Get Involved in Your Community
Many Western students participate in volunteer and service learning work. Not only is it great experience, it helps you make connections in your community! See below for a list of organizations and opportunities to volunteer in Bellingham and the greater Whatcom County - check out their websites for more information about how you can get involved.
Connect and Volunteer in Your Bellinghome
WWU Center for Service Learning
The Center for Service-Learning offers services that facilitate meaningful partnerships and that meet the common goals of the WWU, local, regional, and international communities. Visit the Center for Service Learning website.
Campus Community Coalition
The Campus Community Coalition promotes working relationships and communication among the colleges and a variety of community stakeholders to enhance shared responsibility through collaborative education and problem-solving. The members of the CCC share the goal of improving our community’s health, safety, and quality of life. Visit the Campus Community Coalition website.
Volunteer Center of Whatcom County
The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County mobilizes volunteers to meet community needs, builds capacities of organizations to effectively engage volunteers, and inspires support for community service. Visit the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County website.
Whatcom Council of Nonprofits
The Whatcom Council of Non-Profits works to advocate for and promote local non-profits. They maintain a list of non-profits and a non-profit events calendar. Visit the Whatcom Council of Nonprofits website.
City of Bellingham Neighborhood Contacts
The City of Bellingham has 25 individual neighborhoods. If you are interested in learning more about your neighborhood, or need help finding which neighborhood you live in, their interactive map allows you to choose a neighborhood and go directly to that profile page. You can find a description of the neighborhood, links to the neighborhood plan and zoning information, as well as a series of maps specific to that area. Visit the City of Bellingham Neighborhood Contacts website.
City of Bellingham Volunteer Boards and Commissions
Interested in getting involved with City government decisions, advising and policy? Volunteer boards, commissions, committees, and task forces serve our community by advising policy makers and providing essential support to city programs and activities. City advisory groups are required by the City Charter or City Ordinance. Visit the City of Bellingham Volunteer Boards and Commissions website.
City of Bellingham Neighborhood Watch Program
A block watch is a group of concerned citizens that have organized, gotten to know one another, and decided to use problem solving to better their neighborhood. They consciously decide to look out for one another and work to reduce crime in their areas of control. Visit the City of Bellingham Police Department website.
City of Bellingham Parks
“The Parks and Recreation Department supports a healthy community by providing high quality parks and recreation services.” -James King, Director of Bellingham Parks & Recreation
Visit the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation website.
Whatcom County Parks
It is the goal of the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department to enrich the quality of life for the community and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the County through provision of outstanding parks, trails, open space, natural areas, recreational activities, and Senior Services. Visit the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation website.
Larrabee State Park
Larrabee State Park is a 2,683-acre camping park with 8,100-feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay near Bellingham in northwest Washington. The park features two freshwater lakes, coves, and tidelands. The sunsets are gorgeous and there are a variety of non-motorized, multiple-use trails that wind through the park. Visit the Larrabee State Park website.
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the most visited forests in the country; located east of Bellingham and Seattle between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park. Here you will find glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests, rich in history and outdoor opportunities. Only an hour away from Bellingham! Visit the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest website.
Community Boating Center
The Community Boating Center offers affordable and accessible boating for all in Bellingham. Over the years the facility has evolved from a for-profit company, to a community supported, education non-profit and is constantly evolving to this day. Visit the Community Boating Center website.
Mt. Baker Ski Area
A locally owned and operated business since 1953 - Mt. Baker Ski Area offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in North America! Visit the Mt. Baker Ski Area website.
Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC)
GBRC promotes health and fitness through participation in running on road, track and cross-country. GBRC sponsored running events are open to all ages, members and non-members, joggers and racers of all levels. Visit the Greater Bellingham Running Club website.
Arts and Entertainment
Pickford Film Center
The mission of PFC is to provide a forum and resource for independent cinema, strengthening community through education, dialogue and the celebration of film. PFC offers year-round, independent, foreign and documentary film and related special events. Visit the Pickford Film Center website.
Established in Bellingham by Ryan Stiles, a world-renowned improv artist, The Upfront Theatre is a cabaret style venue that offers live improv comedy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Visit the Upfront Theater website.
iDiOM Theater is committed to developing and producing world-premiere performances, providing local and international artists a venue to create and perform original material, and giving audiences diverse, immediate, and accessible exposure to new and established theater works. Visit the iDiOM Theater website.
Mt. Baker Theater
The Mount Baker Theatre in downtown Bellingham's Arts District is the largest performing arts facility of its kind north of Seattle. A beautifully restored 1927 architectural treasure, listed on the register of National Historic Places, the theatre is dedicated to showcasing some of the best live performing artists on both the professional and community levels. Visit the Mt. Baker Theater website.
Make.Shift Art Space
Make.Shift Art Space is a DIY art and music venue dedicated to innovative, alternative and unusual art and music. The 8,000-square-foot space includes an art gallery, a live all-ages music venue, and 18 individual art and music studios. They provide a home for painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, and whoever else needs an affordable place to make a mess and show it off. Visit the Make.Shift Art Space website.
Downtown Bellingham Events
Find out about downtown events from Art Walk to free local music and food! Since 2000, The Downtown Bellingham Partnership has been the only organization that unites the diverse interests that define our city center. Through their network of members, they present a powerful voice for Downtown Bellingham. The Partnership is the best source of information on upcoming events, public policies, and opportunities for downtown. Visit the Downtown Bellingham Partnership website.
Bellingham Farmers Market
The Bellingham Farmers Market supports local sustainable agriculture by connecting the public with local farmers, artisans, and other producers in an economically viable marketplace. The Farmers Market happens every Saturday in downtown Bellingham from 10am-3pm, April – December. Visit the Bellingham Farmers Market website.
Sustainable Connections envisions a thriving, collaborative community where local businesses are prosperous and contribute to a healthy environment and the well being of all citizens. The members are local, independently owned Whatcom County businesses and supporters working to transform and model an economy built on sustainable practices. Visit the Sustainable Connections website.