The ACLU is the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization. It is an unwavering voice of freedom, fairness and equality for all people in America. We work in the courts, the legislatures, and in our communities to protect and extend basic rights for everyone. The ACLU is fueled by more than a million members and supporters as well as thousands of volunteers. The ACLU takes no government funds – we are people-powered!
The Alliance for Youth is a collaborative partnership of community leaders, teens, parents, teachers, and individuals working together for positive youth development. Our vision is an island where all young people successfully navigate meaningful and fulfilling lives. With a common mission, our collaborative partnership improves the quantity and quality of relationships and opportunities that help every child: Thrive – Socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically Connect – Through supportive peer and adult relationships Contribute – As valued members of our community. Learn – Through experiences that span home, school and out-of-school activities Prepare – Prepare for fulfilling careers and adulthood.
Every day home fires take seven lives in the United States. Home fires kill more people than all other natural disasters combined in the U.S. Your gift to One Call For All will help stop this loss of life because it will be used to support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. We’re going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace dead batteries, and help families develop two-minute escape plans. Since launching the nationwide Home Fire Campaign in October 2014 we have: • Installed more than 1,500,000 smoke alarms in vulnerable communities. • Replaced more than 71,000 batteries. • Saved 520 lives. This year we plan to install 1,400 free smoke alarms in the Northwest Region. This is only possible with generous support from donors like you. Thank you for supporting One Call For All and the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.
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.
(formerly Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council)
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge supports, promotes and fosters cultural organizations and artists of all disciplines through a variety of vehicles and opportunities. AHB coordinates an Arts in Education Consortium which serves over 2,000 students during artist residencies in the public schools. We collaborate with the City of Bainbridge Island to place art in public places, coordinate a regional film festival, conduct an annual garden tour highlighting artistic expression through landscape design and provide a platform for local poets to showcase their work for the enjoyment of the entire community.
Assistance Dogs Northwest (ADNW), located on Bainbridge Island, trains and provides highly skilled Assistance Dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and other special needs. ADNW is also committed to serving people with special needs through our Community Outreach Programs, which include the Therapy Dog Program, Wounded Veterans Program, Workplace Readiness Program and Education Program. All Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow-up support are provided free of charge to recipients.
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is a nonprofit art gallery that illuminates our corner of the world through monthly exhibitions, free art education, and outreach. 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 is an umbrella organization comprised of the 80-voice Bainbridge Chorale and the 30-voice Olympic Girls’ Choir. Our mission is to enrich and inspire our singers, audiences and community by sharing the transcendent power of choral music. We present professionally-performed choral music concerts several times a year in conjunction with the girls’ choir, exploring all forms of music, from jazz to contemporary to classical. As well, we regularly partner with other local music groups to produce major choral/orchestral works such as Carmina Burana and the Verdi Requiem. We have established a presence in the regional choral community, traveling to Seattle to represent the Chorale in the biennial Greater Seattle Choral Consortium choral festival, Seattle Sings! An equally important part of our mission is hosting public-participation events for the community, namely the annual Messiah Sing-along and Community Caroling events.
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:
Edible public park open to all ages and demographics
Community powered, co-created hub delivering hands-on experiences to grow ideas and inspire curiosity in children and adults
Living classroom and shared space to implement regenerative local food production and innovative concepts in habitat preservation and restoration
Sanctuary free for all to gather, nourish, explore, and share o Replicable model for year-round food security and equitable distribution of locally grown, nutritious, and fresh food
Ever-evolving natural landscapes attractive to native plants, animals, and insects
A stream alive with salmon and trout o A place for recreation and reflection
A place to implement new ideas and technology for optimal land and water management
Networked leadership guiding community-driven programs, management, and maintenance
A source of local food to stock emergency preparedness hubs and local food banks
BICCC has purchased the Voyager Montessori property and efforts are continuing to fund our new center and home for our beloved program! Our capital campaign is funding improvements of the 2 1/2 acre campus we purchased on High School Road. These modifications, made through remodeling and new construction, will allow us to meet state licensing and program needs, and will provide a permanent home for BICCC’s school-age programs.We are thrilled to have such a pristine and beautiful place to call our own.We appreciate the support of our community as we push through the second half of our campaign. Your donations are making a world of difference and we couldn’t do this without you. Please stop by and see our progress!
