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Kitchen Table Charity receives funds to establish satellite program in Blaine

Bellingham’s Giving Circle, a local charity focused on the needs of unaccompanied youth in the Bellingham School District, has received monies from Tom and Kathleen O’Gorman of Blaine to establish a satellite program for the teens in Blaine schools.

A major focus in the last year has been the establishment of a food pantry at each high school in Bellingham. Students have access to food throughout the day and can take food with them at night and on the weekend. Additionally, Giving Circle has returned more than $50,000.00 in needed items to these teens in the last 5 years. Items include backpacks with school supplies, sleeping bags, tents, clothing and shoe gift cards, laundry vouchers, loaner laptop computers, etc.

The Bellingham Giving Circle was established in 2012 at the kitchen table of Michelle Small who is currently President. Linda Hochreiter serves as secretary and Patti Hawley of Birch Bay is the assistant treasurer and will coordinate the Blaine program.

The large donation from the O’Gormans insure that the Blaine program will operate for three years and a large stipend was made to the Bellingham program to ensure that it will operate for at least one full year without need for fundraising.

There is no official membership required for participating in Giving Circle. Monthly potlucks are held in members’ homes on the third Thursday of each month except in June and July. Any community members interested in working with unaccompanied youth are welcome.


For further information contact:
Michelle Small
President/Giving Circle

2017 Promise Awards: 
Community Partner/Volunteer

Linda Hochreiter, Secretary, and Michelle Small, President, accept the 2017 Promise Award for Community Partner of the Year from Dr. Greg Baker, Superintendent of Bellingham Schools. The Bellingham Giving Circle was nominated for the Community Partner Promise Award for their commitment to the care and respect of all students in keeping with the vision and values set forth by the Bellingham school district. Their financial support towards the unaccompanied youth in the schools has exceeded $55,000.00 over five years, providing hundred of needed items to support these students staying in school.

Michelle Small accepts the Community Champions Award 2015 from the Molina Healthcare Foundation for her work with Giving Circle. Presenting the award is Anastasia Garcia from Molina Foundation.