Nonprofit Notebook

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St. Luke’s Foundation awards grants

St. Luke’s Foundation kicked off 2008 by awarding more than $169,000 in grants to meet a variety of Whatcom County health care needs.

Grant recipients include:

  • Sean Humphrey House: up to $11,968
  • Lummi Island Fire District #11: up to $40,000
  • ARC of Whatcom County: up to $18,000
  • WCCA Senior Services: up to $12,500
  • Whatcom Alliance for Health Care Access: up to $75,000
  • Three educational grants: more than $11,500


Symphony receives ACMP grant

The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Amateur Chamber Music Players Foundation (ACMP) for the symphony’s Chamber Music NOW! program, which is one of several educational outreach programs for the symphony where students of all ages have the opportunity to enrich their music study by playing in small ensembles.  

ACMP Inc. is a nonprofit association based in New York City that facilitates informal playing and singing by people of all ages and nationalities, beginners to professionals.

Those interested in participating in the Chamber Music NOW! program may call the symphony office at 756-6752.


Mustache contest raises more than $5,000

A mustache contest recently ended with a surprising winner: Bellingham’s Womencare Shelter.

The month-long contest among employees at Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Barkley Village raised more than $5,000 for Womencare Shelter. Employees paid $10 to enter the contest. But the donations began to soar when fellow employees contributed $20 to have a participant shave off his mustache, which could only be preserved by a counter donation of $20. Mike Dujmovich was declared the contest’s winner.


Village Books donates to Whatcom
Peace & Justice Center

Village Books was able to donate more than $2,000 to the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center thanks to a Feb. 4 event with travel expert Rick Steves at Sehome High School.

The net proceeds for the event, which was hosted by Village Books, were donated to the center.

Haggen customers raise more than $22,000 for Whatcom schools

Haggen Food & Pharmacy customers raised more than $22,000 for Whatcom County schools during the last five months of 2007.

The money was generated through Haggen’s School Bucks program. Participation in the program is free to parents, teachers and community members with a Haggen card.


Brown & Cole stores raise money for food banks

For the ninth consecutive year, Brown & Cole stores in Washington participated in the national holiday food bank drive, Food For All. This year, more than $14,000 was raised among the company’s 20 supermarkets between November 2007 and January 2008.

In Whatcom County, the following charities received donations from the fundraiser: Nooksack Valley Food Bank, Bellingham Food Bank, Blue Skies for Children, Lighthouse Mission, Ferndale Food Bank, Southside Food Bank and the Blaine Food Bank.

According to the company, more than $150,000 has been raised since offering its customers and employees the option of making a holiday donation to the hungry through a check stand donation.


Keith Cox Autobahn announces food drive

Keith Cox Autobahn announced a food ‘drive’ to help support Keith Cox’s neighbors, the Bellingham Food Bank. The food drive is scheduled for April 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will have a different spin to it. Cox challenged members of the community to drive one of his vehicles around town and fill it with non-perishable donations for the Bellingham Food Bank. Food and prizes will be provided to all who participate in this challenge.


Interested participants should call (360) 733-2721.

Food bank starts final phase of capital campaign with $75,000 donation 

The final phase of a drive to build a new Bellingham Food Bank facility is starting with a solid foundation of $75,000, a donation from Haggen, Inc.

The Bellingham Food Bank is appealing to the public for help in generating the final $400,000 needed to cover construction costs of a 10,000-square-foot building.

The organization distributed 1.7 million pounds of food and had 77,000 client visits in 2007 — a 9 percent increase from 2006 — and 2008 is starting off even busier. The fist two months of 2008 saw a 25 percent increase when compared with the same time period in 2007.

The organization accepts donations Monday through Friday, at its 1511 N. State St. location.


Alzheimer Society presents ‘Miles for Memories’

The Alzheimer Society of Washington’s 9th annual “Miles for Memories” 5K walk/run, will be held April 26, on the Fairhaven Village Green.

The group will kick off the “Dirty Dan Harris Days” festival in Fairhaven with a family and canine-friendly event. Prizes will be awarded for the most money raised, most team members and best costumes.

Participating people will be honored with T-shirts and dogs will receive bandanas. “Memory Banks,” which are piggy banks to save up for next year’s event, will be available to participants.

