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New Scholarship Honors Former Sunnyland Principal Lynn Heimsoth

The family and friends of Lynn Heimsoth, the Sunnyland principal who was fatally shot, along with her therapy dog Sukha, in her home last December have established the Lynn Heimsoth Memorial Scholarship here at the Community Foundation.

In memory of her drive for social justice and a strong belief in all students having the opportunity for higher education, the scholarship… Continue reading

Food Security Task Force and Farm-to-Freezer Update

What if we could ensure a market for local farmers and feed our food-insecure neighbors in one program? That’s the Farm-to-Freezer project in a nutshell, and it’s just one idea cooking in the Food Security Task Force, convened in late March by the Community Foundation at the request of Whatcom Unified Command.

While the focus is on responding to the… Continue reading

Let’s go All In for Washington and Whatcom County

All In WA brings Washingtonians together to address the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. The All In WA benefit concert broadcasts live on June 24th at 7 pm via Amazon Music’s Twitch channel as well as on Seattle-area NBC affiliates KING 5 and KONG. The show includes Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Ciara, Russell Wilson, The Black Tones,… Continue reading

Whatcom County Philanthropies Work Together to Respond to COVID-19

The Chuckanut Health Foundation, United Way of Whatcom CountyLhaq’temish Foundation and the Whatcom Community Foundation are mobilizing philanthropic resources in response to COVID-19.

“While the scope and scale of needs – financial and otherwise – resulting from COVID-19 are still unclear, we know that they will be significant,” said Peter Theisen, CEO… Continue reading

Helping Our Neighbors as We Face the COVID-19 Crisis

The Community Foundation Board is putting $100,000 into the Resilience Fund to start helping our neighbors address the affects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Resilience Fund is our community’s bounce-back fund. It’s here to help anyone and everyone —individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses—recover from a crisis or disaster through a combination of emergency preparedness investments and response funding.

The Resilience… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: Kendall Kids Cookin’ with Gas!

Andi Browne runs EATery at the Mt. Baker School District’s Kendall Elementary School. Every Thursday, she and her volunteers from the School Garden Committee combine art and food for creative lessons in cooking, nutrition and the power of group effort.

In 2013, the Boston Globe reported that more than 70 percent of children live with two busy working parents… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: Prevent Forest Fires, Spark Neighbor Conversation

Anne Mosness learned the hard way what fire can do to a community when she lost her business in Alaska to a warehouse fire several years ago. So it’s not surprising she is part of Hillside Firewise in Sudden Valley, one of several residents with experience in fire fighting, prevention and education eager to share their knowledge so that wildfire… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: South Fork Speaker Series Helps People Know Neighbors

The South Fork Valley is a sparsely populated corner of Whatcom County. The 8,000 people who live in the area have a variety of jobs and interests. Some live and work there, others commute to Bellingham or beyond. There are retirees and teens, conservatives and liberals, a dozen ethnic groups, and representatives of most major religions. It is not necessarily… Continue reading

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