Threshold Fund: local capital making homes possible for our neighbors

Whatcom County is a beautiful place to live and many are discovering what makes this region so unique. This movement has had an impact on the housing market, creating a spike in housing prices and decreasing moderately priced options, leaving many of our neighbors unable to afford a home. In 2017, Whatcom County median home prices gained over 10% in… Continue reading

Madrona Society – leaving a legacy for Whatcom County

The Madrona tree is deeply rooted in its place. Its roots add stability to the tree’s environment, as Madrona Society members do to our community.

Madrona Society Spotlight: Francis and Dorothy Lang

Dorothy Lang grew up in Ferndale. Her family included some of the early settlers of Whatcom County. Francis (Frank) Lang was born to an immigrant family in… Continue reading

Arch of Healing and Reconciliation

An arch represents a portal, connecting the past with a future filled with opportunity. The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation (Arch) project is a monument honoring people from many parts of the world. Many came to Whatcom County to work in salmon processing plants, lumber mills and coal mines. Their arduous efforts helped our community flourish and yet many immigrants… Continue reading

SEAS (Single Entry Access to Services)

Last week the Community Foundation announced its collaborative partnership with Washington Federal and Chuckanut Health Foundation; bringing a much-needed specialized health service to Whatcom County. Continuing in this spirit, the Community Foundation would like to share a local resource called SEAS (Single Entry Access to Services). This comprehensive guide lists individuals and organizations providing support for children and youth with… Continue reading

Local partnership brings Shriners Outreach Clinic to Whatcom County Families

Cory Landers

Families that discover their child has a neuromuscular or skeletal problem face daunting challenges: learning about their child’s condition and navigating a complex healthcare system, as well as accessing and paying for the care and treatment their child’s needs. Thankfully in our region, Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Portland (Shriners) helps to address those challenges. Perhaps best known… Continue reading

Project Neighborly 2018: Grantees Selected

 “People can imagine and bring remarkable things to life if you invite them to be creative,” said Community Foundation CEO Mauri Ingram. “Project Neighborly grants add a little fuel to those great ideas. The 2017 projects proved that truly amazing things can be accomplished when people roll up their sleeves to focus on the one thing that we all… Continue reading

Project Neighborly 2018-grant is now closed

Thank you Neighbor!

The Project Neighborly grant window for 2018 is now closed. 

We appreciate your great ideas for strengthening our community and look forward to reading your proposals.  Check back in December for grant awards announcement!

 

Do you have an idea for how to strengthen community ties?    

Project Neighborly grants help connect people… 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