YWCA fundraiser brings in $42,000

The Bellingham YWCA chapter leadership Breakfast fundraiser, held June 3, raised more than $42,000 to support the organization’s transitional and emergency housing program for homeless women. Donations were received from local businesses, service organizations and individuals.

More than 300 people attended the event, with Seattle Times opinion columnist Lynne Varner offering the keynote address.

ConocoPhillips Ferndale Refinery was the event’s leadership partner and the Bellingham Herald was its media partner.

“We are grateful to the businesses and individuals who make it possible for us to give women in crisis the hope and help they need to build new, independent lives,” YWCA Board President Joan Ullin said in a press release.

The YWCA residential program serves 36 women at a time, and has helped approximately 900 women since it began in 2002. It also houses the Back-to-Work Boutique, where low-income women can obtain donated job-appropriate clothing for free.

For more information visit www.ywcabellingham.org.

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