Op-Ed

Resource center building community

Ferndale Community Resource Center offers a public computer to build a resume, job search, access email, and fill out online intake forms for service agencies.
Ferndale Community Resource Center offers a public computer to build a resume, job search, access email, and fill out online intake forms for service agencies. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Ferndale Community Resource Center was established in 2008 and had about 6 volunteers in 2015.

Group’s purpose: The Ferndale Community Resource Center provides friendly, knowledgeable staff to help community members find information and resources in times of need. There is a public computer available to build a resume, job search, access email, and fill out online intake forms for service agencies. Assistance is available, if needed. The center offers printing, faxing and copying, as needed for the purpose of applying for jobs or services, in addition to referrals to agencies in the county.

The resource center is also where people who have a desire to build back into their community can find information on donating time, services or money to local organizations and to get connected. The center is a part of the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative, where the mission is to strengthen families and build community. The center is one of seven programs that help to fulfill this mission.

Volunteer highlights: The resource center depends on caring volunteers to assist those who come through our door. Lawana Chapman has been in the Ferndale community for over 30 years, she has three grown children and five granddaughters. Previously, she was an office and general manager for private industry. Lawana has been volunteering at the resource center since 2010. She also serves the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative by doing the accounting for the programs and assists in fundraising and grant writing. She formerly served as the treasurer on the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative board. She has been a huge asset to the center and our community. Her concern is for those who fall through the cracks and need help creating a better future for themselves and her hope for our job and education resource room is that people will have access to the necessary tools to improve their lives and step out of poverty.

Signature fundraiser: Open house with coffee, tea, and sweet treats, was April 18. Donations are welcome.

Wish list: Our biggest need is monthly donors. Having a committed group of donors allows us to put more of our time into helping people rather than fundraising.

Current volunteer needs: We need volunteers to staff the center on Saturday mornings. Expanding to Saturdays will allow us to better serve those who are in school or work weekdays. Training is provided, basic computer and people skills are helpful.

For more information, go online to ferndalecsc.org/resource-center.

VOLUNTEER MONTH

April is National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.

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