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About United Way of Whatcom County

For over 65 years, United Way of Whatcom County has championed solutions for our community’s most pressing issues. As stewards of our community’s generosity, we carefully invest donations into vetted local nonprofits to create lasting change. By using localized ALICE data, we are able to provide a holistic and targeted response to the most critical problems we face. We believe that our community is stronger when every person in it has the tools and resources they need to get to a better and more stable place. And that when we unite for the common good, amazing things can happen!

Our focus is on building financial stability for all. We do this by partnering with Whatcom County-based nonprofit organizations that operate within one of three impact areas: meeting basic needs, improving economic mobility, and breaking the cycle of poverty. We currently provide grant funding and maintain partnerships with 25 nonprofits. In addition to this, United Way funds and manages Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for all of Whatcom County. The Imagination Library is a low-barrier literacy program that mails one book each month to registered children under 5 at no cost to families. By making this program available to our community, we help promote kindergarten readiness and long-term academic and career success for Whatcom County’s littlest learners. 

Our Mission

To unite a network of local businesses, nonprofits, and community stakeholders to enable financial stability for every person in Whatcom County.

Our Vision

Fostering communities where all families and individuals have opportunity to thrive.

Our Values

Community | Trust/Integrity/Responsibility | Teamwork | Gratitude | Compassion

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