$120,000 grant enables bulk purchasing plan to supply child care centers statewide with face coverings, cleaning supplies and more July 7, 2020 - News release from Washington State Department of Commerce OLYMPIA, WA --- As cleaning products and other staples for fighting the COVID-19 infection disappeared from store shelves in mid-March, Child Care Aware of [...]
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The Opportunity Council announced and welcomed Katie Rose to the agency this month in a newly created fund development manager position. Katie brings more than 10 years of experience to this position and has worked in development throughout the Pacific Northwest. As the new fund development manager at the Opportunity Council, Katie will work to [...]
When a few Opportunity Council programs slowed or came to a halt during the COVID pandemic, some staff had a chance to experience help out in other departments. Dennis D’Amelio, who works in the agency’s Home Improvement Department, temporarily moved from working as a Weatherization project coordinator to assisting the agency’s Homeless Outreach Team. This [...]
BELLINGHAM, Wash., —During COVID, Opportunity Council cannot serve meals to the usual large gatherings of guests at the Maple Alley Inn hot meals program. Meal programs like this were prohibited from opening during Phase 1, and Phase 2 guidelines are so restrictive it would not be safe or feasible to open. Instead, the Maple Alley [...]
Whatcom, Island counties — Opportunity Council is offering two new energy assistance programs with expanded eligibility for people who have lost income, had increased costs, or are in some way affected by COVID-19. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) COVID-19 Contingency Benefit provides additional support for people who have already received LIHEAP assistance and [...]
BELLINGHAM, Wash.,– As of Feb. 1, 2020, Opportunity Council is serving as the new Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) sponsor to help people in Whatcom County with their Medicare and health insurance options. A public service offered by the Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioner, SHIBA volunteer advisors serve people of all ages. Over [...]