Monday, April 29, 2013

Ocracoke Non-Profit Organizations

On Thursday I mentioned that a neighbor told me there are 29 non-profit organizations on Ocracoke. A reader asked me to list them all. I am not sure who counted the 29 organizations. However, I have come up with my own list. I can't guarantee that every one of these is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, but each one has island residents who volunteer many hours to benefit this community.They are listed in no particular order.
  1. Ocracoke Civic & Business Association
  2. Ocracoke Preservation Society
  3. Ocracoke Foundation
  4. Ocracoke Alive
  5. Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department
  6. Ocracoke P.T.A.
  7. Ocracoke Friends of the Library
  8. Ocracoke Methodist Church
  9. Ocracoke Assembly of God Church
  10. Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association
  11. WOVV (our community radio station)
  12. Ocracoke Freemasons
  13. Ocracoke Child Care
  14. Ocracoke Health Center
  15. OcraCats
  16. Ocracoke Festival (this is a special committee under Ocracoke Alive)
  17. Occracoke Folk School (this is a special committee under Ocracoke Alive)
  18. Ocracoke Community Park (this is a new organization dedicated to creating a park; it might be a special committee under the Ocracoke Youth Center)
  19. Ocracoke Youth Center
  20. Wilma Lee (this is a special committee dedicated to the skipjack Wilma Lee, under Ocracoke Alive)
  21. Ocracoke Needle & Thread Club (the "Quilters")
  22. Ocracoke Boy Scouts
  23. Ocracoke Girl Scouts
Some of the following may not qualify because their offices are not located on Ocracoke (though many islanders volunteer to work for, and support, these organizations which benefit Ocracoke), because they have never sought non-profit status (perhaps because only one or two people just see a need and fill it), because they are governmental organizations, or for some other reason.

    22. US National Park Service (islanders volunteer to open the lighthouse for visitors, help with turtle patrols, and volunteer other services)
    23. Wild Bird Rescues (not an official organization; this is the effort of a few residents)
    24. Coastal Land Trust (a NC organization; islanders provide financial and volunteer support to help protect Springer's Point)
    25. Outer Banks Foundation (this is an organization located in Dare County that benefits Ocracoke, and receives support from Ocracoke)
    26. Ocracoke Community Center (this may be a committee of the Civic & Business Association)
    27. Meals on Wheels (I'm not sure who sponsors this service)
    28. Ocracoke Sanitary District (this is the agency that provides municipal water to Ocracoke. I don't know if it qualifies as a non-profit, but I think it does)
    29. Salt Water Connections (an eastern NC organization with support from Ocracoke, but it is not located on the island)
    30. Hyde County Chamber of Commerce (has members from Ocracoke)
    31. Hyde County Hotline (operates a thrift store and referral services on Ocracoke)
    32. Hyde County Transit (I believe the drivers are from Hyde mainland, but this service includes Ocracoke)

I welcome corrections, clarifications and additions from readers.
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  1. Anonymous8:01 AM

    Bravo! So many people so full of life and love!

  2. Anonymous8:58 AM

    The Community Center has nothing to do with OCBA. It's owned and managed by Hyde County.

    The Community Park is part of OYC.

    Meals on Wheels is no longer happening.

    There's also Ocracoke Athletic Boosters
    Ocracoke Island 5K/10K
    Ocracoke Scenic Byways Committee

    Also, the Occupancy Tax Board and the Land Use Planning Committee, while under the auspices of Hyde County, depend on Ocracoke volunteers. That's the way the Community Center works, too.

    Don't forget Ocracoke School.

    The festival and folk school are called "Ocrafolk"

  3. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Ocracats should be included on the list.

  4. Anonymous10:24 AM

    No more meals on wheels! well, if neighbors were neighbors, and one could provide a wholesome well balanced meal for a shut-in down the street.. that would be much better. As OI does not benefit from USPS home delivery but if mail were to collect at the PO box , the Postmaster hopefully, would make some inquiry-- along the lines of a wellness check thus a neighborly call on someone in any city, not just OI -- all these folks that comment" I visit OI every year<" I do hope a sense of community is brought back to their hometown. The lessons learned on OI could be far reaching.

  5. Unrelated to this blog entry ... did that explosion in Praguqe happen anyplace you and Lou Ann visited? I thought about you two when I heard the news.

    1. We stayed in a small hotel on Konviktska Street, about 175 meters from the explosion.

  6. Anonymous5:54 PM

    The Ocracoke Ivitational Surf Fishing Tournament Association was incorporated as a not for profit association 501-c-3 either in 1992 or 1993. The main reasons stemmed from liability issues and budgetary concerns.

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