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No meals at club

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, The Bainbridge Island Sportsmen’s Club will not be able to host its Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in their clubhouse.

Instead, they will be donating $1,000 worth of turkeys to Helpline House. Anyone needing a turkey is welcome to go there or call about a turkey pickup at 206-842-7621.

Mary Madison says in an email that the club has hosted for meals for decades, and usually serves about 60 each holiday.

People who are not with family or whose family need a place to share a holiday meal have enjoyed event, she added. Boy Scouts help serve the meals, while club members cook and clean up. Club members help by bringing non-driving guests to dinner.

Island all winners

The Bainbridge Community Foundation this week hosted a virtual Gratitude Gathering and honored the entire Bainbridge Island community as its Outstanding Philanthropist.

In previous years, local philanthropists were chosen as a result of their dedication to the community—but this year, the community was met with unprecedented giving after COVID-19 hit.

In April, BCF conducted a survey of local nonprofits to see how they were handling the pandemic. Nearly 30% feared they would permanently close by the end of the year after canceling programs, furloughing and laying off employees, and facing scarce emergency resources. BCF shared that information with the community, and it responded with unparalleled generosity. Bainbridge residents distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofits for emergency funds, project grants and unrestricted operating costs.

Nonprofits have supported nutritious food for kids, child care for essential workers, financial assistance for housing costs, purchase of PPE for caregivers, free counseling for teenagers and adults, and more. Now, nonprofit leaders are sharing stories of online fundraising events and new programs developed in consideration of the quarantine requirements. As a result, many are ending this tumultuous year in a strong position.

“We know this has been a tumultuous year, and we know there are still tough times ahead—but we have each other,” said Jim Hopper, executive director of BCF.

Property taxes

The Bainbridge City Council plans to raise property taxes only about $4 for the median property owner next year.

At a recent meeting, the council approved an ordinance that will increase property taxes by 1%. That is the maximum allowed by law to avoid a vote of the people.

Since the median assessed home on the island is $787,000, that would mean about a $4 a year increase. Property taxes account for more than 40% of the General Fund and represent the single largest funding source for the city.

Hyla cyclists

Hyla Middle School students biked over 800 miles for the Bainbridge Bike-a-Thon in October.

The two classrooms of students were given gift certificates to Island Cool, donated by Squeaky Wheels.

The Bike-a-Thon was a reverse fundraiser by Squeaky Wheels, which bought almost $1,000 of gift certificates as prizes to support all the businesses that have sponsored the nonprofit organization over the years.

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