SICBA is Involved in the Community!
In 2009, the Home & Garden Show Committee created the Playhouse Challenge. The concept was a SICBA Builder team created and built a Playhouse which is then donated to a local Charity. The charity then raffles the playhouse with the winner announced on the last day of the Home & Garden Show. The first year was phenomenal with 6 playhouses built by 6 builder teams and donated to 6 local charities. Nearly $18,000 was raised for the local charities in the first year. The Playhouse Challenge has continued with a total of $132,906.85 being raised to date for local charities including Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Island County, Children’s Museum of Skagit County, The Landing, Reverie Outreach – Feeding the Hungry, Friendship House, North Puget Sound Cancer Center and 4-H of Island County. If you are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and would like to participate in the Playhouse for Charity Challenge, please contact the SICBA office at 360-757-6916.
Oasis Teen Shelter
SICBA members took on the project of making necessary updates and improvements to the YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter in Mount Vernon. Many SICBA members donated their time, materials and expertise to updating lighting, insulation, paint, flooring, windows, the list goes on and on. This shelter is the only one that provides emergency housing for teenagers between Bellingham and Everett, and has teenagers using its services almost every single night. The teens using it range from young pregnant mothers to those escaping homes with drugs and domestic violence. If you would like to donate to this community project, please contact Josh Baldwin at 360-293-0656.
Annual Charity Golf Tournament
From 1984 to current, SICBA hosted the annual Charity Golf Tournament. Recipients of the funds raised from the tournament have been HOPE, Good Cheer, Children’s Museum, Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Care, Toddler Learning Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Youth Dynamics to name a few agencies.
Toys for Tots
At the SICBA Christmas Dinner, SICBA members bring unwrapped toys for the Marines to take with them and distribute to needy families in Skagit and Island Counties. The SICBA members donate over 100 toys each year.
The Scholarship committee awards several scholarships each year. Applications are accepted until early April and awarded in June of each year. If a student is participating in a construction-related curriculum, they may be awarded and additional scholarship.
Annual Chicken Challenge
From 1997 to 2011, SICBA members raised funds for the Annual Chicken Challenge. The funds raised are used to purchase Chicken to donate to the Skagit & Island Counties Food Banks. In 1997, the members donated over $1,500 and delivered 5,094 pounds of chicken to the Food Banks. Since then, the annual delivery had been as high as 51,000 pounds of chicken. In 2009, SICBA created the Playhouse Challenge in conjuntion with the Home & Garden Show which replaced the Chicken Challenge. See below for more info on the Playhouse Challenge.