Whatcom Community Foundation awards $124K to local charities

The nonprofit Whatcom Community Foundation has awarded more than $124,000 to 22 local charities and nonprofit organizations.

The grants include funding for the Intercommunity Mercy Housing Bilingual Afterschool Program to provide educational and social support for children of low-income Latino agricultural workers living at Sterling Meadows Apartments in Bellingham, as well as the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement’s End of Life Choices program to develop, pilot, print and distribute an advance care planning tool called “My Workbook,” part of a comprehensive outreach and education strategy on how to do advance care planning.

Grants are also funding North Cascades Institute’s Mountain School to support Whatcom County students in projects focused on eradicating invasive species, introducing native plants and contributing to other activities that conserve and restore neighborhood green spaces, and The Neighborhood Playhouse for the performance of a play for three classes from Roosevelt Elementary School complete with transportation and a follow-up visit by a teaching artist to their classrooms.

“We know that giving here makes living here even better,” said Whatcom Community Foundation President and CEO Mauri Ingram, in a press release. “Thanks to our local donors over the past year alone, the foundation has invested nearly $2 million into vital Whatcom County programs.”

Other organizations receiving grants include: Allied Arts of Whatcom Count, ARC of Whatcom County, FACES Northwest, Friends of Island Library, Intercommunity Mercy Housing, Kulshan Community Land Trust, Kulshan Middle School, Lydia Place, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Northwest Educational Service District, Northwest Indian College, Northwest Youth Services, Project Homeless  Connect, Pacific Arts Association, South Fork Valley Community Association, Dorothy’s Place and Whatcom Museum Foundation.

The Whatcom Community Foundation is online at www.whatcomcf.org.

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