Building Our Community

For fifteen years, OVCF has been building community by supporting vital nonprofit services through grant making, fiscal sponsorships, and building strong collaborations for collective impact.

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Dr. Monica Dixon, a registered dietician, chef and food bank volunteer, performed cooking demonstrations using produce from Nash’s Organic Produce. Sequim Gazette photo by Alana Linderoth

Healthy Communities Coalition

In December 2014, OVCF awarded a $3000 grant to the Sequim Food Bank to launch a Healthy Communities Coalition (HCC). The funds were used to 1) conduct the first-ever Visitor Needs Assessment to learn more about the specific needs of the food bank customers, 2) explore the value of creating a community-wide collaborative effort to address common food-related health problems like obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

The Coalition has convened several times since June 2015 with the commitment to implement community-based health and nutrition education efforts – because food is the medicine that provides good physical and mental health. 
It is moving full-speed ahead to implement a community-wide health improvement effort dubbed “Ready-Set-Go 5210” and working to lay the groundwork for measurable improvements in the health and well-being of residents.

In addition to the Sequim Food Bank, Coalition members currently include the Sequim School District, the City of Sequim, Olympic Medical Center, Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, Molina Healthcare, Nourish Restaurant and OVCF.

 

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The Helen Haller Elementary Art

The Helen Haller Elementary PTO and their HEART Partner Program work together to keep creativity in the classroom by raising funds to support and benefits all students.The school arts program is well received by classroom teachers, parents, and the participating student artists. Over 1000 pieces of original art will be created as a result of the arts program!


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Olympic Theatre Civic Center

Since its beginning in November 1980, Olympic Theatre Arts has produced many well-known and very well-received plays, including a variety of comedies, musicals and dramas. But OTA has also presented quality lesser-known works that challenge the audience and encourage community involvement.


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Sequim Student Film Festival

Each year students middle school and High school compete for scholarships and prizes in the Sequim Student Film Festival. Over the years the Sequim PTO sponsored event has become a community favorite. You will be amazed at the energy and quality our young adults dedicate to this wonderful event.