It’s been a full four months that we have been closed to members and our community at both the Center and the Thrift Shop. I have to be honest and tell you that right around week two I was wondering if we would still be in business come April. Financially we were already in a tough situation (February was the first month since I’d arrived that we operated without a deficit) then to have all income sources shut down, was a very scary and sad reality.
The thing I hadn’t counted on, was how amazing and generous all of YOU would be! You have kept the help coming in so many ways, and enabled a very small team (reduced by 85%) to continue giving essential services to our community despite having the doors shut! Here is what YOU have done for others with your generosity:
We are staying in very close contact with our healthcare experts, government officials, and Island County leadership to follow the safest plans to slowly open up what we can. Until then we are utilizing the internet to sell items from our Thrift shop on eBay and Facebook, and hope to have a few big parking lot sales (adequately spaced out) as soon as it’s safe. We have a local church holding service in the parking lot on Sundays (in their cars) and planning for more ways to utilize our grounds over the next months prior to being able to open the buildings. Our biggest responsibility is to our community, especially those in the population that are most vulnerable, so we will not be rushing into opening up the shop and center without restrictions. We all want to get back to being social, shopping, attending events and programs, and earning income rather than asking…but it has to be done cautiously.
Many people have asked when the thrift shop will open, or why it isn’t already. The short answer is that it isn’t that easy. I have a 3 page document that outlines what we need to do from the Governor’s office. Just a few of the items are: purchasing sneeze guards for every area that has a volunteer or staff behind a counter, limiting the number of shoppers, having mandatory masks and sanitizer available, cleaning between customers, re arranging flow of traffic, educating workers, having limitations on staff and volunteers over 65 years old, screening employees and volunteers for symptoms, and having a COVID19 trained supervisor on site at all hours open. We have to weigh in all of the cost and risk of these things to the profit that can be made. (Now you know why we are looking at outside sales!)
My sincerest goal is to be a stronger non-profit for our community after weathering this storm both in what we can handle, and financially. We take the responsibility of each and every donation given by you, very seriously. Nothing is being spent unless absolutely necessary in order to provide the services we are able to right now. The amazing staff here are cutting back further and wanting to volunteer instead of being paid (which there are rules against)! Everyone is humbled by your support of them and our mission.
Thank you for showing such support to the success of the Camano Center and the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop. I am not exaggerating when I say that your donations are all that are keeping the essential services going. YOU are responsible for the good that has been occurring on our island! I thank you from the very bottom of my heart, and can safely thank you on behalf of our Board, staff and volunteers too! We are a special community for certain.
606 Arrowhead Road
Camano Island, WA 98282
Monday - Friday Closed
2nd Chance Thrift Shop
1335 State Route 532
Camano Island, WA 98282
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