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         elcome to the Wish Book — your opportunity to connect with local serv-

W        ice agencies to help those in need. We asked agencies to share three needs
         — from volunteers to cash donations to goods both new and gently used.
We know tough economic times are no match for the generosity of Whatcom Coun-
ty people, businesses and organizations. We present the Wish Book to assist high
school students looking for potential senior projects, employee groups planning
holiday donations, parents looking to teach the spirit of giving to their children and
others in finding options for giving and making a difference in Whatcom County.
Please contact the agencies directly to make a donation or to volunteer.

Did we miss your charitable group? Check TheBellinghamHerald.com in February 2013 to submit to the next edition of the Wish Book.

                                                                                                                    APRIL 16, 2012
2 The Bellingham Herald Monday, April 16, 2012                                                                                                                         TheBellinghamHerald.com


                   ORGANIZATION                                          MISSION                                                                WISHES
           Alternative Humane Society            Alternative Humane Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit,     1. Digital camera with video. 2. New 10-foot banner with our logo. 3.
           of Whatcom County                     animal welfare organization serving Whatcom County. It         Fencing materials to finish our quarantine kennels (five- to six-foot
           360-671-7445;                         has been helping animals and educating the public since        fencing is a must).
           treauna@hotmail.com;                  1977. We have no shelter, office or paid staff. Our pro-
           www.alternativehumane                 grams include canine foster and adoption, spay and neuter
           society.com                           assistance, community cats information and referral.


           Animals as Natural Therapy            Animals as Natural Therapy strengthens our community           1. Good quality hay for a herd of 13 therapy horses. 2. Construction
           360-671-3509;                         by developing healthy, resilient individuals through animal-   wheelbarrows. 3. Pasture land for therapy horse respite care.
           animalsasnaturaltherapy@              assisted education and personal growth. To provide a
           comcast.net;                          safe, nurturing environment for meaningful and success-
           www.animalsasnaturaltherapy.org       ful relationships based on mutual respect, communica-
                                                 tion, responsibility and trust.


           Brigadoon Service Dogs                We offer professionally trained dogs to provide assis-         1. Adult volunteers for dog bathing and grooming, “handy person” for
           360-733-5388;                         tance to veterans, children and adults with physical and       routine maintenance and repairs, experienced fundraisers and dog
           denise@brigadoondogs.org;             developmental disabilities. Our dogs provide years of          walkers/socializers. 2. Two 10-foot by 12-foot Tuff Shed storage units.
           www.brigadoondogs.org                 emotional support and physical assistance that result in       3. Donations/fundraising support for a capital campaign to increase
                                                 better health, improved well being and greater independ-       the size of our facility and expand the number of dogs that we are
                                                 ence.                                                          able to train.


           Northwest Wildlife                    Northwest Wildlife cares for injured and orphaned wild         1. Bleach, eco-friendly laundry detergent, dish and hand soap, paper
 ANIMALS




           Rehabilitation Center                 animals with the goal of releasing them back into the          towels, toilet paper (for baby bird nests), vanilla Ensure, frozen vegeta-
           360-966-8845;                         wild. Baby season, our busiest time, is almost here. We        bles/fruits. 2. Chicken meat, baby bottles with small infant nipples,
           nwwildlife@netzero.net;               have one paid staffer. The rest is done by volunteers and      sheets and towels, dish washing gloves, latex gloves, frozen blood-
           northwestwildlife.org                 interns. Our interns gain hands-on experience at no            worms, frozen whole fish and seafood. 3. Lidded storage containers,
                                                 charge.                                                        non-auto shut-off heating pads, garden hoses, Costco cat and dog food.


           Paws (Sehome High School              To connect students with community learning opportuni-         1. Field trip to Sardis Raptor Center to see a bird of prey exhibit/show
           class)                                ties that will cultivate pathways for academic and person-     and tour the raptor rescue sanctuary ($275 tour and transportation).
           360-676-6841, ext. 5217;              al achievement. Paws provides authentic experiences            2. New animal-related books for students and DVDs for the Paws
           shannon.casey@bellingham              that promote empathy for animals. Students interact with       class ($250).
           schools.org;                          guest speakers and study animal/environmental issues
           bellinghamschools.org                 that increase their responsibility toward animals.


           The Sergey Foundation                 The Sergey Foundation’s Companion Wellness Program             1. $2,500 for veterinary grants for 10-12 Whatcom County low-income
           360-366-3108;                         goal is to respond to the needs of person(s) in Whatcom        family pets in emergency situations. 2. $2,000 for veterinary grants
           sergeyfoundation@yahoo.com;           County who are on a limited income by subsidizing neces-       for 8-10 Whatcom county low-income family pets in emergency situa-
           www.sergeyfoundation.org              sary medical funds for their companion animals’ care           tions. 3. $1,500 for veterinary grants for 6-8 Whatcom County low-
                                                 when they are unable to do so.                                 income family pets in emergency situations.



           Whatcom Humane Society                The Whatcom Humane Society believes that all animals,          1. We are in great need of a used tractor at our farm animal shelter,
           360-733-2080, ext.3014;               as sentient beings, have value beyond economic meas-           to help us safely house rescued horses and other livestock. 2. Our
           outreach@whatcomhumane.org;           urement, and are entitled to legal, moral and ethical con-     animal food bank program needs donated dog, cat and livestock food
           www.whatcomhumane.org                 sideration and protection. Our vision is to help build and     at all times, but especially during winter months. 3. Rolls of postage
                                                 educate our community to treat all animals with kind-          stamps.
                                                 ness, respect and compassion.


           Bellingham Festival of Music          Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and Bellingham Festival are         1. $500 towards the Calidore Project in May bringing quartet, classical
           360-201-6621;                         collaborating to keep music alive in our public school sys-    music and conversation into middle and high school orchestra class-
           bellinghamfestival@comcast.net;       tem with music in schools programs. Currently struggling       rooms across the county 2. Instruments (band and orchestra) new or
           www.bellinghamfestival.org            programs need support. As a kickoff to already existing        used for donation to the WSO instrument borrowing program. 3. $500
                                                 programs we are bringing an award-winning young quartet        for existing elementary programs, “Beethoven in the Schools” and
                                                 from L.A. to play in middle/high school classrooms.            “Musicians in the Schools.”
 ARTS




           Kuntz and Company                     Kuntz and Company is a professional dance/theatre com-         1. $5,000 to support upcoming piece on Asperger’s Syndrome. 2.
           360-510-4711;                         pany that invites local people to participate in original      $3,000 to support upcoming piece on family. 3. $3,000 to support
           kuntzpam@gmail.com;                   productions that both tell their individual stories and        future piece on religion.
           kuntzandcompany.org                   explore subjects of universal interest.
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                      ORGANIZATION                                    MISSION                                                                 WISHES
             Make.Shift                      Make.Shift is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that supports         1. New or gently used Apple computer for the Jinx Art Space office,
             360-739-3545;                   musicians and artists through environmentally friendly           either desktop or laptop. 2. Stereo for the Magic Van, the biodiesel
             info@makeshiftproject.com;      programs. We operate Jinx Art Space, a community arts            van we loan to local musicians for tours. A band van needs music! 3.
             www.makeshiftproject.com        and music hub that houses a gallery, artist studios,             Four- or six-arm screen printing press or any other equipment to set up
                                             music practice spaces and an all-ages music venue, as            a community screen printing studio.
                                             well as the Magic Van and Power Wheels programs.



             Northwest Ballet Theater        To bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical   1. Funding for costumes and backdrops. 2. We need money to cover
             360-714-1246;                   and contemporary dance to Northwest Washington audi-             other production costs such as promotional materials and advertising
             info@northwestballet.org;       ences both locally and regionally, and to dance students         to market our performances more efficiently. 3. We need money to pay
             www.northwestballet.org         through artistic and educational programs.                       our artistic director who puts in countless hours to put on these pro-
                                                                                                              ductions for the community and support dancers.



             Pickford Film Center            Pickford Film Center provides a forum and resource for           1. Film distributors will soon require that we have specific digital pro-
             360-647-1300;                   independent cinema, strengthening community through              jectors. Each of these will cost $75,000. We need two. 2. We would
             alice@pickfordfilmcenter.org;   education, dialogue and the celebration of film.                 love to be able to have the marquee of our dreams. This would be a
             www.pickfordfilmcenter.org                                                                       vertical design with a reader board ($150,000). 3. We would love to
                                                                                                              have more volunteers at PFC — specifically those with permits to
                                                                                                              serve beer and wine. Volunteers are “paid” in passes.
 ARTS




             The Jazz Project                To increase performance opportunities for local, regional,       1. The Piano Liberation Organization needs a 10-by-10 storage facility
             360-650-1066;                   national and international jazz musicians, and provide           in Bellingham to house donated pianos that are waiting for refurbish-
             jsherwoodjazzproject@           educational outreach through youth jazz experiences              ing/placement with students and families in need. 2. Funds to cover
             earthlink.net;                  including the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band and the Piano           the cost of 25 piano placements ($175 per piano). 3. Signature spon-
             www.jazzproject.org             Liberation Organization.                                         sor for the Bellwether Jazz Festival — $5,000 to defray costs for a
                                                                                                              free, two-day jazz festival in September.


             The Neighborhood Playhouse      The purpose of TNP is to enrich the lives of young people        1. TNP needs a home. We are looking for a space to rehearse and
             360-756-5066;                   and their families by providing professional theater expe-       stage our productions that is large enough for 100 audience members
             theneighborhoodplayhouse        riences that educate, entertain and broaden their under-         and a stage. 2. Lighting instruments and a light board for theatrical
             @q.com;                         standing of the world. Our productions feature profes-           productions. 3. Dry storage space for sets, props and costumes, with
             www.theneighborhood             sional adults performing for children with occasional            an 8-foot ceiling and roll-up doors.
             playhouse.net                   youth productions. We are in our 10th year!



             Whatcom Poetry Series:          The Poet As Art features free public readings by distin-         1. 25-50 folding chairs, especially those that have padding. 2. Mone-
             The Poet As Art                 guished Pacific Northwest poets, and we favor poets who          tary support for poetry reading series. You can be identified as an
             360-398-7870;                   are active in their communities. We also offer workshop          event sponsor for a $500 donation. 3. We plan to host at least one
             info@whatcompoetryseries.org;   opportunities for poets of all levels of expertise, who          major figure in American poetry annually. Sponsor support could
             whatcompoetryseries.org         wish to acquire new approaches and greater artistry in           include travel expenses and fees for the poet.
                                             creating poems.



