The Amabile Choir of Bainbridge Island, founded in 2013, is a mixed-voice ensemble of 55 singers from Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. The choir’s members range in age from teenagers to retirees – all music lovers who enjoy singing. From founding, Amabile’s purpose has been to express love of music through choral singing. Amabile Choir provides musical education and choral performance fostering a genuine love of singing with a clear understanding of the value of music in people’s lives. Amaile draws from an eclectic repertoire including classical, international, jazz and religious works Amabile aims to provide meaningful cultural experiences for the community. It performs two concerts annually, in late spring, then during the holiday season, in the beautiful St. Barnabas sanctuary, which the church generously provides in keeping with its own spiritual commitment to community service.
Every day, in communities big and small across King and Kitsap counties, the American Red Cross is at work alleviating human suffering. When a family’s home catches fire, we provide lodging, food, comfort and more, bridging the gap between despair and hope. When a community is threatened by a disaster, we mobilize to deliver relief including shelter, nourishing meals, health services, and comfort. When a cancer patient is fighting to survive, we deliver lifesaving blood, wherever and whenever it is needed. The availability of blood and blood products can mean the difference between life and death. When a service member has an emergency and needs to reach family back home, the Red Cross helps connect them. We provide exceptional care from the day they enlist through their lives as veterans. For about 140 years, the Red Cross has helped neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world.
The mission of Arms Around Bainbridge is to provide support to members of the Bainbridge Island community facing overwhelming financial and emotional burdens associated with a serious illness. Arms Around Bainbridge provides immediate assistance for basic human needs through direct person-to-person support and interaction with our beneficiaries. The all-volunteer organization accomplishes its work through community fundraising activities and partnerships, and by building local and regional awareness.
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge is the cultural hub on Bainbridge Island. We support, promote and foster local artists and cultural organizations of all disciplines through a variety of vehicles and opportunities via our three pillars – Arts in Education, Public Art and Currents online. Currents, (currentstonline.org) our community cultural website, hosts an extensive events calendar, online artist marketplace, stories, blogs, videos, local artist and cultural organization profiles, public art, an arts education and links for artistic and cultural resources. Our second pillar, the Arts in Education program serves over 2,000 students by bringing teaching artist residencies into the public schools to enrich the core curriculum. Our third pillar, the Public Art program brings art to public spaces, through collaborations with local artists, the City of Bainbridge Island and a variety of private investors. We also provide fiscal sponsorship to fledgling nonprofit organizations and grants to individual artists.
The mission of Assistance Dogs Northwest (ADNW) is to provide professionally trained dogs that increase independence and enhance quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and other special needs. Our vision is to continue training and placing more Assistance Dogs in the Pacific Northwest that will help both the dogs and their partners realize their full potential. ADNW, with headquarters located on Bainbridge Island, improves the lives of over 10,000 people annually through the delivery of Assistance Dog Programs and Community Outreach Programs, including our Therapy Dog Program, Veterans Program, Workplace Readiness Program, and Education Program. Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow-up support are provided free of charge to ensure equitable access to our programs and services for those with the greatest needs.
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts fosters the creation and appreciation of fine contemporary art and craft by jurying, exhibiting, and representing the work of Northwest artists, and by offering arts education and outreach experiences to all ages throughout Kitsap County and the region. Founded in 1948 by a group of ambitious, forward-thinking artists, craftspeople, and art educators, we are one of the region’s largest nonprofit galleries. We support the livelihood of more than 200 Northwest artists while serving close to 10,000 youth, adults, and seniors each year through more than 100 free programs taking place inside and outside of our gallery space.
Learn the language and culture of one of the world’s great civilizations. Bainbridge Chinese Culture & Arts is a non-profit organization that provides Mandarin Chinese language training and an introduction to Chinese culture and arts to students and interested adults on Bainbridge Island and nearby communities in Washington State.
The Bainbridge Chorale began bringing members of our community together to sing and enjoy the power of choral music in 1971. Since our modest beginnings, we have grown in our scope and mission in ways our founders could never have envisioned. Thousands of voices have joined our adult and youth choirs over the years, sharing music of all genres with ever-growing audiences. Hundreds of our neighbors have enjoyed coming together to sing at our annual community singing events, open to all. But our mission goes beyond hosting events, offering quality musical education to singers of all ages, and performing professional-level concerts. The Bainbridge Chorale organization is committed to sharing the power of singing and choral music to touch our hearts, to evoke a healing sense of our shared humanity.
Bainbridge Community Piano Association owns and maintains the Yamaha C6 grand piano in Huney Hall at Waterfront Park Community Center. It sponsors community student recitals and presents eight professional concerts of jazz and classical music in the concert series First Sundays Concerts.
Bainbridge Cooperative Nursery School provides quality preschool education for children ages 3-6. Our community of caring families and exceptional teachers continue to provide an enriching environment that encourages children to thrive. We have been learning through art and play since 1963. Donations through One Call for All are used to supplement a scholarship fund for families in need of tuition assistance.
The Bainbridge Food Forest is a thriving, diverse, and sustainable, edible ecosystem created by a joint venture between Friends of the Farms and Bainbridge Prepares. We build resilience in our community by leveraging regenerative farming practices to improve soils, protect watersheds and build habitats for native species. Guided by experts from Biohabitats, Northwest Meadowscapes, the Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Audubon Society, the Xerces Society, and more, the BFF will foster the health of all species and be a:
• Community hub for hands-on experiences to grow ideas and inspire curiosity in children and adults
• Living classroom and shared space for regenerative local food production and innovation in habitat preservation and restoration
• Edible public park open to all
• Sanctuary free for all to gather, nourish, explore, and share
• Replicable model for food security and equitable distribution of locally grown, nutritious, fresh food”
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. Bainbridge Island 4-H is led by adult volunteers who focus on the development of life-skills in youth 5-19 years of age through a variety of projects, following the 4-H slogan of “Learn by Doing”. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four H’s in 4-H .
The 4-H pledge:
– I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
– my heart to greater loyalty,
– my hands to larger service, and
– my health to better living,
– for my club, my community, my country and my world.
Our 4-H members can also participate at the county and state level in multiple events: the Kitsap County Fair; if they qualify, the Washington State Fair; county public presentations; summer camp (as campers and counselors); community service projects; and WSU based leadership conferences.
Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club (BARC) welcomes licensed ham radio operators and unlicensed individuals interested in learning about radio communications for fun and for emergency preparedness. We offer radio operator training, including FCC-licensing preparation and examination, a weekly informal “Amateur Hour” net, monthly special interest group meetings at BARN, and a monthly breakfast meeting. BARC members provide communications for community events such as the Chilly Hilly bicycle rally, the Rotary Auction, Bainbridge Community Emergency Response Teams (BI-CERT), and the Bainbridge Emergency Operations Center. The club is affiliated with the Kitsap County Alternate Communications System (ACS), RACES, and ARES, and most Club members hold identification cards from the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management. BARC supports the Bainbridge Island “Map Your Neighborhood” program, encouraging neighbors to become licensed hams and learn to communicate effectively during an emergency. BARC operates the W7NPC radio repeater making possible island-wide VHF and UHF amateur communications.
BICCC has worked hard to remain nimble during Covid 19 so we can provide the type of childcare families need most. Despite a significant decline in revenue due to Covid 19, BICCC kept its doors open throughout the pandemic in order to provide childcare to the essential workers. In Fall 2020, we added Learning Pods to our offerings, providing small groups of students the opportunity to do remote learning from our facility and allowing their parents to continue working. For over forty years, BICCC has been providing trusted childcare that fits the lives of working families. Your donations make a world of difference!
We are a network of merchants working together to preserve and promote our downtown. We help to create a vibrant feel and create community while supporting the economy. We market through publishing our handy Walkabout Guide and add beauty through our hanging Flower Basket program. We create events for locals and visitors to enjoy. Since 1992, Bainbridge has been recognized as one of only 13 nationally accredited Washington Main Streets through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Bainbridge Island FC provides soccer training and playing opportunities for over 1500 members from Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. We offer quality training, game and program opportunities for children (3-19 years) and adults (20+ years). Visit www.bifc.net for information for all program offerings. The club’s Mission Statement is to “promote the love of the game of soccer by providing quality training and appropriate competition for all ages and abilities in a safe and supportive environment, while developing the highest standards of player growth and fair play”.
