Nonprofit Notebook, April 2009

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Herald’s Heart for the Hungry Community Food
Drive a success

For three weekends in February, Bellingham Herald employees, friends and family members collected food and monetary donations at seven area grocery stores: Blaine Cost Cutter, Ferndale Cost Cutter, Lynden Safeway, Lynden Food Pavilion, Sunset Cost Cutter and the Lakeway and North Bellingham Fred Meyer locations.

The communities donated a total of 51,264 pounds of food and the cash equivalent. This was the first time in recent years The Herald has attempted an event like this and employees plan to make this an annual community event.

 

Rotary clubs help fund Mount Baker Theatre
listening devices

The Bellingham Bay Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of Bellingham are supporting the purchase of assistive listening devices for the Mount Baker Theatre.

Bellingham Bay Rotary Club announced a grant of $2,000 for the project on Feb. 17. The Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation approved a grant of $1,000 for the project on Feb. 24.

Mount Baker Theatre now offers free assistive listening devices with FM receivers that get transmission directly from the theater’s audio system. Patrons can borrow a receiver equipped with either a neck loop or an ear speaker.

 

Agape Home opening this spring

Lighthouse Mission Ministries is preparing for the opening of its 24-bedroom Agape Home for women and children, located at the corner of Holly and F streets in Bellingham. The new house is a substantial expansion from the current Agape Home, which has only six bedrooms available to homeless women and children.

The building will provide the space needed to establish long-term programs addressing the underlying causes of homelessness, such as substance abuse, incomplete education, and inadequate life skills. Agape Home is the only homeless shelter in this area with no residency time limits.

Construction for the Agape Home is projected to be completed this spring. A housewarming party will be held at the new Agape Home building on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the Agape Home and Lighthouse Mission will be given. To learn more, call (360) 671-1562 or go online to www.thelighthousemission.org and www.newagapehome.com.

 

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services receives monetary award

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) has been awarded $4,000 from Bellingham Bay Rotary Club to help support legal advocacy services. DVSAS provides legal services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including assistance in obtaining protection orders, support during court proceedings, help making reports to law enforcement and ongoing case management.

 

Community Food Co-op announces 2009 Farm
Fund recipients

The Community Food Co-op, Bellingham’s natural grocer, recently announced the 2009 Farm Fund program recipients. The Farm Fund, which began in 2000, is a Community Food Co-op program that sponsors innovative projects aimed at benefiting local farms, the environment and the community.

The four local programs supported through the 2009 Farm Fund include: Food Bank Farm, Community To Community Development, Kulshan Community Land Trust and Whatcom Community Television and Communications.

 

10th annual “Miles for Memories” walk/run scheduled
for April 25

The Alzheimer Society is putting on an event to kick off Fairhaven’s “Dirty Dan Harris Days” at the Fairhaven Village Green April 25. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a dog show for kids and their pets. The tenth annual “Miles for Memories” walk and 5K run on Boulevard Park’s waterfront trails begins at 9 a.m. Runners’ Awards/Costume & Dog Judging/Prizes begin at 9:30 a.m.

Registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $25. For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society at (360) 671-3316, 800-493-3959 or alz@alzsociety.org.

 

Moss Adams donates $28,250 to Western
Washington University

Moss Adams LLP will play a pivotal role in providing summer research opportunities for Western Washington University’s accounting professors this summer with its recent donation. In March, Moss Adams LLP CEO Rick Anderson presented a check to Western President Bruce Sheppard for $28,250. The money will go to the Moss Adams Endowment Fund at Western, a fund currently earmarked for summer research stipends for Western’s accounting professors.

In 2004, Moss Adams LLP committed to fund an academic summer research stipend and has funded the stipend for the past four years. The Moss Adams Endowment Fund is the second endowment provided by Moss Adams LLP at Western. The first endowment is being used by Western for accounting departmental support. The money to support the endowments has come from Moss Adams’ partners, employees, and the Moss Adams Foundation, which matches all contributions.

 

Peoples Bank Community Connections CD gives back
to community

Sustainable Connections and Kulshan Community Land Trust (KulshanCLT) recently announced an opportunity for community members to leverage their investment dollars and benefit Sustainable Connections and KulshanCLT through the Peoples Bank Community Connections Certificate of Deposit program.

The program offers depositors a featured rate that earns a quarter-percent of the opening CD balance for the Community Connections organization chosen by the depositor. The total donations to Sustainable Connections and KulshanCLT depend on the number and total of Community Connections CD deposits. Each nonprofit organization continues to receive annual payments equal to one- quarter of one percent of the average balance for as long as the Community Connections CD is renewed.

 

Whatcom Volunteer Center receives Medina support

Whatcom Volunteer Center recently announced that the Medina Foundation has awarded its Volunteer Chore program a grant of $15,000 to enable the program to continue to provide services to help low-income elders and adults with disabilities remain living in their own homes. The Medina Foundation grant serves as a challenge to the Whatcom County community to join together to help sustain this valuable program into the future.

 

Largest-ever federal grant given to local
emergency programs

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program, administered by United Way of Whatcom County, approved $129,438 in much needed federal grants to supplement emergency food and shelter programs of local nonprofit agencies, marking the largest amount that has ever been granted through this program.

The Bellingham Food Bank, the Opportunity Council, the Salvation Army, Womencare Shelter and the YWCA were the local agencies who were granted funding when the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board met Feb. 18. The board determined how the funds were awarded and distributed to Whatcom County emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations.

 

Bellingham Bay Rotary donates $2,500
to Council on Aging

The Council on Aging has received $2,500 from Bellingham Bay Rotary to support its Senior Nutrition Program. In 2008, the Council on Aging served 194,000 meals at Senior Centers and to homebound seniors through the Meals on Wheels Program.

This donation from the Bellingham Bay Rotary helps provide participants much more than a meal. For those who come for lunch at a senior nutrition site, it’s a reason to get up and out of the house, a chance to connect with others and share stories or debate the issues of the day.

For more information, call 733-4030.

 

St. Francis sponsors WhatcomCounts

St. Francis of Bellingham, an Avamere Community, has become a sponsor of WhatcomCounts.org with a $5000 investment in the Whatcom Coalition for Healthy Communities (WCHC).

WhatcomCounts.org is a one-stop source of information about the health of the community and is independent and nonbiased.

In addition to financial support, St. Francis will work with WhatcomCounts.org to provide articles and statistics on long-term care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and other items of interest to the community.

In addition to supporting WhatcomCounts.org, St. Francis is underwriting programming on KMRE, the low-power FM station that is part of the American Museum of Radio and Electricity. Recently, St. Francis made a $500 donation to the Bellingham Food Bank in honor of the doctors and clinics that refer patients to the facility.

 

Auction to raise funds for speech-language-hearing clinic

The Western Washington University chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association is sponsoring a benefit for the WWU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic on May 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Saint Luke’s Community Health Education Center.

The auction, with the theme, “Under the Tuscan Sun,” includes live entertainment, heavy appetizers, and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students. All proceeds will be used for clinic scholarships to support clinic patrons, as well as educational materials. Local businesses wishing to donate items for the auction may do so by contacting watsont@cc.wwu.edu or (360) 305-1805. For more information or tickets, contact kellisk@cc.wwu.edu or call (360) 969-5282.

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