Project Neighborly 2020
There's no shortage of good ideas to spread neighborliness. Support what inspires you!
Project Neighborly grants spark ideas about how we can all become better neighbors. They make the necessary resources available to bring them to life. This year we have over 55 different project proposals designed to bring neighbors together and build community. Find your favorite. Give as you see fit. Thanks neighbor!
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Project Neighborly invites ideas to, you guessed it, foster neighborliness. Rural or urban, event or art installation, the possibilities are endless. We are doing our best to make it as easy for all types of groups (not just nonprofits) to participate.
A permanent Fountain District art installation collaboratively created with the public under the direction of artist Debbie Dickinson, this creative act of communal healing and celebration invites anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to work together to produce a striking mosaic, paying tribute to individuals who have died within a larger expression of beauty, hope and community connection.
From A Child’s Point of View (Child's POV) is a 4th-grade interdisciplinary educational theatre and visual arts project. Students study the impact of human activities on planet Earth. Children express their thinking and worrying, and their pragmatic ideas for beneficial actions. Student-made art reflecting their inquiry is transformed into public art installations in Bellingham.
Allied Arts of Whatcom County will be hosting their 2nd annual art extravaganza event on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Heliotrope Hotel located in the Fountain District, Bellingham. The event will have local artists and organizations take over the hotel rooms and grounds to create interactive art displays, performances and food to give a taste of the variety of quality arts in Whatcom county.
"Seas the Day on Bellingham Bay" is designed to open pathways onto the water for youth between the ages of 12 - 17. Through eight, half-day on-water workshops, participants learn the basics of kayaking, cold water safety, and marine stewardship, and build team skills and a sense of community. Our marine resources belong to everyone and our program provides the bridge to access.
The Bellingham Public Schools Back-to-School Block Party will celebrate our connections and help all students be “school ready”. The event will be held in August 2020 at Bellingham High School and will include immunizations, athletic physicals, haircuts, backpacks, dental screening and after-school care options, as well as fun and festive activities including music and live entertainment.
Bellingham Public Schools will host the 6th annual Latinx Education Summit in May 2020. Hosted entirely in Spanish, the event celebrates a variety of Latinx cultures through authentic food and entertainment, instilling pride and building students’ sense of connection with their peers and school community.
Bellingham Public Schools would like to provide weekly multicultural dance classes for elementary school students, to be held at Birchwood Elementary School and Villa Santa Fe apartments. Students will explore the culture behind the dance, wear traditional attire and will perform around the county. The instructor will use Spanish and English to teach the class, which will be open to students K-5.
GAC's Annual Free Market allows attendees to take and/or leave goods from a variety of booths such as food, clothing, children's, and more. This block party also features a photo booth, face painting, and other fun activities that allow people to connect without breaking their banks. Other local causes join us for the day to introduce attendees to their services and volunteer opportunities.
Our goal is to teach children the power they have to help their community and why it is important to care for their neighborhood. We will practice this by creating activities for the families of Villa Santa Fe after school and evening community gatherings.
The Chuckanut Center wants to develop a community-focused permaculture training. Beginning with a visioning process (charette), the Center will bring people with diverse interests and perspectives into the planning process. With the help of “Garden Mentors” and permaculture specialists, local families will learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and preserve food using the Center's gardens.
Culminating a 9-month community design and permaculture project, the Chuckanut Center wants to host a community-wide fall harvest festival with live music, participatory cider pressing and candle making along with permaculture education, demonstrations, workshops and activities such as food preservation, spinning wool, darning, soap making, basket weaving and other homesteading handicrafts.
We are a local rugby club, kids grades k-12 + men & women. Our facility is in the process of a 3 million capital campaign, one of the items for us to address is planting approx. 150 trees on our site. We will bring together a diverse group of kids, parents and neighbors from across Whatcom County to begin this process of buying and planting trees for this group project.
The Faith Community Leader (FCL) Breakfast is a unique opportunity for faith communities to come together. The event will educate and empower pastors, clergy, rabbis, and other FCLs to build a health ministry, and spark critical conversations about the role and responsibility of faith communities in our region.