The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library (BIFOL) supports Bainbridge Public Library by raising money through book sales. The books sold by the Friends of the Library are donated by generous Bainbridge Islanders. BIFOL holds three book sales per month (non-COVID times) as well as selling donated books online. This past year, the Friends focused on increasing the Bainbridge Public Library Endowment Fund which will provide a future steady stream of income for the library in the future. Further, BIFOL provided significant support for the children’s, teens’ and adult programs at the Bainbridge Public Library. Examples are the children’s summer reading program, the children’s story time, maintenance of the salt water aquarium in the children’s area, support for the ever-popular Great Decisions programs and other Library U events, plus materials for the library that the staff requests.
The Bainbridge Island Fruit Club was founded in 2014 with the purpose of enhancing our gardens, our community, our sustainability, and our pride through growing fruit. We strive to bring together new and experienced fruit growers who will promote the science, cultivation, and pleasure of growing our own local fruit. Our members range from seasoned local farmers and hobby orchardists to backyard fruit growers and aspiring novices. We pass along knowledge and experience through education, fruit shows, orchard tours, meetings, workshops, and publications.
We are a not-for-profit group organized and run by volunteers dedicated to teaching the game of lacrosse to girls from kindergarten until they graduate from high school in a positive environment. Each level is taught by the best available coaches who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about helping players find excellence in themselves and their team mates. Playing lacrosse helps girls with increasing self esteem, self confidence, and an ability to work as part of a team.
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum aims to preserve and share the stories of Bainbridge Island to promote a greater understanding of our community. Despite closing our doors to the public for periods of time due to the pandemic, we have relied on our vision and values to ensure the projects we take on directly relate to our mission. Our new Curious Curator video series allows us to explore Bainbridge history together. We share highlighted objects from our collection to provide insight into our community heritage. Our public programs are more accessible than ever on virtual platforms and they cover diverse topics and important local stories. We are thrilled to be reopen and remain free to the public. Our team is dedicated to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive museum experience through everything we do. We hope you’ll consider visiting and supporting our organization.
BIJAEMA maintains a permanent memorial to honor the Bainbridge Islanders of Japanese descent and the friends and neighbors who stood by them when they were forcibly exiled under Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 during World War II. We honor them by creating a place of healing and learning, where the human rights lessons of the internment can be shared widely, and the foundational idea of Nidoto Nai Yoni, “Let It Not Happen Again”, can be made perpetually relevant to future generations.
The Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s mission is to conserve and steward the diverse natural environments of Bainbridge Island for the benefit of all. To achieve its conservation goals, the Land Trust acquires interests in lands having significant or potentially significant conservation values such as shorelines, streams, wetlands, forests, tidelands, and unique plant and animal habitat networks. These lands provide ecosystem values such as watershed protection, scenic vistas, and wildlife habitat. The Land Trust works with local and regional partners to acquire land for preserves, parks, trails, and public use or restore lands to enhance natural habitat values. Examples of this ongoing community effort have included Hilltop and the Grand Forest, Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve, Pritchard Park, Agate Passage Preserve, and Cougar Creek Preserve. We also work with willing private landowners to protect their land using land protection agreements called conservation easements while being a partner in these lands’ stewardship.
BIMA inspires curiosity, wonder and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region. BIMA is committed to provide free general admission to the museum every day, made possible thanks to generous donors and BIMA members. We welcome visitors from all of the world to our ten gallery spaces rotated three times a year. The Museum’s Arts Growth Initiative advances a multi-pronged educational program, including field trips for students throughout the region, hands-on art projects for children of all ages, after-school art clubs, summer camps, workshops for adult learners, and programs for people going through Early Stage Memory Loss. BIMA’s year-round PRISM programming includes film series, concerts and lectures, as well as annual events such as the Momentum Arts Festival, Black History Month celebrations, MoJo Rhythm & Blues Festival, Within/Earshot Jazz Festival, and the Dia de los Muertos Celebration.
Now more than ever before, you rely on your parks and trails and green spaces for solace, recreation and exercise. With your support, the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation supports a thriving system of parks, trails and restoration. Your support is critical to enhancing parks and trails and providing a wide array of improvements, including building new playgrounds, restoring the environment at Blakely Harbor Park, Sound to Olympics, Moritani Preserve, Waypoint Woods, Williams-Olson Park and Sakai Park. Through your support, young people are thriving in Student Conservation Corps and Summer Trails Crew. These programs provide meaningful restoration and trail building work. Because of you, recipients of our community grants including the Bainbridge Aquatic Center, the Rowing Club and youth gymnastics have been providing funding for their capital improvements. Together, we are improving parks, trails and recreation for everyone. Your gift today enhances our community now and for the next generation.
The Rotary Club of BI Scholarship Foundation provides a unique scholarship opportunity for Island students seeking an educational or vocational education. The scholarships are based on an individuals giving back through community service and leadership. In 2020 the Foundation granted 12 scholarships totaling over $40,000 to Bainbridge students who had demonstrated a true commitment to community service and leadership. The Foundation is building principle to ensure continuation of our Scholarship Commitment regardless of the outcome of any one auction or events like COVID (The Foundation will use principle in 2021 to maintain the same scholarship grant amounts even though the Rotary Club had to cancel the public auction in 2020 and probably will need principle contribution again in 2022).
Since 2001 Bainbridge Island Rowing has been growing a multi-generational Kitsap County rowing community from our home base at historic Eagle Harbor. Our mission is to build community through rowing. BIR supports the attainment of recreational, fitness and competitive rowing goals for all by providing outstanding coaching, equipment, and facilities in a friendly, collaborative, and social setting. Since the beginning, we have helped change hundreds of lives through the positive physical, psychological, social, and sporting impact of rowing. BIR does this by introducing the public to the sport through “Learn to Row” and provides programs throughout the year for high school students and adults for recreational and competitive rowing locally, regionally, and nationally.
Founded in 1948, Bainbridge Island Saddle Club is a volunteer membership organization whose mission is to promote good horsemanship and foster amateur equestrian sports for Bainbridge Island and the surrounding communities. On our 8-acre facility next to Manzanita Park, we host a variety of affordable family-friendly activities and events including hunter-jumper and dressage schooling shows, clinics and educational workshops for all ages, open to the community at large. Our members additionally enjoy year-round facility access, fun equestrian gaming events, demonstrations and special community gatherings. Our show season culminates in an annual fall awards banquet to celebrate and honor the achievements of our members. We tailor operations to offer youth leadership and community service opportunities, and partner with other equestrian non-profits, such as United States Equestrian Federation and Bainbridge Island Pony Club, to provide a path for teen equestrian sports lettering and further educational opportunities.
The Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center seeks to empower and enhance the quality of life of people in our community as they age. We serve nearly 1,600 members and additional guests each year, providing unique opportunities for social interaction and recreation, plus information and resources to help seniors live independently. The Senior Center’s purpose is crystallized in its vision: “Bainbridge Island is a vibrant, compassionate, inclusive place to grow up and grow older.” This vision is consistent with the City of Bainbridge Island’s Comprehensive Plan, which emphasizes principles of a caring community, neighborliness as the foundation for all human services, and the importance of cooperation and coordination among service providers.
Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation, also known as “Stephens House”, was established in 2002 to serve adults with developmental disabilities who reside in Kitsap County. BISNF’s affordable day program reflects our belief that adults with disabilities thrive through participation in community-based recreational and social activities. Our goals are to provide a space where our members can create community, develop friendships, improve their physical health and mental well-being, learn new skills, and increase their self-confidence and sense of belonging. Activities include, but are not limited to, field trips, swimming, CrossFit, yoga, art projects, computer activities, movies, music, grocery shopping, and cooking. BISNF is funded primarily through private and public grants and individual donations. We are a DSHS approved Respite Agency.
The Club is open to sports men, women, and families. BISC provides three ranges to members and the public: archery, shotgun, pistol-caliber. Operated and maintained by volunteers, BISC operates these outdoor venues to promote recreational shooting sports, gun safety and to educate the community in the safe, proper use of firearms and archery equipment for recreation, competition, hunting. BISC has a special emphasis on youth archery programs. In April, BISC hosts a free Kids Fishing Derby. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, BISC hosts holiday meals for those in need. Those wanting lessons, coaching, or practice for archery, shooting and fly-casting can contact the club. An Island tradition for over 90 years, BISC hosts 10-12 WDFW Hunter’s Education courses on site each year. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other groups needing a meeting space are welcome to use the BISC clubhouse. Each spring, BISC awards graduating BHS senior a scholarship.
Bainbridge Island Swim Club is recognized by USA Swimming and offers a year-round competitive swim program to 130 swimmers ranging from 7 to 18 years of age. Our swim club fosters a safe training environment and positive sportsmanship for every member. From our Novice swimmers to our National level training groups, BISC develops a team of individuals with strong leadership skills who enjoy the thrill of healthy competition at all levels.
