Addressing Community Needs

We had a great meeting on November 15th to identify priority projects with Compassionate Schools/Communities and Addressing Community Needs.

Below are a list of projects that we need your help with.

  1. Compassionate Communities – Join a committee that will plan a series of events and activities for 2017 – see attached summary for details.
  2. Food security – Join a committee that will figure out a way to assess food needs, develop EBT/SNAP at farm stands/farmers market, and create a gleaning program.
  3. More affordable housing – 3 Lopez volunteers are needed to participate in 11 monthly meetings with the county wide planning group to increase funds for housing in addition to Sandy Bishop who has already been attending the meetings.
  4. Child Car Seat Safety – Volunteer with a committee that will search for grant funds and training for someone to help assist families with car safety.
  5. Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services – Volunteer to participate in ongoing region wide coordination meetings.

A more detailed summary of the meeting and each of these projects is attached.

Let me know if you would like to be part of any of these workgroups to be sure you get emails about the meeting times.

Thanks for your ongoing help!

Here is a link to the detailed summary of the meeting.

Past Community Needs Meeting Information:

Many thanks for the feedback from everyone about the next steps about Addressing Community Needs. We are deciding between several dates in November for the next meeting.

The general consensus was to hold one more large group meeting to identify 3-4 priorities from our list of 8, and within the priorities chosen, identify 1 concrete project that can be achieved in the short-term for each priority.

As of now, the full list of priorities include:

  1. Housing
  2. Rental Assistance
  3. Food
  4. Nutrition Education
  5. Economic Opportunity
  6. Mental Health/Substance Abuse
  7. Child Care
  8. Compassionate Schools/Community

Interested individuals could then sign up to work on the project identified for each priority.

Below is a one page summary of the priorities with some of the potential projects based on feedback from past meetings.  This could be a starting point for our next meeting.

Priority Areas with Potential Projects

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Lopez is a beautiful, peaceful place to live.  Yet there is a high the level of poverty and chronic stress that exists on Lopez.  Either seniors with limited social security or younger hard working (often with multiple low wage jobs), 32% (850 individuals) do not have enough income for food, housing, electricity and other basic needs.  6% (165 individuals) have incomes below 50% of the poverty line.  There are families with children living in substandard housing that have no running water, electricity or reliable sources of heat.  Others are dealing with the trauma of mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence.  Fighting for survival creates toxic levels of stress that is not healthy for anyone.  So what can each of us do?

The Lopez Island Family Resource Center is working closely with other community organizations, churches and individuals to be sure that the needs of our community are being met.   Together, we are working hard to find solutions.  The areas of focus currently being discussed are 1) housing/rental assistance, 2) food/nutrition, 3)  economic opportunities, 4) mental health/substance services, and 5) after school child care.

Please join us at the next meeting on Thursday, September 15th from 4:00-6:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church.

If you are unable to join us for this meeting, please check back for dates of future meetings.

Addressing Community Needs Meeting Summary (8/11/16)

Community Needs Meeting Agenda & Summary (6/8/16)