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Central Whidbey Nonprofit Guide

A guide to the nonprofit organizations that make our community a great place to live. A joint project of the Town of Coupeville and The Whidbey Examiner




Central Whidbey Nonprofit Guide A guide to the nonprofit organizations that make our community a great place to live. A joint project of the Town of Coupeville and The Whidbey Examiner. • Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers

Plans a one-day annual blitz during which volunteers repair and rehabilitate the homes of those physically or financially unable to do the work themselves. 107 S. Main St., Suite C-102 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-240-2964 Contacts: John and Alice Schisel

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County Matches children in one-to-one relationships based on friendship. 913 E. Whidbey Ave. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-0644 Executive Director: Peggy Dyer

• Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce and Information Center

Actively promoting local business in our unique community. P.O. Box 152 905 NW Alexander Street Suite 1 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5434 Executive Director: Lynda Eccles

• Central Whidbey Lions Club The “hands-on” club supports the community by repairing and constructing community projects. P.O. Box 1042 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-3263 President: Gary Giovannoni

• Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools

Provides support through annual mini-grants to teachers, scholarships for graduating students and support for students who need financial assistance. P.O. Box 1500 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-1440 President: Chic Merwine

• Concerts on the Cove

• CADA - Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse

Advocates with compassion for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, educates the public about abuse, develops programs to help prevent abuse and provides leadership in the community on issues of concern to women, men and children. P.O. Box 190 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-675-7057 Director: Margie Porter

Brings high-quality, affordable entertainment to Coupeville. P.O. Box 306 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5581 President: Dave Binder

• Coupeville Booster Club

Supports all athletic programs at Coupeville High School through volunteerism and financial support. P.O. Box 452 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-969-5275 President: Christy Kellison

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2 • Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association

Nonprofit Guide; from page 1

• Coupeville Boys & Girls Club

Inspires and enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. P.O. Box 985 203 N. Main St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5640 Unit Director: Eileen Stone

Strengthen, promote and maintain our successful historic downtown district. P.O. Box 121 Coupeville, WA 98239 President: Chuck Poust

• Coupeville Lions Club • Coupeville Festival Association

Presents the annual Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival, started in 1964 and considered one of the longestrunning festivals in the state. All proceeds are invested back into the community through grants and scholarships, with a special emphasis on enhancing and promoting local arts and crafts. P.O. Box 611 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5116 President: Tessa Gavin

• Coupeville Garden Club

Promotes interest, understanding, education and participation in horticulture and enhances the appearance and beauty of Coupeville. P.O. Box 835 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-969-4502 President: Diane Anderson

• Coupeville Community Education

Offers a variety of classes for youth and adults. 360-678-6222 Coordinator: Kim Andrews

• Coupeville Farmers Market A seasonal market offering a wide variety of local produce, plants and homemade treats. Includes local artisans, crafters and hot-food vendors. P.O. Box 215 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4288 Market Manager: Peg Tennant

Chartered in 1938, the oldest service group in Coupeville recognizes the community’s needs and finds ways to meet them. P.O. Box 473 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4105 President: Fred Bronson

• Coupeville Peace & Reconciliation

A community of concerned citizens whose aim is to challenge the growing militarism and acceptance of war through information, education and action and support islanders who want long-term peace. P.O. Box 713 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-6214 Contact: Madrone Moulton

• Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

The nation’s first historical reserve was created in 1978 to protect a rural working landscape. P.O. Box 774 162 Cemetery Road Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-6084 Reserve Manager: Mark Preiss Continued on page 3


CENTRAL WHIDBEY • Gifts from the Heart Food Bank

Respectfully providing food to Central Whidbey residents in need. P.O. Box 155 203 N. Main St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-8312 President: Molly Hughes

Nonprofit Guide; from page 2

• Friends of the Coupeville Library

A dynamic volunteer organization providing essential support to SnoIsle Libraries’ Coupeville branch. P.O. Box 745 788 N.W. Alexander St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4911

• Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens

A not-for-profit garden open to the public with 10 acres of display and educational gardens in 43 acres of woodland preserve with more than four miles of nature trails. 3531 Meerkerk Lane Greenbank 98253 360.678.1912 Garden Manager: Marfield Sendt

• Ebey’s Forever Fund

Raising funds to preserve and protect the historic structures in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. P.O. Box 774 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-6084 Chairman: Jan Pickard

P.O. Box 305 908 N.W. Alexander St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-3310 Executive Director: Rick Castellano

• Greenbank Farm

Works to preserve and enhance the aesthetic character, economic value and community use of the farm. 765 Wonn Road, A-201 Greenbank, WA 98253 360-678-7700 Contact: Julie Dougherty Winger

• Island County Historical Society & Museum

Celebrating more than 150 years of Island County history and providing educational programming, tours and an on-site research library and archives facility.

• NET – Neighborhood Emergency Team

Helping out in greater Coupeville during local and regional disasters and emergencies. P.O. Box 725 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4461 Ex. 2 Coordinator: Eve Parrish

• Orca Network

helping organizations plan, inspire & succeed

Dedicated to raising awareness about whales of the Pacific Northwest and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. 2403 N. Bluff Road Greenbank, WA 98253 360-678-3451 Contact: Howard Garrett & Susan Berta

Lisbeth Cort, Principal

PO Box 1081, Coupeville, WA 98239 • • • (360) 969-5543

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• Soroptimist International of Coupeville Nonprofit Guide; from page 3

•• Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship Working on saving and preserving 175 acres of Smith Prairie and providing education and service to the community. 180 Parker Road Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5586 Resource Development: Holly Kress CEO: Robert Pelant, DMV

• • Penn Cove Water Festival Association

Organizes a unique cultural festival celebrating Coupeville’s Native American history and our historic waterfront. Festival includes Native canoe races, crafts, food and entertainment. P.O. Box 393 Coupeville, WA 98239 President: Susan Berta

• • Readiness to Learn Foundation

Helps children thrive through education, family support and school readiness. P.O. Box 346 Langley, WA 98260 360-678-4551 Ex. 236 Director: Gail LaVassar

• Senior Services of Island County

On behalf of senior and disabled citizens, the organization provides services and resources that improve well being, promote personal independence and facilitate participation in the community. 14594 Hwy. 525 Langley, WA 98260 360-321-1600 Director: Cheryn Weiser

• Small Miracles

Disburses money to pay medically related bills for those in need living within Coupeville School District boundaries. All funds are donated by people in the local community and administered by volunteers. P.O. Box 912 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-672-5651 Contact: Joyce Peterson

Business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the world. P.O. Box 573 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4555 President: Janice Vaughan Continued on page 5

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More than $750,000 raised last year! 360-678-5806


CENTRAL WHIDBEY President: Steve Ellis

Nonprofit Guide; from page 4

• WAIF - Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation

Provides food, shelter, veterinary care and nurturing to displaced pets until loving homes can be found. P.O. Box 1108 20168 Hwy. 20 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-5816

• Whidbey General Hospital Community Outreach • Whidbey Camano Land Trust Protects the Island’s natural and rural areas by working with private landowners, community groups and public agencies. 765 Wonn Road, Barn C-201 Greenbank, WA 98253 360-222-3310 Executive Director: Pat Powell

• Whidbey Audubon Society

Dedicated to the understanding, appreciation and protection of wildlife species and their habitat on Whidbey Island. P.O. Box 1012 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-678-2264

Offers a wide variety of speakers and resources to promote health and wellness in our community. 101 N. Main St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-7656 Ext. 2136 Community Outreach Director: Michele Renninger

• WEAN – Whidbey Environmental Action Network

Restoration and preservation of the native biological diversity of Whidbey Island and the Pacific NW. P.O. Box 53 Langley, WA 98260 360-579-4202 President: Gary Piazzon

Thank you, Central Whidbey volunteers, for all you do to help make our community a wonderful place to live.


