Economic Recovery and Resiliency Project


Creating a resilient Orcas for all

In the wake of COVID-19, we want to develop an action plan for economic recovery and community resiliency that is bold, aspirational, and rooted in our shared vision and capabilities.



As Orcas enters summer under phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan, it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 is deep and lasting and will continue to result in major disruption to our economy, our education system, and our community. What does the future look like? How can we create a more resilient economy? How can we grow out of this crisis a stronger, more engaged, healthier, and powerfully resilient community?

This is a time of possibility. The Orcas Island Community Foundation and the Community Emergency Response Advisory team are launching the Orcas Economic Recovery and Resiliency Project.


Between July 6 and 16th , eighteen ‘virtual’ community meetings were held to surface ideas on how Orcas can move through the Covid-19 pandemic and emerge more resilient.  Over 200 community members participated and shared their ideas and vision for the future.  Those ideas are now being compiled and sifted (with input from the steering committee and work group members) to develop a series of goals that will frame the next steps in the process.  We will share that list once it is compiled.

To be able to do justice to the project, we are slowing the process down.  Rather than push into another quick set of community meetings, we are pausing and catching our collective breath.  The next round of meetings will be announced in mid August with a plan to complete by mid September.  Those meetings will be focused on developing action plans focused on the selected goals.  We hope you will join us in those conversations. 


We are deeply grateful to the community members who stepped up to work as facilitators or provide technical support for this process so far and to the many who contributed their time and  insights into what we need for economic recovery and resiliency.  That we are a community that cares for each other once again shines through.

On this website, islanders can find information on this process, learn more about our facilitators and working group members and review community resources and updates from these meetings.


Get Involved

Your support and engagement is crucial to the success of this project.


Join us for community meetings held throughout July by clicking here or the button above. Meeting times are listed in the drop down menu within the form's "registration" block.

Follow along

Watch this space for notes from all meetings.

Share your vision

Join us (virtually) to help create the action plan to carry Orcas forward.

Support the Orcas Island Community Foundation

Donate to the Community Emergency Response Fund here.

Need help or know someone who does? 

Post a need in the Community Response Hub here.

Sign up for the Volunteer Registry here.


Working Group:

 Mon. June 29, 9 – 11 am

Combined efforts for community engagement:

 July 1 – 10: meet with networks (See full schedule here)

 July 16 – 24: meet with networks (Full schedule to be announced)


Steering Committee:
 Wed. June 24, 3 – 5 pm
 Fri. June 26, 1 – 3 pm
 Wed. July 1, 3 – 5 pm
 Mon. July 13, 1 – 3 pm
 Wed. July 22, 3 - 5 pm

Steering Committee

and Working Group


 Thurs. July 30, 4 – 6 pm

Community Action Plan meetings:

 late August, TBD


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