Mullis Center Update — April 2020 Responding to the COVID-19 Needs on San Juan Island

Posted April 22, 2020 at 7:24 am by

What We’re Doing While the Doors are Closed:
As you know, the Mullis Cen­ter is closed for reg­u­lar ser­vices dur­ing this time of social dis­tanc­ing and stay-at-home direc­tives, but staff and vol­un­teers are still facil­i­tat­ing essen­tial senior ser­vices such as foot care, gen­er­al client assis­tance, case man­age­ment and the pro­duc­tion, coor­di­na­tion and deliv­ery of Meals on Wheels.

See below for a full run-down on what all we’re doing how to find more information -

Increased Need for Senior Meals:
Meals on Wheels and More is our nutri­tion pro­gram that pro­vides com­mu­ni­ty and deliv­ered meals to seniors on a dona­tion basis. Dur­ing this time of social dis­tanc­ing our Com­mu­ni­ty Meals have been dis­con­tin­ued and the demand for Deliv­ered Meals has more than dou­bled, but due to finan­cial hard­ships, dona­tions are sig­nif­i­cant­ly down.  As a result, the Senior Nutri­tion Pro­gram part­ners (What­com Coun­cil on Aging, San Juan Coun­ty, and the Senior Cen­ters on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan) have been work­ing hard and cre­ative­ly to facil­i­tate increased meal pro­duc­tion and deliv­ery and secure addi­tion­al fund­ing for this essen­tial pro­gram.  In the com­ing, days, weeks, and months we’ll be shar­ing ways in which you can help to sup­port this program.

Local Fundrais­er to Sup­port Senior Nutrition:
Many thanks to Jen­nifer Rigg, local artist and busi­ness own­er, who has orga­nized an island-grown fundrais­er that ben­e­fits SJI seniors, by way of sup­port­ing the local Senior Nutri­tion Pro­gram (Meals on Wheels and More). Jenn has designed a sit­u­a­tion­al­ly and geo­graph­i­cal­ly spe­cif­ic VIRUS t‑shirt which can be pur­chased online at, where you can choose from four t‑shirt styles and select between a San Juan Island or clas­sic 4‑Island image. 80% of the t‑shirt sale pro­ceeds will go to sup­port the local Nutri­tion Pro­gram and the remain­ing 20% will be ear­marked for essen­tial house­hold goods to be deliv­ered to island seniors in need. Please share this fundrais­er infor­ma­tion with your social­ly-dis­tanced cir­cle of friends and fam­i­ly and please con­sid­er pur­chas­ing a t‑shirt or two or three to help the cause.  For updat­ed infor­ma­tion on this fundrais­er and oth­er Mullis Cen­ter issues, vis­it the Mullis Cen­ter web­site at  You can also sup­port Lopez and Orcas Senior pro­grams by choos­ing those island spe­cif­ic designs. Thank you for your support!

Con­nect Virtually
While reg­u­lar senior pro­grams and activ­i­ties are no longer being held at the Cen­ter, some groups and activ­i­ties have decid­ed to begin meet­ing vir­tu­al­ly (see specifics below). If you’d like to join one of the exist­ing groups already meet­ing vir­tu­al­ly or would like to explore the option of hav­ing your group meet vir­tu­al­ly, in order to resume your activ­i­ty or just enjoy each other’s com­pa­ny, please con­tact us at or 360–370-7520. We’d be hap­py to help set-up a vir­tu­al option for you. 

  • Chair Yoga — Zoom Class Tues­days from 1 — 1:45  
    This new ver­sion of our very pop­u­lar class is full of joy and is easy to fol­low.  “Stretch it or fuse it!” Our body is meant to be mobile and active, but with the cur­rent stay-at-home pol­i­cy in place, many peo­ple are feel­ing more stiff and blue due to the lack of move­ment. So, join our new “vir­tu­al” class and be guid­ed through many fun sequences that will help you to gain mobil­i­ty and vital­i­ty in your body. There will also be breath­ing exer­cis­es that help you to de-stress and stay calm. The ben­e­fit is instant — you will learn ways to re-invig­o­rate your body and bring it back to a state of ease and com­fort.  For infor­ma­tion on how to join, con­tact Anna at or 360–370-7520.
  • Mullis Book Club — Now meet­ing via Zoom
    For infor­ma­tion on how to join, con­tact Anna at or 360–370-7520.

Oth­er Mullis Cen­ter Announcements

  • Foot Care Appointments:
    This essen­tial ser­vice will con­tin­ue to be pro­vid­ed at the Mullis Cen­ter on Tues­days, unless noti­fied oth­er­wise.  Please con­tact us at or 360–378-2677 to arrange an appointment. 
  • Tax Assis­tance: 
    As you prob­a­bly know, the IRS fil­ing dead­line has been extend­ed to July 31, how­ev­er if you’re expect­ing a refund, you may want to file ear­li­er.  In light of the extend­ed dead­line, Jim (our amaz­ing tax guru vol­un­teer) will con­tin­ue pro­vid­ing tax assis­tance through mid-June. Please con­tact Jim direct­ly at 360–376-2488 or to arrange for assistance.
  • King’s Receipts: 
    We’re still col­lect­ing Kings Receipts via mail at Mullis Cen­ter, PO Box 684, FH  98250. Kings gen­er­ous­ly donates a per­cent­age of the receipts we col­lect back to the Mullis Cen­ter.  The more receipts we col­lect the more Kings donates. 
  • Free Car­bon Monox­ide Detectors: 
    If you need a FREE car­bon monox­ide detec­tor please con­tact Anna (360–370-7520, so we can fig­ure out the best way to get one to you.  These essen­tial home safe­ty devices have been made avail­able to all Island res­i­dents by spon­sors Tam­my and Ed Ashcraft, San Juan Island EMT Asso­ci­a­tion, San Juan Island EMS, Browne Lum­ber, First Alert, and hun­dreds of indi­vid­u­als that donat­ed through the Ashcraft Fam­i­ly GoFundMe cam­paign in mem­o­ry of Kel­li Ashcraft. 
  • Fish for Teeth:
    The Mullis Cen­ter has been asked to hold the date for the next Den­tal Clin­ic, sched­uled for May 15–16, with the under­stand­ing that it very like­ly may be resched­uled for lat­er in the year. 
  • May 6 Pan­cake Break­fast – Cancelled
    Please reach out with any ques­tions, con­cerns, or requests. We are here to serve you.

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