SJICF creates emergency response fund

The San Juan Island Community Foundation has established the SJICF Emergency Response Fund to meet critical needs in the San Juan Island community resulting from an emergency or crisis affecting San Juan Islanders.

The fund will be used now to support the efforts of our island nonprofits as they continue to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors facing challenges as a result of COVID-19 disruptions.

The staff and board at SJICF understand that school and business closures, medical and economic hardships and limitations on travel as a result of COVID-19 will have a negative cascading effect on the health and wellbeing of our community members. Donations can be made securely online at or mailed to SJICF, PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Grant funding guidelines will be developed by the SJICF Grants Committee. More information will be provided soon.

Carrie Unpingco, Executive Director of SJICF adds, “We want to meet the most pressing needs while making the process to distribute funds as efficiently as possible. We’ve already had a good response from donors, and we encourage anyone who wants to help to give. No gift is too small. When we continue to work together as a community to support each other, we will come out stronger on the other side.”

SJICF is dedicated to improving and enriching the quality of life on our island by encouraging philanthropy, growing an endowment for purposeful grants to community charitable organizations, and building partnerships that effectively connect donors with island nonprofit organizations and their projects.

For more information, call Carrie Unpingco at 360-378-1001 or visit


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1 comment

  • Buzz Arnold
    Buzz Arnold Tuesday, 24 March 2020 10:36 Comment Link

    I would like to suggest that there be a telephone number, just one single number, that folks can call who are having problems, whether its paying bills, buying food, feeding their animals or whatever. Sort of a central clearinghouse for everybody in the county to call for direction. There are hundreds of numbers out there for everything but sometimes folks just need help with exactly who to call or where to apply for the help they need.
    Just a thought .


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