Resilience Fund

The Resilience Fund is here to help anyone and everyone recover from a community crisis or disaster through a combination of emergency preparedness investments and response funding. We are honored to partner with the Lhaq’temish Foundation in raising and distributing funding from the Resilience Fund to care for and support the social, emotional, health and economic needs of the Lummi people for the duration of the pandemic. The Whatcom Community Foundation acknowledges we are on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial. We ask you to join us in expressing our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways. 

So far, we’ve deployed more than $1,089,550 to address urgent crisis impacts.  We are grateful to live in a place with strong community partners that stepped up and pivoted services to meet the dual disasters of a pandemic and economic crisis. Grant funding supported their exceptionally rapid and caring responses here in Whatcom County, including: 

Food Security- Alleviating hunger, increasing local food supply and addressing access to healthy food  
Food Banks/Pantries: Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Project Hope, Salvation Army, and Nooksack Valley  
Common Threads Farm  
Whatcom County Council on Aging   

Housing – Stable, safe, supportive housing for people in crisis or facing financial hardship 
Interfaith Coalition   
Lydia Place   
Mercy Housing Northwest  
Northwest Youth Services  
YWCA Bellingham  
Real Change for Whatcom County 
 
Mental and Physical Health – Affordable, accessible, safe, and comprehensive care during COVID-19 and beyond 
Compass Health   
Lifeline Connections  
SeaMar Community Health Center  
Unity Care Northwest   
Alzheimer Society of Washington/Dementia Northwest  
ARC of Whatcom County 
Max Higbee Center  
Pioneer Human Services   
Hearing Speech and Deaf Center  
Whatcom Family and Community Network 
 
Essential Workers – Assisting farmworkers in meeting housing, safety, health, food and basic needs 
Institute for Washington’s Future/Community to Community Development  
Catholic Community Services   
Washington Immigration Solidarity Network  
Colectiva Legal Del Pueblo 
 
Safety, Violence and Abuse Prevention – Preventing violence, addressing conflict, and providing resources, referrals and assistance during crisis 
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services  
Law Advocates   
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center  
Brigid Collins House 
Office Moms and Dads 
  
Economic, Employment and Education Supports – Addressing growing barriers and stresses of students, workers, businesses and job-seekers  
Downtown Bellingham Partnership  
Seattle Goodwill Industries  
Whatcom Literacy Council  
Northwest Alliance for College Access/Futures Northwest 
Ferndale Community Service Cooperative  
Learning Assistance Program through Lummi Youth Academy 
 
Childcare – Safe, caring, supportive learning and engagement for our younger community members 
Whatcom Center for Early Learning  
Whatcom Family YMCA  
Opportunity Council   
Whatcom Coalition for Environmental Education in partnership with Blaine, Mt. Baker and Bellingham Public School Districts  

Please make your gift now and invite your friends and family to join you.

Click here to watch a recording of our May 14th Town Hall update.