Nonprofit Notebook

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Health department awards grants to outpatient programs

The Whatcom County Health Department awarded four chemical dependency outpatient treatment providers with grants in July. Award recipients are the Catholic Community Services Recovery Center, the St. Joseph Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health program, SeaMar Counseling and Westcoast Counseling and Treatment Services. The exact amount of the awards is pending final notification from the state.


Bellingham High students receive entrepreneur scholarships

Two Bellingham High School seniors are among 11 Washington state students who received scholarships from the National Federation of Independent Business’ Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Garrett Parker and Uriah Brown received $1,000 scholarships from the foundation. The foundation awarded 423 scholarships nationwide. The students won the scholarships for writing an essay describing their entrepreneurial accomplishments and goals, along with their academic achievements.


RE Store and Habitat for Humanity team up

Bellingham’s RE Store is collecting materials for homes built by the Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County. The coalition will incorporate the RE Store’s mission of saving and reusing materials and Habitat for Humanity’s goal of eliminating substandard poverty housing. Donations can be dropped off at the RE Store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. To volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, visit or call 715-9170.


Girl Scout program helps migrant farm workers’ children

A Girl Scout Totem Council program is looking for volunteers to help bring educational and social activities to children at migrant camps in Whatcom and Skagit counties Monday through Thursday evenings in July and August. Volunteers for the program, called Circulo de Manos (Circle of Hands), do not need to speak Spanish. If you are interested, contact Beth Sanchez at 738-1364 or email


Healthcare alliance receives $200,000 grant

The Washington State Health Care Authority awarded a $200,000 grant to the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access. The grant will go toward the nonprofit’s efforts to support donated medical care and help develop a program that will help small business owners and employees with health insurance issues.


Harley’s Heroes to help Bellingham veterans

Whatcom County military veterans will be able to receive free counseling and assistance with their government benefits from a Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office at the Harley-Davidson of Bellingham dealership July 21. The office is touring more than 150 U.S. Harley-Davidson dealerships as part of the 2007 Harley’s Heroes Tour. The Harley-Davidson Foundation donated $1 million for the tour.


Alley Concerts enters third year

The Downtown Renaissance Network has brought back the the Downtown Sounds Summer Alley Concerts for a third year with four shows and a variety of food vendors. Added to the shows this year are openings by the Blonde Ambition belly dancing troupe and intermissions by members of The Upfront Theatre. Flowmotion will open the series July 11, followed by the Bow Diddlers July 18, the Randy Oxford Band July 25 and the Clumsy Lovers Aug. 1. Shows begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. The July 18 show will coincide with the second annual Bite of Bellingham, where eight local restaurants will compete for awards for their products. Visit for more information.


Businesses, homes challenged to make yards wildlife sanctuaries

The Bellingham Community Wildlife Habitat Project launched a campaign in July to certify the yards of 1,000 homes and businesses as backyard wildlife sanctuaries. The campaign, called the Neighborhood Habitat Challenge, encourages businesses and homes to add trees, shrubs and flowers that attract butterflies, birds or other wildlife and provide food, water, shelter and a sustainable place to raise their young. Certified sites are not limited by size, and can be as small as a container garden. To certify a yard, visit The campaign has a goal of reaching 500 certified yards by October 2007.


WECU donates to local nonprofits

The Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) donated $9,950 to Whatcom County nonprofits in the second quarter of 2007. Recipients of $1,000 from the credit union include the Alpine Safety Awareness Program, the American Museum of Radio and Electricity, the Arthritis Foundation for The Jingle Bell Run, the Bellingham Senior Center, the Other Bank, the Slum Doctor Programme, Western Washington University’s Center for Service Learning and the Whatcom Museum. WECU donated also $1,950 to Whatcom Center for Early Learning.


United Way gives $1.2 million in grants

Twenty-nine local nonprofit organizations were awarded nearly $1.2 million in grants from the United Way of Whatcom County in June. Grants were awarded in four areas. Agencies that provide food and shelter, including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Opportunity Council, received $357,600 in grant money. Programs that develop the health of youth and families, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, YMCA and the Mother Baby Center, received grants totaling $333,760. The United Way awarded $274,160 in grants to organizations that promote health and wellness, including the Visiting Nurse Personal Services, Interfaith Health Clinic, and the Health Support Center. For programs that promote safety and help reduce violence and abuse, including Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, NW Youth Services, and Womencare Shelter, the United Way granted $226,480.


Mother Baby Center receives support from local businesses

The Mother Baby Center, a non-profit organization that provides services to pregnant and postpartum women and their babies, has received more than $7,000 in donations to help develop existing programs and start new programs for fathers and infant first aid and CPR classes. Contributors include: Cityview Mortgage Professionals, $2,500; Benefit X, $2,000; Whatcom Council of Young Professionals, $1,300; WECU, $1,000; and St. Joseph Hospital, $1,000.


Western design students win scholarships in competition

Three Western Washington University industrial design students won scholarships from Mt. Baker Products, Inc. for their designs entered in a competition of innovative and functional children’s furniture.

Rachel Bjarnason won a $1,500 scholarship for her design called the Buoy Bounce, a starfish-shaped rocker. Seth Tucker earned a $1,000 scholarship for his Orca Stackers, and Jason Harrow’s “Magna Playa table” placed third, for a $500 scholarship.

Twenty-one designs were entered in the contest, and many are on display at the Whatcom Children’s Museum.


Crime Prevention Information Fair slated for July 21

Businesses will team up with local law enforcement at the third annual Crime Prevention Information Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvements. Along with hotdogs and balloons, businesses at the fair will provide ideas on how to prevent crime. The Industrial Credit Union will also sponsor a a shred-a-thon to help destroy sensitive home documents.


Whatcom Center for Early Learning awarded grant

The Bellingham Bay Rotary Club awarded the Whatcom Center for Early Learning a $2,500 grant May 22 at the club’s weekly meeting.

The grant will go toward the upgrade of software and hardware to track program services for the center’s children with special needs.


WCC gathers more than 1,200 books for Ghana

The Whatcom Community College project Books for Ghana gathered more than 1,200 books for shipment to the African country.

The project, which gathers textbooks this year for the Cape Coast University, nearly doubled its collection from last year. The donated textbooks will update the university’s library and provide texts for students studying math and science.


Walk/Run for Literacy raises more than $2,600

The eighth annual Walk/Run for Literacy raised $2,654 for the Whatcom Literacy Council June 16. More than 200 people participated in the race, sponsored by Village Books and Fairhaven Runners and Walkers. Also sponsoring the fundraiser were Great Harvest, Copies Now, the Colophon Cafe, the Greater Bellingham Running Club and Haggen Fairhaven Market.


Soccer tournament raises nearly $5,000

The Whatcom Young Professionals sponsored a charity soccer tournament in early June that raised nearly $5,000 for Whatcom Hospice, the Wheelchair Warehouse, the American Cancer Society and the Mother Baby Center.

The Young Professionals, a division of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, divided into four teams sponsored by local businesses. The teams represented each charity, with the winning team, sponsored by Whatcom Waterfront Construction, donating 40 percent of the amount raised to Whatcom Hospice. The Mother Baby Center received 30 percent of the money after the team sponsored by Metcalf Hodges placed second. The Wheelchair Warehouse and the American Cancer Society each received 15 percent of the winnings with those teams sponsored by Moss Adams and Copiers Northwest.


Pro-Am Golf Classic to benefit St. Joseph, Hospice

The first annual Pro-Am Golf Classic Aug. 22 and 23 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. will benefit St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and the Whatcom Hospice Foundation.

The tournament will pair 36 professional golfers with 144 community members, with a professional purse of $13,500.

Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc., is the title sponsor of the tournament.


Historic homes on display in South Hill tour

The South Hill Historic Preservation Committee will host a neighborhood tour of homes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28.

The event, titled Home Tour: Restorations, Renovations and Rehabilitations, will feature five South Hill neighborhood homes built between 1890 and 1930 that have been remodeled to modern standards but still retain historic character.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Village Books.


Chalk ArtFest returns to downtown

Allied Arts of Whatcom County will host the 15th annual Chalk ArtFest Aug. 11 in downtown Bellingham. Registration began July 9 for the festival, which has 100 sidewalk squares available for artists to express themselves in chalk.

Local professional artists R. R. Clark (Fishboy), Vince “Gato” LaLonde, Ben Mann, Shawn Pagets, Laurie Potter, Patricia Stowell and Sharon Swanson will participate by creating their own chalk art in cornerstone squares.

The Chalk ArtFest will coincide with the second-annual La Bella Strada Juried Art Festival on Cornwall Avenue. The festival features fine art vendors, food and live entertainment.

For more information, call 676-8548 or visit


Rotary awards local high school students

The Rotary Club of Whatcom County North awarded $500 scholarships to eight local high school students for community service. Local banks also contributed to the awards, which went to Andrew Grubb of Blaine High School, Joshua Honrud of Ferndale High School, Carolyn L. Bradstock of Lummi High School, Tobias Ryan of Meridian High School, Kathleen O. Hilgart of Mount Baker High School, Angela Cloud of Lynden High School, Janna Silvis of Lynden Christian, and Heather Edin of Nooksack High School.

The club recognized the students June 7 at the Annual Youth Service Awards.


NSEA receives award

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) received the 2006 National Rise to the Future Award for public awareness. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded NSEA the award for its Nooksack River Stewards program.

During the 2006 summer, eight river stewards educated more than 2,600 boaters, campers, anglers and children about native fishes and river conservation in the Nooksack River Basin.


Western offers two new extended education programs

Award-winning author Laura Kalpakian will lead a new certificate program at Western Washington University called “Writing the modern memoir.” Students who complete the three-quarter program will produce several fully-developed pieces. Village Books will host an information session at 12:30 p.m. July 24.

Starting this fall, Western will also offer a video production certificate program. Classes are during weekends and evenings. An information session will be at 6 p.m. July 18 at the Fairhaven Library, Northwest Room.

For more information about either program, visit or call 650-3650.

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