-to-date readings from the PM2.5 air quality monitor installed at the Orcas Senior Center. Any number less than 50 is considered to be generally safe. Click on the “Purple Air Map” text at the bottom to get even more information from the sensor and to see readings in other locations.

For public health guidance from San Juan County Health & Human Services for PM2.5 concentrations, go here.

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