Afternoon with Santa-Drive Thru – Tuesday, December 8, 3:00-6:00 is a FREE Community Event. Choose your time slot on Eventbrite.

The Camano Center’s holiday tradition, Afternoon with Santa, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th from 3:00-6:00 and has been changed to a drive through event. Santa will be here as usual but will be up in his sleigh so families can take a picture with him in the background!

The Camano Arts Association will have a take home craft project for families to take with them and the Camano Center will provide take home cookie decorating supplies. Children can bring a letter to Santa that they can place in the Santa mailbox. Families will be asked to stay in their cars unless it is their turn to take a photo in front of Santa. This is a free community event thanks to our generous sponsors: Camano Island Chamber of Commerce, Law Offices of Julie M. Herber and RE/MAX Associate Brokers. Please sign up for a timeslot so we can plan accordingly. For more information call us 10am - 2pm Monday -Friday.

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.

I don’t know about you, but even though some months have seemed to drag by in the new COVID world, summer still flew by!

Although so many things are closed or on hold, the Camano Center and 2nd Chance Thrift Shop have been busy providing services and shopping for our island residents. We are happy to let you know about two very exciting events coming this month!

Last month I explained the reason we have not opened up our Center and Shop. Within the Governor’s Phases, our Center clearly needs to stay closed for social activities and in-house lunch program until we have a better handle on the virus. Until Phase 4 it is just not safe for us to gather in close proximity for social activities. The Thrift Shop is a retail business and can be open with restrictions, so now that the weather is turning on us, we are making the transition from our Outdoor Thrift Sales, to opening our store on a limited basis. Our last Outdoor Sale will be on September 5th –Labor Day Weekend at the Camano Center. We will then focus on rearranging the store for safe social distancing and all of the precautions necessary. We will be open Fridays and Saturdays for shopping, starting September 18th and adding more days as we are able. 

Your donations of items to the Thrift Shop are very important to us and we wish we could open up every day to take what you have been saving for us, but we have space limitations and need to be sure items are safe to put out for shoppers. We have been taking donations on an appointment basis, and will need to continue to do this for a while. You can call 360-629-6142 to get on our list. We have a wonderful group of volunteers that are working fast to process the items so we can continually take more, but we always need more help to do this! If you’d like to volunteer with us, we have many different jobs to offer you!

We want to thank you for being patient and supporting us by coming to the Outdoor Sales. We have learned a lot about how to operate in this new COVID-World. All of the volunteers that have come out to help us have been amazing! We have heard from so many people how they appreciate us following our mission and vision for the residents of this community.  The health of our island is our reason for being here. 

For 13 years the biggest event of the year, has been our Gala Auction at the end of September. This year, September 26th will be our 14th, and most creative one yet! We will be holding the auction virtually, which will be very different for us all. We have been closely watching and talking with other non-profits that have moved their fundraisers to a virtual model, and we’ve learned a lot.  We will be enlisting the help of our auctioneer, Ian Lindsay, who has re-vamped his production to support virtual events.  We will have our silent auction up on our website 1 week prior to the Live auction for everyone to participate free of charge.  We have a wide variety of great auction items and are so thankful for the community in supporting our yearly fundraising efforts.

The Virtual Live Gala will be an interactive, live stream event similar to a Zoom meeting, but much more entertaining. Instructions on how to register are in this month’s newsletter and on our website.  If you are not comfortable participating in an online event please do not hesitate to call us!  We are happy to walk you through the steps to register and participate or suggest other ways you might take part in remote bidding or donating to our “Fund-A-Mission.” For more information about our VIRTUAL auction and how to register for this event click here.

Thank you to all of you that support our community and our mission by sharing your kind words of encouragement and your resources. As we continue to navigate through our current reality, we are so thankful to know you are behind us and have the same goals for our strong future here on Camano Island!

Bonnie Eckley
Executive Director

Island County: Phase 3: What does that mean for the Camano Center and 2nd Chance Thrift Shop?

We have now successfully entered into the Governor’s Phase 3 as a county. Many inquiries have been coming in asking when the Thrift Shop and the Center will open up.  As an organization that’s mission is to connect, enrich, and support our community (with an emphasis on seniors aging in place successfully), we are being very cautious in resuming activities before Phase 4.

There are still many restrictions in Phase 3 to opening up. We must adhere to multiple requirements including but not limited to: purchasing sneeze guards for every area that has a volunteer or staff behind a counter, limiting the capacity of the building to 50 people (includes staff and volunteers), requiring masks and providing them to all staff and volunteers, providing hand sanitizer to everyone, cleaning all surfaces between customers, re arranging flow of traffic with signage and arrows, educating staff and volunteers, screening staff and volunteers for symptoms, documenting our efforts, and having a COVID19 trained supervisor on site during open hours.

We have found a successful way to have thrift sales outside to keep our volunteers, staff, and community safe. We are focusing our efforts to having 3-4 more sales in June and July.  We will have limited entertainment planned for the Center, but cannot resume daily operations such as social games, lunch and health and wellness classes until Phase 4. Watch our website and Facebook for dates.

Thank you for showing such support to the success of the Camano Center and the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, and caring about the future. You are the reason essential services are continuing despite being closed for the past 4 months. You are responsible for these programs continuing:

Please note there have been some date changes for these sales.

These summer sales are outdoor only at the Camano Center. They will take place on the patio. Lots of great bargains.

Social distancing and masks required. The Camano Center will remain closed and there will be no access to the building or to restrooms.

Sales are scheduled for:

June 25, July 11,  July 23 9 am -2pm

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Please help us make our 14th Annual Gala Auction our best yet! Please see list below for ways to help! Our auctions are successful because of the contributions made by Camano Center members, friends and support from the community.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible! Call Cindy Hand at 360-387-0222 if you have any questions about an item or service you are interested in donating.  We thank you for your support!

Unique Experiences

Vacation home or timeshares!!
Frequent Flyer Miles!!
Dinner Party or BBQ
Wine or Beer Tasting Party
Lesson or Session with Professional
Fly Over
Luxury or Classic Car  Rental/Lease

Decorative Theme Baskets

Gourmet food or cooking items
Wine & Liquor
Garden or Spa

Home & Garden

Outdoor furnishings/décor
Interior Design Services
Cleaning Services
Landscape Planning
Home Improvement Services

Cooking & Food

Homemade desserts or appetizers
Kitchen equipment
Cooking Lessons


IPad, tablet or accessories
Laptop or Chromebook
New flat screen televisions

Sports & Equipment

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Autographed sports memorabilia
Tickets to sporting events
Team sweatshirt, cap, jersey

Dining & Entertainment

Restaurant gift Certificates
Hotel Gift Certificates
Theater or concert tickets

Personal Items

Scarf, purse, accessories
Clothing store gift certificates
Beauty or Spa  gift certificates
Spa Gifts or Gift Certificates

Please limit donations to new or very lightly used items of value—the 2nd Chance Thrift Shop is happy to accept any other donations!  Proceeds from the Thrift Shop provide over 50% of funding for the Camano Center!

June 13 9am - 3pm. This is an outdoor only sale at the Camano Center. The sale will take place on the patio and the parking lot. Lots of great bargains. Social distancing and masks required. The Camano Center will remain closed and there will be no access to the building or to restrooms.

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Hello friends!

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.


Bonnie Eckley
Executive Director

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

(360) 387-0222

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