Community Service Providers

  May 2024

How “The Freedge” Supports a More Food-Secure County

by Sustainable Connections Staff Tucked behind The RE Store in Bellingham WA is a Freedge. What exactly is a Freedge, you might ask? It’s a community refrigerator packed with free, nutritious food — and it’s open to all. This particular … Continue reading

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  May 2024

Sustainable Connections: Energy Club

Join Sustainable Connections at this month’s Energy Club — your go-to gathering for energy enthusiasts and professionals. We provide you with the tools, knowledge, and connections to drive energy efficiency in your workplace and beyond. Join us to network and … Continue reading

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  May 2024

Land Trust Announces Leadership Change

On Friday, February 9, Whatcom Land Trust announced the appointment of Jennifer Mackey as Interim Executive Director following the resignation of Gabe Epperson. Epperson served as the Land Trust’s Conservation Director from 2015-2020, before transitioning into the role of Executive … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2022

Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy

by Robin Barker Our democratic system is under threat, and, once again, the League of Women Voters (LWV) stands ready in its defense. Founded in 1920, shortly before the ratification of the 19th Amendment winning women the right to vote, … Continue reading

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  September 2022

Serving Whatcom County for 30 Years

by Jennifer Stephens For the past 30 years, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center has offered conflict prevention and intervention services for businesses, organizations, individuals, and families. With a mission of providing and promoting constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict, the … Continue reading

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  August 2022

Ending Hunger One Meal at a Time

by George Mustoe As a diverse group of volunteers, CAST (which stands for Coffee and Sandwiches Together) has served free meals on the streets of Bellingham for more than 20 years. CAST originated in 2000 with the compassion and energy … Continue reading

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  July 2022

Bridging Past, Present and Future

by WPJC Board (see photo) In downtown Bellingham, on Bay Street, resides one of the true gems of the Pacific Northwest. Hidden behind an array of colorful, defiant posters plastered on its high windows, and accessed via an unassuming door … Continue reading

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  June 2022

Alliance Provides Mental Health Help

by NAMI Whatcom Board Strategic Planning Committee Founded in 1984, NAMI Whatcom is an affiliate of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), which was started in 1979 when two mothers, each with a son with schizophrenia, met over lunch … Continue reading

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  April 2022

Skookum Kids Cares for Foster Kids

by Ray Deck III Racism is the oldest problem in foster care. It persists despite consistent effort to address it. But there are things that we, citizens, foster parents, and private agencies like Skookum Kids, can do to help. Skookum … Continue reading

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  March 2022

Bellingham’s Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center

by Joel Bergsbaken and James Christianson Hearing, Speech, & Deaf Center’s (HSDC) expertise is rooted in over 80 years of experience in serving the D/deaf (see sidebar), hard of hearing and those with speech differences in the Puget Sound Area. … Continue reading

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