BIDA’s mission is to build and sustain community through a vibrant downtown economy. Since 1992, Bainbridge has been recognized as one of only 12 nationally accredited Washington Main Streets through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library supports Bainbridge Public Library by raising money through book sales. Last year, some of our fundraising went toward our Refresh, Revitalize and Renovate project which remodeled the library to enhance service to the community. The project included expanding the meeting room so that more programs for children, teens and adults can be held at the Library. In addition, the Friends focused on increasing our Endowment Fund which will provide a future steady stream of income for the Bainbridge Public Library. Further, BI FOL provided significant support for the children’s, teens’ and adult programs at BPL, contributed to the children’s summer reading program, the children’s story time, and maintenance of the aquarium in the children’s area, paid for some of the magazine subscriptions that are sent to BPL, and sponsored the Opera series with Norm Hollingshead.
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.
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and foster knowledge of Bainbridge Island History. Each year, some 13,000 visitors come from around the world to experience our award-winning exhibits which illustrate the Island’s past as a lumber and shipbuilding powerhouse, and then as an important center for strawberry farming. We tell the story of the forced removal of the Island’s large Japanese American population during WWII, the first of some 120,000 people to be incarcerated in internment camps. We provide a year-round educational program for Island youth and for visiting groups.This year, we are excited to announce that we are also FREE to the public!
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 works to secure property for preservation and public use such as Hilltop and the Grand Forest, the Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve and Pritchard Park. Additionally, the Land Trust stewards the lands already preserved, securing it for long-term enjoyment by everyone. The Land Trust works with private landowners as well as community and regional partners to restore our shorelines, streams, forests, and wetlands. The Land Trust regularly offers opportunities to train and inspire islanders of all ages to help battle invasive species and plant native plants.
BIMA has become the cultural living room for our ever-expanding community. BIMA offers no-barrier arts and culture access through it’s free admission 363 days a year thank to our members and donors. Cultural programs at BIMA include: art exhibitions which rotate three times per year in ten gallery spaces, artist lectures, K-12 field trips through our ArtsGrowth Initiative, hands-on art workshops, after school and school vacation programs, and year-round film programming. There is always something new and exciting at BIMA – whether it’s the Within/Earshot Jazz Festival, Momentum Arts Festival or Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration.
The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation enhances our community by supporting a thriving system of parks, trails and open spaces. Your contribution helps build and maintain island trails and funds a wide array of park improvements, such as new playgrounds, invasive species removal, and upgrades at the Aquatic Center and other park facilities. Together, we can improve our beaches and forests, boardwalks and docks. Our parks and trails are our most beloved public resources. Donate to make these places even better for the enjoyment and health of our community!
The Bainbridge Island Pony Club (BIPC) provides a program of education in horse care, riding and mounted sports of all kinds. A club of the United States Pony Club since 1965, we’ve been developing responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence in young people for over 50 years. Today we are also a multi-generational resource for equestrians of all ages. Our educational program places equal emphasis on teaching riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, team participation and sportsmanship. We offer local, regional and national opportunities, supporting a wide range of mounted sports including show jumping, eventing, dressage, fox-hunting, games, polo/polocross, tetrathalon, vaulting and more. We support our local equestrian clubs and resources with volunteer work.
The Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers are a competitive jump rope team that has been on the island for over 20 years. We promote the exciting sport of competitive jump rope as well as exercise, leadership, and sportsmanship for today’s youth. We offer jump rope classes for youth ages 6-18, an annual summer camp, occasional community shows, and love to wow the crowd at the annual 4th of July Parade. Our team has competed in local, national, and world competitions and we host a large tournament on the island every Spring which brings about 150 visitors to the island.
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 2017 the Foundation granted 13 scholarships totaling over $35,000 to Bainbridge students who had demonstrated a true commitment to community service and leadership.
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.
Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center promotes well being in mind, body and spirit of those fifty and older through education, exercise, fellowship, nutrition, recreation, travel and a wellness program. We also encourage people to share their skills and interests and volunteers to support Center activities.
Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation, also known as “Stephens House” was established in 2002 to serve adults with developmental disabilities from all of 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 increase physical health, mental well-being and social interaction for our participants, as well as provide respite for caregivers. Activities include field trips, swimming, CrossFit, art projects, computer activities, movies, menu planning. grocery shopping, and cooking. We employ two full time staff members. BISNF is funded primarily through private and public grants and individual donations and is a DSHS approved Respite Agency.
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 young string musicians 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 an end of the year string festival open to all area string musicians. Thank you for your support.
Our organization provides soccer training and playing opportunities for over 1500 youths ages 5-19. In addition to recreational teams, over 300 play on competitive teams. We also provide scholarships, help develop soccer fields for Island youth as well as hosting the Island Cup tournament each summer. Our emphasis is on character development thru soccer and we celebrate our student-athletes.
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 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 our brave first responders will be overwhelmed and we’ll 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.
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 school district relies on BSF funding to pay for innovative programs, recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers, and academic support for all students.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the Bainbridge Student Loan Fund helped (7) Bainbridge Island students pursue their post-secondary education goals by granting (7) new $3500 low cost student loans. BSLF currently has (13) students with loans enrolled in higher education and (13) former students who have completed their education and are currently repaying their loans.
Bainbridge Youth Services is dedicated to promoting the social and emotional well-being of all community adolescents through counseling and diverse outreach programs and services. Donations support programs such as no-fee professional counseling, free tutoring, internships, and more.
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 regional center for craft and invention. BARN offers classes in everything from woodworking, metalworking, fiber arts, printmaking and cooking to building robots and using 3D printers. It’s a place to build a garden bench, make a necklace, weave a rug or preserve food. BARN features eleven well-equipped workshops where people of all ages and skill levels learn from one another while working on personal and community service projects.
The Battle Point Astronomical Association provides an observatory, planetarium, and telescopes dedicated to education of science and astronomy specifically. Our programs include monthly planetarium shows, special kid programs with BPAstro kids, school field trips and other outreach programs.
BI-K gives high school students from Bainbridge Island a chance to discover the world and themselves through community service both at home and abroad. Since 2000 we have been exposing teams of exceptional teens to the power of helping their own communities and communities around the World. By exposing them to different people and cultures they build an appreciation for their own place in society and how their actions can make positive and lasting impacts on other people and the World as a whole. They truly are great kids doing great work.
Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden whose mission is to provide a tranquil and refreshing experience in nature. The Reserve’s 140 acres are a unique blend of natural Pacific Northwest woodlands, ponds, meadows, and wildlife habitats with 12 distinct and beautifully landscaped gardens. We invite you to experience the magnificence of this horticultural masterpiece on Bainbridge Island.
For 75 years, Bloodworks Northwest has served a critical role as the cornerstone of our region’s healthcare system. Together with our donors, volunteers, investors and community partners, we are working to provide the best care — every hour, every day, for everyone. Bloodworks is the partner of choice of 100 hospitals and a recognized leader in healthcare and biomedical research. Our world-renowned team of researchers are leading the charge in personalized medicine. Our innovations continue to transform the lives of hemophilia, transplant, surgical and cancer patients —anyone who needs blood.
Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island prepares young people for a great future. The Club is a safe, affordable, and fun place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time. We provide after-school programs; summer and holiday day camps; and leadership and service opportunities for teens through volunteerism. The Club serves hundreds of kids and families on the Island each year, extending reduced fees and scholarships to those in need. Club activities center on our three key outcome areas: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Every day, kids and teens use the skills they’ve gained from being a Boys & Girls Club member.
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.
The Coffee Oasis mission is to change the world for homeless youth in one community after another through evidence-based programs 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 (ages 13-25 years old) off the streets. We accomplish this through street and school outreach, drop-in centers, housing, case management, mentoring and job training.
The Compassionate Listening Project empowers individuals and communities to transform conflict and create cultures of peace and healing through our training and mentoring programs. Compassionate Listening accesses our deepest wisdom to transform separation and conflict into an opportunity for connection, healing and peace. It is:
- 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
The Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas is a 24-hour telephone service that provides a non-judgmental listening ear to people in crisis or who simply need to talk to someone. When appropriate we provide referrals to community services. We are part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network and are active in county suicide prevention efforts. In addition to our telephone crisis intervention we can provide speakers to talk to groups about the Crisis Clinic Services, Suicide Prevention or Mental Health. If you need to talk call 1-800-843-4793. If you need community resources call 2-1-1.
The Dahlia Foundation believes there are many paths to wellness. Supporting the disadvantaged and underserved in our community on this journey is our goal. Through patient care payment assistance, grants for health & wellness programs, and sponsorship of community wellness events, your donations help The Dahlia Foundation create the worry-free space necessary for those working towards wellness to achieve a life where they will thrive.
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, and supporting local non-profits in their own climate adaptation efforts. 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.
First Years has been educating and caring for children on the Island for more than 23 years. We have children as young as 4 weeks, all the way up until the day before they start kindergarten. Our teachers are thoughtful, and they strive to nurture each child’s cognitive, social/emotional, language and physical development at his or her own pace. We offer scholarships to our families, and employees, for our child care center. We also award an annual college scholarship to a graduating Bainbridge High School student who plans to further their own education in the Early Childhood Education field, courtesy of donations and fundraising efforts. Our employees all have access to a fully paid for by grant college education as well. We understand the importance of quality education, and believe it’s never too early, or too late, to start!
The mission of Fred Hutch is the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. The Hutch conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment of cancer and related diseases. At Fred Hutch, we believe we’ll have cures for most, if not all, cancers by the year 2025. But we can’t do it without your help!
Your contribution to the Friends of BI High School Sailing provides direct support to the Bainbridge High School Sailing Team, and will be applied to the periodic purchase of replacement sailboats so the Team remains fully competitive. These sailboats are shared seasonally with youth sail training programs on Bainbridge Island, so your donation also provides indirect support to community sailing, generally. BHS Sailing sails at the elite competitive level, having raced at the national championships 17 of the last 20 years. The Friends of BIHSS provides the sole source of financial and logistical support to the BHS Sailing Team.
Friends of Fort Ward is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization committed to heritage preservation in the Fort Ward neighborhood on Bainbridge Island. We are raising funds to restore the fort’s historic bakery building for use as a community hall for all islanders. The project is a partnership with the Bainbridge Island Park District, which will manage the community hall for the benefit of all Bainbridge residents.
The mission of Friends of the Farms is to preserve and enhance local agriculture, increase farmland, and support the farming community. We create an environment where local agriculture can flourish by managing 60 acres of publicly-owned farmland, providing affordable housing for farm interns, connecting farmers with landowners, and advocating the community-wide social and economic value of local farms and food. We work to create system-level change for long-term impact through: • Permanent protection of the agricultural land base • Affordable housing and farmable land for the agricultural community • Public and private investment in infrastructure and commercial services • Committed local government, food-related businesses, and institutions • Informed food citizens through a multi-disciplinary approach to food studies for children and adults • Connecting human health with a farm-driven diet • Experimentation, innovation, and education to attract the best and brightest of the next generation of farmers and food producers
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 and league fees. 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 providing women survivors of abuse or other trauma access to holistic healing and wellness approaches to help alleviate their distress and aid in their healing and recovery. 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, nutritious meals 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.
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.
When aggressive treatment to cure an illness has come to an end, Hospice helps patients live life as fully and comfortably as possible, with dignity and respect. Your gift supports Hospice patients in Kitsap County during a time of greatest need. You will stand side-by-side caregivers, helping patients and their families feel supported and cared for as they enter the 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.