             American Legion Post 7          The American Legion is dedicated to programs, services           1. Materials and volunteers to complete a place for our service officer
             (Bellingham)                    and advocacy efforts that improve the lives of those who         to meet privately with veterans in need. (Construct one wall with door,
             360-739-8880;                   served, along with their families and dependents, after          minor electrical work.) 2. Build a storage building or obtain a large (20
             rsucee@msn.com;                 discharge from the military and during their service time.       foot) storage container to store items we use to help veterans. 3. Our
             www.bellinghamlegion.com        The American Legion also supports objectives that help           parking lot needs to be sealed and striped.
                                             children in need.
 COMMUNITY




             Bellingham Pride                Our mission is to create a festival for everyone in the          1. Monetary donations that can be used to continue the festival. 2.
             bhampridechair@gmail.com;       community, whether that be someone who identifies as             Local sponsorship. We would love more local businesses to not only
             www.bhampride.org               queer or an ally. We want to create a safe space that            help the festival, but also to show the local queer community they are
                                             everyone can be proud of.                                        supported. 3. Physical help in any way, from helping at an event to cre-
                                                                                                              ating something we can use as a decoration during pride celebrations.
TheBellinghamHerald.com                                                                                                                        Monday, April 16, 2012 The Bellingham Herald 3


                      ORGANIZATION                                    MISSION                                                                 WISHES
             Make.Shift                      Make.Shift is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that supports         1. New or gently used Apple computer for the Jinx Art Space office,
             360-739-3545;                   musicians and artists through environmentally friendly           either desktop or laptop. 2. Stereo for the Magic Van, the biodiesel
             info@makeshiftproject.com;      programs. We operate Jinx Art Space, a community arts            van we loan to local musicians for tours. A band van needs music! 3.
             www.makeshiftproject.com        and music hub that houses a gallery, artist studios,             Four- or six-arm screen printing press or any other equipment to set up
                                             music practice spaces and an all-ages music venue, as            a community screen printing studio.
                                             well as the Magic Van and Power Wheels programs.



             Northwest Ballet Theater        To bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical   1. Funding for costumes and backdrops. 2. We need money to cover
             360-714-1246;                   and contemporary dance to Northwest Washington audi-             other production costs such as promotional materials and advertising
             info@northwestballet.org;       ences both locally and regionally, and to dance students         to market our performances more efficiently. 3. We need money to pay
             www.northwestballet.org         through artistic and educational programs.                       our artistic director who puts in countless hours to put on these pro-
                                                                                                              ductions for the community and support dancers.



             Pickford Film Center            Pickford Film Center provides a forum and resource for           1. Film distributors will soon require that we have specific digital pro-
             360-647-1300;                   independent cinema, strengthening community through              jectors. Each of these will cost $75,000. We need two. 2. We would
             alice@pickfordfilmcenter.org;   education, dialogue and the celebration of film.                 love to be able to have the marquee of our dreams. This would be a
             www.pickfordfilmcenter.org                                                                       vertical design with a reader board ($150,000). 3. We would love to
                                                                                                              have more volunteers at PFC — specifically those with permits to
                                                                                                              serve beer and wine. Volunteers are “paid” in passes.
 ARTS




             The Jazz Project                To increase performance opportunities for local, regional,       1. The Piano Liberation Organization needs a 10-by-10 storage facility
             360-650-1066;                   national and international jazz musicians, and provide           in Bellingham to house donated pianos that are waiting for refurbish-
             jsherwoodjazzproject@           educational outreach through youth jazz experiences              ing/placement with students and families in need. 2. Funds to cover
             earthlink.net;                  including the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band and the Piano           the cost of 25 piano placements ($175 per piano). 3. Signature spon-
             www.jazzproject.org             Liberation Organization.                                         sor for the Bellwether Jazz Festival — $5,000 to defray costs for a
                                                                                                              free, two-day jazz festival in September.


             The Neighborhood Playhouse      The purpose of TNP is to enrich the lives of young people        1. TNP needs a home. We are looking for a space to rehearse and
             360-756-5066;                   and their families by providing professional theater expe-       stage our productions that is large enough for 100 audience members
             theneighborhoodplayhouse        riences that educate, entertain and broaden their under-         and a stage. 2. Lighting instruments and a light board for theatrical
             @q.com;                         standing of the world. Our productions feature profes-           productions. 3. Dry storage space for sets, props and costumes, with
             www.theneighborhood             sional adults performing for children with occasional            an 8-foot ceiling and roll-up doors.
             playhouse.net                   youth productions. We are in our 10th year!



             Whatcom Poetry Series:          The Poet As Art features free public readings by distin-         1. 25-50 folding chairs, especially those that have padding. 2. Mone-
             The Poet As Art                 guished Pacific Northwest poets, and we favor poets who          tary support for poetry reading series. You can be identified as an
             360-398-7870;                   are active in their communities. We also offer workshop          event sponsor for a $500 donation. 3. We plan to host at least one
             info@whatcompoetryseries.org;   opportunities for poets of all levels of expertise, who          major figure in American poetry annually. Sponsor support could
             whatcompoetryseries.org         wish to acquire new approaches and greater artistry in           include travel expenses and fees for the poet.
                                             creating poems.



             American Legion Post 7          The American Legion is dedicated to programs, services           1. Materials and volunteers to complete a place for our service officer
             (Bellingham)                    and advocacy efforts that improve the lives of those who         to meet privately with veterans in need. (Construct one wall with door,
             360-739-8880;                   served, along with their families and dependents, after          minor electrical work.) 2. Build a storage building or obtain a large (20
             rsucee@msn.com;                 discharge from the military and during their service time.       foot) storage container to store items we use to help veterans. 3. Our
             www.bellinghamlegion.com        The American Legion also supports objectives that help           parking lot needs to be sealed and striped.
                                             children in need.
 COMMUNITY




             Bellingham Pride                Our mission is to create a festival for everyone in the          1. Monetary donations that can be used to continue the festival. 2.
             bhampridechair@gmail.com;       community, whether that be someone who identifies as             Local sponsorship. We would love more local businesses to not only
             www.bhampride.org               queer or an ally. We want to create a safe space that            help the festival, but also to show the local queer community they are
                                             everyone can be proud of.                                        supported. 3. Physical help in any way, from helping at an event to cre-
                                                                                                              ating something we can use as a decoration during pride celebrations.
4 The Bellingham Herald Monday, April 16, 2012                                                                                                                          TheBellinghamHerald.com


                      ORGANIZATION                                       MISSION                                                                 WISHES
             Bellingham Sail & Power             Our mission is “safe boating through education,” which          1. We would like to develop and create a Power Point course that
             Squadron                            we accomplish by teaching non-profit boating classes and        emphasizes “local knowledge” for boaters. 2. We have developed a
             360-366-3348;                       conducting free vessel safety inspections. Our goal is          Boating for Women by Women seminar scheduled for April 21. We
             waverleytom@gmail.com;              safe, fun, responsible boating in the Pacific Northwest.        seek marketing help and sponsors to promote this event. 3. We teach
             boatingisfun.org                                                                                    on-the-water training to members and the public. We need use of a
                                                                                                                 12-foot inflatable boat with outboard to teach boating skills.


             Bellingham Sings                    The empowerment of people and cultivation of communi-           1. $1,080 for the purchase of 24 music stands, allowing singers to
             360-676-1024;                       ty through song, engaging singers in choral art literature      study and perform hands-free of their sheet music to better connect
             info@bellinghamsings.org;           in the classical, folk and jazz idioms through choral           with the audience. 2. $3,000 for the purchase of 12 high-definition wire-
             www.bellinghamsings.org             ensembles, providing education in vocal technique and           less microphones for community performances by Bellingham’s only
                                                 artistry, hosting highly acclaimed clinicians and providing     women’s vocal jazz choir. 3. $2,000 for partial scholarships to enable
                                                 access to this to those who otherwise could not afford it.      20 singers to participate in programs over the course of one year.


             BHS Alumni Band                     To promote, protect and enhance the performing arts in          1. Twenty-plus elderly alumni unable to march request a flatbed or hay
             360-733-8897;                       the Bellingham Public School District, as well as the com-      truck with seating and steps, plus driver(s) for the 2012 Ski To Sea
             kslingbloom@comcast.net;            munity at large.                                                Parade.
             www.bhsalumniband.org




             Boyfriend Bears                     Boyfriend Bears is a nonprofit organization that encour-        1. $2,500 to offset a portion of the cost to purchase our customized
             360-305-7955;                       ages pre-teen and teenage girls to live a life of purity. Our   signature plush Boyfriend Bears. 2. Technical web design support or
             alesha@boyfriendbears.org;          bears serve as a reminder that we promote purity to be a        funding to upgrade and enhance our existing website. 3. $500 to pur-
             www.boyfriendbears.org              lifestyle. Boyfriend Bears provides the opportunity for         chase a portable micro projector for use conducting our Boyfriend
                                                 girls to make a stand for what they believe in.                 Bear educational sessions.
 COMMUNITY




             Evangeline International            Evangeline International is dedicated to implementing           1. Monthly corporate/private donor to match an existing $200 contri-
             360-441-9867;                       sustainable solutions for impoverished children and their       bution to help with operating expenses so we can give 100 percent of
             jasoulier@msn.com;                  communities worldwide to enable them to reach their full        public donations to our projects. 2. Canon Rebel T3i SLR camera
             www.evangelineinternational.org     measure of success. Our first project, Sweet Water Wells,       ($700) for quality photos/video to show needs to potential donors
                                                 provides children and their communities with clean drink-       and to document our completed projects. 3. Airfare, lodging, tuition to
                                                 ing water. All public donations go to our projects.             Orphan Summit VIII to prepare for Orphan Care project ($1,500).


             F.A. Farm                           F.A. Farm is a sustainable farm that provides clean,            1. We need donations, in any amount, to fund this program. The more
             360-312-0335;                       beyond organic food and teaches people how to grow              donations we get, the more food we can give away. No tax deduction.
             wvhaugen@hotmail.com;               their own food. This year we are providing free CSA
             www.fafarm.org                      shares for families in need. Each share consists of a box
                                                 of food each week for 18 weeks, from June to October.


             Ferndale Double Dome                The Ferndale Double Dome Aquatic Center will provide a          1. $5,000 toward design/development of environmentally sound,
             Aquatic Center                      safe, healthy, fun place for all members of the Ferndale        low/zero emission sustainable power for aquatic center complex. 2.
             360-739-0408;                       community, and is a unique approach to private/public           $5,000 or equivalent to create raster/rendered graphics for dimen-
             zmanz@comcast.net;                  partnership. The dome will provide 200 safe, paid, youth        sions for comparison to blueprints by engineers. 3. $3,000 or equiva-
             www.ferndaledoubledome.com          vocational positions in a variety of vocations/profes-          lent for branding materials, i.e. logo, artwork, graphic design, printing,
                                                 sions.                                                          website design, letterhead, promotional materials.


             Friends of the                      The Friends are repurposing 6,500 square feet of an             1. Cash donations to the building fund. Donate online at our website,
             Sudden Valley Library               empty barn to create the South Whatcom Public Library           suddenvalleylibrary.org. 2. Up to 6,500 square feet of R-38 insulation.
             360-306-1800;                       at Sudden Valley. The South Whatcom area is currently           3. Safety equipment for volunteer workers: safety glasses, dust
             info@suddenvalleylibrary.org;       served by the bookmobile for six hours a week. We are           masks, work gloves and two fire extinguishers.
             www.suddenvalleylibrary.org         raising a total of $300,000 and have a large cadre of vol-
                                                 unteers helping.


             Geneva Neighborhood                 Keep Geneva a beautiful place to live. Stay informed and        1. Assistance designing and developing a website that our members
             Association                         participate in county planning decisions that affect our        can maintain. 2. Easily transported, weatherproof signs to announce
             360-733-5691;                       neighborhood including housing construction, traffic and        meeting dates/times. Information consistent between meetings can
             geneva.neighbor@gmail.com;          lake water quality. Preserve and enhance our neighbor-          be printed. An area to include meeting specific information would be
             web.me.com/mjay1/geneva/            hood through amenities like parks, trails, waterfront           great! 3. Treats and drinks for quarterly meetings and the Geneva
             geneva_days_2011.html               access and other quality-of-life issues.                        Days celebration in October.
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                     ORGANIZATION                                      MISSION                                                                WISHES
             Imagine NW!                      Imagine NW! envisions people, places, the natural envi-         1. Train and coach 75 Whatcom County citizens to use asset-based
             360-319-4772;                    ronment and social life characterized as safe, healthy,         community development in their communities; and to keep the costs
             imaginenw@gmail.com;             joyous, meaningful and flourishing. Imagine NW! exists to       under $50 per person. 2. Additional donations totaling $1,800 that
             www.imaginenw.org                help local citizen groups, faith communities and busi-          match the $2,500 we have received to date that support wish No. 1.
                                              nesses realize their common dreams for a positive life          3. People who volunteer to help us promote our upcoming ABCD train-
                                              together.                                                       ing events in Whatcom County.


             Junior Achievement               At Junior Achievement we give young people the knowl-           1. Community and business volunteers to teach Junior Achievement
             of Washington                    edge and skills to own their economic success, plan for         curriculum to K-12 students in local classrooms. Volunteers help stu-
             360-715-1132;                    their future, and make smart academic and economic              dents make connections between school and the workplace. 2. $100
             gretchenp@jawashington.org;      choices. Our community volunteers empower students to           to cover the cost of materials for one of over 200 Junior Achievement
             www.jawashington.org             stay in school through financial literacy, work readiness       programs in Whatcom County classrooms. 3. $500 to cover all direct
                                              and entrepreneurship.                                           and indirect costs for one Junior Achievement program.


             Mount Baker Volcano Research     We fund research into eruptive history, hazards, geology,       1. Funds to purchase volcano monitoring equipment on Mount Baker,
             Center                           and glacial behavior of Mount Baker; raise public aware-        such as a third seismometer. There are only two and three are the rec-
             research@mbvrc.wwu.edu;          ness of eruptive hazards at Mount Baker; coordinate             ommended minimum. 2. Funds to support student research into
             www.mbvrc.wwu.edu                research efforts on the mountain and solicit volunteer          Mount Baker eruptive history and hazards.
                                              climbers to support research high on the mountain.


             Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood     Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood’s mission is to provide            1. Last year MBPP distributed 120,000 free condoms! Protect fertility,
             360-734-9007;                    comprehensive sexual health care through direct services        prevent STDs and unintended pregnancies with a $65 donation to pur-
             info@mbpp.org;                   and education; protect and respect the dignity and cul-         chase 1,000 condoms.
             www.mbpp.org                     ture of each individual; and advocate public policies that
                                              preserve those rights and ensure access to services.


             Opportunity Council              Established in 1965, Opportunity Council is a nonprofit         1. Commercial-grade muffin tins for Maple Alley Inn and Fresh Start
             360-734-5121;                    Community Action Agency serving low-income people in            Espresso, our hot-meal program and social enterprise job-training cof-
 COMMUNITY




             info@oppco.org;                  Whatcom County. Our mission is to act as a catalyst for         fee shop. 2. $300 to purchase quality sources of protein and other
             www.oppco.org                    positive change, both in the community and in the lives         food for Maple Alley Inn, our hot-meal program.
                                              of the people we serve. We provide services to meet
                                              basic needs and beyond.


             Public Relations Organization    The Public Relations Organization exists to serve the pub-      1. $800 to become a chapter of PRSSA. The donation would pay the
             of WWU                           lic relations profession by helping to develop highly quali-    dues for our 15 members. 2. $400 for a professional sign in order to
             360-430-7248;                    fied, well-prepared professionals; to serve our members         promote our club. 3. Canopy to put up when we do outdoor events
             wwupro@gmail.com;                by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and pro-       such as participate in Relay for Life, bake sales and the WWU Red
             www.facebook.com/pages/wwu-      viding access to professional development opportunities;        Square info fair.
             public-relations-organization/   and to serve the WWU and Bellingham communities.
             197611680276391


             Read the Dirt                    By making available information on the past and present         1. $500 to fund our “tabling resources” for events. This includes
             503-756-7019;                    treatment of our dirt, water, air, flora, fauna and ideas, as   printed articles, printed zines about readthedirt.org, stickers, pins and
             info@readthedirt.org;            well as visions for the future, we aim to protect these six     leaflets. 2. Volunteer consultation to create Read the Dirt curriculum
             readthedirt.org                  essentials from exploitation, contamination, and near-          for middle and high schools. 3. $500 for printing costs to print mini
                                              sightedness. We are volunteers that publish the work of         Read the Dirt magazines for distribution in Bellingham high schools
                                              experts and engaged youth.                                      and businesses.


             Social Entrepreneur Society      Our mission is to connect WWU’s community to local              1. Mentors: If you are currently making change in your community, we
             360-393-9133;                    businesses and social groups to encourage social, intel-        would love for you to help mentor and guide us. 2. Financial sponsors:
             thechangemakersclub              lectual and creative growth. We will develop the skills         Please help us spread the news about social entrepreneurship, disrup-
             @gmail.com;                      necessary to enact social change.                               tive innovation and making change. Help us find, connect with and
             www.thechangemakersclub.com                                                                      support local visionaries. 3. Collaboration: Please work with us to
                                                                                                              make change within your organization and community.


             Squalicum Valley Community       As the second largest critical aquifer recharge zone for        1. Donations to fund two appeals before the Pollution Control Hear-
             Association                      Lake Whatcom our mission is to preserve and protect the         ings Board pertaining to permits that will allow road building in the
             360-733-3564;                    rural character of the Squalicum Valley and its environs;       Lake Whatcom watershed. 2. Help in creating a Power Point presenta-
             vwilkenswatson@aol.com;          the valley’s aquifer and the Lake Whatcom reservoir; and        tion. 3. Help in spreading the word by donating space for advertising
             squalicum.org                    resource lands. The valley lies just four miles east of Sil-    or funding ads at the Pickford, in the Cascadia Weekly and Bellingham
                                              ver Beach.                                                      Herald newspapers, etc.
6 The Bellingham Herald Monday, April 16, 2012                                                                                                                          TheBellinghamHerald.com


                     ORGANIZATION                                         MISSION                                                                WISHES
             Tour de Whatcom                     Tour de Whatcom is a charity bike ride of 25, 50 or 105         1. Videographers and photographers to film many aspects of the ride
             360-739-9953;                       miles on Saturday, July 28. Pledges go to charity of            all over Whatcom County. 2. Support drivers to pick up stranded
             todd@nwactivities.com;              rider’s choice. Pledges not required. Proceeds from ride        cyclists and bring them back to Fairhaven. Need van or truck. 3. Volun-
             www.tourdewhatcom.com               fee go to The Bike Shop, where poor kids can learn to fix       teers to work 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, to help at Fairhaven.
                                                 bikes and participate in group rides.



             Whatcom County                      The WCLF promotes and enhances the libraries in the             1. Early Literacy Activity Centers to rotate throughout WCLS branches,
             Library Foundation                  Whatcom County Library System through program and capi-         youtube.com/watch?vyjgZZilw164. ($1,000, partial gifts accepted) 2.
             360-384-3150;                       tal project funding. We endeavor to augment, not replace,       iPods, iPads or Nooks for Teen Summer Reading prizes. Always a hit
             jennifer.rick@wcls.org;             tax-based support for our libraries through gifts, grants and   for our young readers! 3. Donations to fund books for the Juvenile
             www.wcls.org/foundation             bequests. Our aims are to foster intellectual freedom and       Detention Center Book Club, wcls.org/wcls-book-club-at-juvenile-
                                                 First Amendment rights and encourage life-long learning.        detention-center. ($50-$250)
 COMMUNITY




             Whatcom Literacy Council            Whatcom Literacy Council is dedicated to empowering             1. Volunteer tutors who are willing to meet with a learner twice a week
             360-647-3264;                       adults to achieve their goals and change their lives            for at least nine months (one year is preferred). 2. Four brand-new lap-
             rachel@whatcomliteracy.org;         through literacy. Each year hundreds of adults in our com-      tops for WLC staff to use at the office and when out in the community
             www.whatcomliteracy.org             munity are matched with one-on-one tutors, or served in         teaching classes or training tutors. 3. New color copier/printer for
                                                 small group classes as they work towards improving their        staff to print promotional materials about upcoming classes and other
                                                 communication and literacy skills.                              outreach information.


             Whatcom Parks and Recreation        Through education and fundraising, the foundation facili-       1. Birch Bay State Park playground: State funding was allocated to this
             Foundation                          tates donations of cash, materials and real or personal         playground project that has since been withdrawn. Your contribution
             360-389-3803;                       property for parks, trails and recreation development. Our      can help close the gap! 2. General operating support: Become a mem-
             info@wprfoundation.org;             goal is to leave a legacy of parks, trails and recreation       ber to help fund the ongoing operations of the WPRF, wprfoundation
             www.wprfoundation.org/              for the benefit of future generations living in Whatcom         .org/member.htm.
             featured.htm                        County.


             Work Opportunities                  Work Opportunities promotes self-determination, self-respect    1. An office or meeting space for the team to share and use to meet
             360-815-7402;                       and valued participation in the community for persons with      with program participants. 2. Sponsorship for job services for a partic-
             alicia@workopportunities.org;       disabilities through work. We promote inclusion in the com-     ipant who cannot pay for their own services. 3. Big-ticket item, such
             workopportunities.org               munity through jobs, increased options for working in the       as a vacation package, to put into our auction fundraiser.
                                                 community, and a focus on abilities rather than disabilities.


             Acme Elementary PTA                 We are a nonprofit membership association serving the           1. School supplies: No. 2 pencils, crayons, glue sticks, notebook
             360-383-2045;                       students and community of Acme Elementary School.               paper, etc., for students K-6. 2. Photocopy paper: white and colored.
             leader@acmepta.com;                 Parents, teachers and community members work togeth-            The paper will be used for educational materials and to support PTA
             www.acmepta.com                     er for the best interest of and to support the educational      programs. 3. Cash donations, prizes and volunteers for our Jog-a-thon
                                                 experience of our students.                                     in May. Proceeds from the event will support programs for the 2012-
                                                                                                                 2013 school year.


             Alderwood Elementary                To develop social emotional skills for all elementary-aged      1. The Alderwood schoolwide counseling program would like to collab-
             School/Schoolwide                   students to enhance their ability to work cooperatively,        orate with the Neighborhood Playhouse to provide character education
             Counseling Program                  build academic endurance and compassionate leadership           assemblies for 340 students.
             360-676-6404, ext. 7525;            skills.
             jeannie.dodd@bellingham
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             schools.org


             Bellingham Childcare                The center is the only independent, nonprofit, fully-accred-    1. Gift certificates to book stores to enhance our children’s library. 2.
             & Learning Center                   ited, early learning facility in Whatcom County serving         Flip video cameras to document children’s development and to share
             360-676-0950;                       low-income families on a sliding-fee scale. BCLC’s focus        with parents. 3. Chafing dishes for family events and parent gather-
             karen@bellinghamchildcare.com;      is on improving educational outcomes for children and           ings.
             www.bellinghamchildcare.com         promoting readiness for school, but we place special pri-
                                                 ority on assisting families struggling with poverty.


