The SHIBA program provides free, unbiased advice and assistance about the Medicare program.  We help Medicare beneficiaries understand Medicare enrollment and plan options, and pick the plans that give them the best coverage for their personal needs.  SHIBA is a program of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Medicare’s fall open enrollment period is October 15th through December 7th.  This is the time you can add or change Medicare coverage.  As in the past, SHIBA will provide appointments for Camano Island residents, but this year due to COVID-10 restrictions, we will do this by telephone or Zoom video conference.  This means you can get help without leaving your home.  If you have internet service and a computer or tablet device, you can schedule an appointment for a Zoom video conference, AND you can choose any date we offer for Open Enrollment events.

Did you know that you can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars per year more for your prescription medications if you choose the wrong plan?  We can help you find a plan that covers YOUR medications at the lowest cost.

To schedule an Open Enrollment Appointment, call 425-290-1276 or send an email to   If you are new to Medicare or need to expand Medicare coverage after the end of job-related health insurance, you can use the same phone or email to request a regular SHIBA appointment or information about our Welcome to Medicare Classes.

The vision of the Camano Center and 2nd Chance Thrift Shop is to support an engaged, vibrant, and healthy community.  Our mission is to connect, enrich, and support our community. Within our values, we act with a heart of service.

These are the guiding principles of the Board and staff of our organization. These are the very words we use to make decisions about our programs, our events, and our daily actions.

Recently our Board and leadership team met to discuss the hard decisions about moving forward in today’s COVID-19 environment. Within the Governor’s Phases, our Center clearly needs to stay closed for social activities and in-house lunch program. Until Phase 4 it is not safe for seniors to gather in close proximity. The Thrift Shop is a retail business and can be open with restrictions. As much of the community has noticed, we have chosen not to open the store yet, despite having approval to do so.

The decision to hold off on opening the Thrift Shop has been a difficult one. The Camano Center relies heavily on the proceeds of the shop to fund its programs and operations.  There is no government funding to fall back on. We run the center on the retail proceeds, holding events, renting our space, applying for grants, and accepting donations from generous donors. We take pride in the fact that we earn most of what it takes to operate the Center and all its essential programs. So not having the store open, makes it very difficult on us (and all of you that want to shop!)

So why on earth would we not open when we are allowed to?

The answer lies within our mission and vision for the residents of this community.  The health of our island is why we are here.  We have been very careful in the past 4 months in following guidelines and making decisions based on what we feel is right, over financial concerns. We feel now is not the time to let our guard down with the steady rise in COVID-19 cases all over. We have asked ourselves, “how can we do our part to not contribute to the spread of the virus?”

We have answered that by doing what we feel is safe and still meets the needs of the community and our organization. Here’s what we are doing and will continue to do as long as possible:

· Holding Outdoor 2nd Chance Thrift Shop Sales at the Camano Center instead of indoors at the store. Our next sale dates are Friday, August 7th from 9am to 2pm and Saturday, August 8th, from 9am to 1pm. Watch for many more sale dates on our website.

· Offering personal shopping for essential items for our community with no-touch delivery.

· Decreasing our paid staff and hours down to the bare minimum

· Calling our vulnerable and isolated members to talk each day

· Checking in on our Buddy System lists to refresh the program

· Taking orders and delivering groceries to homes

· Providing transportation to seniors to medical or essential appointments

· Supporting our Meals on Wheels delivery program

· Supporting Island Senior Resources’ Ensure Program

· Supporting  Island Senior Resources’ Resource Specialist

· Supporting community groups who meet outside with masks

· Renting our parking lot for community events (prior to new restrictions)

· Operating our medical equipment lending with safe, no-touch pick ups available

· Operating the lending library with safe, no touch pick-ups available

We all feel good about what we have decided, and with the proceeds from the outside thrift sales, grants, and so many amazing supporters as donors, we are all going to be healthier and happier throughout this incredible time. 

Thank you to all of you that support our community and our mission by sharing your kind words of encouragement and your resources, both financial and in volunteering.

Bonnie Eckley
Executive Director

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Senior Services. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of our community.

· Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.

· The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

· It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.

Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.

Or think about housing: Census results can help determine housing assistance for older adults for the next decade. 

The list goes on: including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse or to prepare for wildfires.

The results of the 2020 Census will help communities plan for the future. And they will shape how hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country—for business development, rural education, and much more. 

Curious about what other programs are impacted by census data? Download this report to see a full list.

Responding to the Census

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.The 2020 Census asks a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020.

Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. You can see the questions the census asked.  

Even if you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.

The Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires in mid-April to homes that had not yet responded. If you have not already responded, please complete and mail back your form as soon as you receive it. And if you prefer, you still have the option of responding online or by phone instead.

Camano Center & IGA Plaza Grocery Store have partnered to offer grocery and essential items delivered to high risk individuals who are unable to grocery shop in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Email your list of items for Wednesday delivery to the Camano Center  Type “grocery delivery” in the subject line. Your order must be in before noon.  This program is intended for food and essential items therefore we will no longer deliver alcohol or cigarettes as part of this service.

Provide an address and any delivery instructions in your message or use this form click here for google grocery order form . *If you do not use email you may call the Center at 360-387-0222 and read us your list over the phone. 

We will email (or call) you with the total cost for your order.  We will need a credit card number so we can coordinate payment of your order over the phone with IGA.  A volunteer driver will bring your groceries to you.  The drivers are volunteers and are not expecting tips. 

If you would like to show your appreciation for this service the Camano Center would welcome your donation.  This is a special program organized by the Camano Center meant to keep people safe and in their homes as much as possible.  Thank you! Click here to donate!

Find Us

Camano Center
606 Arrowhead Road
Camano Island, WA 98282
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Our Hours
Monday - Friday Closed

(360) 387-0222

Thrift Shop

2nd Chance Thrift Shop
1335 State Route 532
Camano Island, WA 98282
(360) 629-6142
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Store Hours:  

Not accepting at this time

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