(formerly Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council)
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge supports Bainbridge Island artists and cultural groups, provides arts residencies in the schools for more than 2,000 children, and nurtures collaboration and arts advocacy among a multitude of Island organizations.
BARN – Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network – is a center for craft, creativity and community service. Beginning in 2014, BARN has offered classes in everything from woodworking, metalworking, fiber arts, printmaking and cooking to building robots and using 3-D printers or laser cutters. BARN now has a new facility on Three Tree Lane that features eleven well-equipped workshops where people of all ages can learn from one another while working on personal and community service projects.
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 purpose of the Band Boosters is to serve and support our students and promote the activities of the Bainbridge High School Band and Guard program. The Boosters provide funds and volunteers to allow the band director and students to perform at their highest level. The direct link between students who stay involved and students who stay in school is realized everyday within the BHS Band program.
The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library supports Bainbridge Public Library by raising money by selling books. This year, all our fundraising is going toward Refresh, Revitalize and Renovate, remodeling the library to enhance service to the community for the foreseeable future. The project includes expanding the meeting room so that more programs for children, teens and adults can be held at the Library instead of other facilities.
BIJAEMA’s vision is to honor the exiled Bainbridge Islanders of Japanese descent and their friends and neighbors who stood by them and welcomed them home by creating a place of healing and learning, by sharing the lessons of human rights, and promoting the spirit of Nidoto Nai Yoni, “Let It Not Happen Again”. Our mission is to create and oversee a permanent memorial at the site where the Japanese and Japanese Americans of Bainbridge Island were forcibly exiled under Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 during World War II.
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 2016 the Foundation granted 13 scholarships totaling over $40,000 to Bainbridge students who had demonstrated a true commitment to community service and leadership
We provide education, support, and encouragement to blind and low-vision persons, and in addition serve as a community resource regarding their needs. Regular meetings afford opportunities for information exchange and network development. Monies received through OCFA support community outreach, educational programs, and purchase of equipment for training and demonstration that improves capacity to function in the daily environment.
The premiere organization for young orchestra musicians on Bainbridge Island, BIYO provides students with the opportunity to perform orchestral music at a high degree of artistry while fostering skills in collaboration, teamwork and community involvement.
Bainbridge Island-Kitezh offers a life-enriching cultural exchange and community service program for Bainbridge High School sophomores and juniors. Our teen ambassadors participate in local community service projects like feeding the homeless in Seattle and helping Island-based non-profits. During a three-week summer trip abroad, they work on projects like repairing and remodeling schools while they interact with local people and learn their customs. Previous destinations have been to Siberia and western Russia, and now Nepal. Our program helps teens’ understanding of the world beyond Bainbridge and that they can have a lasting positive impact on it while learning their place in it.
We promote people-to-people exchanges between Bainbridge and our sister island in Nicaragua. One Call money helps pay travel costs for Bainbridge students, Ometepe English teachers, and other delegates who could not otherwise participate.
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.
BPL, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, owns and maintains the library building and grounds with private funds; while a levy allows Kitsap Regional Library to provide staff, the collection, classes, and a virtual library at KRL.org. Together, this unique partnership provides the quality library our community wants and has come to expect.
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.
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.
The BPAA provides an observatory, telescopes and space dedicated to many aspects of astronomy, including Star Parties, educational programs, public lectures, astronomy courses, research projects and construction programs. OCFA funds, along with membership dues, directly support operations.
A small interdenominational Christian School, Carden offers a proven, rigorous, incremental curriculum for grades K-8. Carden offers an individualized approach to meet the needs of each student so they might find joy in every lesson and reach their highest potential.
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
EduCulture serves our schools and community through locally grown educational experiences that honor Bainbridge Island’s unique heritage and living culture. Our edible education programs bridge local farms, gardens, classrooms, and lunchrooms. We utilize our community as curriculum to foster farm stewardship and food citizenship, scholarship and sustainability. Our programs connect place and taste with where we eat, live and learn. EduCulture serves as edible education liaison for Bainbridge School District. Our Only What We Can Carry project leads heritage education programs that bear witness to our Island’s unique history with exclusion, inclusion, citizenship and community.
Our center on the Island has been educating and caring for children for over 21 years. We have children as young as 4 weeks, and go up until the day before they enter kindergarten. Our teachers are thoughtful, and they strive to nurture each child’s cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development at his and her own pace. We offer scholarships to those in our community, as well as for our employees.
