GiveLocal fundraiser benefits local nonprofits

GiveLocal May 1-12 is a collaborative Spring fundraiser benefitting six local nonprofits.

For the past several years island nonprofits participated in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG fundraiser, which raised millions of dollars for over 1,700 Northwest organizations. The foundation announced that this fundraiser is being discontinued after this year. In response to this change, six local non-profits dreamed up the idea of GiveLocal – a collaborative Spring campaign, to benefit island-based organizations.

GiveLocal offers the opportunity to make gifts directly to organizations addressing island needs. From May 1-12, will serve as our collaborating promotional partner. You can access the campaign through or by going directly through each organization. Please join us in supporting the common good by making a donation today. Your gift will help make a long-term difference in our community.

LCC – Lopez Children’s Center, goal: $ 6,000

At the Lopez Children’s Center we are committed to providing affordable, high quality early learning experiences to prepare children for kindergarten and for life. Our nurturing teachers offer a safe, stimulating environment for children ages 2–5; enabling their parents to work in our community, providing services for all Lopez Islanders and guests and security for their families.

Our goal during this event is to raise funds to replace our classroom heating system with heaters that are safe and efficient and meet all Washington state licensing laws and to service our existing ventilation system. Contact LCC, P.O. Box 867;

LIHS – Lopez Island Historical Society, goal: $6,000.

The Lopez Museum collects, preserves, interprets and shares Lopez history by maintaining extensive archives chronicling island history, from the first islanders through today’s Lopezians.

We’re asking for your help to preserve Lopez Island’s heritage—irreplaceable photos, artifacts and stories.

We need your support to expand the archives and make them accessible to all Lopezians, purchase a digital audio recorder and video camera to record oral histories and programs like Lopez Legends, Myths & Yarns. We’re also exploring ways to make the images and interviews more available. Contact LIHS, P.O.163;

LCCA – Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, goal: $14,000, match: $7,000

Lopez Center is where this community gathers to celebrate, perform and share. Indoor events now enjoy the extra shine of a newly refinished floor. We’re asking for funds to buy round tables with wheels in order to protect the floor for years to come. These sturdy new tables will also be safer and faster to set up before an event and to put away afterward.

Please help us improve and protect our Community Center. Until we reach our goal, whatever you donate will be doubled thanks to matching funds from several anonymous Lopezians.

Contact LCCA, P.O. Box 291

FLIP – Friends of Lopez Island Pool, goal: $20,000, match: $10,000

FLIP’s mission is to bring greater health, water safety and community to ALL islanders in San Juan County by building a sustainable year-round swim center on Lopez Island. We see every child in San Juan county graduating from high school knowing how to swim; every family enjoying the opportunity to grow strong together in spirit, mind and body; every senior with access to low-impact exercise and aqua therapy. We see a healthy community with an improved quality of life! Contact FLIP, P.O. 453

LIFRC – Lopez Island Family Resource Center, goal: $20,000.

Join LIFRC in creating a path forward. Our idyllic island has poverty, homelessness, hunger, mental health and drug use that often go unseen. With 29 different programs, LIFRC helps 662 individuals, seniors, families and children face these daunting issues and thrive.

Visit LIFRC’s website to learn what different levels of donations provide: 200 hours of case management, scholarships for 98 youth, therapeutic play therapy for 20 preschoolers, utility and ferry ticket assistance for 47 seniors and more. Your generosity continues our legacy of hope, and keeps our entire community healthy and safe.

Contact LIFRC, P.O. 732;

LCLT – Lopez Community Land Trust, goal: $ 20,000, match: $10,000.

The land is cleared, plans are submitted, the water system is approved and construction will begin this summer on three new permanently affordable homes in Lopez Village.

– $1,000: Contribute towards a heat system

– $500: Help support a local carpenters wages

– $300: Let the sun shine with solar panels

– $200: Keep the raindrops from falling inside with roofing

– $100: Help keep a fellow Lopezian warm and safe with an exterior wall.

– $50: Begin a pathway to a new home

Contact LCLT, P.O. 25