United Way
of Whatcom County


Tastiest Taco Competition 2023!

September 25 through October 16

Love Tacos? United Way of Whatcom County has the perfect opportunity for you to try tasty tacos while making a difference.

This month, United Way of Whatcom County is hosting their first ever Tastiest Taco Competition. Between September 25 and October 16, participants will have the opportunity to explore our community, one tasty taco at a time!


How it Works

Starting this week, United Way of Whatcom County will begin selling Ticket to Taco booklets for $25. Each booklet will contain the names and addresses of 10 local businesses that are partnering with United Way for this 3 week-long event. Booklets can be purchased online or in person. There are 250 booklets available.

Between September 25 and October 16, taco tasters can take their booklets to participating locations and present them in exchange for one free taco (United Way encourages participants to support local cuisine and buy more!).  These tacos are the best of the best, hand selected by management to represent each business’s unique style and flavor profile. Each business has chosen one specific taco to present for this event. No substitutions (7 locations are presenting a vegetarian alternative, indicated with a V below).

Participating vendors include:

  • Ay Chihuahua Cantina (on Railroad) (V)
  • Black Sheep (V)
  • California Tacos (V)
  • El Agave (on Harris) (V)
  • Jack’s BBQ
  • Lilia’s Mexican Cuisine (V)
  • Sol De Mexico (V)
  • Taco Lobo
  • Tecalitlan Mexican Restaurant (on Northwest) (V)
  • Tadeo’s Mexican Restaurant  

Once participating community members have visited each location, they’ll be encouraged to vote for their favorite taco!

The week of October 16, United Way staff will tally the votes and announce the winner of the Tastiest Taco Contest!

Not only will participants be getting great deals on tacos from 10 local businesses, they’ll be helping to change lives throughout our community. United Way of Whatcom County unites a collaborative network of 25 local nonprofits to tackle our community’s most pressing issues, with over 50,000+ lives being impacted by United Way funded services every year. Your participation in this event will help our friends and neighbors who are struggling access the tools and resources they need to achieve financial stability.

Contest Rules:

  • 1 free taco per booklet per location
  • Vendors have chosen one specific taco to present for this competition. No substitutions.
  • Please be kind to our vendors. Support local cuisine and buy more than one taco!
  • Stamp booklet valid 9/25 through 10/16
  • Must present stamp booklet to receive free taco
  • Voting closes 10/17
  • Go to all 10 locations and you can mail your completed booklet back to us to be entered into a drawing for a cool prize! Mail your completed booklet to 1500 Cornwall Avenue Suite 203, Bellingham, WA 98225.

To buy your Tastiest Taco booklet, scan the QR code or go to http://weblink.donorperfect.com/tastiesttaco2023.

$25 per booklet

21-Day Equity Challenge

June 1 - June 21, 2023

This year, we're excited to announce our first-ever 21-Day Equity Challenge!

In presenting this challenge, we follow in the footsteps of other United Ways and organizations in creating space to learn more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) with the hope of gaining a deeper understanding of how past and present injustices impact people's ability to find stability and flourish. With financial stability at the core of what we do, we believe this information is critical to helping those who are struggling in our community thrive. As we embark on this journey, we invite you to join us as we explore these issues and look to a more equitable future.

How it works:

Beginning June 1, 2023, we'll be sending out one email daily for 21 days. These emails will cover a variety of issues and will include a small library of resources to dive deeper into each topic. This challenge is completely self-paced; you choose which days to engage with and at what level you want to learn.

We aren't the experts, but we know that all these issues directly and indirectly affect a person's ability to build a healthy and stable life. By presenting this information, we acknowledge that struggle isn’t evenly distributed and that certain communities, groups, and individuals are more prone to adversity for reasons far outside their control.


21-Day Equity Challenge Schedule

Our 21-Day Equity Challenge has ended. Thank you to everyone who participated! Below you can find links to every day of the equity challenge, including the kickoff and wrap up days. Emails include links to articles, videos, podcasts, and other resources to learn more about that day's topic. 

Day 0: 21-Day Equity Challenge Kickoff


Day 1: Defining DEI

Day 2: Levels of Racism

Day 3: What is Privilege?

Day 4: How Bias Affects Us and Others

Day 5: Racial Wealth Gap

Day 6: Gender Pay Gap

Day 7: Women

Day 8: Disability


Day 10: How Race Affects Your Health

Day 11: Housing Discrimination 

Day 12: Anti-AAPI Hate

Day 13: Education and Literacy

Day 14: Latine/Latinx/Latina/Latino/Hispanic

Day 15: Local History

Day: 16: Honoring Whatcom County's Indiginous People

Day 17: Who is ALICE?

Day 18: Talking to Children about Discrimination & Racism

Day 19: Celebrating Juneteeth

Day 20: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Day 21: Intersectionality


Close and Equity Tools (+ Survey)