VRC finds permanent home

The Veterans Resource Center of Whidbey Island is consolidating its operations.

The VRC has been operating from three different locations for the past three months — a business office in Bayview where organizational records were kept and administrative functions coordinated; an Information Center at Scott Road and Highway 525 in Freeland that was provided as an in-kind contribution by Langley businessman Paul Samuelson; and a Community Activity Center for groups, activities and services at American Legion Post 141 in Bayview.

Board members voted July 16 to consolidate all its operations into one facility — American Legion Post 141. The board believes this move will improve efficiency, simplify operations and be a sustainable move for the long term.

“These are times that require every organization to look carefully at services and expenses and provide the most cost-effective, efficient and focused service delivery model possible,” said Dr. Fred McCarthy, VRC Executive Director. “To that end the VRC will continue to thrive with the efforts of dedicated volunteer veterans and community members.

McCarthy, who was contracted by the board for his part-time services, will continue in a volunteer capacity as Executive Director, focusing on development.