Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund Flood Resource Update


Submitted by the Whatcom Community Foundation

As of December 3, the Whatcom Community Foundation, through its Resilience Fund, and in collaboration with Whatcom Strong, has awarded 22 grants totaling $ 816,000 to 15 organizations working on the ground in communities affected by flooding. The Resilience Fund is our community’s emergency rebound fund. It uses philanthropic (i.e. private) dollars to provide emergency assistance, such as financial support, food or childcare, to the most vulnerable neighbors in our community as quickly as possible in the event of a crisis, be it a pandemic, flood or other disaster. Every dollar raised here stays here and 100% of all donations made to the Resilience Fund are currently going for flood relief.

Whatcom Strong is a trusted resource for all information regarding Whatcom County flood relief. Their online resource can put people in touch with the help they need or can provide. You can sign up to volunteer where help is needed most and donate to help our neighbors.

The total costs associated with the flooding are currently estimated at $ 50 million and may increase. Right now there is simply not enough money to give people everything they need to get back to pre-flood conditions. Philanthropy, like the Resilience Fund, is the fastest and most flexible money available in a crisis: it is private money for the public good. Philanthropic dollars are essential in helping stabilize people, and they are nowhere near enough to solve the long-term challenges associated with a disaster. Sustainable solutions for housing, infrastructure and business recovery rely on local, state and government aid and recovery funds.

The main organizations that have received funding to date are: Sumas Advent Christian Church, Valley Church (Nooksack), Haven Church (Everson), First Reformed Church of Lynden, Ferndale Community Resource Center, Food Banks in Affected Communities, Catholic Community Services, among others.

These funds allow these organizations to distribute:

  • Direct assistance (vouchers and gift cards) for necessities such as food, accommodation, gasoline
  • Food, via food banks in the region
  • Storage and cleaning supplies, such as garbage cans, work gloves, fans. “We are very grateful to those who have donated to the Resilience Fund and are honored to participate in disbursing this funding. We have focused our efforts on families in the Nooksack area who have had flooding inside their homes. The need is immense, but this support has been a boost for people, letting them know that they are not alone – that people care, ”said Kyle Hopkins, Senior Pastor, Valley Church in Everson. The Whatcom Community Foundation doesn’t just respond to disasters. Her day-to-day job is to connect people, ideas and resources so that everyone in Whatcom County can thrive. The Foundation has served Whatcom County for 25 years and has invested nearly $ 52 million in the health, happiness and prosperity of the community since 1996.
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