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GiveBIG event on May 5th was a Success!

Thank you to all who participated in the GiveBig campaign on May 5th. Your donations to the LIFRC will be partially matched by the Seattle Foundation.


You can read more about the GiveBig event below and watch for this annual event to return again next year.



GiveBIG to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center during the Seattle Foundation’s one day online GiveBIG campaign and have your donation partially matched.

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller


WHAT is GiveBig? It is a one-day, online giving event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and its partners, to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound area.

WHEN is it? Tuesday, May 5 from midnight to midnight, Pacific Time.

WHY should I give? Every contribution designated to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center will be increased by funds provided by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors.

WHO can give today? Anyone with online access and wants to make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

HOW do I give? You will need a credit card to be able to donate online. The Seattle Foundation does not collect fees or donor information from contributions so that the nonprofit organizations receive the maximum benefit.

BONUS!! Throughout GiveBIG, donors will be chosen at random from all donations made up to the time of the drawing. The winner will have an additional $1,000 given in their name to the same charity that received their donation. The winner will also receive a $100 gift card, courtesy of Starbucks!

Please call us if you have any questions: (360) 468-4117.

We appreciate your support.

Registrations for the 2015 summer workshops are now open!

To register, please visit:

To see our full 2015 brochure, please visit:


SAVE the DATE: 6:30 pm on Friday, June 26th, for our 7th Annual Literary Fundraiser Event!

Our 7th Annual Literary Fundraiser Event will take place at 6:30 pm on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Enjoy an evening featuring  author Peter Mountford while savoring wine and dinner prepared by local chefs.

Tickets are $60. Limited tickets go on sale to the general public on June 2nd (and will go fast!)

Stop by the LIFRC office to purchase tickets or call us at 468-4117.

About this year’s featured author:

Peter Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. His second novel, The Dismal Science (2014, Tin House Books) was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Since graduating from the University of Washington’s MFA program in 2006, Peter’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, Best New American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, Salon, Southern Review, Slate, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. He’s currently the events curator at Hugo House, Seattle’s writing center, where he also teaches.

According to The Seattle Times:, “Debut novels don’t come much savvier, punchier, or more entertaining…the work of an extraordinary talent.” 

The New York Times Book Review stated, “Peter Mountford’s fierce imagination and intelligence drive The Dismal Science. D’Orsi is a mesmerizing character. His wrecking-ball choices and the truth that there are no easy answers make him utterly human.”

To learn more about Peter, please visit

Peter Mountford - Photo Courtesy of Sarah Samudre

Peter Mountford – Photo Courtesy of Sarah Samudre

Employment Opportunity as Executive Director

Lopez Island Family Resource Center
Job Announcement: Executive Director

Open until filled — UPDATE: We have completed the first round of interviews and the position is still open. We are currently accepting applications, however, we will not be reviewing applications and interviewing again until September 2015 due to our focus on our summer workshops program.

Salary: Depending on Qualifications

Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, seeks a committed and driven individual to add to our strong team. The LIFRC supports and enhances the well-being, security, educational and life success of children, families and individuals on Lopez Island, WA.

Job Summary:
The Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, fundraising, programs, finances, expansion and execution of its mission, vision and values to ensure LIFRC’s continued reputation as a vital community resource. The ED will be responsible for leading and implementing a strategic plan, developing programs that facilitate community engagement and fostering a work environment that allows staff, clients and partners to feel valued and collaborative. The ED will have the support of an engaged, working volunteer Board of Directors. The ED shall be an employee of the LIFRC, hired by the Board, and reports to the Board President.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Lead the development and strategic growth of the organization. The ED also works with the management staff to plan and develop programs as funded by our supporters.
  • Assist, advise, and act in a responsible and transparent fiscal manner to ensure the financial integrity of LIFRC
  • Conduct recruitment, hiring, staffing, and supervision of staff and provide coaching and general development of staff.
  • Lead role in fundraising, communications and outreach efforts and works closely with the staff and board members who are responsible for these areas.
  • Secure budgeted revenue through grants, contributions, special events, and other fundraising efforts with the assistance of the LIFRC Fundraising Committee.
  • Responsible for all reports and documentation required by the law, funding sources, and the Board of Directors. Maintain financial records, and file all required financial reports and tax forms. The responsibility for keeping accurate, complete and confidential records rests with the ED.
  • Provide assistance to the Board in curriculum design.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Understanding of the delivery of social services to individuals and families in need.
  • Understanding of nonprofit management including financing, fund development, community outreach and collaboration, and staff/board roles and responsibilities.
  • Understanding and respect for vulnerable populations from diverse cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with government and foundation grants including grant cycles, proper administration of funds and necessary reporting requirements
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to listen actively and respond to Board members, staff, clients, and community stakeholders in a timely, competent manner
  • Works with the upmost integrity and provides transparency when needed
  • Attention to detail
  • Work independently, take initiative, and willingly accept responsibility
  • Strong time management and project management
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Quicken applications
  • Passion for education, leadership, and community
  • Commitment to LIFRC vision, mission, and values

Bachelor’s Degree and/or a minimum of five years of leadership experience, preferably in an educational, human services and/or social services agency.

This is a part-time, 30-35 hours, per week and salaried position. Compensation dependent upon experience

Reports To:
LIFRC Board of Directors

Application Process:
Submit a cover letter addressing how your qualifications meet the knowledge, skills and abilities needed of the position, a resume, and two professional references. All application materials must be sent to: Celia Marquis at

Swimming Schedule Changes

Toddler and Me Session 1 has been cancelled.

Swimming Introduction for kids ages 4-6 now has three sessions!

Session 3 will run from 12:00-12:300, June 15-18.

Register online for Swimming classes or any of our other Lopez Summer Workshops here:

You can also check out the full 2015 brochure at this link: