Community Food Co-op's SEED grant recipient!

posted Nov 1, 2017, 11:49 AM by Bellingham Giving Circle   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 11:53 AM ]
Bellingham Giving Circle Members and Supporters,

November is upon us and that means it’s Bellingham Giving Circle’s month as the Community Food Co-op's SEED grant recipient! Yes, throughout the month, in addition to the 18th, the November’s Community Shopping Day. What does this mean?

*On every day in November money donated at the Co-op registers by customers “rounding up” when they check out will go directly to BGC! 

*On Saturday, Nov. 18th 2% of the total sales at all three locations (downtown, downtown bakery and the Cordata stores) will be donated to BGC!  

*The Downtown and Cordata stores' SEED bulletin boards will feature the Bellingham Giving Circle and the work we do. 

We encourage you to shop at the Co-op this month, especially the 18th, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.  This is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about what we do and to support our efforts.  The more people that shop on the 18th and donate throughout the month, the better we do. November is a notoriously busy month at the Co-op, let’s help to keep it that way. 

Thank you for your effort with this, it is greatly appreciated!

100+ Women of Whatcom

posted Oct 31, 2017, 1:44 PM by Bellingham Giving Circle   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 1:44 PM ]
In October, Bellingham Giving Circle was voted to receive all the donations for this fall from the 100 Women group.  To date, this has amounted to $6,860.00

100+ Women of Whatcom invites women who are passionate about making a difference in our community to gather twice a year and give directly to a local organization popularly selected by the event participants.  There is power from the simplicity of their goal: 100+ women each donating $100 will raise $10,000+ to support an identified need or service in our community.

Giving Circle is so appreciative of this donation and encourages others in our community to join in for the spring event and honor another program in our community.

Kitchen Table Charity receives funds to establish satellite program in Blaine

posted Aug 23, 2017, 10:02 AM by Bellingham Giving Circle   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 10:03 AM ]

Press Release: for immediate publication 

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 

Bellingham Schools Promise Award for Community Partner of the Year 2017

posted Aug 23, 2017, 10:01 AM by Bellingham Giving Circle   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 10:01 AM ]

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.

Molina Healthcare Foundation Community Champions Award 2015

posted Aug 23, 2017, 9:57 AM by Bellingham Giving Circle   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 9:58 AM ]

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.

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