We provide education, support, and encouragement to blind and low-vision persons, thereby helping them cope with daily challenges: for example, minimizing household hazards, simplifying food preparation, improving reading, developing travel skill, using digital devices, etc. We work to inform the community about the problems, needs and potential of visually impaired persons. Regular meetings include wide-ranging discussions such as accessing cultural resources, using the free talking books library, sharing news of progress in vision research. A monthly flyer available to anyone through email or snail mail announces the current topic for the meetings of the Visually Impaired Group.
Proudly serving Bainbridge Island since 1942, the Bainbridge Island Volunteer Firefighters Association and its membership serve our community as volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Our mission is to safeguard lives, property and the environment through prevention, education & emergency response. Your generous donations support firefighting, emergency medical services, rescue, public safety, disaster relief, community education, and member training.
The training orchestra for musicians ages 7-18 on Bainbridge Island, BIYO provides students with the opportunity to perform orchestral music at a high degree of artistry while improving technical skills and fostering collaboration, teamwork and community involvement. Our three-tiered orchestra program allows students from beginner to advanced to benefit and grow from their involvement. We celebrate our performing artists with three annual free public concerts, collaborations with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, an educational local school’s outreach program and a festival open to all area musicians. Thank you for your support.
The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association (BOSIA) began in 1986 with the mission of developing relationships and increasing understanding between the people of Ometepe, an island in Lake Nicaragua, and the people of Bainbridge Island. Over the years, connections have been developed in the areas of supporting education, health, people with special needs, coffee-growing, and community projects. But perhaps the work that best supports our mission is promoting people-to-people exchanges between Bainbridge and our sister island in Nicaragua. One Call For All donations help pay travel costs for Bainbridge students who need aid to be a part of our high school delegations to Ometepe and for Ometepinos who come to Bainbridge in various delegations – including health, English teachers, and anniversary delegations – who could not otherwise participate.
The quintessential heart of the island’s performing arts community, BPA has offered year-round LIVE entertainment on stage for over 60 years and is a gathering place for local talent in dance, music, and theatre. Our mission is to promote appreciation of and participation in the performing arts to build, educate, and inspire our vibrant, creative community.
Bainbridge Prepares supports our community through communication and awareness about emergency and public health preparedness, because when we’re all connected and informed, our island thrives. A collaborative blend of individuals, organizations, and local government, Bainbridge Prepares is actively making our island more resilient. In the event of a large natural disaster like an earthquake or a public health emergency such as a pandemic, our brave first responders will be overwhelmed and we may be on our own in our neighborhoods. That’s when community is vital—neighbors helping neighbors—with everyone taking care of each other. Join your friends and neighbors to ensure our island is ready for anything; learn more at our website.
While there have long been LGBTQ+ Bainbridge Island residents, the formal Bainbridge Pride organization was started in 2015. The formation of this fellowship is the story of a small group of dedicated residents who transformed home-based social gatherings into a growing LGBTQ+ organization on Bainbridge Island. On June 28, 2015, around two dozen jubilant Islanders – members of the community and allies – gathered at Bainbridge Island’s Waterfront Park with rainbow flags and picnic baskets to celebrate the defeat of DOMA. New friendships formed that day as residents shared their personal stories with each other. Some even admitted that before this day, they had gone years without meeting other LGBTQ+ islanders like them. These candid admissions were enough to inspire the group to become an organization dedicated to bringing people together and making sure the island continues being a safe, accepting and loving place for LGBTQIA individuals, families and allies.
Bainbridge Public Library, a nonprofit organization, owns, operates, and maintains the Library building and grounds through community donations and grants. Kitsap Regional Library provides the library staff, collection, classes, and a virtual library at KRL.org with funding from property tax revenues. Together we provide the quality library our community wants and has come to expect. Thank you for your support.
Bainbridge Schools Foundation brings the island together to invest in initiatives that inspire and strengthen the educational experience for each BISD student, from kindergarten through graduation. Our schools rely on BSF funding to pay for innovative programs, recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers, and academic support for all students.
Bainbridge Student Loan Fund is a local, non-profit corporation founded over 50 years ago to help local students to pay for their post-secondary education costs. Students can apply for (3) $3500 loans during their higher education years for a total of $10,500. Loans are interest free until the students complete their higher educations. Repayment of these loans begins five months after the students end their full time enrollment and carry a 4% interest rate for a period of three years. Repayment options include (36) equal payments, (35) minimum payments with a 36th balloon balance payment, or a single payment of the full amount. Bainbridge Student Loan Fund currently has (13) students enrolled in school with approximately $67,000 of loans and (9) former students with loans in repayment with a total outstanding balance of $46,000. Loan applications for the current school year are available at email@example.com and close on June 30th.
Since 1962 Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) has been working to promote and support the emotional and social well-being of youth and to help them build strengths through a variety of free programs and services. BYS offers free, confidential and professional mental health counseling to youth 13-21, peer-to-peer support groups, free peer tutoring for all ages, a community jobs board and career exploration, the BYS Service Club and a compassionate leadership program, Lead From Within. BYS is working to attain the aspirational vision that, by 2025, all graduating high school seniors on Bainbridge Island will score “highly hopeful” on the Healthy Youth Survey Children’s Hope Scale.
Youth sports are vital to the health and well-being of students. Unfortunately, on Bainbridge Island, many students cannot afford the cost of participation fees. The Bainbridge Youth Sports Access Fund was established as a fundraising vehicle to eliminate the financial barriers to Bainbridge High School youth participating in sports. Grant funds are distributed to Bainbridge High School and distributed to youth in need via the School’s existing confidential protocol.
BARN — Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network is a maker space and a learning place. BARN features 10 well-equipped workshops where people of all ages and skill levels learn from one another while working on personal and community service projects. We offer classes in everything from woodworking, glass arts, metalworking, printmaking and cooking to building robots and using 3D printers. It’s a place to build a kayak, make a necklace, weave a rug, learn to code, or experiment with spices. With our growing online classes, a person can craft an art book or write a novel, become a podcaster or refine photography skills. BARN now offers a nine-month Certificate of Craft program in jewelry-making, to prepare people for opportunities in the jewelry industry. BARN has risen creatively to the challenges of the pandemic, providing thousands of meals, face masks, and PPE parts to those who needed them.
The Battle Point Astronomical Association provides an observatory, planetarium, and telescopes dedicated to education of science and astronomy. BPAA’s mission is to increase public engagement in supporting the role of science and technology in our society by offering programs and services in astronomy, cosmology and space exploration to the general public, regional (PNW) educational institutions and researchers. Our programs include educational classes and lectures, star parties, “Hands on” with telescopes, virtual reality-based astronomy, and access to the Ritchie telescope, the largest telescope accessible to the public in the Pacific Northwest.
The BCF Community Response Fund provides financial resources to local nonprofit organizations for urgent health and human service needs serving Bainbridge Island, especially during times of economic hardship or human or natural disaster, including the COVID-19 crisis. Over the years, the CRF has supported services and programs that nurture and care for our island residents each day, providing us all with a critical safety net. Funds cover a wide range of emergency assistance to nonprofits facing unexpected emergencies, such as supporting an advocacy program for victims of domestic violence that had lost funding, replacing broken freezers with new ones at a local food bank, and repairing a septic tank so residents with developmental disabilities would not have to find temporary housing elsewhere. In 2020 alone, BCF awarded a total of $131,000 in small grants to local organizations through our CRF.
Nature heals. Bloedel Reserve was founded on this principle in 1988 and the global pandemic has spotlighted this enduring truth today. Now more than ever, our community is seeking and finding respite, renewal, and hope at Bloedel Reserve by: 1) Safely visiting our 150 protected acres of iconic gardens, forests, ponds, meadows, and trails through scrupulously implemented health and safety protocols; 2) Participating in our free Strolls for Well-Being program, no-entry-fee Gratitude Days, and family-friendly Super Squash Scavenger Hunt and Winter in the Woods; 3) Accessing creative new virtual programming 24/7 such as From Our Backyard to Yours, Strolls at Home, and co-productions with Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, BARN, and BIMA. Our visionary co-founder Virginia Bloedel could never have imagined how profound her words would be today when she said, “…being present in nature elevates and nurtures the human spirit, heals hearts and minds, and enriches our communities, and our world.”
Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island is a safe, affordable, and fun place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time. While schools were closed for COVID-19, the Club expanded to full-day programming to provide a safe place for kids to participate in remote schooling, have supervised recreation time, and nurture their social connections during the pandemic. The Club provides after-school programs; summer and holiday day camps; and leadership and service opportunities for teens through volunteerism. The Club serves hundreds of kids on the Island each year, extending reduced fees and scholarships to families in need. Club activities center on our three key outcome areas: academic success, leadership and good character, and healthy lifestyles.