• Whidbey General Hospital Foundation

Supports Whidbey General Hospital and community health endeavors through public awareness and managing charitable resources. P.O. Box 641 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-7656, Ext. 4020 Contact: Laura Blankenship Continued on page 6

The Whidbey

Whidbey Island’s only locally owned, independent newspaper

6 NW Coveland St., Coupeville • 370-678-8060 •

Graphic design & production by the staff of The Whidbey Examiner.

2011 NONPROFIT GUIDE Nonprofit Guide; from page 5

6 • Whidbey Playhouse

An amateur community theatre that strives for excellence and professionalism in all we do. P.O. Box 571 730 S.E. Midway Blvd. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-679-2237 Playhouse Manager: Janis Powell

• Whidbey Island Conservation District

Serves the residents of Whidbey Island in conserving natural resources through educational outreach as well as technical and financial assistance. P.O. Box 490 404 N.E. Center St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4708 or 888-678-4922 District Manager: Karen Bishop

• Whidbey Island Kite Festival Association

Tim Lawrence: 360-679-7327; Noxious Weed Control works to prevent the spread of noxious weeds with the goal of protecting agriculture and natural resources. Program Coordinator Thane Tupper: 360-6787992; Shore Stewards create healthier shores for wildlife and people. Program Coordinator Scott Chase: 360-387-3443; Waste Wise volunteers who are learning how to reduce garbage and teach these techniques to others. Program Coordinator Janet Hall, 360-678-7974;

• Whidbey Island Pony Club

To be included in next year’s guide, call Molly Hughes at 360-678-8312.

Presents the annual Whidbey Island Kite Festival and sponsors kite education and kite-making projects. P.O. Box 1320 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-9358

Provides a program for youth that teaches riding, mounted sports and the care of horses and ponies. P.O. Box 901 Coupeville, WA 98239 360-929-3607

• Washington State University - Island County Extension P.O. Box 5000 • 101 NE 6th St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360-679-7327 Director: Timothy Lawrence, Ph.D. 4H teaches “learning by doing” and supports children as they discover their talents and interests. Program Coordinator Jackie Vannice: 360679-7328; Admiralty Head Lighthouse provides visitor access and promotes knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the lighthouse. Program Coordinator Julie Pigott: 360-240-5584; Beach Watchers works to understand, value and protect Island County’s unique marine environment. Program Coordinator Barbara Bennett: 360-679-7391; Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work to extend knowledge of horticulture. Contact

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To all the organizations and volunteers who make our community such a wonderful place to live:

Thank You! The Town of Coupeville would like to thank the nonprofit groups and the hundreds of volunteers who help provide the quality of life we all enjoy in our community. Every year these nonprofits donate thousands of volunteer hours and contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars back into our local economy and to our neighbors in need. Coupeville would not be the special place it is without your dedication and commitment.


Their many contributions include: Making Coupeville beautiful with flowers, gardens, road and beach pick-up, park development and trail maintenance.


Lifetime learning opportunities for your citizens that cover a huge array of subjects from the arts, music and history to political and environmental issues and much more.


Support for our schools, teachers and students with donations of supplies, scholarships, athletic equipment and special projects in the arts and trades.


Environmental protection of our shorelines, open spaces, prairies, farmland and water resources.

... ... Food, medical aid and home repairs for our neighbors in need. ... Opportunities for our farmers and businesses. ... Preservation of our historic buildings. ... Events we all enjoy, from concerts to parades to festivals! ... And so much more! Protection of our birds, wildlife, sea life and domestic animals.

PO Box 725 • 4 NE Seventh St., Coupeville, WA 98239 • 360-678-4461 •

Central Whidbey Nonprofit Guide