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Health & Wellness

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The healthier the place, the healthier the people.

Our goal is to address the factors that underpin good health – things like economic and housing stability, access to healthy food and places to exercise, social connections and support networks — to provide everyone in our county with an equal chance at a healthy life.

Compass Health Endowment

Compass Health, Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader, integrates behavioral health and medical care services to support clients and communities. From comprehensive mental health treatment to crisis intervention, children’s services and community education, our non-profit organization serves people of all ages throughout Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom counties.
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Farm to School Fund

Connecting local farmers and students just makes sense. Since 2009, Whatcom-Farm-to-School, supported by the Foundation’s Sustainable Whatcom Fund, has changed the food purchasing and education practices at many Whatcom County schools as well as early care and education sites by ensuring that students have access to healthy, local food. In addition, educational opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips are made available, encouraging children and their families to make informed food choices and support local food producers.
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The Mary Snapper Fund

The Mary Snapper Fund provides funding for projects supporting children with special health care needs who are at elevated risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health related services.
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Whatcom County Drug Court Fund

Whatcom County Drug Court Fund provides funding for Whatcom County’s Drug and Family Treatment Court. The funds are designed to support individuals and families in recovery and to reduce recidivism.
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Whatcom Youth & Families Fund

The Whatcom Youth & Families Fund provides support for activities serving youth and families. Funds have supported a variety of issues and organizations including gang prevention, Young Native Women Empowerment, Dorothy Place children’s programs, classroom behavior and mental health services, Youth United Build, Royal Family Kids Camp, parenting education, as well as counseling programs and community capacity & resilience building.
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Cole Endowment for Mental Health

The Cole Endowment for Mental Health supports mental health research, training, programs and/or services for the benefit of children, youth and young adults in Whatcom County via the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health.
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Brigid Collins Endowment

1 in 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. It is the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious array of consequences. When we prevent child abuse, we address a root cause of many social problems including violent crime, homelessness, teen pregnancy, health problems, and substance abuse. Since 1990, Brigid Collins Family Support Center’s mission is to end child abuse. Serving more than 2,300 families in Whatcom and Skagit Counties each year, we envision a world in which all children are safe, healthy and nurtured.
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Bellingham Parks and Recreation Fund

It is rare to find a city of this size with a park system so large and varied. With over 56 parks and 70 miles of trails, Bellingham Parks and Recreation works hard to ensure the majestic beauty of the natural environment in Bellingham is easily accessible to people of all incomes, ages and abilities. Your donation to this endowment fund will help maintain the facilities and programs that provide countless opportunities to encourage health, fitness, relaxation, cultural enrichment and positive social development in our community.
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“Oh, that Harvest of the Month program is great!  It got our family to eat kale. We had never tried it before, but the kids came home and said they had it at school, and they liked it. So we started buying it, and cooking it, and making it into kale chips, and now the kids will even just go eat it out of the garden. We took kale chips to a potluck, and everyone said, “Wow, what’s this?” and now they are trying kale. This program is like a pebble in a pond.”
– Mother of 3.