PHC is built on community relationships that support the Whatcom County Plan to End Homelessness, involving nonprofit agencies, public service providers, elected government leaders, and countless individual advocates for homeless neighbors. Our Steering Group for PHC 2017 is responsible for supporting the work of over 40 Coordinators each of whom is responsible for delivering a component of the PHC event such as: volunteer recruitment, fund development, logistics, security, food & coffee catering, guest outreach, media/PR, dental care, vision services, hearing assessment, general medical, behavioral health, and a range of human services including access to clothing, housing, employment, public benefits, veterans’ assistance, haircuts, and more.
In addition to our fiscal sponsorship agreement with United Way of Whatcom County we have continued to enjoy the support of the Whatcom Transit Authority which provides two ride-free days of service plus a supply of free day passes for guests seeking follow-up assistance. Annually, officers from the Bellingham Police Neighborhood Unit assist with development of a security plan to help ensure participant safety.
This endeavor to encourage and serve people experiencing homelessness would not be possible without the generous support of foundations, businesses, non-profit agencies, faith communities, and elected leaders who provide the necessary funds and in-kind support required. We are enormously grateful to our major donors for their support in 2016:
- Employees Community Fund of Boeing
- Chuckanut Health Foundation
- Group Health Cooperative
- Whatcom Community Foundation
- Mount Baker District Dental Society
- Mayor’s Office, City of Bellingham
- Executive, Whatcom County
- Bellingham Community Food Co-op
- PeaceHealth / St. Joseph Medical Center
- Molina Healthcare