Essential Needs Program
keeping our neighbors housed • keeping them working • helping them through emergency
Many of our Whidbey neighbors and friends continue to struggle from the impacts of the ongoing pandemic. Goosefoot Community Fund and Whidbey Community Foundation partnered together and raised over $100,000 for the Whidbey Island Essential Needs Program to provide direct assistance to households in need not currently covered by government assistance programs. Examples include: child care, utilities, housing set-up expenses, aid to maintain employment and one-time extraordinary expenses.
Thanks to everyone who has donated, rounded up at the Goose, and helped spread the word, we have surpassed our goal and together we raised a total of $121,663! Every dollar raised goes to help Whidbey Island residents in need.
Together we can make a difference!
Who is eligible?
• Households with a Whidbey zip code
• Household income is no more than 80% of area median income in Island County
• For a Single Household: up to $3,550/mo
• For a Household of 4: up to $5,475/mo
How to access assistance?
Assistance is available!
Contact the Opportunity Council
Island County Service Center:
• Call: 360-679-6577 ext: 2139 or 2135
please leave a detailed message
• Mention the “Whidbey Island Essential
Needs Program” when working with staff
to determine needs and eligibility
The Opportunity Council Island County Service Center will be working with us to administer funds direct to Whidbey households.
“We’re grateful to live in a community where people not only recognize when people are in need, they step up to help!”– Lisa Clark, Island County Opportunity Council
About the Opportunity Council Island County Service Center
The Opportunity Council is a private, nonprofit human services organization that acts as a catalyst for positive change in the community and the lives of the people it serves. Its role is to create awareness of the needs of low-income people, engage the community in responding to those needs, and promote institutional sensitivity. The Opportunity Council provides direct services, including information, education, and access to resources to assist low-income and disadvantaged persons in developing and maintaining self-reliance.
Working closely with Island County Human Services and nonprofits on the island, Opportunity Council of Island County administers programs including: information & referral for basic needs, family services & homeless intervention, energy assistance, and weatherization & home repair.
About the COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund
From April 15 – July 15, 2021 all donations to the COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund will be designated to the Whidbey Island Essential Needs program. Learn more about the COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund and its impact here.