Pre-race award ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m., the race begins at 9 a.m. and closing ceremonies and final awards will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Further information, team packets and posters for the event are available at the Alzheimer Society of Washington office, at 1212 Indian Street, Bellingham. For more information call 671-3316.


BTC receives $1.85 million federal grant

Bellingham Technical College received a $1.85 million federal grant and congratulations from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen.

The Department of Labor announced the grant, which will provide funds to train workers in design, production, process development, operations, quality assurance, maintenance, installation and repair of mechanical equipment. The project will enhance math and science learning, expand distance learning, upgrade equipment, hire new college faculty, and connect high school, adult and English as a Second Language students with the program. Recruitment efforts will reach out to rural and low-income populations.

The technical college program will also help train workers in the marine trades industry across the 2nd Congressional District, which faces an aging workforce and employers in need of highly skilled workers.

Larsen supported passage of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for fiscal year 2008, which included funding for this grant program. 


Woodring receives $15,000 grant

Washington Mutual, Inc. awarded a $15,000 grant to Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education to support a longstanding partnership between the college and the Mount Baker School District, based in Deming. 

The partnership addresses the needs of district students who struggle in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. It also provides important practical experience for pre-service teachers enrolled in the special education program at Western. 

The grant will allow the program to increase the number of students served by including grades 7 and 8.  


‘Party like a kid again’ at Children’s Museum benefit

Grown-ups are invited to celebrate and release their inner child at a fundraiser for the Whatcom Children’s Museum April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club. The theme is “Party Like a Kid Again, All Grown Up”, featuring gourmet food and kid-style entertainment for adults, including balloon prizes, dessert dashing, wine and trip raffles, and over-the-top fun.

The income generated at the fundraiser will support the exhibitions and programs of the Children’s Museum. The goal for the event is $50,000. Underwriting sponsors are Starbucks Coffee Company, Northwest Energy Systems of Washington, Inc., Randle Carr, DDS, and Rice Insurance, LLC.

Tickets are $75 per person if purchased by March 28 and $85 per person afterwards. For reservations or more information call (360) 778-8970.


Junior Achievement launches 2008 partners campaign

Junior Achievement kicked off its annual fundraising campaign with its Partners Campaign breakfast February 5 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

Junior Achievement board members Jeff Kochman and Tony Repanich welcomed the more than 150 business leaders, elected officials, Junior Achievement staff and volunteers, and educators who were in attendance.

Junior Achievement, which received 500 requests for educators over the 2007 – 2008 school year and has more than 350 classroom volunteers, is seeking additional volunteers for all grades at most Whatcom and Skagit schools. To volunteer in a child’s classroom or to make a contribution, contact Alissa Hallet-McSharry at


Pak Mail collaborates with twononprofits

Cell Phones for Soldiers and Pak Mail in Barkley Village are calling on Bellingham residents to support U.S. servicemen overseas by donating unused cell phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers recycles the phones and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for soldiers to help them stay connected with their families.

The organization’s goal is to collect 50,000 cell phones through partnerships with companies like Pak Mail.

Local residents can take phones to Pak Mail at 2950 Newmarket St., in Barkley Village.

Pak Mail also plans to donate a portion of its March revenues to Habitat for Humanity to celebrate its second anniversary.


Insurance company donates $10,000 to hospital

Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance, with locations in Lynden and Bellingham, recently donated $10,000 to St. Joseph Hospital emergency department and trauma center expansion project.


Alcoa Intalco Works supports soccer

The Ferndale based aluminum smelter, Alcoa Intalco Works, recently committed to a two-year agreement with the Whatcom Sports Commission to partner in the maintenance of one soccer field at Northwest Soccer Park and support the Whatcom Soccer Academy.

Northwest Soccer Park, located at the corner of Smith Road and Northwest Drive, is home for Whatcom County youth and adult soccer. This partnership will help defray costs that would otherwise be passed on to the nearly 8,000 registered soccer participants that utilize the park from March through November.

The funding will also help offset operating expenses and provide scholarships for children to attend the summer camps provided by the Soccer Academy.


Brigadoon receives Rotary Club grant

The Bellingham Bay Rotary Club recently awarded a $4,000 grant to Brigadoon Youth and Service Dog Programs. Brigadoon, a nonprofit corporation based in Bellingham, provides service dogs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Donations, sponsorships and volunteers help support the organization.

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