Business kudos: Q Laundry provides clean towels for homeless youth

Q Laundry, a laundromat in Sunnyland Square at 810 Alabama St., provides clean white bath towels, bed sheets, and cleaning services to youth in need.

The laundromat, which opened June 2013, works with the nonprofit Northwest Youth Services drop-in program to give homeless youth in Bellingham a fresh start to their school day, work day, or job search.

“Q Laundry is proud to partner with Northwest Youth Services,” owner Colleen Unema said in a press release. “We take care to make sure they have clean towels and bedding because we all like to crawl in a freshly made bed. It gives you an edge like the world is an ok place when you have a clean pillow, blanket and roof.”

Whatcom Women’s Network donated $2,500 to local charities

The Whatcom Women’s Network, a Whatcom County business networking group, donated more than $2,500 to local nonprofit organizations during 2014. Its largest donations went to the Bellingham Food Bank, the Whatcom Community Foundation, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, and the Assistance League of Bellingham.

“Whatcom Women’s Network’s mission includes a directive to support local charities,” said director Hilary Parker in a press release. “Our members really delight in being able to turn our membership dues into good works in the community.”

Upfront Theatre offers classes for adults with Asperger’s

The Upfront Theatre is offering a series of improv classes designed to help adults with Asperger’s syndrome build confidence in social situations.

“Improv exercises slowly build confidence by encouraging patients to engage in activities that make most people uncomfortable,” reads a press release for the program. “Over time, what once seemed impossible will become not just possible, but fun!”

The 90-minute classes will meet for six weeks on Tuesdays, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. For more information email instructor Oona Cava at

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