Friends of Fort Ward is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization committed to historical preservation in the Fort Ward neighborhood on Bainbridge Island. We are raising funds to restore the fort’s historic bakery building for use as an island-wide community hall. The project is a partnership with the Bainbridge Island Park District, which will manage the community hall for the benefit of all Bainbridge residents.
Hyla Middle School creates an educational environment where middle school children (grades 6-8) are intrigued with learning. Our philosophy insists on small class sizes so that students and teachers can develop the close, caring connections that are the foundation of all learning. Our pedagogy is infused with freedom, choice and collaboration to engage students in their own academic growth through place-based, experiential learning. Our culture of respect, kindness, inclusion and responsibility develops young leaders with character and integrity. Our community of teachers, students and parents works together to help students grow as individuals into their best selves.
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.
Founded over 10 years ago 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, multisensory environments inspire a lifelong desire to learn in children. (Recommended for children birth to 8 years of age.)
Kitsap Regional Library Foundation supports the Library’s mission to inspire our community to dream more, learn more, do more and be more. We raise money from individuals, foundations, businesses and community organizations to ensure continued support for essential library programs and services not covered by public funds, including Summer Learning, One Book One Community, and Third Graders to the Library. We are the Library because of public finding; we are the Library you want because of donors like you.
Kiwanis is a volunteer organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Key service projects and programs include: Key Club (BHS), Builder’s Club (Woodward M.S.), Father Reads (Head Start Preschool), BHS Scholarships, Woodward “Student of the Month”, “Educator of the Year”, “3rd Grader’s to the Library”, “All Comers Track Meets” and 4th of July- Putt Putt Golf. In addition, we help staff community events including: 4th July Marshalls, Boys & Girls Club “Pumpkin Walk”, Downtown Halloween and Bainbridge-in-Bloom.
Leadership Kitsap is Kitsap County’s premier civic leadership program designed to educate, prepare, and connect a new group of committed leaders for community involvement in Kitsap County. The 10-month program addresses the need for diverse community leaders from all corners of Kitsap County, educated with a breadth of vision and an understanding of the complexity of the interrelated needs and issues of our community.
Waldorf Education for children ages 18 months through 14 years (8th grade). Our play-based preschool and kindergarten builds a strong foundation. We offer classical academics in grade school with fully integrated music, art, drama and movement. In addition, our students take classes for two world languages, handwork, strings ensemble (4th – 8th grade) and outdoor learning.
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.
We are a club that specializes in educational training for our Mavericks Baseball players. Mavericks is one of the biggest travel baseball clubs serving youth 18 and under on the Kitsap Peninsula. We are located on Bainbridge Island and are in our 7th year of providing quality and professional training to baseball players ages 9u – 18u. It is our mission to provide our youth with education and training, as well as, develop good sportsmanship & love of the game.
We serve children from birth through Grade Six. All children should have the advantage of a strong educational beginning that builds self-esteem and a joy for learning. 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 30,000 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.
The Olympic College Foundation is the Olympic College’s official gift-receiving entity. The Foundation provides scholarships, including for students attending the archaeological field school at Yama Village on Bainbridge Island. By developing a field school at the community college level, OC offers an affordable learning experience and recruits scholars from demographic groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in field archaeology. During its first three years, the project has discovered over 4,700 artifacts and the roots of Japanese-American culture in collaboration with the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Community, BI Historical Museum, BI Metro Park & Recreation District, and the BI Historic Preservation Commission.
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.
Founded 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.
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 real 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.
Smile Partners runs Smiles For Life, an oral health care program for low-income seniors at the Waterfront Park Community Center on Bainbridge Island. We also provide preventive dental hygiene services for low-income children all over the Puget Sound Area, including Kitsap County. In 2016-17 we served 12,000 in 140 preschools and elementary schools. At every school, we’re decreasing the number of kids with visible decay from around 30% to around 15% over three years.
St. 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.
An independent elementary school founded in 1977, The Island School educates children and inspires in them a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and respect for themselves and others. At The Island School, every child matters. OCFA funds support program and financial aid.
We launched the Tyler Moniz Project to celebrate the extraordinary 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. We support educational and community programs that promote happiness, well-being, and hope. One hundred percent of donations go toward scholarships and services on Bainbridge Island. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.