Community Care

Every year the Historic Waterfront Association organizes citizens of Coupeville and Island County as Community Care team members.

Teams spread the word and gather donations (both physical and financial) for distribution to Island County residents in need.

100% of donations go directly to Island County Human Services 

In 2020 due to COVID an increased need for vital items to our county’s most vulnerable, Community Care teams provided for 3 additional deliveries to Human Services where we usually only do one each December. That saw Community Care making deliveries in October, November and December.

Community Care was started close to a decade ago by a small group of friends and members of our board. Over the year’s while board members left and new ones came on Community Care has grown to great effect, with former board members still gratified by participating. 

Update January 2021: We are fortunate to announce we received some generous financial donations at the very end of December 2020 that provided for a January drop off of additional items to Human Services. These donations are further proving the generosity of people, even during a crisis, can’t be squashed. 

    • Who does Community Care help?

Community Care helps citizen’s throughout our town and county who are struggling to manage their day to day personal and medical needs, and have subsequently asked Island County Human Services Department for assistance. Be it due to illness, disability or economics Community Care is just here to give an occasional and small boost to the assistance our county can provide it’s citizens.

    • What will Community Care purchase with my financial donation?

Community Care purchases items from financial donations that fall in the categories of personal hygiene, home care necessities, grocery and gas cards ($10.00 each value), winter clothing, home cleaning/disinfecting products, bedding (blankets/sleeping bags), and what ever the county sees the biggest need for.

    • Why can’t the county pay for all of these needs themselves? 

Statistics consistently show county, state and town governments across the country face serious budgeting issues when it comes to Human Service programs. We are not here to blame or be experts on municipal spending. The CHWA Community Care program only grew out of the desire of private citizens to help those less fortunate in some small but significant way.

    • When do you take physical donations like new socks, underclothes, hats, gloves, household needs, personal hygiene needs, etc.? 

Community Care takes those items at the end of each year. Financial donations are important throughout the rest of the year in order to purchase exactly what Human Services identify as citizen’s most important needs.


Special NOTE: Jackie Henderson, long time Executive Director of Island County Human Services retired in December 2020. Jackie has put the needs of others in the forefront of her life as a public servant to Island County citizens. We are fortunate Jackie’s office and the County Seat are here in Coupeville. It’s been an honor to work with her. We wish her a wonderful retirement. Thank you Jackie! Long time employee Linda Richards is the new director of the Island County Human Services.

Message from Jackie, just before her retirement, at the December 2020 Community Care drop off 

You can safely donate through paypal.

• MAIL A CHECK – Shy about online donating online? You can mail your check to P.O. Box 121, Coupeville, WA 98239. Please put “Community Care” on your check’s memo. 


RAINBOW OVER WHARF Photo Credit: The late Denis Hill. This photo can be purchased through the Island County Historical Society Archives and Museum located in Coupeville. The estate of Denis has generously donated Denis’s images to support the Historical Society. Purchase this photo here