Annual Fundraiser Event featuring Solo Performer Stokley Towles

The Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) would like to announce their Annual Fundraiser Event taking place on Saturday, July 8 at 6:00 pm at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts (LCCA), celebrating the LIFRC’s 20th anniversary. The event will begin with mingling, sipping wine, and enjoying delicious food out on LCCA’s South Lawn. Guests will then move inside and have the chance to learn about the LIFRC’s impact on the Lopez community and why their support is so appreciated.

Our featured guest this year is artist and storyteller Stokley Towles, who will entertain us with his comic insight into the Seattle Metro bus system. “For more than a decade, solo performer Stokley Towles has been studying us,” writes Brendan Kiley of The Stranger in Seattle.

As an artist/anthropologist, Towles tells stories about the ways in which human beings interact with their day-to-day environment. This may appear mundane to many of us, yet Towles’ flare for exploring the infrastructure of municipal systems—our sewer system, our trash or bus routes—is contagious. He explores these systems, takes up residency within them, looks closely at their environment, and interviews the people who work there to learn about their work and interactions with the public. His storytelling reveals the uncanny rhythm of these hidden worlds, and for our event, Towles will take us on a tour of the Seattle Metro bus system. We assure you that if you ever take a ride on a Seattle bus again, you will never see it the same way after Towles’ performance.

Towles has performed at conventions, art spaces, bookstores and nightclubs in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. His work has been presented locally at the Henry Art Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery, and Seattle Art Museum, through Humanities Washington. He currently teaches at Evergreen State College.

Tickets are $60 and are going fast! Stop by the Resource Center office or the Lopez Bookshop to purchase tickets or call the Resource Center at 360-468-4117. Visit the LIFRC website for more details:


Many thanks to our many generous individual and business supporters and sponsors that make this event possible: Jamie and Lauren Stephens, Kip & Stanley Greenthal, Steve & Michele Heller, Kiki Martin, Rita O’Boyle, Rip & Julie Van Camp, John & Carol Whetten, Rich & Nina Gartland, George Meilak & Ann Goss, Scott & Suzi Jennings, George & Stepper LeBoutillier, Ellie Roser, Gary Nelson & Betty Drumheller, Cliff & Mary Ann Cameron, Curt & Sharon Bonelli, Richard & Karen Carlson, Tom & Lisa DiGiorgio, Richard Fagen & Deborah Bundy, Todd Goldsmith & Diane Dear, Michael & Anne Karp, John & Liz King, Terry Larson & Nora McCloy, Brian & Karly Leyde, “Safety Pins”, Stanley & Valerie Piha, John & Susan Pohl, Jim & Bev Smith, Murray & Mariette Trelease, Ted & Mary Lynn Whitley, Bob Wilson, David & Beverly Zapalac, Charles & Nancy Givens, Celia Marquis, Sharon Friel, Jay & Gale Lynch, Helen Wrolstad, Ascent Building Company, The Edenwild Boutique Inn, Diana Hancock Attorney At Law, Greene Partners Architecture & Design, Isabel’s Espresso, Islander’s Bank, Lopez Bookshop, Lopez Island Realty, San Juan Pest Control, Sunset Builders Supply, Pal Enterprises, Pear Press, Termulo & Associates, LIFRC Peer Mentor Group I (Steve Horn Photography, Dessert Pedaler Cakery, Vita’s Wildly Delicious, Just Heavenly Fudge Shop, Journeys to Wholeness, Lilies of the Valley, Southend General Store, Lopez Island Brewing Company, Vortex, Holly B’s Bakery, Whispers of Nature), LIFRC Peer Mentor Group II (Midnight’s Farm & The Field House, Arbordoun, Flower Mountain Tree Services, Hunter Bay Woodworking Company, Blossom Grocer, Setsunai, Asarum Designs, Woodsia).


Strengthen Your Community by GivingBIG

Give a gift to the 
Lopez Island Family Resource Center
Through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG
Wednesday, May 10th

Your gift to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center will help us empower those most in need.

Through the GiveBIG on May 10th, you have the opportunity to make an important positive difference in your community.  Mike Halperin and Jodi Green have pledged $5,000 and Jamie and Lauren Stephens have pledged $2,500 as an incentive challenge.  Our goal is to raise at least an additional $7,500!

You can schedule your GiveBIG donation NOW at

What will your donation be used for?
The Lopez Island Family Resource Center is continually serving the community in a variety of ways.

