Max Higbee Center is a grassroots organization founded by educators and families of people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation opportunities in Whatcom County. Max Higbee, a professor at Western Washington University, spearheaded this movement. The Drop-In Center gained status as a non-profit organization in 1984 and was then renamed in honor of its founder. Our Mission....to provide community-based recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities with three broad aims: 1) To provide opportunities for personal enjoyment and enrichment through a diverse range of leisure activities. 2) To promote the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive growth and development of participants. 3) To assist participants to achieve greater independence in their lives and increased involvement in the community.
Our mission is to strengthen our community by developing healthy, resilient individuals through animal-facilitated education, with special attention to at-risk youth. We believe that animals can reach a place in the human heart that other approaches may not. Our work is based on the knowledge that animals can teach us important life skills, including: honesty, clear communication, boundaries, leadership, self-management, and resilience. We provide a safe, compassionate environment where people of all ages practice skills essential for meaningful and successful relationships based on mutual respect, communication, responsibility, and trust.
It’s our mission to Support & Empower our Active Military, Transitioning Military, Veterans and their families by providing Free Education and Training Courses and Scholarships.
Since 1983, Dementia Support Northwest (formerly known as the Alzheimer Society of Washington) has served Whatcom County. We are an organization of volunteers, family and friends of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. Our mission is to educate people about dementia-related diseases.
The FireHouse Arts & Events Center is a Local, Regional and National Venue for the Performing Arts. Located in a renovated Historic 1927 Fire Station The Firehouse is available for classes, workshops, performances, and small events. Dedicated to Connecting the Community with the Arts, the FireHouse A&E is home to many fine Artists. The FireHouse is a Classroom, Performance Space, Cafe, Community Meeting Space, Events Space, Theater, and Art Gallery (along with a Neighborhood Pocket Park outback!)
The Foothills Food Bank works hard to support our community by ensuring that all Foothills residents have access to healthy, nutritious food and enough of it. Our food bank distributions serve over 150 families and individuals a week with fresh and frozen produce, dairy, meats, dry goods, and non-perishables. For homebound seniors and individuals who are unable to come into the food bank, we offer a home delivery service that brings fresh groceries to directly to their home. Our Winter and Spring Pantry Program provides supplemental kid-friendly snacks and meals for low-income elementary school students to help prevent hunger over Winter and Spring breaks.
The YWCA aims to give women a safe, supportive place to stay while connecting them with the appropriate resources to gain control over their lives. YWCA’s approach to racial justice goes beyond changing hearts and minds. We strive to transform communities, systems, and public policy. YWCA also has an ongoing commitment – truly, a mandate of our mission – to provide leadership development opportunities to women and girls.