In The Know – 2017

IN THE KNOW  Bringing to the Local Community Information of Benefit to You.   Hosted by Jan White

Mark Schofield (Energy Conservation Program): Energy efficiency is one of the services that the Opportunity Council offers helping to make achieving energy efficiency as easy as possible, providing homeowners  with a full energy audit, recommendations to reduce energy usage, a comprehensive report detailing cost-effective measures, reliable contractors, project coordination, rebates and quality assurance. Small businesses can improve energy efficiency with a similar suite of services. Learn more …

Sophia Morales (Boys and Girls Club/21st Century Community Learning Center): This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Learn more…

Becky Bendixen (Tribal Outreach Program): Becky works with Lummi, Nooksack, Tulalip, Swinomish, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, and Upper Skagit Tribal Communities in identifying and coordinating services for Native American elders and people with disabilities. Learn more …

Ryan Blackwell (Northwest Regional Council): An association of county governments, the Northwest Regional Council (NWRC) has been serving people of Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties since 1971. Most of their efforts are as Northwest Washington’s Area Agency on Aging, implementing state and federal programs for seniors and people who need long-term care.  Learn more…

Phil Cloward (BIOMASS): Biomass is an industry term for getting energy by burning wood, and other organic matter. Burning biomass burning releases carbon emissions, but has been classed as a renewable energy source. Learn more…

Rebecca Boonstra (Mt Baker Chamber of Commerce): Find many local businesses and resources located in and serving the Mt Baker Foothills Region including Nugent’s Corner, Deming, Van Zandt, Acme, Kendall, Columbia Valley, Maple Falls and Glacier. Stop by the Mt Baker Visitors Center in Maple Falls at the crossroads of Mt Baker Highway and Silver Lake Road and we will be delighted to help you find fun and interesting things to do while you are here.  Learn more …

Kevin and Maggie Fairshon (Baker Emergency Resource Team): BERT is a local collective of concerned citizen volunteers serving the Mt Baker foothills communities of Kendall, Maple Falls, Glacier, and Welcome. Our mission statement is “To develop/implement a community preparedness/response program to build community self reliance in emergency situations. Learn more ..

Des Skubi (Unity Care NW):  Is a local, non-profit health care provider with the mission of improving access to health care for everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. They provide affordable primary medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services for children and adults. Learn more …

Magenta Widner (Glacier Public Service Center): The Center serves visitors headed into the northern reaches of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park. Current operations include 24-hour self-service outdoor information, restrooms, picnic tables and staffed visitor services on a seasonal schedule.& Visitors can buy books, maps and other sales items including federal recreation passes. Learn more …

Melissa Benedict (YMCA): Y Adventure School and Earth Service Corps of the East Whatcom County YMCA:   designed for middle school participants, provides a unique educational outdoor learning experience for teens. The Whatcom Family YMCA has blended outdoor adventure programming with the special needs of at-risk middle school students. This program builds students’ self-esteem and ignites their enthusiasm for learning, thus reducing their drop-out potential both in school and in other areas of their lives.  Learn more …

Devin Connolly (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services): Supporting individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation and to lead the community towards ending these abuses of power. Learn more …

Charles Burleigh (Mt Baker School District): The Mount Baker School District, working with the community, will provide all students a strong educational foundation upon which they can build their futures as productive citizens in our changing world. Learn more

Australia Cosby (Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement): Promoting access to health care services for all members of our community by providing resources to those who need assistance getting health care or obtaining health insurance, providing information to elected officials and decision makers about health care policies, convening community stakeholders, and by facilitating the transformation of the health care system into one that honors and serves our entire community. Learn more …

Leah Wainman (Accountable Community of Health): The North Sound ACH presents an opportunity for a multi-sector voice (including Behavioral Health, education, public and private health plans, hospitals, primary care, social services & supports, philanthropy and representatives from the region’s Tribal Nations) for health and health care system reform, strengthening clinical-community linkages, and identifying innovative solutions to lower costs while increasing the quality of care. Learn more …

Kristi Slette (Whatcom Family and Community Network): WFCN’s purpose is to build the capability of communities and organizations in Whatcom County to empower children, youth and families so that they can develop the skills and opportunities they need to lead healthy productive lives. WFCN aims to prevent child abuse and neglect, youth substance abuse and violence, and to support school success through community change and empowerment building effort.

Greg Hope (Community Emergency Response Team): The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills. CERT members are prepared to safely and efficiently assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Learn more …

Mary Carlson (Council on Aging): The Whatcom Council on Aging (WCOA) has been serving seniors in our community since 1964.  Learn more about each of the five programs they provide: Meals on Wheels and More, Belingham Senior Activity Center, Whatcom Senior Tour Program, Bellingham at Home, and the Low Income Senior Housing. Learn more …

Kristi Slette (Columbia Valley Community Connections): A welcoming place where we can gather and connect to build a strong community. Our shared commitment is to support communication and local leadership, working together to turn vision into reality, provide solutions to challenges, promote imaginative and inclusive activities and create a more engaged, resilient community for all. Learn more ….


Nichole Silva (Skookum Kids): the time has come for a thoughtful, sustainable solution to the foster care problem in Whatcom County. This multiple program includes: a volunteer-staffed facility in Bellingham to care for children entering or transitioning into foster care, recruiting, training, and conducting home-studies for families hoping to become foster parents, and a suite of programs to provide foster parents the tools and resources they need to provide healthy homes for kids. Learn more …

Jessica Bee (East Whatcom Regional Resource Center): The EWRRC provides space for the state of the art preschool program, Head Start, community meetings, community garden, and basic needs resources as well as events throughout the year for residents in Eastern Whatcom County. Open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Learn more …

Cheryl Thompson (Mobile Food Pantry): The Mobile Food Pantry is a food bank located at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center on the second Saturday and fourth Thursday of each month. The Mobile Food Pantry provides visitors with a choice of fresh produce, dairy products, meat, proteins, canned foods, and dry goods. Coffee and tea is served in the activity room before distribution. Learn more…