Studies show that middle-income neighborhood homes have approximately 13 book titles per child; compared to lower-income neighborhood homes who had approximately 1 title per 300 children. Books & badges is a collaborative program between BPD & the library to provide books to children ages birth to five as a way to increase literacy through access to books. The goal is to provide 10,000 books.
In 2016, over 2,000 volunteers built Star Park, the largest volunteer event in the history of Ferndale. It’s a park designed by school children and built as a community. Since then, the paint has peeled and the stories of teamwork have faded. This year, we are hosting the Star Park Community Celebration and Revitalization, to connect both old and new neighbors with the magic of our favorite park.
The Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District is a new district in East Whatcom; we support overall well-being through opportunities to be active in casual, community shared spaces. East Whatcom Gets Active! project seeks to support community cohesion and physical wellness by offering no-cost fitness activities designed to accommodate a diverse range of age groups, accessibility and interests.
This is a community led 5K and 1 Mile fun run in North Bellingham convened by CIS of Whatcom-Skagit, Shuksan M.S., and Bellingham District’s Family Resource Center. The race is a county-wide school pride challenge for students and their families across Whatcom County. Finish Line Festival activities will include food, music, a community resource fair and student and community spirit awards.
The Cordata Community Garden (CCG) has been an organic garden since 2009. Various food banks benefit from the CCG. The CCG is an inclusive gathering place for gardeners to meet beyond their homes to learn and share the excitement of gardening. To meet the growing needs of gardeners, more regular beds and beds for individuals with handicaps are needed so anybody who wants to garden can at CCG.
Transform a downtown alley into a robust community destination creating a place that is vibrant, well-connected and fosters social interaction. We will collaborate with adjacent businesses to reinvent Art Alley in the heart of Downtown Bellingham’s Arts District. Dynamic paint, festive lighting, seating and pop-up events will convert this underutilized space into a neighboring gathering place.
In the spring or early summer, the Volunteer Mobilization Center proposes to host Practical Preparedness, a public event to help build community awareness of emergency response organizations’ activities, especially volunteer organizations, while simultaneously guiding families and neighbors to become better prepared with pragmatic activities, suggestions and expert guidance.
Wondering what to do with that unused plot near your garage or the embarrassing space on your apartment balcony? Grab a friend or come alone to our free farming classes in 2020. We’ll learn ways to fill those spaces with organic veggies from local experts, Vet Conservation Corps students, and each other. We’ll grow veggies, community, and friends! Together, we’ll learn and have fun!
In conjunction with the King Mountain Neighborhood Association and the eight families who moved into their Telegraph Townhomes in March/April 2020, we will organize a “day to meet your neighbors.” We will solicit residents in King Mountain to volunteer at a day of construction, on the next complex of four townhomes in exchange for minor repairs and/or cleanup of their respective properties.
Building Bridges with Books: What We Value in Our Community will distribute free books weekly to low-income families. Each month the project will showcase books that promote a specific core value, e.g., compassion or gratitude. During the book distributions participants will share their ideas and respond to the featured monthly value by writing greeting cards and mini-posters for their neighbors.
Coffee and Sandwiches Together, CAST, was created in 2000 to feed hungry neighbors living on the streets, and came under the umbrella of Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County in 2015. As a result of angst towards the homeless, we were forced to go on hiatus abruptly in Fall 2019 as local businesses asked us to stop serving . The volunteers rallied and we are hoping to serve starting in February.
Inspired by intergenerational collaboration, the Kulshan Chorus wishes to continue to offer free tuition to local college students. Our Spring 2020 concert is Orff's "Carmina Burana," which we will perform with the Sno-King Chorale, Cantabile Chamber Choir, Kulshan Youth Choir, a full orchestra, and professional soloists. Thank you for helping us reach out & build community with our young people!
This project will increase community connections of the future buyers at Telegraph Townhomes through completing sweat equity hours alongside one another, collaboratively making decisions about the development, and creatively thinking about possibilities for future amenities at the site.
Kulshan Community Media is working to empower people in Whatcom County with the resources and skills necessary to lift the voices of underrepresented communities. Through Community Workshops open to everyone, we hope to enable more people to share about powerful work happening in our community. KMRE 102.3 is about being community powered, but also an outlet to give members of the community power.
Not Eligible, Can't Afford, Waiting. As Lhaq’temish people we strive improve the health and quality of life for the people of Lummi Nation by supporting and strengthening community members & families engaged in programs, projects and special initiatives; further addressing homelessness seeking community support in completing Eagle Haven, a community of sustainable, clean and affordable tiny homes.
The Salish Sea Youth Summit brings Tribal and non-Tribal youth together to learn about Lummi's traditional, reciprocal relationship with the Salish Sea and how all of us, together, might build a healthy Salish Sea future based on Indigenous teachings. Hosted by Lummi Nation, the Summit will outreach to Whatcom County and Lummi Nation high schools, colleges, and working youth for participation.
Make.Shift is a do-it-yourself art space, with 4 major programs: an art gallery, a community radio station, an all-ages music venue, & affordable rental spaces used for band practice rooms & art studios. We are seeking funds to support Block Party, a carnival-style event featuring live music, art, & more that aims to raise funds for the organization & broaden the impact of our programs.
The Maple Falls Community Park bike pump track will provide a fun and positive place for people of all ages and backgrounds to meet each other, exercise, build community and be stewards of our park resources.
Community Connection Events are opportunities for NAMI Whatcom members and the community beyond to come together over food, games and conversation to build relationships and resiliency. Often those who are experiencing mental health issues become isolated and lose a sense of place within the larger community. Connection events help to build healthy relationships.
Office Moms & Dads (OMD) was created to fill a very real and tangible need in the foster care system. OMD is a team of qualified volunteers partnering with the Bellingham child welfare office to provide a caring companion and nurturing environment to children during the critical hours between when they are removed from their home due to abuse or neglect and when they are placed in a foster home.
It is known that art in public spaces support a neighborhood’s a unique identity. Our project engages local multi-generational talent & our emerging rural social fabric to create beauty through art for community spaces. Art will be showcased at the Community Center & at the new home of the Foothills Foodbank to express community life now, dreams for the future & our remembrance of the past.
"Trees, Bees, and Green Roofs, Please!" is a stand-alone sculpture, in the shape of a tree, that will provide real-world examples for those eager to find ways to improve urban ecosystem functions and help make Bellingham greener and more resilient in the era of climate change. Each example, through descriptive placards, represents options that residents can pursue throughout our community.
This project will place historical signs around the Point Roberts community, sparking interest and conversation for residents and visitors alike. A collection of historical signs will be placed where key historical events in the Point Roberts community occurred. This will help the community tie Point Roberts' unique and long history into an interactive, easy-to-digest experience.
Road2Home will offer mentor training sessions that will be open to the public. The purpose is to enable community members to help homeless people navigate available resources and ultimately find housing. As a result of this training, individuals and members of community groups, nonprofits, and religious groups will gain the skills and tools needed to engage with people experiencing homelessness.
Many people who have experienced homeless have negative experiences with the outdoors and have lost touch with their true self. Stepping Forward is an opportunity for the women of Lydia Place to reconnect with themselves, each other and nature in a positive way, Over 4 weeks participants will do some personal work and explore the trails around their residence, culminating in a trip to Mount Baker.
Learning how to grow, harvest, preserve and distribute food while sharing a community meal – that’s South Fork Meet & Eat. Local folks gathering at the solstices/equinoxes for four neighborly potlucks featuring speakers on a variety of food-related topics. It’ll be a bountiful harvest of ideas, discussions, and follow-up actions increasing food access and availability, and community cooperation.
Offer mobile shower van at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Tuesday mornings and provide other services to the community as needed, especially those involving health and hygiene.
Six Degrees, the Port of Bellingham and community partners present a nine (9) part Waterfront Placemaking Design series in Bellingham, WA. This interactive event series will engage our community in creative dialog to shape five interactive installations and tangible outcomes for the Waterfront public space. The community will share authentic stories intended to drive a culturally rich community.
Trudy Shuravloff, executive director of The Whatcom Dream since 2005, will lead the project. She will be assisted by an Options High School teacher, a representative of Mercy Housing, one or more of our financial literacy instructors, and several volunteers from our donors and community partners.
This program builds community through mountain biking. Vamos Outdoors Project, along with the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, brings Latinx youth to Galbraith to go mountain biking after school and during the summer. This program introduces youth, mostly from migrant and/or agricultural industry families, to outdoor activities and community resources that they do not have access to otherwise.
