Jefferson Community Conservation Corps Announces Project Partnership with Fort Worden Foundation -

Putting folks back to work using private funding while serving a major public asset can succeed, say advisors working to create the Jefferson Community Conservation Corps (“JCCC”). This group of Port Townsend volunteers announces a new community employment program to support economic recovery while benefiting a landmark destination on the Olympic Peninsula.

“What can we do to reduce suffering on the local level while improving the quality of life for all in our community? How can we retain local workers who would otherwise relocate out of the area? And how can we conserve a public space at the same time?” asks organizer Matilda Henry. “A Civilian Conservation Corps, paid by the US Treasury, once put millions of unemployed citizens back to work during a dark Depression. Let’s put our hearts, minds, and resources into a rapid response to our current local crisis and, like the ‘mutual aid’ societies springing up all across the country, solve part of the problem ourselves,” adds Lori Bernstein, another JCCC member.

JCCC’s premiere initiative is to gather donations and grants to hire workers for projects at the Fort Worden State Park campus that meet a community need, enhance public spaces, and support the non-profit organization managing the projects; it’s like the Civilian Conservation Corps, but with local control and private funding.

The JCCC is partnering with the Fort Worden Public Development Authority (‘FWPDA’) and its fundraising Fort Worden Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, to fund part of the staff necessary for reopening business on the campus at the Fort. The FWPDA, a driver of regional economic activity, suffered loss of income and staff due to the closure of operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The historic facilities and grounds will need cleaning and maintenance to make the campus safe, comfortable, and attractive when reopened and thereafter to maintain that condition. This partnership is an opportunity to develop a sustainable jobs program, raise awareness, and generate wide support.

This premiere JCCC campaign will pay strictly local workers; $35K can fund a crew of 10 for one month of full-time employment through the FWPDA. JCCC organizers have donated seed money, and a crowdfunding effort is now underway.

In addition to donations, the JCCC seeks volunteers to develop its own fundraising organization and programs.

More information is available on the Jefferson Community Conservation Corps Facebook page and at the Fort Worden Jobs Project fundraiser page. Contact JCCC at for more information.

Jefferson Community Conservation Corps
Matilda Henry and the JCCC Advisory Group 360-865-4137

RESCHEDULED: Board Meeting -

UPDATE: The Fort Worden PDA will be holding a special Board of Directors meeting on Monday, August 10th, via Zoom, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Members of the public wishing to comment may submit written comments in advance by 9 a.m. on August 10th to Submitted comments will be read aloud on the writer’s behalf. Members of the public also may attend the meeting via Zoom and will have the opportunity to speak during the public comment portions of the agenda. [Zoom information has been removed following completion of the meeting.]

Board Meeting Agenda Packet
Board Presentation: Updated Budget to 2020 Year-End
8.10.20 Meeting Minutes

Fort Worden Opening for Reservations -

We are excited to announce the reopening of Fort Worden’s historic and unique rental accommodations on Saturday, August 1, 2020! We have missed you!

We have adapted our interactions, taken significant precautions and refined our offerings to re-imagine your stay in a safe way.

The following areas are also opening:
• Cablehouse Beach Canteen – open to all guests, campers and visitors for take-out food and beverage and outside dining

• Taps at the Guardhouse – open to all guests, campers and visitors for take-out beverage and outside dining

• The Front Desk on Officer’s Row – temporarily relocated to 15 Pershing Avenue (House 15) across from the Tennis Courts

The following areas are temporarily closed:
• Reveille at the Commons
• The Commons
• All Venue spaces, with the exception of USO

For information about Fort Worden onsite programs and State Park amenities and campsites, please visit our website for direct links to these organizations.

For all current and new reservations, please view our website for accommodation details and contact our In-House Reservations Department at or call 360-344-4400 ext. 304 for more information. Reservations are required in advance and must be booked on the phone.

Fort Worden places the highest priority on the health and well-being of our employees, guests, visitors and community. From the beginning, Fort Worden has increased its efforts to protect the safety and well-being of all who visit and will remain one of our top priorities. We continue to follow the CDC, Washington state and local health guidelines on gathering, physical distancing and masking mandates. As the situation remains fluid, additional changes may transpire and we will communicate any updates as they arise.

For everyone’s safety, facial coverings are required in all indoor areas and outdoor areas and encourage guests to maintain physical distancing.