Upcoming events

Tastiest Taco 2024 Competition and Fundraiser

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Tuesday, June 4th through Tuesday, July 16th

Love Tacos? Join us for our second annual Tastiest Taco Competition! Between June 4th and July 16th participants will have the opportunity to explore our community, one tasty taco at a time while raising funds to support critical services in Whatcom County!

How it Works

United Way of Whatcom County is selling Ticket to Taco booklets for $30. Each booklet will contain the names and addresses of 10 local businesses that are partnering with United Way for this event. Booklets can be purchased online or in person.

Between June 4th and July 16th 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 meat and one vegetarian taco to present for this event. No substitutions.

Grab your booklet and try delicious bites from:

  • Ay Chihuahua Cantina (on Railroad): Meat – Al pastor, Veggie – Potato
  • Birrieria Tijuana: Meat – Birria, Veggie – Veggie
  • Black Sheep: Meat – Chicken Tinga, Veggie – Mushroom Kale
  • *El Gitano: Vegan al Pastor (*offering one option)
  • Lilia’s Mexican Cuisine: Meat – Adobada, Veggie – Veggie
  • New Mexico Tamale Company: Chorizo potato, Veggie – Potato
  • Sol De Mexico: Meat – Adobada, Veggie: Potato
  • Tadeo’s Mexican Restaurant: Meat – Fish, Veggie – Veggie
  • Tecalitlan Mexican Restaurant (Northwest Ave.): Meat – Pork, Veggie – Veggie
  • The Burrito King: Meat – Shredded beef, Veggie – Potato

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

After the event United Way staff will tally 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.

All vendors are donating tacos for this competitionPlease honor our vendors and purchase more than the one free taco when visiting an establishment!

Contest Rules:

  • 1 free taco per booklet per person per location
  • Vendors have chosen a specific taco to present for this competition. No substitutions. All vendors offer a vegetarian option.
  • Please be kind to our vendors. Support local cuisine and purchase additional food and or drink!
  • Must present stamp booklet to receive free taco.
  • Abide by vendor black out dates and exclusions.
  • Visit all 10 locations and mail in your completed booklet 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 click here.

LIVE UNITED at the Bellingham Bells Game!

Friday, June 28th
Gates open at 4:30. First pitch at 5:35
Joe Martin Stadium, 1220 Civic Field Way, Bellingham

The Bellingham Bells season is in full swing and United Way of Whatcom County is excited to host our fourth annual evening with the Bellingham Bells!

The festive venue gives us a great way to enjoy a summer eveing with our wonderful donors and say thank you for all you do.Throw on your LIVE UNITED shirt and slide on over for a fun evening with other awesome, community-minded, United Way supporters. BONUS: Petty or Not will be live and in concert right after the game!

Tickets are limited so save the date and visit this page again soon to learn more about requesting tickets. Each ticket is valued at $25 and includes admission to the game and some tasty food. If you’d like to make a donation to our Community Impact Fund, we will put those dollars back into the community to change even more lives for the better.

Come out for a festive summer evening and do good at the same time!

Hope to see you at the ball park!

Bellingham Bells Golf Tournament


Monday, July 29th

Begins at 8:45 AM

Bellingham Golf Classic – presented by Cheba Hut – North Bellingham Golf Course, 205 W Smith Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226


This summer the Bellingham Bells will host their second annual golf tournament, with a portion of proceeds benefiting United Way! Register as a single or foursome and join the fun while giving back to the community you love. Click here for more information.

$600 foursome | $150 single

Ready to join? Click the button below to sign up!