How can we help during the COVID-19 pandemic?

COATES Cabinet

Open Tuesdays at the Resource Center: 12:30 TO 3:00 P.M.

If you are a current Resource Center or Food Bank client, you are eligible for a free monthly allocation of household and personal items such as laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers and many other items. Clients will call in a list of needs and our staff will gather items to place outside for pick-up. New clients will need to fill out an intake form. 

Email holly@orcascrc.org


Utility Assistance

Individuals can work with us to apply for assistance with both OPALCO and Eastsound Water. 


OPALCO’s Project Pal

A program for those needing extra assistance during hardship. You must be an active residential member of OPALCO for the 4 months prior to your application submittal. Applications for Project Pal are coordinated directly with the Orcas Community Resource Center. Email jana@orcascrc.org for an application or for more information.


Eastsound Water Financial Assistance Program

The Orcas Community Resource Center is working with Eastsound Water to manage their new Financial Assistance Program. You may apply when you have a current water bill in hand. This includes water users

whose bill is due March 31st. To apply, please email holly@orcascrc.org or fill out a general intake form on the OCRC homepage: https://orcascrc.org


Community Wellness Program

This program provides low-cost access to mental healthcare for approved, uninsured or under-insured Orcas Island Residents. Program participants can receive up to 12 counseling sessions for a sliding scale copay of $5–$30 per session. Email jana@orcascrc.org for more information.


Transportation Assistance

Individuals and families enrolled in Medicaid (Apple) may qualify for ferry and gas vouchers for off-island medical appointments. Ferry tickets for off-island appointments are approved on a case-by-case basis.


Emergency Assistance

Emergency funds are available to assist with basic necessities related to housing (not rent), food, access to medical services and transportation. Please fill out an intake form with details (including copies of bills, project estimates, for consideration). Email holly@orcascrc.org

  

LOCAL RESOURCES


ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY RESOURCE HUB (ORCAS RECOVERS)

https://orcas.recovers.org

COVID-19 Response on Orcas Island. Sign up to:

· Get assistance: connect with the services and goods you need.

· Send supplies: connect with people who need them.

· Lend a hand: connect with people who need your help.


OPAL COMMUNITY LAND TRUST (OPAL)

Mortgage and Rental Relief (for both OPAL & non-OPAL residents)

Housing Assistance: Contact Julie Brunner at 360-376-3191 or residents@opalclt.org


ORCAS ISLAND FOOD BANK

The Food Bank is open for any Islanders who need food. New procedures are in place for your health and food security.  Now open 2 days a week: Tuesdays and Fridays (3pm-6pm). 360-376-4445

Tuesday Community Lunch is cancelled until further notice. http://www.orcasislandfoodbank.org

Food Bank Delivery: Inquire about delivery for families that cannot pick up food during Food Bank hours.


ORCAS ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT FREE STUDENT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Orcas Island School District will be supplying any child free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches during the state mandated school closure time. Bagged meals containing a Lunch and a Breakfast for the following day will be available Monday - Friday between 11:30 & 1:00 at the School Pick Up/Drop Off Circle. Weekend meals will be picked up on Fridays. You can help us with planning by filling out a weekly pre-order form

Meals will be provided to all children regardless of whether the pre-order form has been filled out or not.


If your family is not able to pick-up meals at school but need nutritional support, please contact your school administrator so that we can plan for remote delivery. For questions or inquiries please contact Madden Surbaugh, OISD Food Services Director at msurbaugh@orcas.k12.wa.us.


LOCAL UTILITY ASSISTANCE


ORCAS POWER & LIGHT CO-OP

OPALCO has suspended all disconnections, and all late payment penalties have been put on hold.
OPALCO is tracking needs based on the current COVID-19 pandemic in order to access federal and state relief funds. Any members whose financial situation is related to the COVID-19, should enter information here: https://www.opalco.com/bill-payment-plan


OPALCO Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance program is available as a bill credit to members who are reenrolled on the standard Residential rate and have qualified for assistance through another program for low-income households (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Free/Reduced Lunch Program, Apple Health (MEDICAID), Social Security Disability (SSDI), San Juan County Senior/Disabled Tax Exemption Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Rental Assistance, Other Utility Assistance). Apply directly on OPALCO site: https://www.opalco.com/energy-assist-application


OPALCO’s Project Pal

A program for those needing extra assistance during hardship. You must be an active residential member of OPALCO for the 4 months prior to your application submittal. Applications for Project Pal are coordinated directly with the Orcas Community Resource Center. Email jana@orcascrc.org for an application or for more information.


EASTSOUND WATER 

The Orcas Community Resource Center is working with Eastsound Water to manage their new Financial Assistance Program. You may apply when you have a current water bill in hand. This includes water users

whose bill is due March 31st. To apply, please email holly@orcascrc.org or fill out a general intake form on the OCRC homepage: https://orcascrc.org


STATEWIDE RESOURCES


WA STATE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

https://www.esd.wa.gov/unemployment


WA STATE DEPT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES

Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Individuals that are age 65 or older, blind or disabled may also apply for medical assistance.

https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/

· Basic Food (Food Stamps): Am I eligible?

· Application for food and cash assistance: Apply here


HEALTH INSURANCE

Washington Healthplanfinder offers healthcare coverage for children, parents/caretakers with children, pregnant women, or adults age 18 to 64 years old. For information regarding available services or to apply for benefits, visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org.


In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance. This special enrollment period (SEP) that runs through April 8, 2020, will allow uninsured individuals to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.


Until April 8, individuals seeking a special enrollment must contact the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, or a local certified broker or navigator, request the SEP, and select a plan by April 8 for a coverage start date beginning April 1, 2020. Language assistance and disability accommodations are provided at no cost.

 

VETERANS ASSISTANCE

Veterans Navigators helps US veterans access health care and other benefits.
Email veteransnavigator@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomCountyVeteranNavigators