United Way
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United Way Agency Spotlight: Evergreen Goodwill of Northwest Washington

September 21, 2021

You know Goodwill is a great place to donate used items and shop for bargains. But do you know what’s happening behind the retail business? It’s full of classrooms and trainers providing a…

United Way Agency Spotlight: Mercy Housing Northwest

July 29, 2021

When you give to United Way, you support over 20 local nonprofits doing amazing work in Whatcom County. You may not be familiar with every program that benefits from United Way funding, so we thought …

United Way 2021-22 Grant Awards are here!

July 27, 2021

United Way works with local businesses, individuals, and volunteers to raise funds in our community, for our community. Why? Because we know that together, we can make a greater impact, support more p…

Volunteer Spotlight: Kara Irvin

July 22, 2021

If you know Kara, you know she’s a whirl of positive energy. It’s quite possible that the phrase go-getter was invented specifically to describe her. Kara doesn’t just make things ha…

United Way Agency Spotlight: Work Opportunities

June 22, 2021

A job does so much more than just provide a paycheck. Many people find that working brings purpose and meaning to their lives. Jobs teach us new skills, build confidence and self-esteem, provide socia…

Living and Learning United: Let's Talk About Financial Stability

June 18, 2021

Every day, our friends and neighbors in Whatcom County struggle with issues that may seem impossible to solve.   Individuals who are working but still can’t afford the cost of food, housing, and…

United Way Agency Spotlight: Lydia Place

June 8, 2021

Imagine living without a place to call home. Now imagine doing it while also taking care of a child. Women and children can sometimes be the forgotten faces of homelessness. Unfortunately, they are of…

United Way Donor Spotlight: Natalie Boatman

April 19, 2021

United Way raises money for local nonprofits doing amazing work in Whatcom County, but we don’t to it alone. We’ve got an entire community of supporters who tirelessly give, advocate and v…

United Way Teams Up with WWU on Child Care Survey

March 16, 2021

With over 1,700 locations across the globe, United Way is one of the largest and most recognizable charitable organizations in the world. But the real beauty of our model is that each individual Unite…

United Way Agency Spotlight: FuturesNW

March 2, 2021

United Way is proud to fund 22 local nonprofit agencies doing amazing work in our community. We thought you might like to hear more about how your dollars are hard at work helping individuals and fami…

How to Become an Advocate

January 6, 2021

An advocate is someone who champions the unheard, the unseen, and the underrepresented. To advocate is to shine a light on specific struggles, such as poverty, mental health problems, domestic abuse, …

Finding Trustworthy Charities to Donate To

December 4, 2020

By supporting nonprofit organizations, we get to support the causes we care about while making the world a better place. It feels good-- and it does good. With COVID-19 affecting our lives and communi…

United Way Works to Improve Child Care in Whatcom County

November 24, 2020

Big news! United Way of Whatcom County recently received a grant from the WA State Commerce Department to formalize a collaborative partnership to address the child care shortage in our community. Thi…

United Way Agency Spotlight: Whatcom Family YMCA

October 1, 2020

Your United Way donation supports a collaborative network of local nonprofits doing critical work in our community. We thought you might like to hear more about how your dollars are hard at work. Toda…

United Way Agency Spotlight: Interfaith Coalition

July 31, 2020

United Way is proud to fund 22 local nonprofit agencies doing amazing work in our community. We thought you might like to hear more about how your dollars are hard at work helping individuals and fami…

United Against Racism

June 5, 2020

To LIVE UNITED is to bring people together. To recognize that we are more alike than different. To acknowledge that we all share the same hopes, desires, and dreams. And to make a difference. We all w…

Living United During Challenging Times

April 24, 2020

We recently met with our partner agencies to talk about how they are adapting and adjusting to make their critical services available in our community during this extremely challenging time. And we we…

Not Your Average Spring

April 22, 2020

Spring is nature's way of reminding us that new life is everywhere. Flowers begin to bloom, birds break into song, and the sun shows up to warm our days. Unfortunately, this is no ordinary spring.…

How United Way is Helping During COVID-19

April 7, 2020

You know us as the fundraisers. The corporate philanthropy partners. The group that comes to your workplace, tells you about critical issues in our community and lets you know how you can help. We kno…

Sparking Joy: Can the KonMari Method change the world?

February 20, 2019

If you aren’t yet familiar with best-selling author and Netflix sensation Marie Kondo, you owe it to yourself to make “Tidying Up” your next Netflix binge. KonMari is more than a met…

Five Powerful Ways to Pay it Forward

November 15, 2018

We’ve all heard the age-old adage that we should “pay it forward." You know, the thing where you do something nice for someone because someone else was kind to you. If enough people m…

The Business Case for Volunteering

October 9, 2018

The most successful companies out there are made up of employees who are highly productive and generally happy people. How do they do that? How can you do that? It’s not hard to find research th…