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Building Community in King Mountain Neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity presents:

PROJECT NEIGHBORLY 2023 – A WHATCOM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT BUILD COMMUNITY DAY IN THE KING MOUNTAIN NEIGHBORHOOD

Habitat’s work As many King Mountain neighbors know, Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is building a townhome community on Telegraph Road. To date,12 homes have been completed; two more were dedicated this August. We plan to start building the next 11 townhomes this year. This project is a partnership between Habitat Whatcom, Kulshan Community Land Trust, and the Whatcom Community Foundation.

We see each home as a life changing hand-up out of poverty for our partner homebuyers, but our hope is to also make a small impact on the lives of many – not just a big impact in the lives of a few. Build Community Day is an opportunity to expand our reach while improving the communities we build in, like the King Mountain Neighborhood.


Building community Build Community Day brings neighbors together for a day of building, repair work, yard and cleanup designed to uplift the King Mountain Neighborhood. Habitat Whatcom will organize volunteers into small groups, and break off to perform several minor repair projects around King Mountain neighborhood. All are welcome to come out, volunteer, and build community with us. Lunch will be provided at the Unity Spiritual Center on Telegraph rd. Our goal is not only to help repair homes, but to build community by bringing neighbors together who would not otherwise meet.



Candidate forum During Lunch we will host a candidate forum featuring candidates in the November ballot. Last year we were joined by Sharon Shewmake, Alicia Rule, Tawsha Thompson, Simon Sefzic, and Dan Johnson for a conversation on affordable housing, and their solutions. This year will hold races for important positions, such as Bellingham mayor and Bellingham city council, as well as Whatcom council and county executive. We welcome everyone to attend this important discussion.



Can I apply for a project?

Need a little help with a yard project? All King Mountain residents are welcome to fill out our project request form. Project request submissions are due by Friday, September, 22nd. Typical projects include yard cleanup, removal of invasive plants, landscaping, fence repair, and weatherization. All work must be done outside, and the ideal project will take 3 to 4 hours to complete.

We encourage seniors 55+ to apply. Thanks to a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation through their Project Neighborly Program, we have been awarded $5,000 to execute projects to help seniors age in place.


Once the application window closes (Sept.22nd), our Construction Manager will visit the site; those with the most urgent needs will be selected.

When:

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 8:30 am Where: Telegraph Townhome Community Schedule:

  • ● 8:30 – 9 am | Meet at Telegraph for sign in

  • ● 9 – 9:30 am | Donuts & coffee | Safety meeting & team assignments

  • ● 9:30 – 11:45 am | Minor repair work

  • ● 11:45 – 1 pm | Lunch and candidate forum at Unity Spiritual

  • ● 1 – 4 pm | Continue minor repair work

  • ● 4pm| End of day and signout

Visit https://www.hfhwhatcom.org/build-community-day for more information, and email us at info@hfhwhatcom.org with any questions!


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