WE NEED YOUR HELP!
WCEL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
We have grown over 40% in the last 2 years and have outgrown the beloved “Big Blue House” in Bellingham. Your gift will help us expand into our new “Little Brick House” in Ferndale. We are raising $283,500 over nine months to remodel this new space which, when complete, will be the largest facility of its kind dedicated to Early Intervention in the region. Our facility will offer a 1500 sq. foot children’s center and specially designed backyard park, will increase our very popular classroom programs for families in the northern part of the county, and provide office space for our staff and potential partner programs. Our goal is to open the center in spring of 2019. See the photos below to take a peek at the house and yard before the renovations and click on the blue button to support this campaign.
WHATCOM CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING RECEIVES GRANT FROM
PHILLIPS 66 FERNDALE REFINERY FOR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Whatcom Center for Early Learning (WCEL) is pleased to announce it has received an initial grant of $25,500 from the Phillips 66 – Ferndale Refinery in support of WCEL’s ongoing capital campaign. Funds from this grant will support the renovations and remodel of the children’s center, backyard park and staff offices at their new facility in Ferndale, Washington.
The generous contribution from Phillips 66 – Ferndale Refinery is the first community donation received after the public phase of the campaign was announced on the WCEL Facebook page on November 1. WCEL initially provided more than half of the total capital campaign goal of $865,239 to purchase the charming 1950’s brick home, which is ideally located in a neighborhood close to Ferndale High School, the Ferndale Public Library and the city center. The purchase of a second facility marks a turning point in WCEL’s 45 year history of serving infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities in Whatcom County. Soon to be known as “The Little Brick House” (in keeping with “The Big Blue House” that the Center currently occupies on H Street in Bellingham), this expansion will allow increased services and office space for staff serving Ferndale, Lynden, Birch Bay and Blaine.
“WCEL has just grown tremendously in the last five years,” said Mark Moder, Executive Director. “We went from serving 80 kids and families every month to currently serving over 215 kids and families a month. We simply couldn’t continue to grow and meet the needs of the community without an expansion. And we know, because families tell us and research bears it out, how important and life changing our early intervention and classroom programs are to the children we work with every day.”
“The Board of Directors met in October of 2017 and made a new facility search the number one priority for the Center’s strategic planning,” said Kalen Hanna, Chief Financial Officer at Saturna Capital and WCEL President of the Board of Directors. “As much as we all love ‘The Big Blue House,’ we weren’t sure if we could keep it and also purchase a second facility in this real estate climate, but it turns out we are getting the best of both worlds. And the real winner is our community because we can more adequately serve the needs of the northern county and expand our popular weekly playgroup offerings.”
WCEL is seeking additional corporate and foundation grant monies in addition to offering opportunities for community participation, including hosting intimate wine nights for donors and a springtime engraved brick campaign, to fund the remainder of the project. To find out how you can participate, contact Erin Malone (Outreach & Development Director) at email@example.com or (360) 671-3660 x 100.
Services are low to no cost for families and research shows a lasting impact is made with early intervention. “Some children come in needing just a small boost to get their development back on track. Others have diagnoses such as autism or Down Syndrome that are the beginning of a journey for the child and family. We are here to provide support. We never turn a family away for an inability to pay, and over 35% of the toddlers who exit our programs have caught up to their typically developing peers and do not need additional services,” summarized Mr. Moder.
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Ways to Contribute to WCEL
WHATCOM CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING HAS BEEN A UNITED WAY PARTNER AGENCY SINCE 1992.
Whether you have experienced the high quality, family centered services of Whatcom Center for Early Learning or you just want to support the amazing work being done for infants and toddlers with delays and disabilities in Whatcom County, we have several options available for you to make a tax deductible donation. No child is ever turned away for lack of funds, and your gift makes this possible!
Monthly or annual donations: Your monthly or one-time donation provides classroom scholarships, therapy equipment, graduation gifts and more. Click here to go to our donation page.
Donor Advised Funds (DAF) and “Bunching”: The standard deduction – mortgage interest, state and local taxes, charitable giving – has increased with the new tax code. Bunching allows you to consolidate multiple years of giving into a single year through a DAF. This allows you to utilize the charitable deduction when your bunched gift combined with other eligible expenses exceeds the standard deduction.
Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA: If you are 70.5 years or older and have an IRA, you must make a yearly RMD. Choosing to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to WCEL can help reduce your taxable income.
Planned Giving: As you begin your estate planning, consider WCEL as a beneficiary of your legacy. Contact Mark Moder, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 671-3660 x 115 to set up a meeting to discuss your needs and vision.
For further information on gifting WCEL, contact our partners at Whatcom Community Foundation or visit their website at whatcomcf.org.