Double Your Impact!

Matching Funds Offered for Orcas Senior Center

Help us reach our goal! Orcas Senior Center is bursting at the seams and we are acquiring the 49% interest in the building that San Juan County currently owns. To help us raise the $822,260 needed, the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) is running a matching campaign through August. The OICF Board contributed $25,000 from Bob Henigson’s legacy gift, and the Henigson Family added $25,000, making our match goal $50,000!

Every dollar donated up to $50,000 will be matched 1:1!

Donations can be made online through the OICF to the Orcas Senior Center Matching Fund, or checks can be mailed to OICF PO Box 1496, Eastsound, WA 98245 or dropped off at 33 Urner Street, #4. OICF does not charge an administrative fee on donations, so 100% of your contribution will support the Senior Center. If you would like to increase the matching pool, please contact Hilary Canty (, 360-376-5376). Thank you for your support!

Let’s Brunch!

Fundraiser for Orcas Senior Center

Saturday, August 24, 11 a.m.

Join us at “Let’s Brunch!”—a delightful fundraiser supporting Orcas Senior Center on Saturday, August 24 at 11 a.m. at an oceanfront private home with breathtaking views on the North Shore. Indulge in a variety of brunch items, from classic favorites to gourmet treats, while enjoying a vibrant drink bar. The event features both a live auction and a silent auction, offering an exciting array of items and experiences to bid on. Proceeds benefit the Orcas Senior Center, enhancing programs and services for local seniors. Don’t miss this opportunity to brunch with a purpose and enjoy a memorable day with the community. See you there!

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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