Project Kneaded Dough

The 2019 Charity Organizations

That’s right Project Kneaded Dough is back for 2018! 25 cents of each loaf sold in our 4 cafés will be donated to that month’s charity. Here is some more information about these organizations.

To date, Avenue Bread and The Filling Station have donated over $50,000 to local schools, charities and organizations.

January – Brigid Collins

www.brigidcollins.org

On the frontlines of child abuse treatment and prevention since 1990, Brigid Collins Family Support Center serves more than 3,000 individuals in Whatcom and Skagit Counties each year. Whether it’s building strong families, providing justice to those who have been abused, or equipping community members with the tools and knowledge to prevent child abuse from happening in the first place, Brigid Collins Family Support Center works to create safe communities for us all. For more information, please visit www.brigidcollins.org.

Your generosity, care and commitment are truly what makes a difference for children and families in our community. Thank you for contributing to the end of child abuse in our community.

February – Community in schools

https://whatcomcounty.ciswa.org/

Communities in Schools of Whatcom-Skagit partners with schools to ensure that every student has the resources and support they need to succeed. We currently work in eight schools throughout the Ferndale, Bellingham, and Mount Vernon school districts. Our staff coordinate one-to-one services such as academic help, basic needs resources, physical and mental health care, and mentoring, as well as school-wide services to create a positive school culture and meet broader student needs.

In Whatcom-Skagit last year, our site coordinators helped over 4,600 students overcome barriers to success, stay on track to graduate, and aim for a brighter future. Every child has tremendous potential. We help students unlock their abilities and talents, giving them a brighter future.

Project Kneaded Dough donations will be used toward program supplies for our in-school programs, as well as to help stock our basic needs supply closets in each of the schools so that students in need have immediate access to clothes, school supplies, hygiene items, and healthy snacks.

March 2019 – Meals on Wheels (Whatcom council on aging)

Website: www.wccoa.org

Meals on Wheels and More supports the health and independence of older adults throughout Whatcom and San Juan Counties by delivering nutritious “Meals on Wheels” to homebound seniors and serving freshly prepared Senior Community Meals at 12 locations. Meals are offered on a donation-only basis to seniors age 60 and over.  No eligible senior is turned away due to lack of funds. Meals on Wheels and More is a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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April 2019 – Animals as Natural Therapy

www.animalsasnaturaltherapy.org

Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) is a non-profit organization providing healing programs for at-risk youth and veterans based on the knowledge that animals can teach humans important life skills, including: respect for self and others, trust-building, and clear communication. Our services include equine- and animal-assisted therapy, experiential education, and community outreach focused on mental, behavioral, & emotional health. Our programs have successfully helped to keep youth in school, avoid incarceration, circumvent gang, prostitution or drug involvement, and prevent suicide. 

May 2019 – Wild Bird Charity

_WWW.WILDBIRDCHARITY.COM

Wild Bird Charity serves as a place where people can experience community, work shoulder-to-shoulder, and creatively respond to the needs of the large  community.

  We are guided by four principles:

1. To inspire and build a community of friends –  rich and poor, religious and non-religious, quirky and weird – which seeks to assist those in need in Whatcom County and beyond.

2. To help one individual or family at a time through street-level outreach to youth, young families and adults.

3. To support existing charities and serve as a catalyst for new creative ways to help.

4. To become a creative and reflective charity, which continually keeps the question of what charity IS open and generative

June – Area Health Education Center for Western Washington (AHECWW)

AHECWW is a grant-funded center whose goal is to strengthen diversity and access to healthcare in rural and urban underserved Western Washington communities through a variety of education and workforce initiatives. Our organization is working with three economically disadvantaged high schools to establish a Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC), a service-learning curriculum designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in the health field.

July – Brigadoon Service Dogs

Brigadoon Service Dogs is a unique organization. Our mission is to provide trained service dogs for combat veterans, children, and adults with physical, developmental, and behavioral health disabilities to promote a more independent and enriched life. We change lives one partnership at a time.

Brigadoon is one of the few training facilities that trains dogs for children under the age of 16. We train with the child and their entire family to ensure the service dog is a good fit in the home.

Brigadoon’s veteran program, Canines and Heroes for Independence, is geared specifically towards the complex needs of veterans who may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and/or mobility issues. The service dog for a combat veteran might be trained to turn on lights, retrieve items, wake their human partner during a nightmare, aide the hearing impaired, or calm a wounded warrior when suffering from a flashback or panic attack.

Brigadoon has also partnered with a number of Washington state prisons to create a mutually beneficial program. Our dogs are housed with the inmates who are responsible for all aspects of their care and training, under the supervision of a Brigadoon trainer. Learning to communicate in a positive, more effective way carries over into the inmates’ interactions within the prison system, with family members, and coping once they are released.

August – Cascade Connections

Cascade Connections is a nonprofit that has been serving people with developmental disabilities throughout Whatcom County since 1980. Cascade Connections supports people with disabilities to live and work in our community through residential and vocational programs. Their mission is to empower people with disabilities to enhance their quality of life.

September – the Maple Alley Inn part of the Opportunity Council of Whatcom County

www.oppco.org

Maple Alley Inn serves healthy and sustaining meals in a comfortable and welcoming environment to Whatcom County residents experiencing hunger. Every week we serve breakfast on Tuesday morning and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, focusing on nutritious high quality foods. A Maple Alley Inn community garden, grows organic vegetables that are a core part of the prepared meals. Maple Alley Inn is a program of the Opportunity Council.

October – Our Treehouse

www.our-treehouse.org

Our TreeHouse believes no child should grieve alone. We are here to provide a loving, healing community to support the grieving process.

We do this by providing bi-monthly support groups for grieving families and teens, grief outreach to the Whatcom County community, and resources for those in the grieving process.

To get your organization into next year’s PROJECT KNEADED DOUGH, please contact us at donations@avenuebread.com