HRB works to preserve the diversity and vitality of Bainbridge Island by providing and maintaining affordable housing opportunities in the community. HRB owns and operates 90 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. We provide affordable rental and homeownership opportunities that keep 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.
Hyla Middle School creates an educational environment where 6-8th graders are intrigued with learning. Our pedagogy is infused with challenge, freedom, choice and collaboration to engage students in their own academic growth through hands-on experiential learning. With small classes, students and teachers develop the close, caring connections that are the foundation of all learning. Our culture of respect, kindness, inclusion and responsibility develops young leaders with character. We are a community that works together to help students grow as individuals into their best selves. We value personal development as much as academic growth and integrity as much as achievement.
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. inD Theatre is 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.
Island Children’s Montessori School Island Children’s Montessori School has been serving families on Bainbridge Island for the past 30 years and offers a safe, nurturing environment where children get a quality preschool education in preparation for all future learning. OCFA money supports our scholarship program. Website: www.islandchildrensmontessori.com
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 potluck play readings 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.
We enable life-enriching connections between caring people and the elderly and persons with disabilities to enable their independence, dignity, health and well-being. Volunteers provide transportation for medical and therapy appointments as well as to social and recreational activities. Other services are companionship, errands, respite care, in-home help such as light housekeeping or yard care, assistance with pet care and more. We offer a Caregiver’s Support Group and a Grief Support Group which are open to the community. Our special Flowers From the Heart Program delivers hundreds of bouquets of donated flowers to homebound every summer.
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 every 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 type/stage of cancer, treatment availability and insurance determines where you go for treatment and how many treatments are needed. The Kathleen Sutton Fund is a local 501c (3) non-profit organization that provides assistance with transportation costs for women with cancer living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap & Mason counties. The fund covers gas, ferry fees, parking & other transit expenses while undergoing cancer treatment. Since its’ inception in 2003, the Kathleen Sutton Fund has helped over 800 women and has distributed over $441,000.00. Donate today or join us at our annual fundraiser on Saturday October 5th in Port Gamble.
Founded in 2003 by dedicated volunteers, the Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) bridges the gap in local early learning opportunities. It is the only nonprofit children’s museum on the Kitsap Peninsula and serves families from Bainbridge Island and the surrounding region. At KiDiMu, children and their grown-ups experience the power of learning together through play. They explore art, science and culture through hands-on exhibits, activities and programs, all of which follow the Early Learning and Development Guidelines established by the State of Washington. Research shows that such play-based, multi-sensory environments inspire a lifelong desire to learn in children. (Recommended for children birth to 8 years of age.)
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.
KidsUp! Playground needs YOU to make The Next Generation of Play a reality with a gift today! A generation of kids have grown up with KidsUp!, our wonderful “destination playground” at Battle Point Park. After years of play and weathering, the playground is worn out – it’s time to build a durable NEW KidsUp! Island kids and parents (with a little help from Bainbridge Metro Parks and the Landscape Structures, Inc., professional design firm) have dreamed up an amazing new playground – bigger and better than ever – one that’s safe and accessible for EVERYONE regardless of ability. Imagine a giant “ferry boat” play structure with climbable orca whales swimming by, exciting spinners and swings, a trike track and many other colorful features – kids will enjoy at the new KidsUp! Help us raise $600,000 for the new KidsUp! Join the campaign through the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, www.biparksfoundation.org/kidsup.
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. Monthly support groups allow families a chance to learn and grow together, ensuring safe and stable placements for the vulnerable kids in our community. Other benefits offered include backpacks full of school supplies, holiday gifts, and participation in Seattle Mariners “We Are Family” day. 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 2018, we successfully found homes for over 6,400 animals-in-need, performed over 5,700 spay/neuter surgeries, transferred in over 2,200 at-risk pets from overcrowded shelters and supported over 1,200 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 97% + 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 is committed to the wellbeing of immigrants and the development of a rich multicultural community. We work to empower, educate, and integrate immigrants through advocacy and social justice. Our Immigration Legal Services program helps with citizenship, Green Card, and DACA applications, as well as representation for deportation proceedings. English language tutoring, citizenship classes, and tax preparation are also available. Our Family Services program offers free medical and dental clinics, and support resolving conflicts with landlords and communicating with schools. KIAC’s “Grupo de Mamas” gathers Latinx and Guatemalan mothers for connection and important education in their native languages with prenatal and public health professionals.
