Whidbey Island Fundraiser for the Essential Needs Program Exceeds Its Goal

Keep our neighbors housed • keep them working • help them through emergency

Together with the community, Goosefoot Community Fund and Whidbey Community Foundation (WCF) partnered to raise over $121,000 for the Essential Needs Program, providing direct assistance to local households struggling from the impacts of the continued pandemic. 

Donations to the Essential Needs Program will help fill gaps for Whidbey Island households that aren’t met through existing funding streams. Examples include: child care, utilities, housing set-up expenses, aid to maintain employment, one-time extraordinary expenses and more. Goosefoot and WCF are working with The Opportunity Council Island County Service Center to administer funds.

Starting in April 2021 the fundraiser was seeded with $50,000 ($25,000 each from Goosefoot and WCF) with a collective community goal of $100,000. The Goose Community Grocer designated the Essential Needs Program as their Roundup for Charity recipient from April through June and alone raised over $16,000. Because of these generous donations, the fundraiser exceeded its goal by over $21,000 by July 15, 2021.

We are honored to be the recipient of this funding in order to assist our community in ways we have never been able to. To date, we have been able to assist with homelessness prevention for veterans; purchase home items, essential appliances, and car seats; assist with medical bills, car repairs, urgent daycare needs and much more.

Melissa Frasch-Brown
Island County Service Center, Director

Assistance is available!

Are you a Whidbey resident struggling from the impacts of the ongoing pandemic? Direct assistance is available 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.

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?

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.

How do I learn more about your partners?

Click on the logos below to learn more.

The Opportunity Council Island County Service Center will be working with us to administer funds.