Our next 8-week (in-person) Financial Empowerment Class begins January 11, 2023. The class will meet each Wednesday evening from 6-730pm at our office-1846 Iron St Bellingham, WA 98225. Class space is limited. If you would like to register for this class please send an email request to email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you in January!
Poverty Simulation Events
Our Poverty Simulation Events allow participants to walk directly into the "lives" (as much as possible) of fictional low-income families. Face the challenge of meeting your basic needs in the fictional town of Realville.
Every 15 minutes resembles one week in the simulation. For one "month" participants get to see poverty from a dramatically different experiential perspective. The day-to-day realities of too little money and too much stress become personal - and transformational.
Unfortunately, poverty is far from fictional. That's why the goal of the Poverty Simulation Event is to raise community awareness about the difficult realities of trying to meet your basic needs while on a very low-income.
If you are interested in hosting a Poverty Simulation Event at your school, church, agency or business please give us a call and we can fill you in on the details! 360-306-8324
Gotcha Covered & The Christmas Shoppe
Our Gotcha Covered back-to-school event is centered around helping families get the necessary supplies for their children for the school year. We fill a backpack with school supplies for qualifying children as well as give them a $100 gift card to Fred Meyer that can cover the cost of clothes or whatever other supplies they may need for their school year. The cost to the family is $25 which then goes into our financial literacy scholarship fund and allows another family to go through a financial literacy class. The event follows our "hand-up" model which empowers our clients, giving them the opportunity to pay-it-forward to someone else at the same time. If you are interested in donating or participating in this event, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christmas Shoppe program works similarly. Each year low-income families come shop for quality, new toys for their children at prices they can afford (75%-90% off retail). Proceeds from The Christmas Shoppe funnel into our financial literacy scholarship fund as well.
These two programs are examples of our "hand up" helping philosophy. Our goal is to come along side of families as they gain skills to make a better future for themselves.
FUNDING AND SUPPORT
As a non-profit, our work would not be possible without the generous support of various local businesses, churches, institutions, donations, and grants. We would like to extend a very warm thank you to everyone who has made our work in the community possible.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Bellingham Bay Rotary Club
Bellingham Food Coop SEED Program
Lucky Seven Foundation
McEachern Charitable Trust
Union Bank Foundation
Washington Federal Foundation
WECU Education First Project
Whatcom Community Foundation
Local Businesses & Churches
Ahn Tax & Business Advisors
Assemblies of God Foundation
Bay City Supply
Barnett Enterprises, Inc.
Bellingham Harborview Lions Club
Business Pulse Magazine
Christ The King Community Church
Dairy Distribution, Inc.
Dewey Griffin Subaru
Ecotech Energy Systems, Inc.
First Presbytarian Church
J.G. Hansen, Inc.
Kids World, Inc.
Larson Gross, PLLC
Ludeman Capital Management
Lynne Nelson Counseling
Nick Berard Real Estate Group, Inc.
Northlake Community Church
Roosevelt Community Church
Smith Gardens, Inc.
Special T Striping & Design
Sonlight Christian Community Reformed Church
The Muljat Group, Inc.
TLM Bellingham, LLC
Turner Services, Inc.
West Edge Credit Union
Whatcom Home Repair
Windermere Real Estate Whatcom, Inc.
Windermere Rental Management
Partner Agencies & Institutions
Lighthouse Mission Ministries, Bellingham
Engedi Refuge, Lynden
Opportunity Council, Bellingham
Head Start, Whatcom County
Family Promise of Whatcom County
Goodwill Industries of Bellingham
New Way Ministries, Lynden
Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham
Whatcom Community College, Bellingham
Sonlight CRC Church, Lynden
Community Assistance Program, Blaine
Mercy Services, Bellingham & Ferndale
Department of Social and Health Services, Bellingham
1846 Iron St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WHATCOM DREAM
“I would like to thank those who fund this life changing opportunity - I improved my money management skills, but The Whatcom Dream helped me set tangible goals that will help me get ahead in life and build a better future for myself and my family.”
— Rich, single father of two & Graduate of Financial Literacy Program