Providing kind, culturally responsive palliative care requires insight into the varied cultural and spiritual beliefs of patients and families facing serious illness or end-of-life. Speakers from Punjabi, Lummi, Hispanic, East Indian, Jewish and Asian communities will engage with providers and community members from all populations in our region. Scholarships will broaden conference attendance.
‘It Takes A Village’ is pertinent to raising any child, however for caregivers of children with special needs this is exceptionally relevant. Our aim through the It Takes A Village project is to create a sense of neighborliness with a strong connected group of Whatcom County parents and caregivers of children with special needs through utilizing both traditional and innovative models of support.
The Columbia Valley Wood Chipping Events will be hosted biannually with a goal of inspiring safe disposal of yard debris, educating neighbors about wildfire risks, and providing an alternative to burning yard waste, a practice that is illegal yet common in the Columbia Valley. Two chipping events will allow for affordable disposal of yard debris for over 150 families in the Columbia Valley.
The Whatcom County Library System has secured nationally-recognized homelessness expert Ryan Dowd to provide workshops on practical ways to manage problematic behavior from homeless, addicted, and traumatized individuals. Attendees will gain a better understanding of problematic behavior and learn skills for deescalating conflict and gaining voluntary compliance with rules.
Rooted in indigenous traditions, restorative practices – like circles - help groups build comfort, connection, and trust. The WDRC proposes to host a series of four community-building circles, which will offer community members a unique opportunity to connect and build the deeper relationships necessary for successful future collaboration and problem solving.
The Birchwood International Market celebrates the cultural diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood and our community at large. This Celebration immediately connects people in a way that is beyond simple networking. For many cultures, sharing music, breaking bread and having conversation is how they mark milestones and connect with people in their lives. This is what the market is all about!
The Birchwood Farmers Market increases access to healthy, locally grown food products for the communities of North Bellingham while promoting collaboration and increasing market opportunities with and for local producers. For the past two years, the market has built community ties as an inclusive gathering place for neighbors every Sunday morning.
The 3rd Annual Kendall Summerfest 2020 is a community-building event that builds community pride, enhances positive relationships between neighbors, law enforcement and local businesses, it also increases resilience and mitigates issues that impact our community such as crime and substance abuse. One of the 2020 Summerfest goals is to build community cohesiveness with the "We Are Family" theme.
Blaine is greatly lacking in after school enrichment for middle school youth. Beyond the Bell (BTB) will be a free program that will help alleviate that need by providing educational and recreational youth development programming for those aged 11-14. Options will include video production to enhance digital literacy, job preparation, homework help, dance, soccer, nature adventures, and more.
This oral history project will create new connections and strengthen existing ones between people and land in the South Fork Nooksack Valley (SFNV). Through conversations and interviews, documented and shared in print, video, podcasts, live presentations and Trust property tours, Whatcom’s citizens will feel more deeply connected and will experience and appreciate SFNV legacy lands and people.
This project will pay for transportation for staff and volunteers from the Whatcom Literacy Alliance (WLA) to attend free training sessions in Seattle that focus on adult literacy. WLA is made up of the local Goodwill, the Whatcom Literacy Council, the Bellingham Public Library, the Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and the Volunteer Center.
The Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher building regularly hosts stunning art and cultural exhibitions... and now our community has the opportunity to express their stake in the building by adorning it with their own art! In Whatcom Squared, community members, organizations, groups, and teams will be invited to help turn the Light Wall into a massive "stained glass" patchwork of creative expression.
To support community healing, WE will host the conference: Nexw Xwelemi Tengexw (NXT) Generation of Language Healers. The Language Healer, Dr. Greymorning, Ph.D., will lead us through the Accelerated Second Language Acquisition (ASLA) process that helps to revive Indigenous languages threatened by extinction. The conference takes place on April 24-25, 2020 at the Silver Reef Casino.
Each year, Wild Whatcom brings thousands of youth outdoors to explore the inspiring natural areas Whatcom County has to offer. This year, we plan to jumpstart our volunteer program so that adults in our community have the opportunity to join us in raising a generation of youth that care about each other and the planet. Our programs blend outdoor education with stewardship and long-term mentoring.