Three Whatcom programs will get United Way funding for first time

A trio of local programs will get money from United Way of Whatcom County for the first time this year, the organization announced this week.

With the new additions, the organization will help fund 35 programs total, and those programs will serve about 100,000 people in the county, according to United Way. The three new programs are expected to serve about 700 people.

Here’s a look at the new programs slated to receive United Way funding:

▪ The Parent Support Program, started in 2015 by Lydia Place, provides child care resources and coaching to parents. The program currently has a capacity of 20 participants, but will expand to 55 with the United Way funds.

▪  Mercy Housing Northwest will receive funding for its Service-Enriched Farm Worker Housing Program, which helps connect farmworker families with affordable housing. One of the goals of the program, according to United Way, is to give farmworkers’ children the stability needed to succeed in school. United Way expects to help 240 clients by funding the program.

▪  Rebound Roots, through Rebound of Whatcom County, the other newly funded program, provides classes for children and parents that teach such skills as anger management, and how to overcome behavioral and emotional issues.

In addition to the the new programs, United Way will continue working with such longtime partners as Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services and Bellingham Food Bank. A full list of partners can be found at unitedwaywhatcom.org.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan