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The People That Make the Commons :September Edition:

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Featured Articles | 1 comment

The People That Make the Commons   :September Edition:

On any given day, a plethora of faces can seen at the Commons enjoying a cup of something, basking in the sun, getting some work done, chatting it up, putting in some much needed volunteer hours; the list is endless.  One thing they have in common? Enjoying their community gathering place: the South Whidbey Commons. Anyone and everyone is welcome, so why aren’t you here? Here’s a handful of images from this beautiful sunny afternoon. Enjoy! Click on a thumbnail to view the full-sized...

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Offering opportunities to young people

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Featured Articles | 0 comments

Offering opportunities to young people

The South Whidbey Commons  has impacted the lives of many local young people, according to a news release, not only by offering an opportunity to acquire skills and experience, but by providing a save and positive place in which to thrive. Like most nonprofits on South Whidbey, the Commons has felt the effect of a troubled economy. In addition to the revenue generated by the Coffeehouse Bookstore, the organization has relied on other sources of funding, including increasingly scarce grants. “Our community has lost cherished programs in the past, and afterward, we’ve heard people say, ‘If only I’d known,'” said Cathy Rooks, president of the...

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Nonprofits collaborate to feed and empower youth

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nonprofits collaborate to feed and empower youth

A partnership between Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN) and the South Whidbey Commons feeds young people and empowers them to support themselves through job training. For nearly five years, hungry youth and adults have benefitted from free meals and healthy snacks that WIN volunteers have prepared and placed in a refrigerator located behind the South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse Bookstore. Meanwhile, inside the building, students and adults have participated in a workplace training program that makes them better candidates for further education or employment elsewhere. The two organizations have supported each other’s work in the past and recently combined their efforts to...

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The Harvest Gala

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Harvest Gala

Our first ever dinner-auction exceeded everyone’s expectations. Love for each other, our community, and the Commons was palpable in the room the evening of October 29, and those in attendance put legs on that love. The event raised more than $35,000–half the donations we rely on to continue bringing you the programs that you enjoy. In fact, it was so successful that we plan to have another Harvest Gala in 2012. Mark your calendar now for the evening of October 27. See you there!      

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From vacationers to volunteers

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on From vacationers to volunteers

From vacationers to volunteers

“You need community, even when you’re on vacation,” says Haley Herrin. Although she and her family live in Seattle, Haley, her twin sister Hanna, and their mother Julie have found community by serving as volunteer baristas at the South Whidbey Commons. A non-profit organization, the offerings of the Commons include a Coffeehouse Bookstore, a workplace training program, a venue for arts and cultural events, a play-and-learn program for preschool children, and more. Volunteering at the Commons has helped Haley and Hanna get to know people they wouldn’t otherwise have met and has also given them skills they’ll soon apply when they go to college. “I got a job at...

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