Project Neighborly 2017
“What is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.” ― Fred Rogers
The Community Foundation shares Mr. Rogers’ enthusiasm. It’s easy to find comradery with others who believe what we believe, look like us and have similar backgrounds. And yet we know that the best ideas and decisions come from groups of people with differing perspectives working together. The good news is that our community is filled with a wide range of experiences and viewpoints. All we need to do is find ways to start those conversations. Building bridges (and community) is challenging, often messy work. When it happens, it is exciting and infectious. That’s why we launched Project Neighborly.
All projects took place in 2017 and grantees recorded their experiences and results here.
Project Neighborly 2017:
|Organization||Project Name||Amount Funded|
|Beach Elementary School||
Pen pals With Our Elders
Created positive relationships with our elder community through a pen pal program culminating with a Friendship Tea to meet each other.
|The Bellingham Herald||
Outside the Bubble
Paired people with different experiences for a shared meal and conversation, with their commonalities shared publicly.
|Bellingham Public Library||
Bring Your Light to the Library
A free, family event featured music, sing-alongs, stories & more, offered in the spirit of hope & kindness
|City of Bellingham||
Bellingham Block Party Trailer
The City of Bellingham delivers a portable trailer stocked with resources to support any community member interested in hosting a neighborhood block party.
|Birchwood Elementary School||
Birchwood Family and Community Night
Birchwood Family & Community Night was an event that brought the diverse constituents of our neighborhood together to enjoy food, conversation, & music.
|Whatcom Family & Community Network for Birchwood Neighborhood||
Family Language Exchange (FLEX) 2017
The Family Language Exchange brought cross-culture participants together in a social setting to gain language skills and understanding of one another.
|Christ Episcopal Church||
“Children’s Giving Garden”
Harvested produce donated to the Blaine Boys and Girls club to support their food program.
|DNR for Concerned Whatcom County Residents||
Wildfire Education and Prevention Neighborhood Gatherings
Organized community gatherings, distributed educational material and encouraged ongoing wildfire prevention activities.
|Friends of the Deming Library||
Stitching the Fabric of Difference: Our American Quilt
|East Whatcom Community Council||
East Whatcom Community Meals
Launched monthly community meals at our rural resource center (EWRRC), as a way to build connections, support, and share a nourishing meal.
|City of Ferndale||
The Great Ferndale Treasure Hunt
Intergenerational teams of neighbors followed clues that weave together local history, science and problem solving to explore the greater Ferndale area.
|Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County||
Leverage & maintain shelter as a catalyst for community transformation.
|Sustainable Connections for Happy Valley Neighborhood Association||
PROJECT YIMBY HAPPY VALLEY NEiGHBORHOOD!
YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) held a workshop for diverse stakeholders to promote housing that is accessible and affordable for everyone.
|Horizon Middle School||
Positive Messages for Our Community
7th grade students organized the installation of ten positive-message signs in Ferndale and created a corresponding citizen blog.
|Kendall Elementary School PTA||
Kids Cook for You Community Dinner
Around a common table neighbors came together around a warm meal and thoughtful words.
|The Interfaith Coalition for Kids Need Books||
Building Bridges with Books (BX3)
BX3 distributed children’s books promoting kindness and cooperation to low-income families who then shared their responses on community bulletin boards.
|Kulshan Community Land Trust||
Birchwood Avenue cottages and garden
This project included site improvement, planning, community building and a produce garden in the Birchwood neighborhood.
|South Whatcom Fire Authority for Lake Samish Association||
Lake Samish: Renewing Its Sense of Community
Re-established a sense of community among Lake Samish residents, using potlucks and a refurbished Community Hall for social purposes.
|Lighthouse Mission Ministries||
A community clean-up project provided an opportunity where conversations and relationships can form naturally as community volunteers and person experiencing homelessness pick up trash together in their neighborhoods.
|Lummi Cedar Project||
Lummi Peacemaking Circle Initiative – 3-Day Introductory Circle
The Peacemaking Circle is a leadership practice of deep listening and storytelling to build trust and strengthen relationships within community, to learn healthy communication, build connections amongst people of diverse backgrounds, and participate in community-driven decision making.
|Lummi Island Foundation for Education||
Lummi / Island Story & Song for Families
A family-oriented Saturday afternoon event on Lummi Island featured food, storytellers and musicians from both Lummi Nation and the Island.
|Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association||
Community Bridges – Conversations about Salmon
In our community, salmon recovery is polarized but we can find commonality by sharing information in open discussions to build understanding and community bridges.
|PLLAY (Programs to Lighten the Lives of Adults and Youth)||
Street PLLAY is a mobile pop-up play shop that sparks community connections by providing delightful and engaging outdoor fun for all ages.
|South Fork Valley Community Association||
“Know Your Neighbor” Speaker Series
Panels from representative groups in the community will discuss the rewards and challenges of living and working in the South Fork Valley.
|Huxley College of the Environment, WWU||
Visioning a Future for the Alderwood Community
This project brought a community together to participate it its future visioning as a first step towards transitioning into an urban Bellingham neighborhood.
|Whatcom County Library System Foundation||
Creating Communities ~ Weaving Indra’s Net in Whatcom County
A collaborative net from recycled and donated fabrics, knotted by community members coming together at the ten library branches in Whatcom County was created in the spring of 2017.
|Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center||
Project Connection: Curiosity, Culture, and Conversation
This project fostered connection and curiosity by bringing a structured free workshop and subsequent facilitated conversation on Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility to residents in 4 locations around Whatcom County.
|Whatcom Peace & Justice Center||
Kids and Race Workshop
The workshop engaged attendees in discussions about how kids experience race and privilege, and how to develop empathy and celebrate diverse communities.
|Y Squalicum Water Association Inc.||
Harmonizing Water Voices
Hosted meetings where current and prospective members of our non-profit association can learn about us, our mission, and each other.
The HELP Project (Helping Everyone Live & Prosper)
The HELP Project empowers youth to build connections with those experiencing homelessness and to create a more compassionate, responsive community.