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Agape Service Project 

Agape Service Project is a self funded outreach program that serves 3 different groups of people under one mission. The Agape Service Project is a Christ-centered service program that empowers middle and high school students to enter into direct, mutually beneficial relationships with the migrant farmworker community in Whatcom County. Among other things, these students run a weekly food bank in Lynden during the summer for farmworker families and provide enrichment activities for the children, while learning about Catholic social teaching and living in intentional community with their peers. The project additionally empowers Catholic college students to be servant leaders, which cements their position as missionary disciples in the Church.


Despite being essential in our food supply chain, farmworkers often are underpaid, living and working in unsafe conditions, and facing many barriers to receive services. Agape Service Project strives to respond to these physical needs of farmworker families — combating hunger, increasing access to health and human services, and providing enrichment for children. We also aim to build personal relationships with those we serve; along with our history of serving these families, this has led to Agape being a trusted program for an often-invisible community existing in a state of fear.

Animals as Natural Therapy 

ANT’s mission is to improve mental & behavioral health through animal-guided programs and mentorship, with special attention to youth and veterans in NW Washington.

BAAY 

BAAY – Founded in 2006, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization that offers quality instruction in theater, choir, dance, music, and visual arts to youth ages 5-17. The mission of BAAY is to enrich children’s lives through the exploration of the arts. BAAY serves approximately 1400 children annually in our campus theatre, and in EduArts after-school enrichment classes in elementary schools throughout Whatcom County. Through our programs, we create community, and teach children confidence, character and creativity. BAAY is committed to serving all children in our community. We believe that the arts are a basic and essential component of all children’s education. We never turn a child away for financial reasons, and in the last three years we’ve provided an average of over $30,000 a year in annual scholarship assistance to remove financial barriers to participation. As we grow, we are expanding our EduArts school-based programs to include fully subsidized after-school classes in Bellingham’s Title One schools, bringing the arts into the schools to reach children who need them.

Brigadoon Service Dogs

Brigadoon Service Dogs – Our Mission is to provide service dogs for Veterans, Children and Adults with physical, developmental, and behavioral health disabilities, to promote a more independent and enriched life. We change lives one partnership at a time by “Offering a Helping Paw“!

Center for Spiritual Living Bellingham (for Laundry Love program)

Center for Spiritual Living Bellingham is a New Thought organization steeped in the Science of Mind, founded by Ernest Holmes. As part of our mission to create a world that works for everyone, our members support the Laundry Love program, which provides laundry services for those experiencing homelessness or low income, to enable dignity, job readiness, friendship.

Childcare Worldwide

Childcare Worldwide – Changing lives of children in struggling areas around the world(Africa, Asia, South America) through sponsorship to address physical needs, education and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Communities in Schools of Whatcom Skagit

Communities in Schools of Whatcom-Skagit – Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Thousands of kids across the state carry adult-sized burdens to school every day: unmet basic needs, homelessness, bullying, systemic racism, the emotional effects of trauma, untreated medical conditions, language barriers, learning disabilities. Local communities may have ample resources to address these challenges, but students and families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services. Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside 10 schools in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. In partnership with local communities, we do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.

D.I.S.H. Foundation

D.I.S.H. FoundationTo employ persons with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD) by providing an opportunity for employees to have a stable and fulfilling job that not only teaches the skills they can use in the workforce, but provide dignity, independence, a sense of purpose, and hope (D.I.S.H.).

Dementia Support Northwest

Dementia Support NWDementia Support Northwest has served northwestern Washington since 1983. What started around a kitchen table has grown into an organization of volunteers, family and friends of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. Previously known as Alzheimer Society of Washington, our mission is to educate people about dementia-related diseases and support caregiving

partnerships.

Gardenview Montessori School

Gardenview Montessori School – The mission of Gardenview Montessori is to evoke children’s love of learning using a Montessori curriculum to serve the needs of the whole child. Our mission is to provide an environment that will enable children and adults to realize and express their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring, peaceful, global citizens. We believe children should be offered respect and encouragement to explore, to question, to repeat, and to perfect their skills. The carefully created and beautifully maintained environment promotes freedom of movement and a developing sense of order.

Generations Early Learning & Family Center (St. Francis Foundation)

Generations Early Learning & Family Center Generations is a unique early childhood education program within a residential care facility, which strives to benefit the residents, children, families, and staff members through mutual interactions and continuing relationships.

Interfaith Coalition

Interfaith Coalition, now in its 41st year, connects Whatcom County families battling homelessness with the tools they need to reach goals they set and become self-sufficient in a home of their own. In 2021, Interfaith Coalition housed 22 local families, including 48 children and teens and 35 parents/guardians. Learn more at https://www.interfaith-coalition.org/.

Lions Camp Horizon

Camp Horizon is a residential summer camp for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or chronic medical conditions. Established in 1974, campers enjoy a wide range of activities including tethered hot air balloon rides, a private two-lane bowling alley and outdoor activities such as archery, disk golf and volleyball.

Lummi Island Foundation for Education

Lummi Island Foundation for Education (LIFE) is a non profit that exists to help support and maintain the Lummi Island Beach Elementary School. Without the aide of LIFE the Beach School would struggle to exist, which is a remote and necessary school that serves between 30-40 students each year from both on island and the Lummi Nation. The LIFE board is compiled of volunteers who work hard all year to raise money to make sure not only the Beach School’s continued success, but also to afford and maintain the school’s distinction as an International Baccalaureate school. Any support you can offer would be greatly appreciated by the community of Lummi Island. Thank you for your consideration!

Lynden Community/Senior Center

Lynden Community/Senior Center – Our first mission is to maintain independence and quality of life for mature adults in the Lynden community. We achieve this by providing nutritional support through the congregate and home delivered hot meal program; providing opportunities to stay physically, mentally and socially active; and facilitating cost saving and preventative wellness interventions to avoid the need for higher care sooner than necessary. Our second mission is to engage with the community and provide a space for community meetings, gatherings, and opportunities for social engagements for all ages. This maintains a community that is friendly and welcoming to each other and visitors.

Shadow’s Forever Friends

SFF advocates for animals in need, particularly senior dogs, and provides financial assistance to low income families who’s pets need emergency vet care.

Support Officer Community Care

Support Office Community Care – Mission is to impact and influence the quality of life for families experiencing tragedy and trauma in our community and among first responders

The Jazz Project

The Jazz ProjectThe Jazz Project is a jazz presenting and support service dedicated to increasing performance opportunities for local, regional, national and international jazz musicians. The Project promotes community development and fosters awareness of and appreciation for jazz by making performance, education, and other jazz services accessible to those of all ages and backgrounds.

Vamos Outdoors Project

Vamos Outdoors Project is a 501c3 nonprofit serving Latine, Migrant, and Multilingual families in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Vamos’ mission is “Building Community Through Connection to the Land and Access to the Outdoors.” Vamos provides access to environmental, recreational, and academic programming with the goal of instilling joy and building relationships between participants and representative mentors. Our programs include backpacking, mountain biking, snowboarding, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, swim lessons, literacy, community events, and connecting to local parks. All Vamos programs are free to participants, including transportation, food, equipment, and supervision. Vamos has over twenty community partners and contracts with four school districts. In 2021 Vamos served 370 youth across 2653 service days

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 165

Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 165 – Veterans helping veterans

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

The mission of the WDRC is to provide and promote constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict. Watch the WDRC’s Executive Director, Moonwater, provide an update to Bellingham City Council in October 2019. Video of the WDRC update begins at 17:12. The vision of the WDRC is for Whatcom County to be a community in which people approach conflict in creative and healthy ways.The WDRC values impartiality, accessibility, empowerment, collaboration, communication, and integrity.

Whatcom Literacy Council


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