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Celebrate Whatcom's 50th anniversary with 50 hours of service

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WCC’s 50th anniversary activities include an opportunity for faculty and staff to contribute 50 hours of service to demonstrate the College’s legacy of community building. Participants who serve 50 hours or more will be awarded a commemorative WCC 50th anniversary pin in quarterly recognition ceremonies. We’ll need campus-wide support for this initiative to succeed. Cross-department collaboration and competition is encouraged! Hours can be tracked using the form below.

Volunteer work will be completed during lunch hours or after/before work. Exempt and classified staff may also opt to use personal leave. If employees participate in a service project that extends into work hours, they should consult with their supervisors prior to the start of the volunteer assignment.


50 hours of service opportunities

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, hours may be counted in already established community service/volunteerism, in areas of individual interest, new projects created by departments and employees, or in the three large projects the College is collaborating on with long-term community partners.

Clay pots for Growing Veterans (GV)

GV Mission: To empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other.
GV Vision: To end the isolation that leads to suicide and make sustainable agriculture the norm.
There will be two or three pottery sessions at Roe Studio taught by art instructor, Rob Beishline, including one on Professional Development Day, Feb 21, 2017. Our staff and faculty will make approximately 60 pots and give them to Growing Veterans. GV will then fill them with plants they have grown at their farms. The potted plants will be sold at the GV Farmers Market stand at the regional VA hospital in Seattle, and also be sold at fundraising events throughout the year.

Cordata Elementary School and Bellingham Greenways (Parks and Recreation) work party event

Did you know we have a new trail from WCC to Cordata Elementary? And, it takes only 10 minutes to walk! Cordata Elementary is home to over 400 students, speaking five primary languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Punjabi, and Russian). Sixty-eight percent of the students receive free and reduced priced lunch.

On Friday, April 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Bellingham Greenways will host a trail clearing work party on the trail behind Cordata Elementary to increase the ease of going back and forth from the College to elementary school. After the trail event, our goal is to have staff and faculty volunteer at afterschool clubs, on the playground and during the school day in the classrooms. 

Lummi Nation beach clean up

We will partner with the Indigenous Service Learning Program at Northwest Indian College and work on a beach clean-up at Lummi Nation the week before “Make A Difference Day 2017” (Oct. 22, 2017). Staff, faculty and students will be invited to help protect the Salish Sea by removing garbage and debris from a Lummi beach (location to be decided).

Other ideas

  • Set up a lunch-time knitting group with other employees
  • Work with a local organization to collect canned goods an hour after work each week
  • Existing work on a community advisory committee
  • Volunteer for the Pickford, a retirement home, community event, hospice or other local organization
  • Check out the opportunities on the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County site


Please note: (*) indicates responses are required. Questions? Contact WCC Service-Learning Coordinator Kristine Smith at or 360.383.3072.

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