What Can You Do to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis?

In times like these when we’re all wrestling with uncertainty, it helps to remember that we are all in this together.  Our team is working closely with local and regional partners, including Whatcom Unified Command, to anticipate and monitor local needs – both short and long term. Each day we focus on connecting the people, ideas, and resources that our community needs most right now. 

How You Can Help Our Neighbors:

Contribute to the Resilience Fund the 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.

We are grateful to the Lhaq’temish Foundation, the community foundation of the Lummi people, for their partnership in the Resilience Fund. We’re also staying in close communication with the Chuckanut Health Foundation, United Way of Whatcom County and the Mount Baker Foundation so that critical resources are available when and where they’re needed.  

Please make your gift today.
If you have a Donor Advised Fund with the Community Foundation, please click here to recommend a grant to the Resilience Fund.

Click here to read more about the impacts of the  Resilience Fund’s grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines of COVID-19 response, helping our community’s most vulnerable people with emergency assistance, such as financial support, healthcare, and childcare. 

Stay Home, Stay Healthy – Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home until May 4.  

This proclamation:
– Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
– Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
– Closes all businesses except essential businesses.

The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Give blood! The blood supply in the Pacific Northwest in currently in very high demand. Book your appointment here.

Support local businessesSustainable Connections has some tips  for how you can help ensure that Whatcom County’s local business community is still here when the current public health crisis subsides.

Remember that we are all in this together – Racism, xenophobia and other biases cause harm – emotional, physical and economic – and undermine our ability to minimize the impacts of the virus. People of Asian descent are no more likely to contract or carry the virus than anyone else. And yet, people of or appearing to be of Asian descent are experiencing discrimination and abuse. You can play an important role in ensuring that everyone who lives here knows we’re all in this together.

Click here for resources for Nonprofit Organizations


Additional Community Resources:
Whatcom Unified Command Website with COVID-19 Resources

Whatcom County Health Department

For languages other than English, King County Health Department 

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Business Continuity Resources – WWU Small Business Development Center