Building Our Community

For twenty one years, OVCF has worked to build community by supporting vital nonprofit services through grant making, fiscal sponsorships, and encouraging strong collaborations for collective impact.

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

Olympic Peninsula Healthy Communities Coalition

In December 2014, OVCF awarded a $3000 grant to the Sequim Food Bank to:

1) conduct the first-ever Visitor Needs Assessment to learn more about the specific needs of food bank customers, and 

2) explore the value of creating a community-wide collaborative effort to address common food-related health problems like obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

As an outcome of that initial investment, the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition (OPHCC) formed in June 2015 and quickly gained partners from across the region. Today, its members include more than 25 local and regional organizations, in an outstanding public, private partnership whose members share an interest in combating obesity and chronic disease.

OPHCC works to make our community a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.  In its first initiative, the coalition launched “Ready-Set-Go 5210”, a community-wide effort to help decrease chronic disease and improve the health of our citizens across the lifespan.

For adults and children alike, 5 2 1 0 promotes:

  • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day
  • 2 hours or less of recreational screen time
  • 1 hour of physical activity
  • 0 sugar-sweetened beverages.

To learn more about OPHCC, visit their website at



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 benefit 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!


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 lesser-known works of high quality that challenge the audience and encourage community involvement.


Sequim Student Film Festival

Each year Middle School and High School students 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.