Community Resources

Anacortes is a community that cares! We will continue to add updates to our community resources. 

Updated April 1, 2020

Local Resources 

2020 CENSUS + COVID-19

It’s time to complete the 2020 Census. With many of us staying indoors, let’s take 10 min. to shape the next 10 years. COVID-19 is a reminder of just how important it is to have a more accurate count of our communities—so that local, state, and federal governments know where resources are needed in urgent situations like these. It is your right to complete the census, because we’re here and we ALL count. Complete your census at my2020Census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

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Childcare Update 

Childcare providers and community partners that are interested in organizing emergency childcare for medical professionals and other priority workforce groups around the state, should contact EmergencyCHildcare@dcyf.wa.gov or (509) 544-5712. (more details on Skagit COVID Childcare page)

Essential workers who need childcare should call the Child Care Aware Family Center at (800) 446-1114 or go to their website. Alternatively, essential workers can contact their school districts directly or the Skagit Valley YMCA.

Blood donations 

Blood donation considered essential function that people are allowed and encouraged to continue doing. While there are no Bloodworks Northwest facilities in Skagit County, several mobile blood drives are scheduled in local cities. Permanent facilities are also open in Everett and Bellingham. 

Anacortes Public Schools 

Effective Tuesday, March 17, all school district buildings and facilities will be closed through April 24 to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Depending on public health guidance, it’s possible the closure could extend even further. The last day of school for students will remain Friday, June 19, and Monday, June 22 for staff.

For morn information please visit the Anacortes School District’s Website and the Anacortes School District’s Covid-19 Response Information Page and Latest Press Releases

School nutrition map that shows childcare and meal service locations.

WiFi Options

Daily wifi hotspots in the Library and Depot parking lots are available from 7:00am – 10:00pm.

Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit xfinity.com/wifi or get more information on how to connect

Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County. 

All Club locations are currently closed. For updates on operations please visit the Boys and Girls Club Website. 

A Simple Gesture

The scheduled April 11th pick up is cancelled. Please 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!
  • 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.

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:  toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, and disinfecting wipes/cleaners. 

If you would prefer make a monetary donation, you may do so online at https://a-simple-gesture-anacortes.square.site, or by mailing a check payable to A Simple Gesture-Anacortes, P.O. Box 1413, Anacortes, WA 98221. 

Red Bag Pantry - Anacortes Public Library

Due to our closure the Red Bag Pantry has been moved to right outside the main entrance to the library. For those in need of food support you can reach out to:

  • A Simple Gesture at 360-399-6463
  • Anacortes Family Center at 360-293-2993