Vulnerable persons that need home delivery of essential household goods such as food or medicine can call Senior Services or the Resource Centers for help.
San Juan County Senior Services
Heidi Bruce 360-370-0591
Orcas Community Resource Center
Jana Daniel-Webb 360-376-3184
NOTE: All new clients will need to fill out a New Client Intake Form prior to enrollment. Email email@example.com or call 360-376-3184 for more information, or download the form from our Home Page in the Downloads section.
Open 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the Resource Center. Pick up 3:30 to 5:00 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 prior to enrollment. You may download this form as well as a list of items available in the Downloads section on our Home Page. Please see the COATES' Cabinet page for more information on our new procedures.
LOCAL UTILITY ASSISTANCE
Individuals can work with us to apply for assistance with both OPALCO and Eastsound Water.
Orcas Power and 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 member whose financial situation is related to COVID-19 should enter information here: https://www.opalco.com/bill-payment-plan
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 such as 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 here: 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 application. Applications for Project Pal are coordinated directly with the Orcas Community Resource Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or for more information. Or, download the application from the Downloads section on our Home Page.
Eastsound Water Financial Assistance Program
Eastsound Water has created a $10,000 fund to help subsidize service fees for residential customers who have been impacted by the COVID 19 situation. The Orcas Community Resource Center will manage all applications for assistance. Please include your current water bill with your application. To apply, please email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 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, etc. for consideration). Email email@example.com.
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 is helping islanders who may not be able to pay their housing costs because of the COVID-19 virus. If you want help with your rent or mortgage, please fill out the form at this link, and OPAL will contact you to take next steps. For more information contact Julie Brunner at 360-376-3191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a San Juan County resident who has fallen behind on rent as of March 1, 2020? If so, you may be eligible for assistance, care of the Opportunity Council. Renters may receive a maximum of 3 months total rent assistance. One month must be in arrears, while the other 2 can be current or future rent payments.
Apply online: www.oppco.org/sanjuanrentalassistance
Can’t apply online? Call 360-734-5121 ext 308. Translation services are available upon request.
The Food Bank is open for current and new clients. 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
NOTE: Tuesday Community Lunch is cancelled until further notice.
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 available for pick 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 email@example.com.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Emergency School Meals Program [Update: deadline has passed]
Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children may be eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Emergency School Meals Program. P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who apply for and receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBT.
If your family has suffered a loss of income since the COVID-19 school closure, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. You can find out if you are eligible and how to apply by calling or emailing Madden Surbaugh, OISD Food Service Director, at 360-376-5579 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can apply online through the school's website at http://orcasislandschools.org, under the 'For Parents' tab.
Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT – it is not Basic Food and will not count in a public charge test. P-EBT is intended to replace meals missed during school closures due to COVID-19. Children are allowed to get free meals from school and community sites and receive P-EBT at the same time – they are separate programs.
If your family does receive Basic Food your EBT card will automatically be credited with the P-EBT monies. If you do not currently receive Basic Food your child must be approved for Free or Reduced school lunches prior to June 30th. When your child is approved you must then apply for P-EBT in order to receive the funds. The application will be open by June 30. There are two ways to apply: go to www.WashingtonConnection.org, or call DSHS at 877-501-2233.
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.
· Basic Food (Food Stamps) : Am I eligible?
· Application for food and cash assistance: Apply here
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. Language assistance and disability accommodations are provided at no cost.
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.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
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 email@example.com for more information.
Orcas Recovery in Community
Recovery in Community works with Orcas Islanders struggling with mental health and addiction issues, connecting them with supports, services, encouragement and advocacy.
San Juan County Resource for Mental Health Support
Crisis Therapy Project: COVID-19
Thero.org connects people affected by national crises to free therapy.
24-hour Crisis Line phone number for families and those in crisis
imhurting.org online chat
ImHurting Crisis Chat is a service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington in the North Puget Sound and Salish regions. Their mission is to help people by providing online emotional support during times of crisis.
Recovery Help Line
The Washington Recovery Help Line is an anonymous and confidential help line that provides crisis intervention and referral services for Washington State residents.
https://www.crisisconnections.org/wa-recovery-help-line or call 866-789-1511