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 grateful to the Lhaq’temish Foundation, the community foundation of the Lummi people, for their partnership in the Resilience Fund.  Our Covid-19 response grantmaking is currently focused on urgent health needs, access to essential services and a comprehensive community response for:
– Children and families, elders and those with compromised immune systems and/or disabilities
– Residents without health insurance or access to sick days
– Communities of color and residents with limited English language proficiency
– Economically vulnerable people, or those impacted by reduced and lost work
– People at risk of intimate violence

Thanks to the generosity of our community more than $930,000 has already been granted to support the important work of these organizations:

Alzheimer Society of Washington – Supporting families virtually during the crisis
ARC of  Whatcom County – Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families during COVID-19
Bellingham Food Bank –
Helping families access food safely
Brigid Collins House – Offering “telehealth” visits for families to receive services safely
Catholic Community Services
– Helping individuals and families with direct financial support
Common Threads Farm – Increasing food security through gleaning, processing and distributing food during the pandemic
Compass Health – Supporting people with mental health needs
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services – Preventing intimate violence and supporting domestic violence survivors
Downtown Bellingham Partnership – Supporting and connecting the small business community in downtown Bellingham
Ferndale Community Service Cooperative – Supporting the Ferndale Communities Utility Fund to help individuals and families hit by COVID 19 who are struggling to pay their City of Ferndale Utility bills
Hearing Speech and Deaf Center – Supporting the deaf community during the COVID-19 crisis
Institute for Washington’s Future – Assisting farm-workers in meeting housing, health and food needs
Law Advocates – Free legal assistance and dispute resolution support to individuals and families in crisis
Interfaith Coalition – Emergency housing for families
Lhaq’temish Foundation – Caring for and supporting the social, emotional, health and economic needs of the Lummi people
Lifeline Connections – Counseling for people needing mental health services through online and telemedicine 
Lydia Place – Helping families with housing and support services
Max Higbee Center – Providing support for community members with disabilities during the pandemic
Mercy Housing Northwest – Stable housing and supports for farm-workers and vulnerable families
Northwest Alliance for College Access – Supporting students and families with very low incomes to address growing barriers and stresses they face in continuing with their high school and college education
Northwest Youth Services – Housing and case management for youth experiencing homelessness
Office Moms and Dads – Childcare and support for children in the foster care system in Whatcom County
Opportunity Council – Supporting families and individuals with multiple economic needs and supporting childcare
Pioneer Human Services – Supporting criminal justice involved individuals re-entering communities during COVID-19
SeaMar Community Health Center – Offering affordable, accessible, comprehensive health care specializing in service to Latinos
Seattle Goodwill Industries – Whatcom County job training and education center COVID-19 employment and support services
Unity Care Northwest – Offering affordable, accessible, comprehensive health care for all in Whatcom County
Washington Immigration Solidarity Network – COVID relief efforts for Whatcom undocumented families
Whatcom Center for Early Learning – Expansion of individual child and family supports to children with delays or disabilities in the 3-5 year age range who are not able to receive services elsewhere due to the COVID-19 crisis
Whatcom Coalition for Environmental Education – Working with multiple school districts to reopen schools for as many children as possible through the integration of outdoor classrooms to address need for physical distancing
Whatcom County Council on Aging – Preparing and distributing nutritious meals to seniors
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center – Helping individuals, families and communities navigate and resolve disputes
Whatcom Family YMCA – Supporting childcare for families during this crisis
Whatcom Literacy Council – Building basic reading and writing skills for community members seeking literacy support to navigating daily life during the pandemic
YWCA Bellingham – Emergency shelter, supportive housing, onsite healthcare for women

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.