             Bellingham Christian School         Our mission is to serve children of Christian families in       1. Six Corning Scholar 170 Hot Plates from wardsci.com ($156.45
             360-733-7303;                       Whatcom County, providing Christian education of high           plus tax and shipping). 2. Protein Synthesis Manipulatives Demonstra-
             nickelson@bellinghamchristian       academic quality that promotes authentic Christian char-        tion from wardsci.com ($266.80). One primary focus of biology is
             school.org;                         acter among students who will impact the world for              DNA/RNA/transcription/translation, which is difficult to understand
             www.bellinghamchristian             Christ.                                                         without quality models. 3. Large metal locking cabinet to increase
             school.org                                                                                          safety.
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                     ORGANIZATION                                        MISSION                                                                 WISHES
             Bellingham Christian School        Bellingham Christian School was founded in 1958. Our             1. Epsom LCD projector Model H310A for class instruction, music, PE,
             360-733-7303                       mission is to serve children of Christian families in What-      and student assemblies. 2. AVerMedia Document Camera Model
             sampson@bellinghamchristian        com County, providing Christian education of high aca-           POE3 for classroom instruction, music and PE. 3. Cash donations to
             school.org                         demic quality that promotes authentic Christian character        purchase science equipment. Preschool through 8th grade students
                                                among students who will impact the world for Christ.             receive science instruction and would profit from new equipment.



             Bellingham Cooperative School      We create a learning environment in which children can           1. We wish we had a little red wagon to take with us to the park(s)!
             360-201-7915;                      live purposefully, supported by adults in self-directed activ-   We often have snacks and equipment to carry. 2. We wish we had a
             bcs957@gmail.com;                  ities when appropriate. Children absorb from each experi-        graphic designer to help us with a new logo. We would like to have a
             www.bellinghamcooperative          ence what is significant for them and pursue their unique        new look. 3. We wish we had magazine subscriptions to Ladybug,
             school.org                         interests and passions. Respectful communication fosters         Ranger Rick, ASK, MUSE, DIG, and American Girl. We love to read
                                                a feeling of security and positive interactions.                 about our world!


             Bellingham Public School           The Bellingham Public School Foundation is committed to          1. We seek funds earmarked for school/teacher grants to be awarded
             Foundation                         raising community awareness and financial support to             to fund innovative ideas that impact many students and enhance and
             360-676-6479;                      help make the best possible education available to all           amplify their learning. 2. Financial support for Innovation and Sec-
             foundation@bellinghamschools       students in Bellingham Public Schools.                           ondary Flexibility means we can fund programs geared toward engaging
             .org;                                                                                               middle and high school students and enriching their educational experi-
             foundation.bellinghamschools.org                                                                    ence. 3. Funding earmarked for Early Childhood Education programs.


             Birch Bay Bible Community          As a ministry of Birch Bay Bible Community Church, we            1. Sensory table 2. Outdoor playhouse 3. Trikes/ride-on toys with hel-
             Church Preschool                   exist to provide safe, loving, nurturing, age-appropriate        mets.
             360-371-2300;                      care for each child. We strive to share and demonstrate
             office@birchbaychurch.com;         the love of Jesus Christ with our children and their fami-
             www.birchbaychurch.com             lies. Our first class opens in fall 2012.
 EDUCATION




             Bridgeway Christian Academy        Our school is a child-centered, multi-age, hands-on learn-       1. The wind blew down a tree on our outdoor basketball hoop. We
             360-384-6500;                      ing environment where play and wonder enhance academ-            need a new basketball hoop installed on our playground. 2. Five to 10
             rrose@gocougs.wsu.edu;             ics and children have a deep sense of belonging and love         new hardbound children’s dictionaries and/or thesauruses. 3. Coins
             www.bridgeway-christian-           through community building, cooperative learning and             from around the world to use in our geography studies (the more the
             academy.com                        Christian values being incorporated through life skills.         better).


             Communities In Schools             Communities In Schools helps at-risk youth remain in             1. Mature adults willing to donate one hour a week during the school
             360-778-3759;                      school and prepare for life. We coordinate a comprehen-          year and be a graduation coach to a student working hard to gradu-
             dennis@ciswhatcom.org;             sive range of services to achieve whole child support.           ate. 2. Volunteers needed to work with CIS staff to make events,
             www.ciswhatcom.org                 Site coordinators are placed inside schools to connect           fundraisers and school activities fun and efficient. If you like planning
                                                with families of students at risk for dropping out with          events, we want you. 3. Individuals and businesses willing to financial-
                                                Whatcom County’s best existing resources.                        ly support programs that help kids graduate high school.


             Compass 2 Campus                   Compass 2 Campus is a donation-funded program at                 1. Reusable lanyards for new cohort of fifth graders on the annual
             360-650-4565;                      WWU that trains university students to mentor in local           tour. ($2.75 each, need 900. Order royal blue to be picked up at the
             shar.sarteprince@wwu.edu;          schools. It has provided over 57,000 hours of mentoring          bookstore: http://bit.ly/wsToR2.)
             www.wce.wwu.edu/c2c                and tutoring to 4,500 mentees, boosting GPAs and
                                                encouraging graduation. Participating fifth-graders tour
                                                WWU each year to visualize college as a goal.


             Evergreen Christian School,        Our mission is to be an effective instrument of God.             1. Funds to purchase an interactive whiteboard for classroom use,
             Bellingham Campus of Lynden        Together with Christian parents and the church, we edu-          which will enhance effective learning experiences ($2,000). 2. Relo-
             Christian Schools                  cate children and young people so that they may grow             cate metal storage shed onto playground area (prepare land and
             360-738-8248;                      and mature into perceptive and caring Christians. Our            anchor to pallet), construct small enclosure for recycle and compost
             aclements@lyncs.org;               goal is to produce citizens who will have a transforming         bins, install basketball hoop. 3. Funds to purchase laptops for student
             www.lyncs.org                      influence in the world.                                          use (six at $600 each).


             Explorations Academy               Explorations Academy ignites a passion for learning for stu-     1. Remodeling materials: 3,000 square feet of commercial-grade car-
             360-671-8085;                      dents wanting challenging academics, a safe social com-          peting and lumber for our school expansion. 2. Hardware: Mac com-
             info@explorationsacademy.org;      munity, and an experiential learning approach that address-      puters (G5 with Leopard OS and no more than 3 years old preferred)
             www.explorationsacademy.org        es their unique learning styles. Our fully accredited high       and digital projector with speakers. 3. Lockers: 2-3 sets of two-tier
                                                school program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, inter-    heavy duty lockers with 12 lockers in each set.
                                                national travel and outdoor leadership education.
8 The Bellingham Herald Monday, April 16, 2012                                                                                                                      TheBellinghamHerald.com


                     ORGANIZATION                                        MISSION                                                              WISHES
             Ferndale Band Boosters              The Ferndale Band Boosters is a nonprofit, parent-run        1. Garage sale item donations. 2. Art and craft donations. 3. Several
             360-510-8590;                       organization that supports the FHS Marching Band and         big-ticket item donations.
             ferndaleband@gmail.com;             Color Guard. The band has been invited to represent
             www.ferndaleband.org                Washington state in the televised Memorial Day Parade
                                                 in Washington, D.C., in May 2013. We are seeking dona-
                                                 tions to help support the trip.


             Ferndale High School                We are a high school in Ferndale. I teach AP Environmen-     1. 25 copies of the book “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss to use in an AP
             360-383-9357;                       tal Science class to juniors and seniors. This class helps   Environmental Science class. 2. $130 for a biofuel stove that gener-
             chelle.dunham@fsd.k12.wa.us;        students to understand the impacts of human life on          ates electricity as it burns wood. This will help us as we study how we
             www.ferndale.wednet.edu             Earth and how to mitigate some of that impact. It’s a col-   generate electricity from biomass. 3. Water quality test kits, like Hach
                                                 lege level class that has a lot of lab work.                 kits, to test dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrites, nitrates, phosphate, etc.
                                                                                                              Refill kits too.


             Fisher Elementary 5th grade         Our classroom has a checkbook simulation going on all        1. We would love to have 30 calculators since ours have worn out.
             360-354-4291;                       year so that children have real-world experience with eco-   Students need experience using calculators, giving them practical
             hendricksm@lynden.wednet.edu        nomics, personal finance, etc. Every child has a job, a      ways to incorporate math. 2. Microscope that can be displayed using
                                                 checking account and pays monthly bills. This helps kids     a document camera. We don’t have any microscopes, so one of these
                                                 apply math strategies in a highly motivational way.          could be used by all.



             Fisher Elementary School            My mission is to teach reading, writing and history in a     1. Books from the Footsteps of Explorers Series: Vasco de Gama; Ferdi-
             360-354-4291;                       way that my students see that the golden age of discov-      nand Magellan; Hernando Cortes; Jacques Cartier; Ponce de Leon;
             millera@lynden.wednet.edu;          ery is something that is worth reading and writing about     Henry Hudson ($8.95 at Amazon.com). 2. More: Samuel de Champlain;
             www.lynden.wednet.edu/fsr           because they have both fiction and non-fiction text that     Henry the Navigator; Marco Polo; James Cook; Christopher Columbus;
                                                 are engaging and inviting.                                   Francisco Pizzaro. 3.” Pedro’s Journal” by Pam Conrad,” Walk the World’s
                                                                                                              Rim” by Betty Baker,” Stowaway by Karen Hesse” (Amazon.com).
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             Gardenview Montessori School        Gardenview Montessori is dedicated to the social, spiritu-   1. Full-size laminator to laminate the children’s work, specifically maps
             360-527-9638;                       al and intellectual growth of its students. We strive to     that they make and take home. 2. Monkey bars for children to use on
             gardenviewmontessori                offer affordable and exceptional private education to stu-   the playground. 3. $500 to improve upon the children’s gardens at the
             @comcast.net;                       dents between 18 months and six years of age.                school.
             www.gardenviewmontessori.org



             Kendall Elementary                  The Mount Baker School District, working with the com-       1. We wish to give an independent-reading-level book to each of our
             360-383-2055;                       munity, will provide all students a strong educational       78 first graders to encourage summer reading at home with their fami-
             kendallsec@mtbaker.wednet.edu       foundation upon which they can build their futures as pro-   lies.
                                                 ductive citizens in our changing world. We strive to pro-
                                                 vide support to parents to enhance their ability to act as
                                                 their children’s primary educator.


             Lynden Christian                    Together with Christian parents and the church, we seek      1. We would love to provide our students with a new playground struc-
             Elementary School                   to educate children and young people so that they may        ture from Playworld Systems called “Overdrive” ($4,162. 2). Noise-
             360-354-5492;                       grow and mature into perceptive and caring Christians.       canceling headphones: During work or study time, students can avoid
             jboersma@lyncs.org;                 Finally, our goal is to produce citizens who have a trans-   distracting noises in the classroom. 3. A year’s supply of book covers
             www.lyncs.org                       forming influence in the world.                              to help protect our textbooks from wear and tear.



             Lynden Christian High School        Together with Christian parents and the church, we seek      1. Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.4 GHz to be used in our history class
             360-354-3221;                       to educate children and young people so that they may        for presentations, lectures and research ($2,199). 2. Up to four Flip
             kkaemingk@lyncs.org;                grow and mature into perceptive and caring Christians.       Ultra HD Camcorders ($100 each) to be used in our high school Span-
             www.lyncs.org                       Finally, our goal is to produce citizens who have a trans-   ish program. 3. Bush Systems Stackable Recycling Bins for Class-
                                                 forming influence in the world.                              rooms: We are interested in purchasing 36 green, 36 yellow and 36
                                                                                                              red bins ($1,074.60 plus shipping).


             Lynden Christian Middle School      Together with Christian parents and the church, we seek      1. Scientific calculators: Our middle school students can use updated
             360-354-3358;                       to educate children and young people so that they may        scientific calculators for our math classes in all grade levels. 2. 25
             abishop@lyncs.org;                  grow and mature into perceptive and caring Christians.       iPads: Amazing technology for use in the classroom. There are so
             www.lyncs.org                       Finally, our goal is to produce citizens who have a trans-   many educational apps to enhance student learning! 3. Playground
                                                 forming influence in the world.                              equipment: Balls, jump ropes, Frisbees, etc.
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                     ORGANIZATION                                        MISSION                                                                WISHES
             Lynden Co-op Preschool              We provide parents and children the opportunity to learn       1. Rectangular play area rug (10’9” by 13’). Something bright and
             360-961-3998;                       and grow together. Through parent education and partici-       sturdy since the kids spend lots of time there! 2. 1-5 all-terrain trikes
             lyndack@yahoo.com;                  pation stronger families are made, which helps strength-       and/or one double trike. Our current trikes get tons of use and need
             www.lyndenco-oppreschool.com        en our community. We create a nurturing, family-friendly       to be replaced. 3. Shark Lift Away professional mop or something sim-
                                                 environment so children can thrive and have a solid foun-      ilar for keeping the classroom clean and sanitized without using chem-
                                                 dation for their education and a lifelong love of learning.    icals.


             Mount Baker Scholarship             The Mount Baker Scholarship Foundation is a volunteer          1. We want to update our website to a site that will be more interac-
             Foundation                          group of community members committed to encouraging            tive for students, and give them access to more available scholar-
             360-398-2194;                       academic achievement by providing scholarships for stu-        ships.
             mbsf875@gmail.com;                  dents in the Mount Baker School District.
             www.mtbakerscholarship.org


             Nooksack Valley                     With state requirements and increasing programs that           1. We would like to add technology to give more students access to
             High School Science                 integrates science, technology, engineering and mathe-         data-collecting materials. We would appreciate 12 Vernier Data Col-
             360-988-2641;                       matics, we feel that our kids are falling behind. We are a     lecting Devices and probes. 2. Eight sets of Gel Electrophoresis Kits.
             scott.nunamaker@nooksack            state leader on the state science assessment and our           With these we can explore the world of DNA like other schools do. 3.
             schools.org;                        teachers are well-versed in best practice instruction. We      We would like a printer for our science lab. We used to have one but
             www.nv.k12.wa.us/nvsd/site/         want improved technology experiences for our students.         once it died, there were no funds to replace it.
             default.asp


             Nooksack Valley Middle School       Nooksack Valley Middle School is committed to providing        1. $500 for remedial books for a class library in our resource room.
             360-966-7561;                       a developmentally responsive middle school program that        2. $500.00 for Washington state history materials to teach 7th grade
             tari.mathews@nv.k12.wa.us;          is characterized by: educators committed to young ado-         resource room kids with greater understanding. 3. $1,000 to help
             nooksackvalleyschools.org           lescents, a shared vision, high expectations for all, an       update our Read Naturally program to give the gift of literacy.
                                                 adult advocate for every student, crafting family and com-
                                                 munity partnerships, with a positive school climate.
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             Nooksack Valley Middle School       Nooksack Valley School District exists to ensure the suc-      1. Additions, in any amount, to my classroom’s library. Young adult
             360-966-7561;                       cess of all students. The district receives strong support     realistic fiction is the most popular student choice. 2. Approximately
             doris.sjoquist@nv.k12.wa.us;        from our community in the form of levy approval; howev-        six bean bag chairs or very large pillows or exercise balls for students
             www.nv.k12.wa.us/ms/site/           er, we are an economically challenged area. Student            to use during independent reading time. 3. At least one iPad for stu-
             default.asp                         achievement is the highest priority for our district and our   dent use.
                                                 state scores reflect that commitment.


             Nooksack Valley                     We help students with autistic spectrum disorders, learn-      1. We are looking for an iPad that can help our non-verbal and verbal
             Specialized Resource Room           ing disabilities, health impairments and many other spe-       students learn to communicate more effectively to improve their inde-
             360-988-2641;                       cial needs. We focus on vocational skills that could help      pendence. 2. iPad app Prologuo2go, which uses pictures to help stu-
             alisa.weddle@nv.k12.wa.us;          them become productive, independent members of our             dents communicate their needs and wants.
             www.nooksackschools.org/            society. Communication, social, job and transportation
             nvsd/site/default.asp               skills are the bulk of our curriculum.


             Shuksan Middle School               Our eight sixth-grade classes take marine science field        1. $200 to help with 10 scholarships for needy families. 2. $800 to
             360-676-6454;                       trips in May on the vessel Snow Goose. The cost is $20         allow us to use a private bus so kids could have a 6-hour vs. 4-hour
             douglas.robinson@bellingham         per student, which is difficult for some families. We must     experience.
             schools.org;                        use school buses to get there and the times for pickup
             shuksan.bellinghamschools.org       shorten the trip by two hours.



             Silver Beach Elementary             Silver Beach Reading Specialist Jodi Kinzel returned from      1. 25 clipboards, any colors or materials, regular size, 8.5” by 11”.
             jodi.kinzel@bellinghampublic        a teaching conference where she learned a method for
             schools.org                         helping to support reading using clipboards with kids.
                                                 They each need their own clipboard.



             Silver Beach Preschool              Silver Beach Developmental Preschool supports the              1. Visual timer for students. As time elapses, its bright red disk disap-
             360-590-4955;                       learning of students with developmental delays. Our            pears, helping everyone see how much time is left ($30 at
             therese.kato@bellingham             vision is to develop at the highest potential, knowledge,      timetimer.com). 2. Set of two Fisher Price Kid Tough Cameras which
             schools.org;                        application of skills, character traits and the inner drive    would be used to help develop early concepts ($40 each). 3. Earobics
             silverbeach.bellinghamschools.org   within each individual child, thus empowering our stu-         Foundations, a computer program that teaches phonological skills nec-
                                                 dents to become contributing members of society.               essary for reading success ($329 at janellepublications.com).
10 The Bellingham Herald Monday, April 16, 2012                                                                                                                                TheBellinghamHerald.com


                              ORGANIZATION                                       MISSION                                                                 WISHES
                      Transitional Learning Programs,   The ESL program at Whatcom Community College seeks               1. Federal mandates prohibit us from requiring students to purchase
                      Whatcom Community College         to provide underprepared and/or non-native English adult         textbooks. We would like $1,000 to purchase textbooks that students
                      360-383-3061;                     students the opportunity to improve basic skills.                can use and learn from.
                      kjensen@whatcom.ctc.edu;
                      www.whatcom.ctc.edu



                      Wade King PTA                     We create a collaborative partnership between the stu-           1. Ten six-foot steel banquet tables in white, to support the school-
                      360-647-6840;                     dents, families and staff of Wade King Elementary, an IB         wide activities ($104.60 each at Costco). 2. FM headset system for
                      wadekingpta@gmail.com;            world school, to help all children reach their full potential.   the Mandarin classroom to amplify the teacher’s voice so all children
                      www.sites.google.com/site/                                                                         can more clearly understand the native language (about $700). 3.
                      wadekingpta                                                                                        $100 of pre-selected books for our library to teach all our students
                                                                                                                         about India, a newly added subject for June.



                      Whatcom Day Academy               Whatcom Day Academy provides a high-quality, challeng-           1. Artists in a variety of media willing to host a group of students to
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                      360-312-1103;                     ing academic program for students three years through            visit their studio during our Summer Arts Program. 2. Musicians to vol-
                      info@whatcomday.org;              middle school. We also offer a summer day camp                   unteer a few hours to help children experience theater and music dur-
                      whatcomday.org                    focused on the arts that is open to the community.               ing our Summer Arts Program. 3. Judges for our student Science Expo
                                                                                                                         (interest in science is helpful but no prior judging experience is neces-
                                                                                                                         sary).



                      Whatcom Readiness To Learn        We are a school-based program that addresses non-aca-            1. $200 for each of the seven Whatcom County school districts to be
                      360-224-4698;                     demic barriers to attending and being successful in              used for gas cards for our homeless families with vehicles. 2. $200
                      mary.durborow@bellingham          school. We are present in all seven county school districts.     for each of the seven Whatcom County school districts for laundromat
                      schools.org;                      Two-thirds of the 1,100 students we serve are homeless.          vouchers for our homeless families. 3. $200 for each of the seven
                      www.bellinghamschools.org         We connect with community agencies for most services.            Whatcom County school districts for clothing gift cards for our home-
                                                        Transportation, clothing and supplies are critical needs.        less families.



                      Windward High School              WHS offers students an opportunity for real-world learn-         1. Donations of money or camping gear to support our upcoming one-
                      360-383-9289;                     ing through community partnerships and project-based             week experience on Sucia Island in collaboration with WWU. 2. Dona-
                      chuck.schelle@fsd.k12.wa.us;      learning. Our school is small and flexible, allowing collab-     tions of tools and materials (shovels, lumber, wheelbarrows, etc.) for
                      www.ferndale.wednet.edu/          oration in a learning environment. We maintain high stan-        work in our construction math class. 3. $500 to support our robotics
                      drupal/?qnode/1868                dards and fully expect our students to prepare them-             program. This money would be used for purchase of equipment.
                                                        selves for college, work and civic contribution.



                      Bellingham Mountain               Volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through         1. Avalanche airbag backpacks. 2. Narrow band capable, mil. spec
                      Rescue Council                    rescue and mountain safety education.                            radios. 3. Garmin HCx GPS.
 EMERGENCY SERVICES




                      360-305-8981;
                      hairymountainbeast@gmail.com;
                      www.wcsar.org/bmrc


                      Firefighters For Fun              Firefighters For Fun is a fire and life-safety educational       1. $500 to purchase 175 Firefighters For Fun fire and life safety edu-
                      360-398-7657;                     program geared toward changing attitudes and habits in           cation books and Whistle For Life whistles to hand out Kids Safe Fair.
                      firefightersforfun@comcast.net;   children and adults, better preparing them to function in        2. $300 to purchase 150 Whistle For Life whistles to hand out at Kids
                      www.facebook.com/firefighters     their emergencies through prevention and preparation.            Safe Safety Fair in June. 3. $200 to purchase 200 Firefighters For Fun
                      forfun                            Our theme is “If you can be heard, you can be rescued”           fire and life safety education books to teach from and hand out at
                                                        with our Whistles For Life whistles.                             Safe Kids Fair.



