Nonprofit Notebook, May 2009

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Bellingham Bay Rotary donates $4,000 to
Special Olympics

Special Olympics Washington received a $4,000 donation from the Bellingham Bay Rotary Charitable Giving Committee. The donation will pay for seasonal usage fees at local training facilities used by athletes and their coaches.

Many Bellingham athletes participate in multiple sports competitions year-round, which include the regional competitions in Marysville.

The Bellingham program has seen tremendous growth over the last year and now includes over 90 athletes who participate in figure skating, basketball, aquatics and bowling competitions year-round.

Special Olympics Washington Summer Games will be held May 29 – 31, 2009, at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base.  Visit to learn more about Special Olympics Washington.


Brigid Collins Annual Auction Raises Over $120,000

Community members who attended the Brigid Collins Family Support Center’s 14th Annual Benefit Auction contributed over $120,000 to help break the cycle of child abuse. On average, the 2009 auction attendees gave 22 percent more than last year.


The Dessert Auction raised $25,000 to save 17 children in foster care.

Other proceeds support Brigid Collins’ range of programs that work to strengthen families in Whatcom County.

Some of the auctions most generous business and individual sponsors included Botanical Laboratories, The Franklin Corp., Family Care Network, Doug Bestle and Alyson Batchelder-Bestle, Northwest Eye Clinic, Kiwanis Club of Bellingham, PeaceHealth – St. Joseph Hospital, Pacific International Grout Co., Christina Dodd, Jenny Burkhart, Deborah Loober, Advanced Equities Wealth Management, Waycross Investment Management Company, WECU, Harborside Bistro, CH2MHILL, and Gary and Sandra Simon.


Los Niños Fund to provide aid to families affected by Yamato raid

The Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF), in collaboration with Community to Community Development, established the Los Niños Fund to support local families affected by the Feb. 24, 2009, immigration raid at Yamato Engine Specialists in Bellingham.

The fund will provide assistance to households with children of families residing locally with member(s) detained in the raid, as well as with sole parents or caretakers or single-income parents or caretakers. The raid has affected more than 30 children.

Upon learning of the Yamato raid, FFF contacted Community to Community Development, a Bellingham-based nonprofit working toward social, economic and environmental justice at the local and global levels, as well as OneAmerica, a Seattle-based organization working to advance democracy, social justice and human rights, and the WCF.

Fund proceeds will provide much needed food, housing and energy assistance for the families. WCF will accept gifts and make grants from the fund as well as coordinate with various community partners. Community to Community Development and Catholic Community Services will provide vouchers to eligible families. The Markets, owner of Cost Cutter and Food Pavilion stores, is providing a discount for food vouchers purchased with grant proceeds. The Opportunity Council will also be in contact with the families to ensure that those eligible for existing programs are aware of their availability.


Big Brothers Big Sisters raises over $50,000
at annual fundraiser

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington (BBBSNW) hosted its 12th annual Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser on April 4-5. Over 300 bowlers showed up at the Park Bowl in Bellingham and helped raise over $50,000 to support one-to-one mentoring programs.

In the biggest fundraiser put on by BBBSNW, bowlers brought in funds ranging from $5 to $6,800 by top fundraiser Ben Mossman from BP Cherry Point Refinery. The Bellingham Bulldogs and Bellingham Slam showed their support by coming to bowl. The reigning Miss Washington, Janet Harding, emceed the two-day event.

Silver Reef Casino sponsored the event and, other major sponsors included Barlean’s Organic Oil, Dan Cantrell, Horizon Bank, North Coast Credit Union, St. Joseph Hospital, and Vocus.

BBBSNW will also hold its 4th Annual BIG Breakfast at 7:30 am on May 20 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. This free one hour event will showcase BBBSNW’s mentorship programs to community and business leaders. Donations will be asked for at the end. All funds go directly toward supporting BBBSNW’s one-to-one mentoring programs. 

For information, contact Shantel Rasmussen at (360) 671-6400.


Susan Howlett fundraising courses available
through NWTI

Northwest Training Institute will host a series of fundraising courses featuring Susan Howlett in May and June at St. Luke’s Health Education Center..

Howlett is a respected trainer and consultant from Seattle who has served as core faculty at the University of Washington’s Fundraising Certificate Program. She received their 2004 Award for Teaching Excellence.

Howlett has developed a Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at Bellevue Community College, where she has taught grant writing, fundraising and board classes for 15 years.

To register, contact Kathy Washatka, NWTI manager, at (360) 255-2271.


Training offered in delegating work to volunteers

Whatcom Volunteer Center will host a training workshop for people who work with volunteers and those responsible for ensuring that staffs work well with volunteers. “Share the Load: Delegation for People who Work with Volunteers” will be held on Thursday, May 14 from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Whatcom Volunteer Center in Bellingham. 

Workshop participants will learn useful ways to delegate work and learn skills to share with other staff members who work with volunteers.  Participants will gain a curriculum, exercises, and handouts to use for training staff in delegating to volunteers.   This workshop is also appropriate for people who work with volunteers in service clubs, church groups, or school groups.   

There is a $20 fee for this training session.  To register, call the Whatcom Volunteer Center at 734-3055.  


Kiwanis International sponsors One Day Project

Kiwanis International sponsored the 3rd annual One Day Project on the first Saturday in April. The organization set aside one day where clubs around the world do a hands-on service project in their communities.

This year, the Kiwanis Club worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Bellingham to clean and repair its facility on Kentucky Street.