Kitsap Legal Services connects low-income residents with free (pro bono) volunteer attorneys to get critical advice, assistance, and representation in many civil legal areas to help reduce homelessness, reduced domestic violence, increase peaceful divorce and parenting plans, help with consumer issues, help with disability issues, and many more areas of great importance to individuals, families, and our community. We also have a civil legal education program providing legal presentations on topics of interest to all residents of Kitsap County to become aware of the rights and responsibilities of everyone to create a more harmonious community.
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.
~Loving those experiencing homelessness – aiding in the restoration of mind, body and spirit~ During the day, we provide a welcoming place for Kitsap’s homeless to rest and sit down, get coffee and snacks, receive social services, and pick up needed clothing from our clothing closet. We see over 100 people per day, a number that continues to rise. None of this would be possible without giving from individuals like you!
Kiwanis is a volunteer organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis service projects and programs include: Key Club (BHS), Builder’s Club (Woodward M.S.), Bainbridge H.S. scholarships, Woodward Middle School “Students of the Month”, “Educator of the Year”, “3rd Graders to the Library”, “All Comers Track Meets”, annual ShredFest, and July 4th “putt putt” golf. We help staff community events including: Boys & Girls Club “Pumpkin Walk”, Downtown Halloween and Bainbridge-in-Bloom.
Leadership Kitsap fosters and empowers, educated, prepared, and engaged community leaders. Each year Leadership Kitsap brings together a group of 25-30 leaders across public, private, and non-profit sectors from across Kitsap County and exposes them to the information and interactions that give them the confidence and the skills to go on to become leaders who create positive change and make our community a better place to live and work.
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.
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 preschool 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 two world languages, handwork, strings ensemble (4th – 8th grade) and outdoor learning.
We raise private charitable funding for childhood cancer research and raise awareness about pediatric cancers. Administratively self-funded, 100% of donations received go directly to research. Our efforts have provided the CAR T-cell immunotherapy research under the direction of Bainbridge Islander Dr. Michael C. Jensen at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute with over $350,000.00 in funding. Recent expansion of Clinical Trials show encouraging promise in numerous target areas. 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
Martha & Mary, headquartered in Poulsbo, WA, serves residents from all parts of Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island. Our Health and Rehab Center is a 190-bed skilled nursing facility providing short-stay medical rehabilitation services and long-term, memory and palliative care for seniors. Martha & Mary Retirement Apartments—The Ebenezer in Poulsbo offers independent living for seniors 62+. AT HOME provides in-home care services to seniors throughout Kitsap County. Village Green Senior Apartments (Kingston) offer independent living for income-qualified seniors age 62+. Children’s Services are located in Kingston, Poulsbo, Silverdale, and at seven elementary schools in North and Central Kitsap.
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.
Currently celebrating 46 years of service to Kitsap County seniors, Meals on Wheels Kitsap (MOWK) provides a nutritional and social lifeline for Bainbridge Island residents, aged 60+ years through healthy and nutritious meals served at its community dining meal site located at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center and directly delivered to homebound seniors. MOWK also provides Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers for low-income island seniors to purchase fresh produce at local farmer’s markets from June 1-October 31. In 2018, MOWK served 1,526 meals to 126 unduplicated Bainbridge seniors and provided $40 worth of Senior Farmers Market vouchers to each of 52 senior islanders. 15 island residents also volunteer with MOWK. Website: www.mealsonwheelskitsap.org
Mom’s Morning Retreat is a trusted place for mothers of all-age children and all backgrounds to connect and replenish. Moms explore mindfulness and personal growth in a supportive community. Meetings are held at Grace Church during the school year, and childcare is provided.