A small interdenominational Christian school, Carden offers a proven, rigorous, incremental curriculum for grades K-8 while cultivating character through the daily practice of respect, courtesy, and service to others. Located on a small working farm on Bainbridge Island, Carden Country School’s ideal scale and setting fosters playfulness, creativity, and learning. The individualized approach found at Carden meets the needs of each student so they might find joy in every lesson and reach their highest potential. Carden Country School uses the gifts received through OCFA to help fund the scholarship program. Thank you for supporting Carden Country School through One Call for All!
The Coffee Oasis mission is to change the world for homeless youth in one community after another through a strategic continuum of services supported by sustainable coffee businesses. Since 1997, The Coffee Oasis has provided the core services needed both to prevent homelessness and to help homeless youth 13-25 years old off the streets. We accomplish this through street outreach, drop-in centers, case management, housing, crisis intervention, mentoring, and job training.
“The Compassionate Listening Project has been working locally and globally for 30 years to empower individuals and communities to transform conflict and create cultures of peace and healing. We offer online trainings and free Compassion Circles, facilitator certification, and immersion healing Journeys to Alabama and to Israel and Palestine. Compassionate Listening accesses our deepest wisdom to transform separation and conflict into an opportunity for connection, healing and peace.
• A personal practice – to cultivate self awareness, self regulation and wisdom
• A skill set – to enhance interpersonal relations and navigate challenging conversations
• A process – to help people and groups to bridge their differences and transform conflict
• A healing gift – to people who feel marginalized or in pain
We have 45 certified facilitators and have trained thousands of people around the world and our curricula and practices are integrated into schools, universities, businesses and spiritual communities.”
The Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County (DRC) strengthens relationships, families, and communities through mediation, facilitation, training, Restorative Practice services and Behavioral Health Ombuds services. The goal of the DRC is to build community through the power of effective dialogue. Our mediators help neighbors, businesses, families and agencies find resolutions to their conflicts. The DRC also offers a variety of training programs. The 40-hr. mediation training helps potential mediators meet requirements for certification. Our school based trainings help youth learn skills to deal with conflict in a positive way. All of our trainings offer participants the opportunity to look at conflict in a different way. Our Ombuds help bridge the gap between clients and their behavioral health providers, helping to ensure dignified quality services. And, our Restorative Practices team is available to work with schools, workplaces, families and HOAs to allow parties to work together to improve challenging situations.
EcoAdapt supports Bainbridge Island, and communities like ours, in creating a robust future in the face of climate change, through education and collaboration with local government, community groups and concerned citizens. Our programs include Awareness to Action workshops, State of Adaptation syntheses, the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKEx.org), and the National Adaptation Forum. Past work includes guiding Bainbridge Island to a climate savvy comprehensive plan, the Bainbridge Island Climate Impact Assessment and the Climate Change Adaptation Certification (a tool for communities like ours to make climate savvy decisions). Currently EcoAdapt co-hosts the Bainbridge Climate and Energy Forum and Movies That Matter. Learn more at EcoAdapt.org.
EduCulture is connecting place and taste with where we eat, live and learn for more than a decade on Bainbridge Island. We serve schools and community with educational programs that honor our Island’s unique cultural heritage. EduCulture situates our community to be curriculum that fosters scholarship, stewardship, citizenship, and sustainability. Contributions support EduCulture’s locally grown Edible Education initiative. Our edible education programs have been bridging local farms, gardens, classrooms, school kitchens, and Island food community. Contributions also support EduCulture’s Only What We Can Carry project, which produces heritage education programs that bear witness to our Island’s unique history with exclusion, inclusion, citizenship and community. Along with many local partnerships, EduCulture serves as the resident educator at Suyematsu & Bentryn Family Farms.
Built in 1928 by the Bainbridge Island Fair Association, the Filipino Community Hall has been used and maintained by the Filipino American Community since 1943. Formerly a receiving site for the National Canning Company during strawberry season, the Hall is now primarily used as a meeting and event center for residents of Bainbridge Island & Vicinity. The Hall was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Incorporated in 1990, the Filipino Community of Bainbridge Island & Vicinity (aka Fil-Am) maintains and uses the hall to practice and preserve the cultures, customs, and traditions of the founders. The hall is available for rent and is used by many community organizations. Fil-Am supports other non-profits and individuals in need through volunteerism. Our mission is to encourage and bestow these values to our families and friends for continued support of the community.
Cures start at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. For more than 45 years, our world-renowned scientists have been redefining what’s possible in cancer research, establishing an unparalleled record of excellence, and saving hundreds of thousands of lives. We’ve extended our Nobel Prize–winning development of bone marrow transplantation to lead the world in T-cell immunotherapy. We’re combining innovative thinking with revolutionary technologies to personalize cancer care. And we’re inventing tools to make cures more affordable and accessible for everyone. Our trailblazing research on HIV and other viruses positioned us to play a pivotal role in the global scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We work at the vanguard of science to discover and accelerate prevention, treatment, and cures to benefit patients and families around the world. Our mission: the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.
Friends of Bainbridge Island High School Sailing is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides logistical and financial support to the High School Sailing Team and fosters youth sailing on Bainbridge Island in partnership with Park and Recreation District. Your contribution will be applied to the purchase and maintenance of competition sailboats and associated equipment for the Sailing Team and Park and Recreation District youth sailing programs. Park and Recreation District programs teach youth introductory and advanced sailing and seamanship skills. Their programs prepare young sailors for the Sailing Team. BHS sailors, in turn, are often employed by the Park and Recreation District as instructors teaching the next generation of sailors. We operate under the philosophy that every Team member is important to the Team’s success and is an asset to the Team’s efforts toward excellence in seamanship and good character.
Friends of Fort Ward was founded in 2015 to support historic preservation and education in the Fort Ward neighborhood on Bainbridge Island. Our activities include Living History Walks and other interpretive projects promoting Fort Ward history, and the award-winning restoration of the 1910 bakery building as Fort Ward Community Hall.
Our mission is to ensure the future of local farming, and build a healthier community through a resilient and equitable food ecosystem. For 20 we have worked to ensure:
• An abundance of thriving local farms and local food purveyors, creating jobs and supporting living wages
• A growing next generation of local farmers and businesses with equitable access to farming opportunities
• A community in which all are equipped to make informed food choices and have access to locally grown, seasonal, nutritious food
• An enhancement of ecological vitality through healthy farm ecosystems
• A culturally diverse farming community honoring our local agricultural heritage
Current programs include:
• Constructing new, sustainably built, affordable housing for farm interns
• Managing 60-acres of publicly owned farmland for the City of Bainbridge Island
• A modern-day Victory Garden with 100% of produce donated to Helpline House
• Partnering with Island School on student curricula around native food plants and environmental stewardship
The Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club supports the Gear Grinders, the Island’s coed middle and high school level mountain bike teams. We raise funds for equipment, rider and coach training,league fees and scholarships. The Club also supports the growth of mountain biking on Bainbridge Island. We propose and support new mountain biking facilities, such as Jay’s Pump Track at Battle Point. Our volunteers are major contributors to the building and maintaining of all the trails on Bainbridge Island.
Our mission at Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We embolden girls in 3rd through 8th grade to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind as they are facing social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Our trained volunteer coaches facilitate a ten-week program, helping the girls develop essential skills so they can understand themselves and their place in the world, all while establishing a passion for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Give to Heal is a nonprofit dedicated to funding wellness and holistic services that help women heal from trauma. Give to Heal contracts with culturally competent, trauma-informed practitioners who provide services at no cost to women beginning their healing journeys. Access to healing services allows the residue of trauma to safely surface and be released through a variety of physical, mental, and energetic channels. In a safe and collaborative environment therapeutic modalities like acupuncture, reflex-therapy, yoga, and massage can positively transform the lives of survivors. In order to serve more women and expand our network of trauma-informed, holistic healing arts practitioners that have the skills, sensitivity, and passion to work with this population, we respectfully and gratefully ask for your donation.
Help us build our 100th home! 15% of Kitsap County’s population is “rent overburdened” and struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Habitat provides these families a pathway to a secure home of their own. They build their homes alongside volunteers and pay a mortgage they can actually afford. The pick-up service offered to Bainbridge Islanders keeps about 150 tons out of the landfill each year. Your household donations help the Habitat Store support our vision of everyone living in a decent home. With each house that becomes a home, a family builds a foundation. With each foundation supporting the next generation, Habitat builds community.