  • Held a variety of events to foster compassion within our Lopez community.
  • Offered 3 free nonviolent communication (NVC) workshops to the community.
  • Approved a food advocacy position to start a gleaning program, nutrition classes, and getting basic food benefits at the Lopez Island Farmers Market.
  • Partnered with the countywide initiative to have an Americorp VISTA position to improve the One Night Homeless Count and do a rental housing inventory.
  • Granted scholarships to 25 local children to attend the 2017 Lopez Summer Workshops.  This number is growing daily!
  • Provided food to 300 low-income individuals & families through Lopez Fresh last month.
  • Provided one-on-one therapeutic sessions to 12 preschool children this past week.
  • Provided youth mentors with training last Thursday to help improve youth communication skills for the 22 mentees being served.
  • Assisted 21 small business owners by providing peer mentoring sessions.
  • Provided 35 ferry tickets to 22 low-income households (49 individuals) for their medical appointments in March.
  • Obtained rental assistance this past year for 14 households with 39 individuals including 20 children to help homeless households obtain a place to live or prevent eviction.
  • Provided energy assistance to 58 low income households (163 individuals) since last November.
  • Provided 18 tax consults this spring to low income families and seniors.
  • Provided 33 individuals with 220 mental health and substance abuse counseling sessions this past year….And much more!

WHERE do I donate? To donate, please go to

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? Wednesday, May 10th from midnight to midnight, Pacific Time. If you prefer, you can also schedule a gift now for May 10th that will be a part of both GiveBIG and our incentive challenge.

WHY should I giveEvery contribution designated to the Lopez Island Family Resource Center will strengthen, support and empower the Lopez community.

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


Save The Date: Saturday, July 8 for our Annual Fundraiser Event

Our 9th Annual Fundraiser Event will take place on Saturday, July 8th at 6:00 pm at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

Come mingle outdoors over wine and delicious food, followed by an exciting performance by Seattle comedian Stokley Towles. It will be a night to remember! Funds raised during the event will help support the vital work of the Lopez Island Family Resource Center. This event will have limited tickets available starting in June. If you have additional questions or would like to know more, please contact the Lopez Island Family Resource Center by phone (360-468-4117) or e-mail

Random Acts of Kindness (Compassion Lopez)

Here are the Random Acts of Kindness that were collected during Compassion Lopez. Thank you to the many individuals that contributed to this!

Random Acts of Kindness: No Names (or Names Removed)

“Community member offering free beginning meditation classes”

“About 5 minutes after I reassembled all my papers that were blown about in a gust of wind, a very nice man approached me with one last page that I hadn’t seen take off. He must have gone out of his way to chase it down, plus walk back a ways to return it.”

“Our dog “Truffle” passed away last week. The young lady next door brought us a small bouquet of flowers accompanied by a nice note and a hand drawn picture of Truffle.”

“My daughter got stung by a bee. Her big sister went directly to her savings and gave her $8.00 and then set her little sister up with a blanket, books and a lot of stuffed animals.”

“A customer secretly slipped a treat into the shopping bag of another customer as they were checking out. Surprise when they get home! So fun.”

“The beautiful, good, caring people of our island have made me feel loved – people at the P.O., Bank, Market, Book Store, all 3 churches, the Library, Dump, Every where!”

“The hundreds of volunteers working every day to keep Lopez beautiful.”

“I appreciate how welcoming our students are towards new students at our school.”

“Appreciative of kindness towards classroom animals.”

“I witnessed a biker with paniers biking to the ferry; A friend of theirs passed them ~ stopped and offered to lighten their load. Their paniers were carried by them to the ferry.”

“Watched EMT’s help students at LISD”

“A tree fell across the road and this person paid to have the tree limbed, cut into rounds and gave the rounds away.”

“I loved the story about the Lopez Wave! Thank you for sharing and yes I wave. Love this place!”

“Someone greeted me with a hug!; Someone told me, “Hey, you look great!; – Two people held the door open for me at two different stores; the folks at the Pharmacy let me borrow a pair of scissors and use their phone.”

“During Earth Day Clean up, A team found a nice dog running free out towards Shark Reef. They put a temporary leash on him from twine they found along the road, made some phone calls, and the owner came and got him. 4/27/17”

“A man gave us his spot in the extra-long ferry line on Easter Sunday so my husband could get to his cancer treatment 7.5 hours away.”

“Someone returned keys to the TIOLI. Owner recovered.”

“A friend treated my wife and me to a cup of hot tea at the Vortex! Thank you!”

“One island family, who was getting new furniture, gave another island family that recently moved into a bigger house, some furniture. Win-win!”

“Somebody treated me to a delicious Mocha at Isabel’s! Hey, it was great, thanks”

“My dad bought my brother and I a treat.”

“Standing in line at the grocery store I realized I forgot my wallet. I turned to go put my groceries away and an acquaintance said “I got this. How much do you need?”

“Our neighbor comes over to walk with my husband who had Parkinson’s disease and might fall down.”

“I was short on change at the post office and the woman behind me offered to give me the change.”

“Some of the Compassion Lopez materials blew away in the wind by the preschool, and a very kind woman picked it all up for LIFRC staff. Thank you!”

“The Emergency Squad on Lopez Island has been very kind to me. They make me feel like they are fine with seeing me and helping me when I’ve needed the squad. Thank you for your kindness and compassion.”

“A special Thank You to Fudge Factory for all their attention to detail in making the best fudge I’ve ever had. The way they treat their customers and the extraordinary services they provide like shipping and packaging is remarkable. The Ice Cream is also A+ and a special treat for kids, adults, tourists, and Lopezians. Thank You for your kindness and gentleness as extra traits to your quality service and products.”

“My boat sank during Dec. before Christmas. Two wonderful, compassionate people jumped in and saved my instruments, ropes, clothing, books”

“My friend taught me how to mend a broken hose and weed wacker.”

“A woman selflessly and devotedly cleans and tidies the yoga studio, generously offers candles for the altar, freshens the flowers and leaves a wake of beauty wherever she goes.”

“She offered to buy fudge for her friends without being prompted.”

“A friend makes me an espresso coffee every morning with my name on it.”

“My friend lent me her sewing kit so I could make my moss hat for the species parade.”

“Someone gave me three passenger ferry tickets at the Anacortes ferry terminal.”

“People in orange vests picking up trash.”

“October 2016 at the Korean Spa in Lynnwood WA. My car was dead. The owner came out and jumped my car. Still dead. His friend drove up. They took out my battery, drove me to an auto parts store where I bought a new battery, and they then installed my battery! Just so kind! I was completely WOWED.”

Random Acts of Kindness: With Names

“Laura S helped to create a delicious meal and shared her warm smiles.”

“Molly’s welcoming kindness to our “new to the island” friend was so lovely to witness.”

“Liela was spotted spreading joy and love through hugs and kind words.”

“Gaby shared her time and lovely kindness with a new group of friends.”

“Karen helped to create a lovely meal and shared her delightful energy for a group of new friends.”

“Alek T gave his time and wonderful energy to prepare a meal for others.”

“Linda V. shared her wonderful spirit with others.”

“Becky Presley took photos, at my request, of Mary Wondra, The Queen of Hugs, as Mary gave Kindness Hugs to everyone she saw at the market.”

“Mataya Snapp held the door open for me at the Library and helped me log off of the computer.”

“Jennell Kvistad – Book Club Volunteer”

“Kyle Wohlers – Book Club Volunteer”

“Natalie McDonald – Book Club Volunteer”

“Heather Varnau – Book Club Volunteer”

“Kathleen McGibbon – Book Club Volunteer”

“Mike Hanby – volunteers all the time”

“Linda Vickers for her volunteering for the Compassion Week. She makes feel so loved.”

“Julia Rogers for her kindness and positive energy toward others.”

“I want to thank Erin Bernardi for sharing two delightful books on kindness with me.”

“Thank you Ron Metcalf for escorting me to my car at the Huddle. I am blind at night and was panic stricken when you came from behind and guided me to the car. Thank you!”

“Thank you Kimberly and Alek for bringing such joy to our Compassion Week. Lopez will miss you!”

“My Friend Gloria Smith Hunt, who gave me rides when my car broke down Easter week. My BFF & Sweetest Ever.”

“Special call out to the awareness of art and craft of Molly Swan-Sheeran. Her compassion for nature flows through her writings.”

“Kimberly Taylor always takes me by a pleasant surprise. Her ability to always make another act for others is amazing.”

“Patti Gobin. Thank you, Patti, We need your leadership and teachings and you come even when it is not convenient for you. Love and Compassion is what you always give us.”

“Barbara Pickering deserves her name placed here. She has always been kind and considerate to me, someone who cannot offer her much of anything. I am grateful she has been in my life.”

“Even Stephenson always hears what others say about their lives and understands that most feel sadness and joy about life. He often ‘steps back’ so that others can take the limelight. Even is so kind sometimes, it makes me want to cry.”

“Ruthie and Harold Van Doren are kind and heartfelt sweet people. They go out of their way to make sure everyone feels comfortable and never leave anyone out of conversations or interactions. They make you feel like they recognize everyone as worthy human beings.”

“Don Barringer shows compassion in his helpfulness to others just for the pleasure of the interaction of helping.”

“Alec Taylor has a kind word for everyone and always makes everyone feel included.”

“William Yukluk, Thank you for all your kindnesses. You are a compassionate young man who likes to help people in the community. You treat older people well, and that is almost a forgotten art. Thank you.”

“I saw Gary South help someone by giving them a glass of water!”

“Mo Pomietto & Scott Pinegar organized a “Welcome Home” part of neighbors and friends for our Timberland Home delivery. Deeply touching after the very recent death of my mother. They fed us, helped worked…hugged us lots and have been overall Godsends! Bastians of Compassionn! Thanks Mo and Scott!” –signed, Nikyta & Vern

“A Recognition: for the Compassion of Barbara Gurley in her bubbly nature, her care and service to others, and her attitude to the equality of all.”