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The Arc of Whatcom County


 December 2014










Check out this month's volunteer opportunities and respond to the ones you're interested in. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 


If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Makenna: 360-715-0170, ext. 205 or


We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and holiday season! We're thankful for our wonderful volunteers!

The Arc of Whatcom Team
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The Arc's volunteer receptionists play a very important role as the first point of contact for the people we serve.


Help us provide our members and clients with amazing customer service by answering phones and greeting visitors at our front desk. We are looking for someone with excellent telephone etiquette and strong interpersonal communication skills to be our receptionist on Wednesdays from 9am-12pm. No experience required; we will provide the training on our multi-line phone system.


When: Wednesdays, 9-12pm

Where: The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd

Contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205,





We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for visitors who attend our events and workshops. Our event support volunteers help direct visitors to available parking and support staff in getting ready for events.




Next opportunity: Wednesday, December 10th, 9am-11:15am

Where: The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd

Contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205,




Supervision for family members at workshops, meetings, and events is an ongoing need at The Arc. Offering supervised activities provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to attend valuable workshops, getting the information and resources they need. We have a few dates coming up, and we'd love to have your help!


Please note: Family Supervision volunteers must have a current background check on file. Contact us if you are not sure of the status of your background check.


DsO Family Gathering

When: Thursday, December 18, 6-8pm

Where: The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd


Contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205,




Youth Self Advocacy Group


Building Friendships & Developing Advocacy Skills


Support young adults with developmental disabilities as we work to become strong self-advocates and develop new skills and friendships! Self-advocates are people with disabilities who speak up for themselves and others. They can express themselves with spoken words, sign language, language boards and in other ways unique to themselves. Self-advocacy enables people with disabilities to live a fulfilling life in the community with the support they need.


This group is extremely creative and artistic.  There is a desire to expand in music, dance and theatre, as well as continue to volunteer in the community.  We are looking for committed volunteers who want to play and learn with this amazing group of individuals.


Upcoming dates: Dec. 6 & Feb. 7, 10am-12pm

Where: The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd, Bellingham

Contact: Jessika Houston, (360) 715-0170 ext. 304, 




Volunteers who work with children are encouraged to attend this training offered by Brigid Collins.


To empower adults to protect children, Brigid Collins Family Support Center is offering Darkness to Light Stewards of Children trainings to the community. This revolutionary sexual abuse training program educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.


Stewards of Children is a 2-hour training led by a facilitator educated and equipped by Darkness to Light to deliver the program to the broader community. This training has been shown to increase awareness of child sexual abuse, improve attitudes about adult responsibility, and increase protective behaviors.


The training is recommended for those 16 and older. Children as young as 14 may attend with written permission from a legal guardian. There is a $10 fee for materials. Scholarships are available. For more info or to RSVP, call 360-734-4616 or visit


When: Dec. 16, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Brigid Collins Family Support Center, 1231 N Garden St. #200

Contact: Brigid Collins, 360-734-4616




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