Helpline House is a community non-profit agency providing an umbrella of social services striving to help our Bainbridge Island neighbors meet essential needs. Basic services are provided cost-free, regardless of income. Needs are defined broadly and are not always financial. Any community member in crisis or in need of consultation is welcome. Services provided are: social work/case management appointments, supplementary food assistance, mental health counseling, assistance with health insurance (Medicare/Medicaid) questions, referrals to other resources, limited transportation and financial assistance, monthly legal clinic, medical equipment loan and children’s programs.
Housing Resources Bainbridge (HRB) works to ensure the diversity and vitality of Bainbridge Island by providing and maintaining affordable housing opportunities in the community. HRB owns and operates 103 units of rental housing and stewards 42 homeownership properties as part of our community land trust. Our housing programs, Independent Living, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Housing Stabilization keep Bainbridge Islanders safely and affordably housed. Together these programs help make Bainbridge a healthy, diverse, and balanced community where everyone is welcome. Even islanders who never need our services will likely be touched by someone we serve.
After nearly 30 years serving grades 6-8, the Hyla School program and mission now extends to grades 9-12. Each developmental stage of adolescence comes with distinct gifts, needs, and inspiring potential. We challenge and support the dynamic transformation at each stage with our individualized and experiential approach. Our teachers truly know their students and personalize learning to propel growth, academically and personally. On our Bucklin Hill Farm campus, middle schoolers develop independence and voice through challenging academics, caring community, and hands-on learning. At our walk-on/walk-off high school campus in Winslow, students turn intellectual curiosity and courage into action and impact through interdisciplinary coursework and immersive experiences integrated with the surrounding world. At all levels, we value personal development as much as academic growth, and integrity as much as achievement. We are a close-knit community of respect, inclusion, and service.
inD Theatre produces independent theatrical events in order to inspire social change, provide artist stipends and offer free admission so all community members may attend. We are a Washington State nonprofit corporation that is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides independent arts groups the services, resources, and opportunities they need for sustainable success.
The Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island and Vicinity’s purpose is create educational texts, films and forums that include the history, culture and traditions of Filipino Americans and Indigenous people. In the early 1940s, Indigenous women from Washington, Alaska and BC Canada migrated to Bainbridge Island and married Filipino immigrants. Some women lost membership in their tribes for not marrying other Status Indians. Over thirty-six women from nineteen different tribes settled on Bainbridge Island to raise their mixed heritage children (Indipinos) and established berry farms toiling alongside their husbands. Our research includes the impact of war, legislation, educational systems and social conditions that Indipinos faced pre and post World War II and the effect on mixed heritage identity formation. We collaborate with the Bainbridge Island School District, Islandwood, Kitsap Regional Library, the Bainbridge Historical Museum and the City of Bainbridge Island to promote cultural and historical programs, presentations, events and exhibits.
Island Cooperative Preschool has classes for children ages 1-5 and parent education for the parents through Olympic College. Our mission is to nurture, inspire, and involve children and parents in the exploration of learning. We seek to grow children and families by building a community of learners. We focus on the natural world and sustainability and creating a community who cares for the world around us.
Island Theatre provides high quality theater in intimate settings for adults who like to think. Every other month we perform “scripts in hand” productions at the Bainbridge Public Library. The months in between, we host a potluck dinner and play reading in private homes. You’re welcome to just listen or to read a part. We also host our annual Ten Minute Play Festival, showcasing original plays by professional and aspiring Kitsap County playwrights, and featuring local actors and directors. Run entirely by volunteers, Island Theatre is supported by your individual donations, Bainbridge Community Foundation, COBI Cultural Funding, and One Call For All. Most productions are free to the community with donations gratefully accepted. Since its inception in 1994, Island Theatre has presented close to 200 plays at the library and on other community stages.
For 25 years, IVC has connected older adults and people with disabilities or medical conditions with a network of 200-plus caring volunteers to maintain their independence and dignity. Our free services include transportation for medical appointments and errands, walking groups and field trips, grocery and prescription pickup, yard and pet care, and phone buddies to over 400 clients. We also offer grief groups to anyone in the community. During the pandemic, we delivered over 400 holiday meals to our neighbors and partnered with the city, Bainbridge Prepares, Bainbridge Senior Center, and Bainbridge Community Pharmacy to vaccinate over 700 people aged 70-plus. We look forward to delivering hundreds of donated homegrown bouquets this summer through our annual Flowers From the Heart program—and keeping our neighbor-to-neighbor connections blossoming through helping hands and open hearts. Please join us as a volunteer or as a client! From our heart to yours, The IVC Team
IslandWood was founded in 2000 as an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for our region’s children. In the nearly two decades since, we have expanded the ways our work is advancing innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological wellbeing for all. Our place-based, experiential learning programs offered on our 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle neighborhoods, and at the King County Brightwater Center serve more than 12,000 students in a typical year. We have deepened our impact by co-developing science curriculum for Seattle Public Schools, providing teacher training in Next Generation Science Standards, offering an innovative Master’s level graduate program in education, and through policy engagement and authentic community partnerships. We are also a resource and gathering space for community-building and education, providing summer day camps and free and low cost community programs.
Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries. The Kathleen Sutton Fund (KSF) has a single and simple mission: To reimburse transportation costs for women undergoing treatment for cancer, living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Mason Counties. Since 2003, KSF has been providing assistance to defer transportation costs for over 1000 women, with over $600,000. Many patients find themselves in dire financial difficulties, forced to choose between paying the rent or receiving treatment. The fund covers mileage, ferry fees, parking & other transit expenses while undergoing cancer treatment, providing some measure of financial relief during this difficult time, with a goal to allow them to focus on healing. In 2020: -Total number of women assisted: 150 women with $114,970 -Amount distributed to Bainbridge Island residents: $12,828. Thank you for your support.
Founded in 2003 by a group of dedicated volunteers, Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) sparks children’s curiosity through play and experiential learning. KiDiMu is the only children’s museum on the Kitsap Peninsula and is a nonprofit experiential learning center for young children. Focusing on early childhood education, KiDiMu houses exhibits that encourage imaginary play and scientific inquiry; offers art projects, special events, workshops, camps, educational activities, and programming. For nearly two decades, families all over Kitsap and neighboring counties have come to rely on KiDiMu as a haven of educational play opportunities for their families.
An el Sistema-inspired program dedicated to building community and relationships and making beautiful music. Kids in Concert is an after-school program for ages 5-18 that ignites creativity though choir and string ensembles at absolutely no cost to families.
The mission of Kitsap Audubon Society is to preserve the natural world through education, environmental study and habitat protection. Our Bainbridge members are among our most active supporters, sharing expertise and volunteer energy for the chapter and enjoying all of our Audubon programs. Our newsletter, the Kingfisher, is sent monthly to members, friends and community leaders. Our monthly membership meetings feature educational presentations. We sponsor birding field trips on Bainbridge Island, in Kitsap County and around Puget Sound. We offer Audubon Adventures packets to 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Our Christmas Bird Count includes Bainbridge Island. We offer scholarships to public high school seniors and to college students engaged in environmental studies. We support land conservation programs of Kitsap nonprofits including the BI Land Trust. Our website is www.kitsapaudubon.org We are a volunteer run organization, with no paid staff. All of our funds are spent on programs as described above.
Kitsap Foster Care Association strives to support and inspire foster, kinship and adoptive caregivers through educational opportunities, enrichment activities and by advocating for foster children in our community. Fun outings (like movie nights, pumpkin patch trips and baseball games) allow families a chance to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere where they don’t have to worry about standing out. Our annual training conference help caregivers meet state requirements as they learn and grow together, ensuring safe and stable placements for the vulnerable kids in our community (which benefits the whole community). Other benefits offered include backpacks full of school supplies and holiday gifts. We honor foster families annually during May, which is designated Foster Parent Appreciation Month Our board is comprised solely of volunteers who are also foster parents.
With the compassionate support of our local community, Kitsap Humane Society transforms the lives of thousands of homeless animals yearly. In 2020, we successfully found homes for 3,676 animals-in-need, performed 3,529 spay/neuter surgeries, and supported over 1,075 pets in foster care. Our work has earned us recognition regionally and nationally as one of the most progressive animal welfare shelters of our size – with a 96% + save rate. KHS greatly appreciates the more than 1,000 Bainbridge Islanders who help make this possible by adopting pets, utilizing our Animal Control services, serving on our Board, volunteering, or donating.
Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) is committed to the well-being of immigrants and the development of a rich multicultural community. We work to educate, empower, and integrate immigrants into American life through advocacy and social justice. Our Immigration Legal Services program assists with citizenship, Green Card, and DACA applications, and represents immigrants in asylum proceedings. English language tutoring, citizenship classes, business resources and tax preparation are also available. Our Family Services program offers COVID-19 information, vaccinations, testing and mask distribution; guidance navigating housing, utilities, medical bills, insurance, and the public school system; medical, dental and prenatal care and support; youth support and empowerment. We administer an Emergency Assistance Fund which provides rent and food assistance to immigrants affected by the pandemic.
At Kitsap Legal Services, we connect members of our community with volunteer attorneys so that all may have access to justice. Our team of volunteer attorneys assists clients in family law, domestic violence fallout, housing and eviction defense, wills and estates, bankruptcy, and a myriad of other legal issues. As Kitsap County’s only volunteer lawyer program, the free civil legal aid we provide to hundreds of our low-income neighbors is statistically proven to increase positive outcomes. Guided by the principle that justice is not justice unless it is equal, we aim to provide the highest-quality legal services to those who are most vulnerable and in need.
Since 1978, Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS) has provided a broad continuum of mental health and substance use treatment for children, families and adults, ranging from crisis, inpatient, outpatient treatment and residential services. In 2020, we served over 7,000 people across Kitsap County, through offices in Bremerton, South Kitsap and North Kitsap, with staff providing services at home and in the community. We are committed to meeting emerging community needs, opening the Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center for adults in crisis who need 24/7 care but do not meet the level of care for hospitalization, and the Pacific Hope and Recovery Center for adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use seeking residential in 2018. We are thrilled this year to be constructing Pendleton Place, a 72 unit permanent supported housing complex for adults experiencing chronic homelessness and living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, to open spring 2022.
Kitsap Regional Library Foundation supports Kitsap Regional Library’s mission to inspire our community to dream more, learn more, do more and be more. The Foundation raises funds to support programs including Summer Learning, To the Library, and One Book, One Community. But your gifts go beyond supporting enriching programs and ensuring access to vast resources. You create opportunities for our youth to excel in reading, ensuring they develop a life-long love of learning. You empower our teens to explore new ideas and learn first-hand about topics they find interesting, topics that can lead to future educational and workforce opportunities. You engage our community in conversations that lead to better understanding, compassion, and often new friendships. Your gift is an investment in the people in our community. Thank you for empowering our community to live their best life story.
Kitsap Rescue Mission (KRM) operates the only year round, low barrier, overnight shelter in Kitsap County, serving individuals from all areas of Kitsap. The Mission also operates a day room Monday through Friday. The COVID virus pandemic has severely stressed the staff and the operating budget with all the precautions, for necessary protective clothing, washing, disinfection, food provision, to keep the staff healthy while maintaining services for our guests; with the shutdown of local food services and other resources. KRM is now operating 24/7 during the COVID emergency, to keep individuals experiencing homelessness safe and sheltered. Funds are urgently needed to meet these needs and care for those who have no home to shelter in. None of this would be possible without giving from individuals like you!
Kiwanis is an international volunteer organization dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. For sixty years, the Bainbridge Kiwanis Foundation has supported and sponsored a variety of youth-oriented activities. Some important ones are listed below:
• College scholarships for graduating BHS seniors
• 3rd Graders to the Library program at Bainbridge Public Library
• Woodward Middle School Students of the Month
• Educator of the Year
• BHS Key Club and Woodward M.S. Builders Club
• Sponsor and staff the ever-popular All Comers Track Meet series
• Bainbridge Boys and Girls Club
• Fourth of July “putt-putt” golf
• Distinguished Citizens Memorial at Battle Point Park
• ShredFest, the second Saturday after “tax day”
We meet Wednesdays at 7a.m. at the Bainbridge Boys and Girls Club often with interesting speakers and presentations. Breakfast is on us! Find us on Facebook and www.bikiwanis.org
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes any candidate or political party. LWVEF distributes voter registration materials, our yearly update of They Represent You and conducts candidate and ballot issue forums.
Never heard of it? That’s our specialty! Familiar favorites and famous titles are well-represented by other local performing arts groups. We aim to provide our local community with exposure to rare, unusual, and/or out-of-mainstream theatrical works which for various reasons would not find a home at other local venues. Through these lesser-known works we seek to foster community engagement, dialogue, and understanding of history, politics, and the different ways of living, thinking, believing and behaving in society, and to provide more opportunities for inclusion in the performing arts to traditionally underrepresented groups.
Living Life Leadership is a youth empowerment program through which youth explore history and culture, develop skills, build community, and engage in service learning as active leaders in their communities. Living Life Leadership is a program of New Life CDA, a 501c3 nonprofit agency, which creates a strong sustainable community where disadvantaged children, families, and businesses can achieve their highest capacities. New Life CDA and its programs cohesion, unity, and opportunity for all residents and empower our youth and young adults to build productive futures.
Madrona School offers Waldorf education for children from babyhood – 8th grade. Our students experience a joyful, child-centered education that honors the human spirit, nurtures a sense of wonder and creativity, and develops resourcefulness, compassion and confidence. Our play- and nature-based preschools and kindergartens build strong foundations. Classical academics in grade school are fully integrated with music, art, drama and movement. In addition, our students take classes for world languages, handwork, strings ensemble (4th – 8th grade) and outdoor learning.
MAKE SOME NOISE: Cure Kids Cancer – Northwest raises private charitable funding for pediatric cancer research, while raising awareness about childhood cancers. Administratively self-funded, 100% of donations received go directly to research in the form of Grants. Our efforts have provided the CAR T-cell immunotherapy research under the direction of Bainbridge Island’s very own Dr. Michael C. Jensen at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute with over $400,000.00. Recent expansion of Clinical Trials there show encouraging promise in numerous target areas. The Full Year 2021 CAR T-cell Clinical Trial Pipeline at Seattle Children’s focuses upon 9 areas of cancer types, now including Brain, Central Nervous System, and Solid Tumors, in addition to those in Neuroblastoma, ALL and AML Leukemias, and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. This wide array of research targets is state-of-the-art, now being performed in an expanded, new facility. It is crucial work to saving young lives from childhood cancer. The need and the support continue.
Marge Williams Center provides affordable administrative offices and meeting space to nonprofit organizations serving our Bainbridge Island community. Our red house on Winslow Way has been nurturing nonprofits since 2001 and is currently home to Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Bainbridge Chinese Culture & Arts, Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, Bainbridge Island Rowing, BI Football Club (Youth Soccer), PAWS of Bainbridge & NK, Sustainable Bainbridge, One Call For All and YWCA of Kitsap County. We also provide meeting space and mailbox services to other nonprofits. Donations help fund the cost of utilities, building maintenance and capital improvements. Website: http://margewilliamscenter.org
For over 130 years, Martha & Mary has cared for our clients like family, offering those we serve a safe place to grow and learn and an opportunity to live with dignity, honor and individuality. With 15 service sites, we are the provider of choice for families from Kitsap – including Bainbridge Island, Jefferson, Mason, Pierce and King Counties.
Martha & Mary provides exceptional care in:
• Child care, early learning, and school-age programs
• Home care • Senior independent and assisted living
• Long-term, custodial, and memory care
• Short-term rehabilitation and therapy services
Martha & Mary consistently wins awards in client satisfaction. Our robust mind, body and spirit activities, pet therapy, art classes, bus outings and intergenerational programs bring light and love to our residents and the children in our care. Our exceptional staff provide a nurturing, peaceful and engaging environment.
Mavericks Baseball was created to teach baseball skills and to inspire hard work, winning attitudes and respect for baseball. Our mission is to provide youth with baseball education and developmental training while cultivating good sportsmanship and love of the game. Our coaches nurture the pattern of striving for excellence while creating good citizens as these young people enter adulthood. Our indoor facility offers year round practice opportunities which can be used by Mavericks team members, Little League players and members of the high school team. With the generosity of our community through One Call for All, we are able to offer scholarships to players who wouldn’t otherwise be able to compete at the highest levels of the game. Now in our 9th year, we support baseball players from eight to eighteen years old.
Since 1973, Meals on Wheels Kitsap (MOWK) has provided a nutritional and social lifeline for Bainbridge Island residents, aged 60+ years through healthy and nutritious meals and more. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the organization served a total of 74,490 meals to 833 unduplicated seniors throughout Kitsap County. MOWK pivoted to provide weekly curbside meal pick-up at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center as well as continuing to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Additionally, MOWK distributed Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) vouchers to 36 low-income island seniors to purchase $40 worth of fresh produce at local farmer’s markets from June 1-October 31. Last year, MOWK provided 4,137 meals to 111 unduplicated Bainbridge seniors. Ten island residents also volunteer with MOWK.
Mobility for All (m4a) advances mobility solutions that improve people’s lives. Solutions must be safe, reliable, sustainable, and accessible for all users. Mobility For All’s mission is to:
• Minimize reliance on single occupancy vehicles and increase shared-use alternatives.
• Promote zero emission modes of transportation.
• Foster interconnectivity of all modes of travel/transportation (i.e. pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle, bus, ferry, rail, and more).
• Work for equitable mobility and tailor solutions that suit communities served.
• Advocate for and support existing (local and regional) transit operations.
• Engage cooperatively and effectively with all stakeholders.
• Implement real solutions.
For over 48 years, we have offered a Montessori education on our beautiful, natural campus on Bainbridge Island. In mixed age classrooms, each developmental phase is supported in all areas of growth: emotional, intellectual, social, and physical. Our school offers a comprehensive Montessori program serving Parents & Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kindergartners, and a full Elementary program for grades one through six. One Call For All funds provide tuition assistance to families as needed.
When aggressive treatment to cure an illness has come to an end, MultiCare Health Foundation is one of several providers of hospice care in Kitsap County, helping patients live life as fully and comfortably as possible, with dignity and respect. Your gift to MultiCare Health Foundations supports MultiCare hospice patients in Kitsap County as they enter their final phase of life. Professional caregivers and volunteers provide pain and symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual support for patients and their families. Care can be provided wherever needed — at home, an assisted living facility, nursing home or hospital.
Provide financial assistance to the Medical Unit’s patients’ families who need emergency assistance with food, transportation, temporary housing or other critical needs as determined by Seattle Children’s staff. Our daughter, Meg Reynolds-Gooch, during eight years as a nurse on the Medical Unit, effected calmness, joy, healing among her patients. A long-distance runner, Meg did not allow cancer to define her or how she lived her life. Cancer was an uninvited obstacle presenting hurdles that she literally ran through and flew over with infinite grace, speed, strength. Meg never dipped in zest for life overflowing with adventure, laugher, love. Her colleagues called her the “baby whisperer” for her special gift nursing sick children that left permanent imprints on innumerable lives—patients, familes, co-workers. Nurse Meg’s Beacon of Joy Endowment, annually distributing 5% of its value, honors Meg’s words from our last conversation: “I want to be remembered as a beacon of joy.”
Olympic College Foundation partners with the community to transform lives through education. We remove barriers to educational opportunity by awarding more than $300,000 a year in scholarships and providing emergency funding for students in need. We also support student success by providing equipment, funding faculty development and supporting programs such as the Yama archaeological field school on Bainbridge. Because we believe higher education should be available to every student regardless of their circumstances, the Foundation is creating the OC Promise to provide one tuition-free year at OC for high school graduates in Kitsap and Mason counties.
We provide dancers and performers of all ages and levels as well as artistic choreographers the opportunity to be involved in professional level productions and workshops. We strive to enrich the community by increasing dance appreciation through these events as well as to develop life skills in local youth who join OPG. Skills such as dedication, work ethic, team work and professionalism are learned through participation in the caliber of performance we achieve all while spreading the spirit of dance as a dynamic art form. With a fourteen year history, OPG has touched the lives of thousands in our local community and is continually looking for ways to partner with other organizations to bring even more, the joy of dance. Website: olympicperformancegroup.org
One Call for All runs an annual campaign to raise vital unrestricted operating support for nonprofits serving Bainbridge Island. We do so at no cost to the donor or the causes the donor cares about. We even pay the credit card fees so that the participating organizations can spend more time and resources doing what they do best – serving our community.
Ovation! presents quality theatrical productions by and for our community while engaging all age groups in enriching theatrical and arts education experiences. Ovation! produces two to three mainstage productions per year and operates education programs that span multiple stages of life and foster interaction between diverse age groups. Programming includes Crescendo, an adult vocal ensemble; the Northwest Young Actor’s Studio; and summer GLEE camps for youth and adults. Founded in 2003 as a volunteer run organization, Ovation! has produced thirty-five shows in eighteen years. As a teaching organization, Ovation! has produced top-notch talent nurtured by first-class educators.
For 46 years, PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap’s purpose has been to provide the community with programs, not only offering animal companionship through adoption but also enhance relationships between people and their pets with programs designed to increase pet retention. PAWS has two adoption facilities in the region-Kingston and Bainbridge Island. Adoption center pets come from situations like family surrender, abandonment, or feral colonies. They are not only from Kitsap County but also from high kill/overpopulated shelters all over Western Washington. Other programs include: • Low income Veterinary Assistance and spay/neuter services, • Right Dog Right Home-dog match/adoption, • Kitsaplostpets.org-online site to help reunite pets and people, • SafeHarbor-housing animals of families in crisis, • Cat Sanctuary- housing senior cats deemed unadoptable, • PALS-senior individuals permanently fostering senior animals: offers veterinary and pet care, • Feral cat management, • Pet food bank serving eight local foodbanks, • Education programs including pet care and emergency preparedness.
Peacock’s vision is that the children of North Kitsap County will reach their full potential, nurtured by families and caregivers who feel supported, informed, and connected. We are dedicated to promoting the healthy social and emotional development of children by providing nurturing and enriching care and family resources. We do so through our organization’s programmatic strands – our Childhood Development Center (childcare and preschool, ages 1 – 5 years old), our Nature Nuts outdoor educational opportunities (after school and day camps, grades K – 3), our Partners for Early Learning educational series, and our Community Family Resource Directory. Peacock values Health, Inclusiveness, and Community. We actively support families in need through our Tuition Assistance Program, which is sustained through fundraising to fill the gap between the coast of care and what families can afford.
Peninsula Community Health Services is a nonprofit community health center providing services for primary medical care, preventive and restorative dental services, pharmacy, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment to the uninsured/underinsured of Kitsap and Mason Counties since 1987. With clinics in Poulsbo, Kingston, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Belfair, Shelton, and a mobile medical clinic, we provide accessible, affordable, quality health and wellness services for all members of our communities. We use an integrated care model that believes in treating the whole patient; primary medical care, mental health counseling, dental care and pharmacy all under one roof and working hand-in-hand with the patient for the best possible outcomes. Donations collected go into our Patient Assistance Fund, not operating expenses.
Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky provides essential reproductive health care and sexuality education to people in the states of Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana and Kentucky. while advocating to protect reproductive rights and increase health care access both locally and nationally. We operate over 40 health centers across our 6 states, including 17 in western Washington. More than 200 people come through the doors of local Planned Parenthood health centers every day. It’s support from people like you that ensures every single one of those people will get the care they need – no matter what.
Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) works collaboratively to restore marine habitat and native species in Puget Sound. Based on Bainbridge since 1997, PSRF spearheads native oyster, abalone, and kelp recovery efforts, operates a conservation hatchery, and also develops strategies to mitigate ocean acidification and re-forge connections between people and marine resources. Support from OCFA boosts our local engagement activities and keeps us barreling forward to restore a healthy ecosystem that supports human habitation along this wonderful coast of ours.
Founded by volunteers in 2003, Raising Resilience supports the Bainbridge Island community and beyond with parenting education, resources, and connections to help families thrive. We bring parents, grandparents, educators, and caretakers together online through CONNECTIONS CAFÉ (a virtual parent support program) and in person through speaker events, documentaries, and workshops, where they can learn from experts and each other. Our vision is an empowered, vibrant community where all youth and families flourish.
100% of our annual Auction & Rummage Sale net proceeds are distributed to the Community through our Trust fund, as Club operations are funded from member’s fees and dues. The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance local community and world understanding, goodwill, and peace through a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Since 1947, we have been a trusted partner working to improve lives locally and globally. We offer volunteer service and grants to community projects on Bainbridge Island, North Kitsap and beyond. We use a 4-Way Test to measure our actions. “In all the things we think, say and do: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?” Website: www.bainbridgeislandrotary.org
Saint Cecilia Catholic School serves preschool through 8th grade students. Our program is rich in academics, rooted in faith. Students are known, their strengths are celebrated and they are supported in their areas of growth. Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking are developed across the curriculum.
Salish Sea Expeditions serves students in grades 5-12 by inspiring a passion for learning through hands-on marine science and STEM-focused exploration, maritime skills training and leadership development aboard a 61-foot sailing research vessel on the waters of Puget Sound. Students design and conduct experiments, deploy oceanographic equipment, gather and analyze data, plot a course for data collection, handle sails and boat navigation, and work as a team to better understand the environmental health of the Salish Sea and its connected waterways.
