Mobile Community Services Van in Anacortes on 15 June 2022

The DSHS Mobile Community Services Office coming to Anacortes on 15 June from 10AM to 2PM at the Anacortes Christian Church. 
The DSHS Mobile Community Services Staff will be able to 

  • Process application interviews for food, cash, and select medical assistance
  • Process yearly Eligibility and Mid-Certification reviews.
  • Process changes or inquires to currently active cases
  •   Answer questions about any DSHS services.

New Grant Program at SVC

A new grant program is being offered to provide direct support and funding to at-risk youth and young adults who are interested in attending Skagit Valley College. 

Angel Aguilar-Corrales, Job Corps Scholars (JCS) Navigator, is recruiting potential youth (ages 16-24) who qualify for their JCS grant. Angel and her colleague will work one on one with students, helping with the application process, developing an education and career plan, and providing extra support. SVC will provide students with funding for tuition, transportation, book costs, housing and food.

Individuals who qualify are those who come from low income backgrounds, live in one of five counties (Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Snohomish) and have one barrier to higher educations (including High School Dropout, homeless, are in the Foster Care system, Caring for a Child, Student with disabilities or English deficient).

The programs covered in this grant include certifications for Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Automotive, Manufacturing, Marine Technology, Multimedia & Interactive Technology, Technical Design, and Welding. We also offer GED and High School programs concurrently.

See the attached flyer in English and Spanish. SVC is currently accepting referrals for Spring quarter.

Flyer - Job Corps Spanish-Espanol final.pdf

COVID-19 & Immunization Program at Island Hospital

Island Hospital Foundation Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Executive Community Briefing 

ANACORTES, Washington – The Island Hospital Foundation and Island Hospital are hosting a free, online community briefing on the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, January 14th at 5:00 p.m.  The briefing will include a panel of Island Hospital providers and senior leadership coming together to deliver insights on information regarding the vaccine.  Specifics about the types of COVID-19 vaccines, side effects, and current recommendations from the CDC on who should receive it will be discussed.  

Vaccine panelists will include Dr. Jason Hogge, Family Medicine/Obstetrics with Anacortes Family Medicine and Medical Director of the Walk-in Clinic, Dr. Brandon Greene, Pediatrician with Anacortes Family Medicine, IH CEO Charles Hall, MSN, MBA, as well as IH COO Elise Cutter, MBA.  

The COVID-19 Vaccine Executive Community Briefing is a great opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the vaccine and distribution plans. We will be sharing the most current guidance from state and county officials on the phased distribution to the community.  This is a free virtual event and questions from attendees will be taken via the chat feature during the briefing.  

Registration is required. Please visit to register for this briefing.  If you have questions you’d like to submit in advance, please email them to  

Grab and Go Meals at ASD-103

Beginning September 14th, the Anacortes School District will be delivering Grab-n-Go meals to families who want to receive school meals. Vans will make stops throughout the area where students/parents will be able to pick up breakfasts and lunches. Help us assess your needs by filling out this short survey. We will deliver 2 days a week to determined locations, providing multiple days worth of meals each delivery. An evening pickup site at the Anacortes High School will also be available. In order to receive school meals, your child must be registered in the Anacortes School District for the 2020-21 school year. Names will be recorded at the time meals are taken, and student Mealtime accounts will be charged as applicable. Parents will be allowed to pick up meals for their students.

Anacortes Senior Care and Assisted Living Guide

Anacortes Senior Care and Assisted Living Guide ( is produced by, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. They have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet

A Simple Gesture for April 2020

A message from A Simple Gesture about April’s Red Bag Pickup: 

These are extraordinary times, and we hope that you are all staying safe, remaining steadfast, and supporting one another during this forced “pause” in all our lives. We want to update you on ASG’s plans in light of the COVID-19 situation and what would normally be our April pickup day.

Our desire is to make sure your donations get to the food bank and ultimately to those in need, while also keeping everyone safe. As a board, we’ve had many discussions about this, and concluded that the best way to do this is to CANCEL our scheduled April 11 pickup.  In lieu of our pickup day, we are asking you to drop off your filled bag directly to the food bank. Following are important details about this:

  • For this particular donation, please use disposable bags (paper or plastic), NOT your red ASG bag.  Please save your red bag for next time
  • Drop off your filled bag dairectly at the food bank, only if you are not ill.  If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, or are caring for someone with symptoms, do not drop off a bag until at least 72 hours after all symptoms are gone.
  • The Salvation Army’s (TSA) food bank is considered an essential service, as are the donations made to it.  Their office remains open, and bags can be dropped off inside the lobby of their front office during business hours:  Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm (closed 12-1pm for lunch).  They are located at 3001 R Ave. If you need assistance unloading your bag at TSA, they ask that you call ahead at (360) 293-6682 to make sure they’re available and can watch for your vehicle. Please do not drop off bags when their office is closed; we don’t want them sitting outside over night!

Current Food Shortages:  Spaghetti sauce, pasta, jam/jelly, single-serve fruit cups, single-serve applesauce cups, mac & cheese, meals-in-a-can, soups, Ensure-type drinks, canned meats (except tuna).  Also, while not essential, the food bank could use more bags of flour and sugar.

The food bank still has plenty of the following, and does NOT NEED: canned tuna, peanut butter, diced tomatoes, canned veggies (overstocked on green beans and corn), beans of all types.

Special Request:  **Please remember these are EXTRA items to add to your bag should you choose.  Otherwise, please focus on food shortages.**
April’s special request is for (you guessed it!) toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, and disinfecting wipes/cleaners.  We fully realize that many of these items are in short supply everywhere, but would you mind checking your stash at home to see if you have an item to spare?

If you would prefer make a monetary donation, you may do so online at, or by mailing a check payable to A Simple Gesture-Anacortes, P.O. Box 1413, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Monetary donations will be used to purchase food to keep our Red Bag Pantries stocked.

At this time of uncertainty and anxiety for many, we are especially thankful for all of you and your continued willingness to help those in need.  We are encouraged and inspired by it!  We will continue to give you updates about what we’re up to, but in the meantime, please let us know should you have any questions.

Thank you,
Your ASG Board of Directors

Resources for Worker Assistance

Resources For Worker Assistance
Our thanks to Janet McKinney who shared this list of resources from the Washington State Labor Council. Other resources can be found at

  • EDS Paid Family Medical Leave visit
  • Unemployment Benefits,  if denied contact Unemployment Law Project at,  Waiting a week has been waived for WA State
  • Washington Apple Health Special Enrollment Period is now available through April 8th at  
  • Apply for Washington Apple Health Medicaid through
  • Financial Assistance through Foundation for Working Families
  • Financial Help through Department of Financial Institutions
  • Small Business assistance at
  • Insurance question contact
  • Emergency Assistance Program through Economic Services Administration at – This can cover rent including back rent, deposits for rent or utilities, home repairs, basic local telephone services, utilities and short term lodging such as motels
  • United Way Resources dial 211
  • Governor Inslee has instituted statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for the next 30 days. Law Enforcement will not enforce eviction orders based solely on non-payment of rent
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and eviction for at least 60 days

Information Updates during the Pandemic

Information on what’s open and closed, restaurants that offer carry-out and delivery services and other related information is updated at the Skagit Valley Herald’s COVID-19 page, here:

You can sign up for news updates in your neighborhood at, a neighborhood hub for connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services.  Here’s where you can join: