Nonprofit Notebook

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Haggen customers raise $10,017 for Whatcom County schools

Haggen Food & Pharmacy customers raised $10,017 for Whatcom County schools during the last five months of 2008.


The money was generated through Haggen’s School Bucks program.

School Bucks is open to public and private schools from kindergarten through high school. The Haggen program has donated more than $860,000 to Washington and Oregon schools since its launch in 1998, helping them provide items for staff and students that are outside their budgets.


Local businesses raise $1,015 to help cure diabetes

Whatcom business leaders raised $1,015 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at their biannual networking-for-charity event. This event was held on May 14 at Tivoli Restaurant in Bellingham. There were many generous raffle prizes donated by area businesses.


Registration open for 10th annual 5k Walk/Run for Literacy

Village Books and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers have announced the 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Literacy on June 20 at 9 a.m.

This 10th annual race marks the celebration of Village Book’s 29th anniversary, Fairhaven Runners and Walkers’ 10th anniversary, and Whatcom Literacy Council’s 31st anniversary.

The Literacy Run/Walk would not be possible without the generous support from these sponsors: The Colophon Café, Copies Now, Haggen Fairhaven Market, Great Harvest Bread Company, Greater Bellingham Running Club, and Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

Race-day volunteers are needed. Please call Village Books 360-671-2626 or Fairhaven Runners & Walkers 360-676-4955 to volunteer. There will be a volunteer meeting on June 19.

All proceeds from this 5K event will benefit the Whatcom Literacy Council. Last year the event raised more than $2,000 for the organization.


Thanks given to Whatcom County volunteers

Whatcom Volunteer Center held a celebration on Sunday, May 3, to thank and recognize 65 volunteers who contribute to Whatcom County. The annual Heart & Hands Awards event was held Sunday at Bellingham High School.

David Alter, Elmo Creech, Sean Hall, Patrick Healy and Ken and Phyllis Weber were honored with Heart & Hands awards that included a $200 donation in their name to the nonprofit of their choice. These volunteers were recognized for their continued services to the Bellingham and Whatcom County communities.


Ferndale Boys and Girls Club auction June 20 at Pioneer Park

The Ferndale Boys and Girls Club will host its 21st annual auction on June 20 in the Big White Tent at Pioneer Park.

Former University of Washington quarterback Sonny Sixkiller and current quarterback Jake Locker will host the event as masters of ceremony.

In 2008, 650 people attended the auction and raised $245,000. The event has sold out the last two years.


Local entrepreneurs donate to Seattle Children’s Hospital

Lynn Wade and Karen Hegre, owners of Pozzi Plates, donated 500 plates to the Seattle Children’s hospital. Pozzi Plates creates positive affirmations on safe, durable plates. The plates would have been sold at a discounted price due to imperfections. For more information on Pozzi Plates, visit


Whatcom Young Professionals choose charitable organization

The Whatcom Young Professionals, a division of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, selected local charities for their annual fundraising event, The Buzz Off. The event will take place at Mt. Baker Lanes from 6-9 p.m. on June 26. Four local “Buzz” groups will compete in a friendly bowling tournament to raise money for four local charities: Marianne’s House, the Boys and Girls Club of Ferndale, Women’s Care Shelter, and Brigid Collins.


Business Bank partners with Food Bank to support Food4Tots

Business Bank has partnered with the Bellingham Food Bank in support of the Food4Tots program. Food4Tots collects donations for the 7,500 food bank clients under the age of 2 in Whatcom County. Donations of formula, baby food, infant cereals and cash will be accepted at any Business Bank location through the end of May.


Bayside USA donates $1,000 to Road Less Graveled Scholarships

Bayside USA, a Bellingham company specializing in professional recruiting and employment services, donated $1,000 for the Road Less Graveled Scholarships offered by the Bellingham Technical College Foundation.

Road Less Graveled Scholarships are for individuals pursuing a career in a nontraditional trade or technical occupation.


Imagine This! home tour showcases local homes

Sustainable Connections’ seventh annual Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour showcases eco-friendly homes and landscapes.

Visit local homes and businesses utilizing the latest innovations in eco-friendly design and materials, energy efficiency strategies, green roofs, and more. Learn about LEED for Homes, and the benefits of organic and native landscapes.

Tickets include admission to all tour stops, a tour map, and detailed information about the products, services, and industry professionals featured on the tour to help you plan your next eco-friendly home or landscape renovation.

Tickets go on sale June 8 at Village Books, The Community Food Co-op, The ReStore, Garden Spot Nursery, and at


Leopold Residence donates $11,000 to local organizations

Between January 2008 and April 2009, The Leopold Retirement Residence has donated nearly $11,000 to local nonprofits in Whatcom County.

Direct donations from the Leopold have gone to: Alzheimer’s Society of Washington, Camp Kirby Fund, FACES NW, KAFE Radio’s Royal Family Kids Camp, Lighthouse Mission, Wellspring High School, and Whatcom Symphony. In-kind donations went to: Bellingham Railway Museum, Communities in Schools, Kulshan Community Land Trust, Project Labyrinth, RE Sources, Senior Health and Support Center, Sustainable Connections, and Whatcom Democratic Women’s Club.


Haggen Family Fourth of July Celebration expands

Port of Bellingham and the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce are expanding the annual Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration this year to include live bands and children’s activities at Bellingham’s Zuanich Point Park before the evening’s fireworks display. All events will be free. The fireworks show will start at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Haggen has been the primary sponsor of the Bellingham fireworks display since 1995.


Village Books donates $5,000 to Sustainable Connections

David Suzuki, author of the book “The Big Picture,” spoke in front of 1,100 people at the Mount Baker Theatre on April 6. Village Books donated nearly $5,000 to Sustainable Connections after the event.


Businesses join United Way to celebrate record campaign results

After a successful 2008 fundraising campaign, United Way of Whatcom County honored supporters in celebration of giving a record $2,082,000 in contributions – the largest amount of funds ever raised by the agency.

Award nominees and campaign supporters gathered for the Campaign Celebration and Awards Banquet held April 23 at the Best Western Lakeway Inn.

BP Cherry Point Refinery was the top contributor this year with approximately $390,000 in contributions. The refinery was the recipient of two awards – the Leadership Giving Award and Coordinator of the Year for its Employee Campaign Coordinator Team.

Other award winners include Olsen Auto Body, Comcast, Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Samson Rope, St. Joseph Hospital & PeaceHealth Medical Group, Whatcom Transportation Authority and Bayshore Janitorial.

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