For over 45 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.
NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest. Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 35,000 students and teachers each year to our six campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education. Ancient forests, alpine terrain, coastal marine habitats, and the largest river restoration in U.S. history make Olympic National Park a quintessential living laboratory. More than 4,000 students from throughout Washington State and the Puget Sound Region visit our Olympic campus each year.
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 $400,000 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 every high school graduate 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.
One Heart Wild models a community of care that inspires healing, compassion, and advocacy with empathy for all life on earth. Our mission is to promote the health, well-being, and welfare of humans, animals, and nature through mutually beneficial relationships. The human – animal – nature connection is widely understood as having the capacity to improve social-emotional skills, emotional regulation, mindfulness, nonverbal communication, provide meaningful balance to our obsession with technology, and to improve human health and well being. One Heart Wild provides novel approaches to expressing one’s best self through the following nature based programs; Animal/Equine Assisted Self Development and Psychotherapy services, Animal Sanctuary Volunteer Program, Animals & Empathy Outreach for schools, and ROOTS Institute Animal Assisted Services certification. OHW serves homeless teens, families impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), veteran and active duty personnel, people wanting time with animals, nature, and healing opportunities outside a standard office setting.
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-two shows in fifteen years. As a teaching organization, Ovation! has produced top-notch talent nurtured by first-class educators.
For 43 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-seniors individuals permanently fostering senior animals: offers veterinary and pet care, • Feral cat management, • Pet food bank serving seven 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 support. We do so through our organizational strands – our Childhood Development Center (childcare and preschool, ages 1 – 5 years old), our Nature Nuts outdoor educational opportunities (after school and day camps, K – 2 grades), and our Partners for Early Learning educational series and Family Support Community Directory. Peacock values Health, Inclusiveness, and Community.
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 of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands provides essential reproductive health care and sexuality education to people in the states of Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho, while advocating to protect reproductive rights and increase health care access both locally and nationally. We operate 30 health centers across our 4 states, including 19 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 with parenting education, resources, and connections to help families thrive. We bring parents together at speaker events, small-group classes, and other programs where they can learn both from experts and each other. Our vision is an empowered, vibrant community where all youth and families flourish.
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, including Africa, Asia and Latin America. Projects are funded by committee. Our key Avenues of Service are: Community Service, Youth Service, Scholarship, Community Grants, Large Grants, World Community Service, and Emergency Preparedness 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?
Saint Cecilia Catholic School serves Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students We are a faith based community which inspires an inquisitive mind and a life-long commitment to learning and stewardship. Using a variety of modalities, we support students’ in their strengths and areas of growth.
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.
Scarlet Road is a faith based non-profit organization serving individuals exiting sexual exploitation and human trafficking. We serve individuals who are looking for support exiting the legal and illegal sex industry. We provides crisis intervention outreach and comprehensive holistic aftercare services. We aim to meet the basic and long term needs of the most vulnerable people in our community, to equip them with skills to gain independence and find success and healing from their past trauma.We also offer the first and only safe haven drop-in center where those needing support can come and rest. Additionally we offer comprehensive prevention and awareness programming for adults and youth, designed to empower our community and create a network of resources and support for our clients.
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 that increase social, economic and environmental sustainability of our community. Our programs include Zero Waste, Bainbridge Beach Naturalists, Watershed Council, Weed Warriors, Bainbridge Mobility Alliance and more. We function as an incubator to support the development of new sustainability-related initiatives in the community. We also take on special projects, such as organizing the Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup and the annual Association of Bainbridge Communities conference.
“My teen girl talking circle saved my life” –Talina Wood, President of the TTC Board of Directors For 26 years, Teen Talking Circles has been a pioneer in modern circle methodology. We provide teenagers with a safe space to tell their truth, discover their gifts and strengths, and create healthy, empowered, relationships with self and others using Compassionate Listening practice and relationship building skills. With the expert assistance of teens, we provide workshops and trainings for adults to lead teen talking circles in their own organizations and communities. “Teen Talking Circles belong in the category of what we call the intangibles. Love is an intanglible. You can’t see or measure intangibles like you can see or measure a building or monument. The intangibles live inside us and are at the root of what is most important of all.”– Eric Liu, Citizen University; Senior Law Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law
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.
