We promote sustainable communities and protect the health of northwestern Washington’s people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action.
Founded in 1982, RE Sources is a nonprofit organization working to protect the environment and communities of the central Salish Sea region and our climate. We catalyze community action to build a lasting legacy for all of us — clean water, protected shorelines, an end to dangerous fossil fuel projects, and recovery for orcas and salmon.
Bellingham Girls Rock Camp is a day-camp for youth, ages 8 to 17. In one week, Rock Campers get a crash course in playing an instrument, writing songs, collaborating with a band, live stage performance, and do-it-yourself recording. Campers do not need to have any prior music experience, and instruments will be provided. Bellingham Girls Rock Camp is a proud member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA). We are part of an INTERNATIONAL movement of music and empowerment camps for girls and queer youth. There are rock camps all over the US, Canada, South America, Europe, a rock camp in Mozambique, Japan, and many more starting up every year! The mission of Bellingham Girls Rock Camp (BGRC) is to educate and inspire girls, womxn, and trans and queer youth to be self-empowered collaborative leaders through music education, performance, media literacy and social justice.
Junior Achievement’s Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. For 66 years Junior Achievement of Washington has been helping students gain the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your workplace and in life. More specifically, in partnership with educators, local businesses and community volunteers, during the 2018/19 school year JA served over 10,000 students in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish County. JA volunteers and teachers brought programs into K-12 classrooms that help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make our communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.
The Bellingham Police Explorer Post is a part of the Volunteer Services Program within the Police Department. The post allows , high school age, young men and women the opportunity to explore and learn about a career in the criminal justice field while serving as a volunteer within the Police Department. The program is service oriented with Explorers helping people, assisting at community events, and aiding police officers with some of their work. The program builds confidence, discipline, and a sense of community.
To raise hope and self-esteem by sponsoring enrichment programs and other essentials for homeless, low-income and foster children in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
To help homeless students in Bellingham School District stay in school by providing them with basic necessities. Our primary focus is on one of the most invisible groups in Bellingham, unaccompanied students who are attending school in the Bellingham School District. Unaccompanied means they are not in the care of parents or guardians. But they are all in school, working toward graduation. (This year there are 291 homeless students in the Bellingham School District. Of these 91 are unaccompanied.) Our goal is to help them cope with the myriad of needs they have as a result of being on their own at such a young age. We work directly with the Homeless Liaison for the school district. She attends all our meetings and keeps us informed about the needs of the students we serve. We have provided her with funds to purchase, for the students, things like clothing, shoes, toiletries, backpacks, sleeping bags, hats and gloves, food, laundry vouchers, bus passes, graduation fees and summer school tuition. Because we are a small group and have no constraints on the dispersal of funds we are also able provide funds quickly when an emergency situation arises. Through our monetary donations every year we have helped keep vulnerable students clothed, warm and fed. We have helped them participate in school activities. We have helped the community by enabling these students to stay in school and on track to graduate and become contributing members of the community. Bellingham Giving Circle
Engedi Refuge Ministries is a faith-based restorative program for women who have survived sexual exploitation. We are dedicated to empowering women to take the steps necessary to live their dreams with dignity and hope through safe housing, case management, life skills training and trauma focused therapy.
Max Higbee Center is a grassroots organization founded by educators and families of people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation opportunities in Whatcom County. Max Higbee, a professor at Western Washington University, spearheaded this movement. The Drop-In Center gained status as a non-profit organization in 1984 and was then renamed in honor of its founder.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos.
Lydia Place is a nonprofit, community-based agency serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County since 1989. Our mission is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations. Our vision is a compassionate community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive. Lydia Place serves up to 150 households at any given time, all over Whatcom County.