We believe in a vibrant life of freedom for every person. Through holistic care Scarlet Road offers the hope of freedom to those who have been sexually exploited. We intervene and educate in order to prevent victimization, we provide survivor-led crisis intervention and resources to exit the industry safely, and we journey alongside survivors to find full healing from exploitation. Scarlet Road is the only community advocacy agency offering critical services to survivors of sexual exploitation locally. We also offer the first and only safe haven drop-in center where those needing support can come and rest. The need is great and we rely on generous contributions from our community! Will you join us in paving the way from sexual exploitation to wholeness?
Our program is to provide a wide spectrum of employment support services to Veterans, low-income and homeless individuals such as: Providing labor market information and job listings, job placement assistance, career counseling and individual mentoring. Access to high speed internet for job searches. Preparing and writing professional civilian and government resumes and cover letters. Providing interview training. Providing Access to additional information and contacts for additional health, food, youth or community services through other non-profit agencies throughout Kitsap County. Provide employment assistance to Kitsap County TANF clients. Our purposes are both immediate and far ranging. Our immediate goal is to provide every unemployed worker the compassion, encouragement and tools he or she needs during their job search. Our long-range goal is to promote community strength through individual job search success. Our clients and their families develop stability and dignity through consistent support services and ultimately, a living wage job.
Sustainable Bainbridge promotes actions to increase social, economic and environmental sustainability of our community. Our programs include Zero Waste, Bainbridge Beach Naturalists, Climate Action Bainbridge, Watershed Council, Weed Warriors, Bainbridge GreenWays and more. In addition to our ongoing programs, we function as an incubator to support the development of new sustainability-related initiatives in the community. We also collaborate with partner organizations on special projects, such as coordinating the Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup, the annual Association of Bainbridge Communities’ Environmental conference, the Climate and Energy Forum and the Trashion Show.
One of the most powerful gifts we can give our youth is a safe space to speak their truth. A space where youth can tell the truth about their lives, look at the issues they’re living with, realize they’re not alone, and practice the essential skills necessary to create and maintain healthy and thriving relationships throughout their lives. Teen Talking Circles has provided this crucial space to youth in the Kitsap County community since 1993. Circles transform youth by establishing a framework of emotional and relational skills. Our participants bear witness to each other as full human beings, discover the wholeness in themselves, and learn to relate to the world around them inclusively rather than exclusively. We also provide teen & family workshops, community events, and training for Circle Facilitators across the country and around the world. We pledge to cultivate a connected, confidential, and inclusive space for all youth.
Nestled in the woods of Bainbridge Island, The Island School is an independent kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school educating students from across Kitsap County. Founded in 1977, the school engages the mind and heart of every child in a culture that values excellent education, innate curiosity, joy in learning, and respect and appreciation for others. Our teachers are caring and accomplished educators who model a love of lifelong learning. Teachers know each child deeply and devote tireless effort to meet children’s individual needs. Art, music, physical education and Spanish are core parts of our educational program. Kids love to learn at The Island School. We are a community of students, teachers, staff, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends working together. We are committed to a strong financial aid program to maintain economic diversity in our school community. The Island School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.
In memory of father and son, Troy and Baden Biddle, who were killed by a drunk driver in November 2017, we support and further youth education and development through providing scholarships for post-secondary education, supporting youth sports leagues and other community organizations and activities.
We launched the Tyler Moniz Project to celebrate the life of Tyler Moniz, who we lost to suicide in April 2016 when he was 21 years old. We carry out this mission by creating awareness about suicide and depression, especially in young people. Because suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in Kitsap County, we work to connect youth with crisis counseling and offer support groups to those touched by mental illness. We are committed to supporting ideas that promote happiness, well-being, and hope, so we have introduced bright blue TMP Conversation Benches in our community, local parks,and schools. TMP also sponsors two annual scholarships for BHS students who consistently demonstrate kindness and sportsmanship. We continue to work with other organizations in our community to offer support and services to those in need. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Since 1937, we’ve been making investments that build partnerships, leverage resources, and strengthen communities; focusing on long-term solutions. When we brought 2-1-1 into our office, little did we know how critical that decision would be. Not only were we able to help people connect to possible resources, we were able to provide jobs for those who were laid off. In 2020, as part of the WA211 network, we saw a 70% increase in callers statewide. We continue to partner with the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) in helping people overcome obstacles to scheduling and receiving their COVID-19 vaccination. The most requested needs in last 365 days were: COVID-19, housing/shelter, other, government/legal, food, & utilities. 211 of the Peninsulas’, a United Way of Kitsap County program, supports Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. Your support ensures that all calls for help will be answered.
It may be across the water from our main campus in Seattle, but Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center is connected to the Virginia Mason Medical Center in every way – from our integrated medical records to experienced, professional staff to our commitment that our patients always come first. We offer primary care for adults and children and specialty services including cardiology, orthopedics, dermatology, and neurology. Same day, evening and weekend appointments available and you can connect with your provider with a virtual visit via phone or internet. Pharmacy and laboratory on site. Whether you choose to donate to give thanks, fight back against a disease, or pay forward an exceptional experience, we are grateful for your gift. Red Envelope donations are used to serve the health care needs of the local community, helping to fund new equipment and support the programs that best serve the needs of the Islanders.
Vitalize Kitsap’s mission is to empower people with intellectual disabilities to lead lives of meaning and self-determination. Our vision is that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are embraced and valued by their communities. Vitalize Kitsap provides opportunities and guidance for its members to set and achieve goals, build relationships, learn and practice art, life and work skills, and to be involved community members. Empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in local events, have a job, and interact socially, ultimately produces a stronger, more inclusive community, which benefits everyone. Contributing to Vitalize Kitsap through the One Call For All will help us continue to offer personal development, one-on-one mentoring, scholarships, and public access for our members who all live in Kitsap County.
Based out of Rolling Bay Hall, WEAVE Presents is a nonprofit performing arts and education organization that hosts international musicians, showcases our local independent arts community, and invites audiences to celebrate the multi-racial, multi-ethnic roots of American culture. WEAVE ignites curiosity by increasing exposure to the communities that built this country and continue to make it strong and vibrant. WEAVE partners with Bainbridge Island artists and nonprofits who resonate with our mission by offering them an all ages venue, high quality bar service, supplemental marketing channels, and access to our growing fan base. We host fundraisers for nonprofits and peformances for artists across the island. and beyond. WEAVE fosters connection by creating an intimate, welcoming, and cozy ambiance. In contrast to our high-tech, touch-screen world, we are committed to gathering often around intentional programming in an inclusive environment to strengthen friendships and facilitate new bonds within our community.
The Wilderness Land Trust is headquartered on Bainbridge Island, and works to protect wild places for all Americans, including the residents of the island who enjoy hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting and fishing in designated or proposed wilderness areas. People live, work and raise their families on Bainbridge Island because of the proximity and access to public lands. Washington’s designated wilderness is a wildlife safe-haven for threatened and endangered species, a reservoir for clean air and water, and an opportunity to experience the profound beauty of nature. Our lands program currently has eight active projects just a short drive from the island, specifically in the Wild Sky Wilderness and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Our goal is to systematically acquire private inholdings to remove the threat of residential and resort development, road construction, mining and logging, stitching together the fabric of the wilderness and eventually making it whole for future generations.
No student should have to cope without the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing. Beyond that, positive educational, recreational, and extracurricular activities can make all the difference in the lives of young people. And sometimes helping to relieve even a minor financial barrier can open the door to participation in meaningful activities. The Youth Experience Support Fund is a partnership of Bainbridge Community Foundation, Bainbridge Schools Foundation, Bainbridge Youth Services, and Helpline House. BCF will provide grant funds for students at all Bainbridge public schools. When students, counselors, or administrators identify a student with a need, a quick and confidential application process is all that stands in the way of saying “yes” to kids when they need help.
YWCA is the only state certified domestic violence service provider in Kitsap County – working to advance justice through direct service programs, safety planning, advocacy, case management, emergency shelter, permanent housing, criminal and civil justice court navigation, support groups, prevention, education, and community outreach. Our community and our clients are owed respect, justice, and healing. Here, a woman is empowered to leave an abusive relationship. Here, a family breaks the cycle of violence. Here, we bear witness to a survivor’s dignity, and celebrate their victories. Here, a mother and her children escape their abuser, avoid homelessness, and access safe, permanent housing. Here, community leaders learn how to interrupt the cycle of generational violence and empower young people to form healthy relationships. But we don’t do it alone. It takes a community to end domestic violence – and Kitsap County CAN interrupt the cycle.