                      Bellingham Threshold Singers      Bellingham Threshold Singers is a volunteer group of             1. Ten camping stools for use while singing at the bedsides of care
                      360-927-4384;                     women who sing lullaby-like songs at bedsides of those           centers. 2. $200 to purchase advertising spots locally in order to
                      info@bellinghamthreshold          seriously ill or dying. The group is about 30 in number,         secure volunteer singers and ensure that all who desire this comfort-
 HEALTH




                      singers.org;                      but make visits in groups of three or four. This free serv-      ing service can access it. 3. Women who sing! Join us at 6:30 p.m.
                      www.bellinghamthreshold           ice is offered to anyone who asks.                               the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Jerns Funeral
                      singers.org                                                                                        Chapel, 800 E. Sunset Drive, to learn our repertoire and be equipped
                                                                                                                         for service.
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                   ORGANIZATION                                      MISSION                                                                WISHES
           Children’s Organ                  LivLife operates under the non-profit organization of the      1. $500 to help with the purchase of a large banner for an event on
           Transplant Association            Children’s Organ Transplant Association. LivLife is dedicat-   June 9. Or help with the cost of posters, etc. 2. Volunteers, 12-plus
           800-366-2682;                     ed to organizing and running various fundraisers through-      for two-hour shifts to assist with children’s activities on June 9 and at
           cota@cota.org;                    out our community. The funds raised at our events will         the end of August. 3. Companies to sponsor our two major events of
           www.cotaforoliviarc.com           assist families with transplant-related expenses, who have     the year, venue rental costs, screen printing, baseball caps, t-shirts,
                                             children in need of life-saving organ transplants.             jerseys and food for barbecue.


           Christian Health Care Center      Christian Health Care Center believes that each resident       1. New or gently used musical instruments for our Let’s Make Music
           360-354-4434;                     deserves to live in comfort, with dignity and respect. This    program for the elderly. Could include small drums, hand-held bells,
           eyarbrough@chcclynden.org;        core philosophy, along with our mission to provide care        tambourines, harmonicas. 2. Alzheimer’s therapy dolls, ($79.95 each,
           www.chcclynden.org                with compassion and love in Christ’s name, is why family,      www.alzstore.com/alzheimers/someone-to-love-baby-doll.htm). 3. New
                                             friends and neighbors have trusted us with their loved         or gently used folding tables to be used by residents who love to work
                                             ones since 1956.                                               on puzzles ($80 each).


           Rainbow Recovery Center           The Rainbow Recovery Center is a program of Whatcom            1. The center will be hosting a benefit concert on May 19 at the
           360-752-2577;                     Counseling and provides recovery support services for          SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention and we are seeking funding
           jim.gilchrist@whatcomcounseling   the adult mentally ill population. Services include free       support. 2. Advertising support for the concert event. 3. Sponsorship
           .org;                             meals, support groups, laundry and shower vouchers.            funding over $500 will receive logo information on flyer.
           www.whatcomcounseling.org/        Seventy percent of those served are homeless.
           rainbowcenter.html


           Ti-chee                           To provide HIV/AIDS, STD, substance abuse prevention,          1. Would like to have a full-size sofa for the conference room for rest
 HEALTH




           360-734-2476;                     education, outreach, rapid HIV testing, case manage-           and relaxation during a hard days work! 2. $300 for printing supplies
           hameni@ti-chee.org;               ment, client services based on the practices and princi-       and paper. 3. Gift certificates from local stores.
           www.ti-chee.org                   ples of the Native American medicine wheel.




           Visiting Nurse Home Care’s        The Friendly Visitors Program (part of Visiting Nurse          1. 15 office chairs for administrative staff to replace old, worn out,
           Friendly Visitors Program         Home Care) recruits, trains and matches volunteers to          broken chairs. Chairs do not need to match.
           360-756-5179;                     isolated and lonely homebound seniors in Whatcom
           info@friendlyvisitors.org;        County who have few, or no, family or friends nearby. Vol-
           www.vnhomecare.org                unteers visit weekly, connect seniors to resources and
                                             usually form lifetime friendships with their matches.


           Whatcom Alliance                  The Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access connects            1. $100 donation to link a client who needs help but cannot afford it
           for Healthcare Access             people in our community to health care services, pro-          with doctor willing to donate their care. 2. $100 cash donation to help
           360-788-6560;                     motes system improvements and fosters public participa-        pay for prescriptions for clients who cannot afford them. 3. WAHA is
           eemoore@hinet.org;                tion in developing sound health care policies.                 growing in size to meet the growing need in the community. We
           whatcomalliance.org                                                                              request office furniture for new staff.



           Women with Wings                  Our purpose and our passion is to bring healing music to       1. Volunteers to sing for those who are isolated, lonely, ill or dying in
           360-734-7979;                     those in our community who may be most in need. We             our community, with sing-a-longs at facilities or at the bedside. 2. Web
           linda@lindasongs.com;             regularly sing at care facilities, at St. Joseph Hospital,     designer to help create, and possibly maintain, an interactive website,
           www.bellinghamwomenwith           Hospice House and the Drop-in Center, with sing-along          and to create a Facebook page. 3. Cash donation of $600 to help pay
           wings.org                         song circles and bedside visits.                               for our tax-exempt, non-profit application.


           Ferndale Heritage Society         To educate the community on the history of Whatcom             1. Help us take care of the flower beds that surround the log cabins in
           360-384-6461;                     County, promote Pioneer Park and tourism and bring             Pioneer Park. Our aging members who have done it for years, can’t.
           park@ferndaleheritage             together those people interested in preserving history
           society.com;                      and maintaining the log cabins and the collections at Pio-
           www.ferndaleheritagesociety.com   neer Park.
 HISTORY




           Whatcom County                    The Whatcom County Historical Society is a non profit          1. $10,000 needed to install a wheelchair lift for public access to the
           Historical Society                501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation, pres-      restored Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse built in 1858. Dona-
           360-319-0065;                     entation and promotion of county history through public        tions of any size appreciated.
           ricktremaine@gmail.com;           programs, special events, education, research, preserva-
           www.whatcomhistory.net            tion and publications. The purpose is to bring together
                                             people interested in the history of Whatcom County.
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                           ORGANIZATION                                       MISSION                                                               WISHES
                   Access Freedom                     Access Freedom is a prevention-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit       1. Three laptop computers for staff. 2. Donations: $100 increments
                   360-441-3797;                      organization dedicated to outreach, promoting awareness,       for direct services not covered by the state for children commercially
                   anya@accessfreedom.org;            and providing education on domestic minor sex trafficking      sexually exploited. Services include medical, psychological and chemi-
                   www.accessfreedom.org              within Whatcom County. We support local social service         cal dependence support. 3. Donations toward a mobile outreach pro-
                                                      organizations and law enforcement to create a stronger         gram focused not only in Bellingham, but in the rural areas of the
                                                      response network for victims to access freedom.                county as well.



                   Alzheimer Society of Washington    We educate people about dementia-related diseases. We          1. Design and hosting of new website. 2. Volunteers to help with set-
                   360-371-3316;                      provide hope to those affected by offering support and         up, registration and break down at our spring workshop and Miles for
                   brookerlarson@comcast.net;         resources. Our memory screenings, referral services,           Memories 5k Walk/Run. 3. New home: donated office space or real
                   www.alzsociety.org                 support groups and early memory loss classes are               property by October so we can have a permanent place to call home.
                                                      offered for free. We also host educational conferences in
                                                      the spring and fall.



                   Bellingham Books To Prisoners      We send free books to prisoners, enabling them to better       1. Dictionaries: We welcome book donations of all kinds, but our most
                   360-733-9099;                      their lot in life through education and increased language     pressing need is for dictionaries; one out of three letters requests a
                   bellinghambtp@yahoo.com;           ability. By helping prisoners to grow and showing them         dictionary. 2. Volunteers: We meet on Monday evenings to read prison-
                   www.bellinghambtp.org              there are people who are concerned for them, we hope to        er letters, pick books and wrap packages. All are welcome; send us
                                                      reduce recidivism and help create a better society for all.    an email! 3. Postage: Everything is donated to us, except money to
                                                                                                                     send the books into prisons, $4 sends one package of books.



                   Blaine Senior Center               Blaine Senior Center strives to be an active, fun, healthy     1. A new reader board to let the seniors and community know about
                   360-332-8040;                      place for folks 50 and older. We offer fitness programs, a     programs and events. 2. $5,000 towards our proposed pavilion proj-
                   bscdana@gmail.com;                 full gym, classes, library, lunches, entertainment, commu-     ect. This will be a covered outdoor venue be shared by the Boys &
 SOCIAL SERVICES




                   www.blaineseniorcenter.com         nity events, pool room and support for the aging popula-       Girls Club and Blaine Senior Center. 3. We need air conditioning for
                                                      tion in our area.                                              our gym. Our building has air conditioning, but our gym doesn’t. Help
                                                                                                                     our seniors stay healthy and fit.



                   Brigid Collins                     Brigid Collins envisions a community that nurtures all of      1. $500 to purchase 50 Darkness to Light Child Abuse Prevention
                   Family Support Center              its children. Our mission is to break the cycle of child       class workbooks for parents, educators and service providers. 2.
                   360-734-4616;                      abuse in Whatcom County. We support families as a              Cover the cost of a therapy session for a child who has been sexually
                   bmanering@brigidcollins.org;       means to prevent child abuse. When abuse does occur,           abused ($45 a session). 3. Volunteer to provide four hours a month of
                   www.brigidcollins.org              we provide services to help families heal and move on          light gardening.
                                                      with their lives.



                   Cascade Christian Services         Cascade Christian Services provides residential and            1. Need someone to paint the inside of our adult family home. 2.
                   360-714-9355;                      vocational services to people with disabilities.               Need funds to purchase a used van or car for one of our residential
                   www.cascadechristianservcies.org                                                                  programs. 3. Need office space for our training program.




                   Catholic Community                 Every child should grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing     1. Volunteer supervisors for families in need of supervised visitation.
                   Services WW-NW                     environment. In healthy family life being affirmed and         Training and support for those willing to give of their time (about 1.5
                   360-739-2559;                      supported in our communities. In compassion, love and          hours a week). 2. New or gently used board games or indoor toys for
                   jeralynh@ccsww.org;                respect for all people, especially those poor and vulnera-     families to use during supervised visitation. 3. Donations towards the
                   www.ccsww.org                      ble. For all people, whatever their color, whatever lan-       purchase of materials and supplies for our visits.
                                                      guage they speak or however they worship.




                   Families and Friends               FFVCV offers victims of crime such as assault, robbery,        1. $500 to support a number of healing events such as memorials
                   of Violent Crime Victims           identity theft, drunk driving, and families of homicide vic-   and remembrances to support victims of violent crime and their fami-
                   360-297-6302;                      tims a 24-hour crisis line, one-on-one crisis intervention,    lies. 2. Store gift cards or gas vouchers for emergency financial assis-
                   marge@fnfvcv.org;                  criminal justice system advocacy, courtroom support,           tance for victims as they struggle to repair property and rebuild their
                   www.fnfvcv.org                     media intervention, resources and education services.          lives. 3. Gift cards for Amazon to help victims of violent crime pur-
                                                      We provide support for Whatcom County victims and their        chase publications to aid in their healing journey.
                                                      families.
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                            ORGANIZATION                                      MISSION                                                                WISHES
                   Families for Autistic Children’s   F.A.C.E.S. Northwest is a nonprofit organization dedicated     1. $500 to purchase a multi-function printer, or donate a printer. 2.
                   Education & Support                to working in partnership with families helping children,      $1,000 to pay for bus, or use of bus or van, for field trip to Pacific Sci-
                   360-410-8413;                      adolescents as well as those transitioning into adulthood      ence Center. 3. $1,500 to pay for three-day overnight camping trip at
                   facesnw@hotmail.com;               with autism maximize their strengths with the support          Larrabee State Park.
                   www.facesnorthwest.com             and tools they need in order to grow socially, academical-
                                                      ly, and to be active participants in their community.


