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Center offers volunteer management training

Whatcom Volunteer Center announces Volunteer Management 101, training for people who would like to work with groups of volunteers or already do. Training will be held March 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whatcom Volunteer Center at 725 N. State St. in Bellingham.

This workshop is appropriate for nonprofits large and small. To register, call the Whatcom Volunteer Center at 734-3055.


Kiwanis Club donates $7,670 worldwide

The Bellingham Kiwanis Club donated to the following programs October 2007 to December 2007:

  • $1,200 in school supplies were purchased for the Northwest Youth Services program.
  • $1,900 to the new Agape House building fund.
  • $500 to the Parenting Program at the Bellingham Technical College for scholarships for low-income parents to attend parenting classes.
  • $300 to Computers for Kids in Need.
  • $320 to local High School Key Clubs for startup funds.
  • $375 and 336 pounds of baby food to Bellingham Food Bank.
  • $3,075 to The Smile Train organization, which organizes surgeons who donate time to repair cleft palates in toddlers internationally and in the United States.
  • The club also pulled weeds, planted trees and spread mulch at their Kiwanis Pocket Park, located behind Bellingham City Hall.

For more information about the club, visit their Web site at


Haggen families donate $2 million to hospital

Don and Kathy Haggen and Rick and Sylvia Haggen each donated precedent-setting gifts of $1 million per family to the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation for what will now be known as the Haggen Family Emergency and Trauma Center.

Pressures such as lower reimbursement, higher technology costs and labor shortages are growing each year, making it more challenging for the hospital to fulfill its mission to help every individual in the community receive healthcare.

Don and Rick Haggen are co-chairmen of Haggen Inc., which has headquarters in Bellingham and 32 grocery stores in Washington and Oregon. The Haggen family was named as the Outstanding Philanthropic Family by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives’ Washington Chapter in 2000. The family’s philanthropic involvement with the hospital spans more than two decades.


Restaurants can sign up for Dine Out

Bellingham restaurants that want to participate in the eighth annual “Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn” May 6, must sign up with the Opportunity Council by Feb. 22.

“Dine Out” is a one-day event when local restaurants donate 20 percent of sales to Maple Alley Inn, an Opportunity Council program that prepares meals for people in need.

Restaurants who participate in “Dine Out” consistently reported a 20 percent to 35 percent average increase in sales during the event, according to the Opportunity Council press release.

To participate, contact Emerson at 734-5121, extension 301. Restaurant commitments must be received by Feb. 22 to be included in the 2008 “Dine Out” color promotional materials.


Fred Meyer donates $3,927.95 to Red Cross

Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross received a community grant totaling $3,927.95 from The Fred Meyer Foundation for meeting the financial demands of providing emergency food assistance.

Food assistance is provided by the Red Cross to victims of disasters such as house fires and floods. The Fred Meyer Foundation’s contribution to this service will directly fund emergency food assistance to approximately 30 families.

The foundation assists nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping children and reducing hunger in communities served by 128 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The Fred Meyer Foundation has awarded grants totaling over $7.5 million since it began awarding grants in December 1998.


Womencare to hold Starry Night Gala

Womencare Shelter of Whatcom County will hold its fifth Starry Night Gala benefit auction starting at 5 p.m., March 1, at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

The event includes dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment, dessert run and opportunities to meet the board of directors, the new executive director, staff and volunteers.

To donate items for the auction, contact Board President Sarah Clark at (360) 201-5638. To purchase individual tickets or sponsor a table, or for other questions contact Executive Director Kirsten Hammer at (360) 671-8539.


Brown & Cole Stores offer bag rebates

Brown & Cole stores are offering a bag rebate of five cents for each bag the customer provides. The nickel is returned to the customer, or if the customer chooses, it can be paid forward to environmental organizations.

The nickel rebate can be donated to ReSources, Whatcom County’s educational environmental nonprofit organization. In Skagit County, Skagitonians to Preserve Farmlands are the recipients of the bag rebate. In other communities where Brown & Cole has stores, different environmentally focused nonprofit organizations will be selected for the rebates.


3D Corp. supports NW Youth Services

3D Corporation announces that from January through March they will donate 10 percent of project services revenue to Northwest Youth Services in support of their many youth-oriented programs.


The Leopold donates $25,000 to Pickford

The Leopold Retirement Residence recently donated $25,000 to the capital campaign for building the Pickford Film Center in downtown Bellingham.

Construction at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., is expected to be completed in early 2009. It will feature two theaters, one with 145 seats and one with 95 seats, tripling the capacity of the current Pickford Film Cinema and doubling the number of screens for showing independent films.

“The nonprofit Whatcom Film Association, which is building the Pickford Film Center, needs and deserves the support of our entire community,” said David H. Johnston, co-owner of The Leopold. “It is going to be wonderful to have two new movie screens downtown showing films that otherwise would never make it to Bellingham.”

The WFA has now raised $1.5 million in donations, grants and pledges of the $2.5 million needed to complete the Pickford Film Center.

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