The 41-member work crew gave 216 hours to help repair and refurbish different rooms in the building, as well as remove unwanted bushes and undergrowth.

For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Bellingham, visit their Web site at


Moss Adams employees donate to
Evergreen Aids Foundation

The Bellingham Moss Adams office has designated one Friday each month as Dress Down for Charity Day, an office sponsored day that supports a more casual dress code, and provides an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause.  

Throughout January, February and March, employees raised $890 for the Evergreen Aids Foundation.

Dress Down for Charity Day encourages employees to wear jeans and clothing with Moss Adams colors, maroon and black, or Moss Adams clothing. Employees can wear jeans and forgo the Moss Adams colors and clothing if they donate to the designated charity.  Employees also donate to the charity regardless of their attire.

April through June, employees will wear jeans to work to raise money for Animals as Natural Therapy, a Bellingham based not-for-profit agency that provides animal-assisted education and personal growth.


Blue Skies presents its 4th Annual
Mother’s Day Garden Party

Blue Skies for Children will host its 4th annual Mother’s Day garden party on May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The garden party will be held at neighboring homes five miles north of Bellingham, west of the Guide Meridian, at 373 and 375 W. Hemmi Rd. 

 Plants and vegetable starts will be available for sale. The event is free with a suggested donation of $10.00.  All proceeds will go to benefit Blue Skies for Children. 

For more information call (360) 756-6710.


Workshops offer information on care options for seniors

Home care expert Debbie Gann is partnering with community outreach programs to demystify the service options, insurance pitfalls and support available for seniors and care providers.

Debbie Gann, owner and director of Home Attendant Care, is pairing with local schools, churches and other organizations that offer Community Outreach programs to help offer basic information about services available in Whatcom County as well as information on payment options, including Medicare, Medicaid, LTC insurances and VA benefits.

Gann has spent over 20 years involved in the senior care industry. She has worked as the director of a local Department of Health licensed home care agency, vice chair of the Alzheimer’s Society of Washington, and president of Elder Service Providers and secretary of the Washington State Private Duty Association.

Upcoming classes will be held on May 5 at 1 p.m. at the Health Education Center on Squalicum Parkway and on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Whatcom Educational Credit Union’s Community Education Center.

Additionally, Gann has been working with several local churches and businesses to provide this information to their parishioners and clientele.

For information on upcoming scheduled classes or to see how you can arrange to have a class for your organization, contact Debbie Gann at Home Attendant Care, 360-734-3849.


Mt. Baker Dental Society donates $2,000
to “Campaign for Kids!”

The Mt. Baker District Dental Society (MBDDS) donated $2,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County’s capital campaign, “Campaign for Kids!”

MBDDS is a professional organization that is the local component of the Washington State Dental Association. The strong partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs and MBDDS is evidenced by the annual Children’s Dental Health Month dental screenings, oral health education, and other activities that are often located in local Boys & Girls Clubs.


Kulshan Community Land Trust awarded $500,000 grant

Kulshan Community Land Trust has been awarded $500,000 from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund to provide up to 10 or more qualified homebuyers with mortgage gap financing.

The Land Trust’s award was one of 15 statewide homeownership awards. Funds will be used with additional sources of community investment to bridge the gap between the cost of a home and the purchase price prospective homebuyers can afford.

Under the program, qualified homebuyers secure a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage based on one-third of their income and pay at least one percent of the home price in down payment. Qualifying homebuyers are those whose household earns 80 percent or less of area’s median income for Whatcom County.


Bellingham Bay Rotary donates $1,750 to BCLC

Bellingham Bay Rotary Club has donated $1,750 to Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center to purchase computers.

BCLC is nonprofit child care center dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality child care for families in need in Whatcom County. The center cares for 72 children daily between one month and five years of age and reserves over half of the spaces for families in need of financial assistance. Unlike other childcare facilities, BCLC calculates tuition on a sliding scale, based on the family’s ability to pay.

The Bellingham Bay Rotary Club is an organization of local business and professional leaders whose main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.


SPIE donates to local aid organizations

SPIE’s Good Corporate Citizens Committee donated $5,025 to local charities throughout Whatcom County.

The agencies that received portions of the funds included the Whatcom Literacy Council, Interfaith Coaltion, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Whatcom Hospice, Light House Mission and Brigid Collins Family Support Center.

The GCCC is comprised of staff from the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). In 2008, the society provided $1.9 million for scholarships, grants, and other activities supporting research and education around the world. For more information, visit


The Easy Entrée sponsors charity supply drive

The Easy Entrée, a locally owned Bellingham meal-assembly service, is sponsoring a supply drive for Blue Skies for Children and Marianne’s House between April 20 and May 22, 2009.

Western Washington University Communications students will also lend a helping hand. A team of five students chose to assist this project and work diligently to help make the supply drive a success.

For more information on how you can help by donating supplies, contact Evelyn at 820-3343, Julie at 756-6710, or Melinda at 756-5232. To see a list of needed supplies, go to their Web sites,,, or


Bellingham Goodwill to host workshops beginning May 11

Bellingham Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Center, located in Sunset Shopping Center at 1115 E. Sunset Drive, Suite 105, will begin registering people on May 11 for free classes in an eight-week session that runs from May 26 through July 16.

These courses teach people with significant barriers to employment valuable skills needed to find and keep jobs. Sign-up is on a first come first serve basis.

Classes will include computer fundamentals, Excel, GED preparation, customer service and career building.

For class availability and enrollment information, contact the center at (360) 738-0483.

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