                   Ferndale Community                 Ferndale Community Service Cooperative offers a structure      1. Four commercial-grade steel, folding garment racks on wheels for
                   Service Cooperative                for community programs to coordinate and share resources       hanging clothes donated for the start up of a Ferndale Clothing Bank.
                   360-380-2200;                      that promote the well-being of the Ferndale, Custer, Lummi     2. New laptop computer for dedicated use by the coordinator of the
                   coordinator@ferndalecrc.org;       and north Bellingham communities. Projects include Fern-       Community Service Cooperative, who now shares one computer with
                   www.ferndalecsc.org                dale Community Resource Center, the Other Bank, Commu-         volunteers and board members. 3. Volunteers to staff the resource
                                                      nity Meal, Friendship Garden and Holiday Giving Store.         center and to help develop and staff a new Ferndale Clothing Bank.


                   Ferndale Food Bank                 The mission of our organization is to diminish the debili-     1. We wish to partner with several businesses and/or corporations to
                   360-384-1506;                      tating affects of hunger and food insecurity in our com-       sponsor our food bank’s food purchases for three months. 2. We wish
                   director@ferndalefoodbank.org;     munity. We strive to provide this service with respect and     to pull together a team of gardeners to support our food bank garden
                   www.ferndalefoodbank.org           dignity. Ferndale Food Bank has seen an 18 percent             space at the Ferndale Community Garden. 3. We wish to attract sever-
                                                      increase in our client numbers. Help us meet this need.        al cooking professionals to host some workshops for our clients and
                                                                                                                     perhaps a fundraiser around economical/nutritious cooking.


                   Ferndale Senior Activity Center    The Ferndale Senior Activity Center’s promotes the gener-      1. Microsoft Office Professional 2010 for 3 users ($950). 2. Sony LED
                   Jet Oldsters                       al welfare and interests of Ferndale senior citizens; to       50” TV with XBOX 360 and Kinect for bowling, ping pong and other
                   360-384-6244;                      encourage and provide nutritional, educational, social and     recreational activities to promote exercise and laughter ($2,000). 3.
                   ferndale.senior.center@gmail.com   recreational programs for senior citizens; to encourage        Sound system for stage and dining hall to offer educational and enter-
                                                      senior citizens to associate together for their mutual well-   tainment programs.
                                                      being and to promote good health and happiness.
 SOCIAL SERVICES




                   His Kids Our Homes                 His Kids Our Homes exists to connect kids in crisis to         1. Cash donation for building comfort bags for kids who come into state
                   360-510-6022;                      caring people and Christ. We are a foster/adoption             care during the transition into foster placement. 2. Training resources to
                   carrie@hiskids-ourhomes.org;       awareness, support and training organization that helps        assist foster/adoptive parents adapt to having kids from hard places in
                   www.hiskids-ourhomes.org           people in our community find connections to help chil-         their lives. We need more Trust Based Parenting DVDs ($65 from
                                                      dren. We know that not everyone can foster or adopt, but       child.tcu.edu/DVD%20sales.asp). 3. Grocery store gift cards to help
                                                      everyone can do something!                                     supply goodies to the Bellingham DCFS office in support of their efforts.


                   Home Port Learning Center          Home Port Learning Center is a nonprofit, transitional         1. $500 to put towards the purchase of new motorized tools that we
                   360-715-8860;                      education program serving adjudicated and at-risk youth        use on a daily basis: sanders, routers and drills.
                   homeportlc@gmail.com;              of Whatcom County. Through experiential learning, stu-
                   www.homeportlc.com                 dents acquire academic, vocational and work-readiness
                                                      skills. We are committed to the preservation of our mar-
                                                      itime heritage and environment.


                   Hope House                         Hope House provides basic needs items to Whatcom Coun-         1. $500 to help purchase new underwear, three pairs each for 300 chil-
                   360-676-2164;                      ty residents. Clothing, household items, hygiene supplies,     dren! 2. Diapers are our most requested item. We never have enough
                   cheriw@ccsww.org;                  paper products and baby items such as food, wipes and          and $500 would purchase 2,000 diapers for distribution. 3. We always
                   www.bellinghamhopehouse.com        diapers are all distributed four days per week by a staff of   need very large clothing for those clients who are finding it hard to
                                                      50-plus volunteers and one part-time program manager.          obtain clothing. Men's and women's sizes 2-5XL would be welcomed.


                   Interfaith Coalition               The mission of our coalition of diverse faith communities      1. Handy volunteers for doing basic repairs and maintenance of our
                   of Whatcom County                  is to improve the lives of people in need in Whatcom           short-term homes. Examples include changing batteries in smoke detec-
                   360-734-3983;                      County, focusing on housing for homeless families and          tors, simple plumbing and yard work. 2. Lawn mower and yard tools for
                   info@interfaith-coalition.org;     health care for all. We operate a network of nine homes,       one of our homes. Tool boxes with essential tools, such as hammers and
                   www.interfaith-coalition.org       which provide short-term and transitional housing. All         screwdrivers, for five homes. 3. Funds for purchasing cleaning supplies,
                                                      families receive case-management services.                     hardware, light bulbs, batteries and other items for maintaining homes.


                   Kid’s Council                      The TreeHouse provides a safe environment where chil-          1. Dinners for 25 twice a month. We have been having pizza but any-
                   Northwest Treehouse                dren and their families grieving a death can share their       thing family friendly would be greatly appreciated. 2. Art supplies. 3.
                   360-734-5552;                      experiences. Children who have had a loss often feel iso-      Funding for training new facilitators by Dougy Center (approximately
                   hollyc360@gmail.com;               lated or suffer from depression. We help children, teens       $3,000).
                   www.kcnw.org                       and their families come together in mutual support can
                                                      help break isolation and offer hope.
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                           ORGANIZATION                                      MISSION                                                                 WISHES
                   Lummi Counseling Services        Lummi Counseling Services manages four transitional liv-        1. Sheet sets and pillows for 25 twin beds and 2 full beds. 2. 35 sets
                   360-384-2330, ext. 2669;         ing houses that provide agency-based home living, case          of towels, hand towels and wash cloths. 3. $400 for a year’s supply of
                   jenaio@lummi-nsn.gov             management and supportive services for adults and small         toilet paper and cleaning supplies for four houses (dish soap, garbage
                                                    families in need of clean and sober housing. We encour-         bags, bleach, etc).
                                                    age program participants to meet the challenges of inde-
                                                    pendent living from an environment of support and safety.


                   Lydia Place                      To support families in establishing sustained independ-         1. Our mothers living in our transitional housing shelter wish for a new
                   360-671-7663;                    ence. We accomplish this by providing housing programs          refrigerator. Each family appreciates the ability to feed their children
                   mindyk@lydiasplace.org;          to homeless families and individuals, along with life-skills    fresh, healthy food. 2. Most of our supportive service families have
                   www.lydiasplace.org              classes to teach and empower self-sufficiency.                  just moved from being homeless into homes. These families wish for
                                                                                                                    furniture such as bookcases and dressers. 3. Our office wishes for a
                                                                                                                    new commercial copier/printer.


                   Lynden Community Senior Center   The Lynden Community/Senior Center provides drop-in             1. Recumbent bicycle for fitness room. We have an excellent strength
                   360-354-4501;                    services for adults to support independent living, physi-       training program and equipment, but need a safe, easy to use machine
                   lyncmctr.manager@gmail.com;      cal, mental and emotional wellness, healthy nutrition and       for aerobic fitness. 2. Automatic door opener to help those with walk-
                   www.lyndencommunitycenter.org    social/recreational activities to stay active, involved and     ers or wheelchairs or anyone having difficulty opening the large front
                                                    connected. Fitness and educational activities are offered       doors to the senior center. 3. Ping pong table. We have had requests
                                                    and nutritious noon meals are served Monday-Friday.             for this activity to aid coordination, fitness, socializing and fun.


                   Max Higbee Center                Max Higbee Center provides community-based programs             1. $200 to pay for signage at our new location. This would allow clients
                   360-733-1828;                    for youth and adults with developmental disabilities            and the general public to see our building from the street. 2. $200 to go
                   maxhigbee@gmail.com;             including opportunities for personal enrichment and             toward a coffee mug program that will give each of our members their
                   maxhigbee.org                    social interaction through recreational, skill and communi-     own drinking mug and cut down on overall waste. 3. Kitchen supplies for
                                                    ty-building activities. We advance social, physical, cogni-     adaptive cooking: serrated plastic knives (such as Zyliss lettuce knife),
                                                    tive and emotional development.                                 palm vegetable peeler, veggiChop, non-slip bottom stacking bowls, etc.
 SOCIAL SERVICES




                   New Way Ministries               New Way Ministries is a transitional housing facility for       1. We wish for a computer, printer and desk in our living room for resi-
                   360-354-9930;                    homeless women and children. Located in Lynden, we              dents to use for school, job hunting, legal business and housing
                   jruiter1234@comcast.net;         have helped 200 families in nine years. The six-month           research. 2. We wish for twin bed mattress sets and zip-on covers for
                   www.new-way-ministries.org       program is designed to help families get back on their          them. 3. We wish for 10 new folding chairs for the dining room and a
                                                    feet and begin a new life by case-management, life-skills       new (or used) couch and chair for the living room.
                                                    and a children’s program.


                   Nooksack Valley Collaboration    The mission of the center is to support the development         1. CD/cassette/stereo for music and movement with toddlers ($169).
                   for Children and Families        of healthy families so that all children experience suc-        2. Computer for classroom us ($600). 3. Classroom book sets with
                   Birth to Three                   cess in school and beyond. Classrooms are rich in early         multi-ability, multi-cultural and classic books for infants and toddlers
                   360-988-4033;                    literacy and language experiences with a focus on the           ($164-$360).
                   tami.postma@nv.k12.wa.us         emerging social skills that will enable children to be suc-
                                                    cessful in a group.


                   NorthWest Therapeutic            The NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center provides thera-         1. Volunteers to walk with the NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center and
                   Riding Center                    peutic riding lessons to people of all ages with a wide         raise or donate pledges in the Whatcom Volunteer Center Human Race
                   360-966-2124;                    range of disabilities. The NWTRC is dedicated to enrich-        on May 12. 2. Support (full or partial) for Kleng and Kurt, the national
                   nwtrc@premier1.net;              ing the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being       and regional therapeutic horses of the year ($300 a month or $3,600 a
                   nwtrc.org                        of our riders and their families in an environment which        year per horse). 3. Scholarship money (full or partial) for two riders with
                                                    is safe, nurturing, challenging and fun.                        disabilities coming from less fortunate circumstances ($840 each).


                   Pass The Hat                     We provide financial relief to local families who fall victim   1. Our first wish is for 20 people to each commit to get 10 other peo-
                   360-303-3590;                    to tragic events, crime or disaster. We raise money             ple to sign up for Pass The Hat. 2. Our second wish is to get 50 peo-
                   galen@pass-the-hat.org;          through a unique, sustainable campaign to help families         ple to agree to share Pass The Hat on Facebook. 3. Our third wish is
                   www.pass-the-hat.org             while empowering local community members to become              that just one person reading this will check out our website and sign
                                                    involved and make a significant impact at a level accessi-      up. Every last person makes a huge difference!
                                                    ble to everyone; only $2 per month.


