Our Mission Statement
Orcas Senior Center (OSC), Orcas District of the Senior Services Council of San Juan County 501(c)3, engages the community to provide services, advocacy, and support so that people can live and age well on Orcas Island.
Who We Are
More than half the population on Orcas Island is over the age of 55. An aging community yes, but incredibly active and the most well educated population in the state of Washington.
We support this community through a variety of opportunities, programs, shared meals, social and educational events, and through the promotion of sound mind, sound body, and a commitment to the community at-large.
In 2025, we envision OSC serving as a community convener and leader in assisting people to age well on Orcas by promoting prolonged independence and improved quality of life. Its governance is clear and direct: policies and procedures are in place, fostering clarity and accountability. Members of Orcas District Committee possess the range of expertise, talent and skills necessary to set effective policy and establish committees to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. It is a “working board” that engages volunteers, employees, and sponsors.
What We Do
From balance sessions to yoga, technology briefings to writing and art classes, lectures with topics from American history to zoology, the programs and services available through the Orcas Senior Center challenge, educate and inform.
What’s Cooking: There’s always something happening on the island and OSC is no exception. Plug into our activities calendar and know when lunch is served, when the next class begins or the next speaker presents. Boredom has no home at the Orcas Senior Center.
Be in the Know: How well do you know what’s happening that effects the senior population on Orcas? In Washington State? The country? If you come across a topic, a web site or an article of interest to the senior community at-large feel free to suggest it.
When you need something more: From time to time we all need a helping hand – a ride to a medical appointment or someone to help with the housework… whatever it is we’ll help hook you up with the assistance you need. Three times a week we gather for a nutritious meal and camaraderie at the center. Meals and Wheels and More ensures the islanders who cannot leave their home also benefit from a hot nutritious meal. Volunteers with our Companion Services program brighten the days of those in our community who are homebound with one-on-one companionship.
How are we doing?: As hard as we try, no-one’s perfect. If you have a suggestion on how we can improve, please let us know. Remember, you get more bees with honey than vinegar.
Join Us!: Make no mistake – our members are the heart and soul of Orcas Senior Center and we simply could not do what we do without them. Please consider joining us and help maintain this vibrant corner of the island.
Donations: Like all nonprofits, donations from the community are our lifeline. Every single donation – no matter how small or how large – contributes to the success and survival of the Orcas Senior Center. Please consider contributing, with either a one-time donation or a sustaining contribution. Your donations are tax-deductible and every penny goes to a good cause. Find more information on our Donation page.