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New coordinator for Island Neighbors program in Friday Harbor

  • Colleen Clancy is the new coordinator of the Island Neighbors program for the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center here on San Juan Island. Island Neighbors matches aging or disabled islanders who want to continue living at home with volunteers who help with needs like transportation, grocery shopping, getting out for social events and companionship.

“It’s an exciting time to take over this program.” Colleen said. “After several years of pandemic isolation, we are coming out of quarantine and resuming our face-to-face support.”

Colleen came to the island to raise her family more than 35 years ago and is known to many islanders as a former attorney with the law office of Eaton & Gordon and as Director of Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center.

A common thread through Colleen’s life is her desire to serve others, through her work, through volunteering and through caregiving with her own friends and family. She is excited to bring this desire full circle with the Island Neighbors program.

“We have a steady stream of islanders who need assistance and of dedicated volunteers who provide help,” says Colleen.

The program relies on referrals from the community and volunteers who step forward to help. If you know of someone who needs assistance at home, or are interested in volunteering for this program, please give Colleen a call at 360-472-2798 or email her at colleenc@jlsfrc.org.

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