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 are focused on bringing a crisis text line to the island as well as increased crisis counseling services. We also host community programs like support groups for families affected by suicide as well as educational lectures and discussions. And because we are committed to supporting ideas that promote happiness, well-being, and hope, we have introduced bright blue TMP Conversation Benches to local parks and schools. TMP also sponsors two annual scholarships for BHS students who consistently demonstrate kindness and sportsmanship. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Since 1937, United Way of Kitsap County has been investing in our community. Building partnerships, leveraging resources, empowering community, and creating long-term solutions. When a child succeeds in school, when families & individuals are safe, healthy and jobs are available. When we invest in collaborations and work that helps break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, we all win. Kitsap Strong, a collaboration with United Way, Kitsap Community Foundation and the Suquamish Tribe, was created to improve the well-being and educational attainment of Kitsap residents. Because change doesn’t happen alone. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United!
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 Health System in every way – from our integrated medical records to our commitment to putting our patients first. We offer a wide range of primary care for adults and children and a full array of specialty services including cardiology, orthopedics, dermatology, and neurology. Same day, evening and weekend appointments available. Along with the remarkable primary and specialty care you’ve come to expect, Bainbridge Island residents now benefit from a larger, state-of-the-art facility, a new location, and enhanced services to better meet the growing healthcare needs of our community. The new facility is environmentally friendly with green building components and a car-charging station.
Vitalize Kitsap (formerly Island Time Activities) empowers people with intellectual disabilities to lead lives of meaning and self-determination. Our daily, individualized social club programming brings peer friendship, community involvement, personal development, the pursuit of individual goals, and life and works to our members, while providing respite for their caregivers. Together we are building a more inclusive culture that benefits all of us.
Based out of Rolling Bay Hall, WEAVE Presents is a nonprofit performing arts and education organization that values curiosity, connection, and collaboration by showcasing our local independent arts community and inviting audiences to celebrate the multi-racial, multi-ethnic roots of American culture. America was woven from beautiful threads of varying colors and traditions. WEAVE Presents brings this fabric to life. We attract curious minds with our intimate atmosphere, intentional performances, and well-poured cocktails. We entice performance artists with our hospitality, great sound, and fair compensation. We foster new connections and strengthen our friendships while sharing music, theatre and community. Our unique programming honors the diverse communities that built this country and continue to make it strong and vibrant. Together we can begin to realize the ideals that make America an experiment worth fighting for. Supporting WEAVE advances social and economic justice in our own community.
West Sound CoderDojo is an initiative of West Sound Technology Association and part of the global CoderDojo.com movement. It is a FREE and inclusive learning environment where participants of all ages learn code, leadership, peer collaboration, computational thinking, and presentation skills. The sessions are self-paced, interactive, and promote problem-solving. WSCD is the only CoderDojo HQ-affiliated Licensed Regional Group in Washington State with a mission to facilitate the growth of coderdojos into other Kitsap regional communities, and to promote a broad understanding of coding and computational thinking, skills which are essential for future careers and to the prosperity of our region.
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 five 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.
YWCA Kitsap County – Bainbridge Island Domestic Violence Program. YWCA is the only designated domestic violence service provider in Kitsap County. YWCA operates a 24 hr. hotline, a 17 bed emergency domestic violence shelter and permanent supportive housing units throughout the county for victims of domestic violence and their children as well as weekly support groups, legal and housing advocacy, community education and opportunities for volunteers to give back to their community.
Bainbridge Island services include:
- 24 hr. Hotline
- Weekly Support Groups
- Legal Advocacy at Bainbridge Municipal Courthouse
- Domestic Violence Advocacy at Housing Resources Bainbridge
- Community Education Presentations