                   Project Hope                     To provide food, shelter and other basic human needs            1. 100 boxes of laundry soap to distribute to needy families coming
                   360-354-4673;                    services to low-income, disadvantaged individuals and           to the food bank who can’t afford to buy it. 2. 200 boxes of dry cereal
                   jgrennell@comcast.net            families without discrimination to communities in north         to help feed families with children coming to the food bank. 3. As
                                                    Whatcom County.                                                 many $20 gas cards good at any gas station to give to people with
                                                                                                                    doctor’s appointments, job interviews and children’s appointments.
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                           ORGANIZATION                                      MISSION                                                                 WISHES

                   Sea Mar Visions                  Sea Mar Visions is a nonprofit, residential youth treat-         1. Set of Steck Vaughn Reading Program, Levels D, E, F. Each level
                   360-656-4266;                    ment center that strives to provide a holistic model of          includes six books focusing on reading skills such as comprehension,
                   emilymizen@seamarchc.org;        intervention that empowers substance-abusing adoles-             inference and drawing conclusions. 2. 20-plus boxes of watercolor
                   www.seamar.org                   cent females who have a history of risky behavior to             Crayola markers and colored pencils for school projects. 3. Interesting
                                                    increase self-awareness, make healthier choices and              and engaging educational DVDs such as History Channel, Bill Nye, etc.
                                                    reduce the risk of continued substance use.                      to supplement the curriculum currently in place.


                   Seeds of Hope Ministries         Seeds of Hope Ministries, currently based at JJ Fryes            1. $1,000 to apply toward the purchase of a used 20-passenger bus
                   360-201-8255;                    restaurant in Sumas, encourages and provides everyone            (cost $4,000). Many of the people we serve cannot afford cars or lack
                   seedsofhope@ymail.com            opportunity to live to their full potential.                     operating funds. 2. $200 gasoline coupons for single working mothers
                                                                                                                     who lack funds to make all ends meet each month. 3. $500 to pur-
                                                                                                                     chase used pickup truck to allow a mobile repair service to perform
                                                                                                                     miscellaneous RV and home repairs.


                   St. Francis Foundation           Our program serves young children, elderly, people with          1. We need two laptop computers to assist staff with completing
                   360-752-6336;                    disabilities and low-income families. We partner with            developmental assessments for our students and to help with plan-
                   hbugbee@avamere.com              Head Start and other community organizations. The foun-          ning. 2. We need soil, fertilizer, plant starts, garden tools and labor to
                                                    dation operates a quality educational childcare center in        work in our community intergenerational vegetable gardens. 3. We
                                                    an extended care facility. This benefits the young and old       need a concrete pathway poured to help elderly residents and children
                                                    by providing a positive, intergenerational environment.          access the garden beds.



                   Sunrise Foundation               To help mature adults by improving their quality of life. In     1. Attorney to establish business plan, file 501(c)3 paperwork and pay
 SOCIAL SERVICES




                   “Creating Hope Today”            2011 we were able to help several families. Our long-            fees ($700-$800). 2. Local car dealership to donate a mini-van
                   360-393-4236;                    term goal is to buy a van equipped with a wheelchair lift        equipped with a rear-door wheelchair lift, provide one at cost, or possi-
                   jessica@creatinghopetoday.org;   for a woman suffering from post-polio so that she may            ble purchase one auction ($20,000-$40,000). 3. $2,000 for upcom-
                   www.creatinghopetoday.org        actively participate in her family’s life.                       ing fundraising events. That money would be used to rent a venue,
                                                                                                                     hire a band and advertise our Kids Day and Night-of-Fright.


                   Volunteer Chore Program          The Volunteer Chore Program recruits volunteers to do            1. Working lawn mowers or weed eaters to help maintain yards of sen-
                   360-734-3055;                    basic chores so that low-income seniors and adults with          iors 2. The use of a storage unit or shed to house yard tools so volun-
                   chore@whatcomvolunteer.org;      disabilities can remain independent in their own homes.          teers can maintain yards of seniors 3. Lumber donations to build
                   www.whatcomvolunteer.org                                                                          wheelchair ramps for low-income seniors.


                   Whatcom Council on Aging         Encourage active aging through services that support life-       1. New or gently used 4WD cargo van to be used for delivery of Meals
                   360-766-4030;                    long health and wellness. Our programs include Meals on          on Wheels in the county. 2. Paint and labor to paint three accent walls
                   mcarlson@wccoa.org;              Wheels to homebound seniors, 10 lunch sites throughout           at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center. 3. Small, high-speed
                   www.wccoa.org                    Whatcom County, the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, a         copier/scanner for light office use.
                                                    Senior Tours Program and low-income senior housing.


                   Whatcom Discovery Center         Whatcom Discovery Center is an educational setting for           1. Brother Sewing Machines from Walmart ($100 each). The students
                   Adventure Class                  children with severe social, emotional and behavioral dif-       will quilt blankets to donate to the Brigadoon Service Dog Training Pro-
                   360-738-6235;                    ficulties. The goal of our school is to have students            gram. 2. Cash/gift certificate to JoAnn Fabrics ($200) to spend on
                   ktyne@nwesd.org                  develop sufficient internal discipline so that little external   fabric, thread and other sewing materials. 3. Lego sets from Walmart
                                                    reinforcement is required.                                       ($300) for the students to play with so they can practice appropriate
                                                                                                                     social skills with each other.


                   WWU Local National Student       As a nonprofit, student-run organization, our goal is to         1. Cash or check donations to help us reach our goal of providing
                   Speech-Language-Hearing          raise money to help Western Washington University’s              $15,000 in scholarships to our clients. 2. Donations of any kind to
                   Association Chapter              Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic provide underprivileged           our April 28 auction.
                   503-476-5154;                    clients and their families the means to pay for the basic
                   taylor86@students.wwu.edu        need of communication.



                   Youthnet                         Youthnet’s mission since 1969 has been to provide car-           1. $500 in gift cards for Fred Meyer in order for staff to assist foster
                   360-336-1610, ext 201;           ing and supportive educational and social services to            youth moving out on their own to purchase household items. 2. Fifty
                   ksager@youthnetnw.net;           youth and families to help them attain a productive and          boxes of bulk non-perishable snacks, i.e. granola bars, nuts (not
                   www.youthnetnw.net               successful life. Our primary programs are foster care-           peanuts), individual waters, graham crackers, juice for weekly skill-
                                                    based services to support adolescents and young adults.          building groups for foster youth. 3. Adult volunteers to assist with
                                                                                                                     teaching independent-living skills to foster youth in group setting.
16 The Bellingham Herald Monday, April 16, 2012                                                                                                                       TheBellinghamHerald.com


                  ORGANIZATION                                           MISSION                                                               WISHES
         American Legion Post 154                 We provide scholarships for Ferndale High School students    1. $265 to fund a Ferndale student’s participation at Evergreen Girls
         Scholarship Fund                         to participate in American Legion’s Evergreen Boys State     State 2012 at CWU in Ellensburg from June 10-16. 2. $270 to fund a
         360-384-7474;                            and American Legion Auxiliary’s Evergreen Girls State pro-   Ferndale student’s participation at Evergreen Boys State 2012 at CWU
         alpost154@netzero.net                    grams. These leadership and citizenship training programs    in Ellensburg from June 17-23.
                                                  are designed to enhance youngsters’ understanding of
                                                  their rights and responsibilities in our government.


         Bellingham Young Life                    Young Life is a nonprofit Christian organization that        1. Office computers. 2. $1,000 to help pay for transportation to/from
         360-220-8161;                            meets kids on their turf. YL started in Whatcom County       camp.
         bellinghamyl@gmail.com;                  in 1943. Our adult leaders meet kids, walk through life
         www.bellingham.younglife.org             with them, love them where they are and share the mes-
                                                  sage of Jesus in a non-threatening way.



         Big Brothers Big Sisters                 The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest         1. Fifteen stacking or folding chairs for our volunteer trainings. 2. TV
         of Northwest Washington                  Washington is to help children in Northwest Washington       with a screen at least 24 inches and an adapter for a DVD player. 3.
         360-671-6400;                            reach their potential through professionally supported,      Volunteer to sew curtains for our office.
         colleenh@bbbs-nw.org;                    one-to-one mentoring relationships. This mission furthers
         bbbs-nw.org                              our vision of creating and supporting a nurturing mentor
                                                  relationship for every child who wants or needs one.
 YOUTH




         Boys & Girls Clubs                       To enable all young people, especially those who need us     1. Kids rubber boots, tempura paints (in bottles), oils, large easel,
         of Whatcom County                        most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring    paintbrushes, sponges, glue, matte frames, picture frames, paper, craft
         360-738-3808;                            and responsible citizens.                                    projects. 2. Garden wagon, garden stool, basketballs, footballs, soccer
         cdestry@whatcomclubs.org;                                                                             balls, kickballs, dodgeballs, puzzles, games, board games. 3. Desktop
         www.whatcomclubs.org                                                                                  PCs with Windows 7, 50-inch flat screen TV with 50 sets of head-
                                                                                                               phones, Wii and X-Box games, rechargeable batteries and charger.



         Camp Fire USA Samish Council             To build caring, confident youth and future leaders          1. Scholarship funds to help support youth wishing to attend Camp
         360-733-5710;                            through organized club programming, outdoor and camp-        Kirby Day and Resident camps, and hoping to participate in Camp Fire
         erin@campfiresamishcouncil.org;          ing activities, environmental education and self-reliance    USA club programming. 2. One Windows-compatible laptop computer
         www.campfiresamishcouncil.org            courses.                                                     to be utilized for training, recruiting and event presentations. 3. Sports
                                                                                                               equipment of all sorts for Camp Kirby!



         Whatcom Family YMCA                      The Whatcom Family YMCA is an association of individu-       1. Children’s softcover and board books for children birth through 5
         360-733-8630;                            als with shared values that enhance the community with       years (non-commercial books with authors such as Eric Carle, Dr.
         info@whatcomymca.org;                    programs for the spirit, mind and body.                      Seuss, Mo Willems, Denise Fleming). 2. Equipment for outdoor play
         www.whatcomymca.org                                                                                   such as sand toys (plastic hand shovels, buckets, molds), rubber play-
                                                                                                               ground balls, cars/dump trucks (appropriate for 1-2 year olds). 3.
                                                                                                               Wooden toys appropriate for infants and toddlers.



                              2012 Wish Book                                                                             Credits
                              A special publication of The Bellingham Herald. Send questions or comments
                              to Executive Editor Julie Shirley at julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com.                   President and Publisher Mark Owings
                                                                                                                         Executive Editor Julie Shirley
                                                                                                                         Advertising Director Amber Aldrich
                              Charitable fundraisers                                                                     Managing editor Debbie Townsend
                              The Bellingham Herald prints items about charitable events in the Sunday
                              newspaper from information entered in its online calendar at TheBellingham                 Picture editor Russ Kendall
                              Herald.com. Be sure to select “Community” and “Charity & Volunteer” for                    Presentation editor Andy Norstadt
                              your event to be included in the fundraiser calendar.
                                                                                                                         Copy editor Colin Diltz
                                                                                                                         Designer Virginia J. Cleaveland

				
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