News & Announcements

Puget Neighborhood News and Information:

Volunteering Opportunities

At the Puget Neighborhood Association’s first meeting for 2018-19, Eric Paige, Principal of Carl Cozier Elementary (CCE) School, joined us for an update on Carl Cozier.   Eric mentioned one of the needs Carl Cozier has is for school volunteers.  Some of the volunteer needs include:

  • Classroom Aides: Volunteers support student learning 1:1 or in small groups in reading, writing or math.  Commitment: 1-2 hour/s weekly
  • After-School Enrichment Aide: Volunteers support after-school teacher and students by helping them stay on task, focused and having fun.  Classes range from art, karate, Legos, soccer, garden etc.  Commitment: 2 hours per week for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Lunch/Recess Buddy: Volunteers buy or brown bag a lunch and engage with students in the cafeteria modeling healthy eating, table etiquette and recycling/clean-up. This role extremely helpful for staff and fun for students. Commitment: 1 hour weekly
  • Events & Chaperoning: CCE hosts a variety of family engagement events throughout the year (i.e. Literacy and STEM nights) that would benefit from additional helping hands.  In addition, teachers oftentimes are seeking additional field trip chaperones to insure students are focused and safe. Commitment: as needed.

All Bellingham Public Schools required volunteers to complete the online volunteer application:    Once approved, it is valid for two year.   If you have questions about volunteering, feel free to contact Jennifer Gaer, Volunteer Coordinator, Bellingham Public Schools, at 360-647-6848 or

Puget Neighborhood August Social

Possible plans for a Puget Neighborhood Social in August were discussed at our 1st meeting.   Meeting attendees seem to support a Neighborhood social coinciding with the National Night Out which is on Tuesday, August 7.  National Night Out is a national (and Bellingham) observance for communities to come together, build relationships and stand united against crime.  Carl Cozier Elementary seemed like a good location, if it can be arranged; especially to highlight Carl Cozier and the start of school.  Fun events for kids, neighborhood-community information, treats, and a meet-n-greet with B’ham Police and Fire staff are possibilities that could be included.   Neighborhood volunteers will be critical as plans are developed and pursued.  Let us know if you would like to help!

Bellingham Bells Fireworks Displays

The Bellingham Bells Baseball Club announced the dates for their fireworks displays for the 2018 season (June-August).  They recognize fireworks displays can be troublesome for some individuals and their animals who are sensitive to the noise resulting from these shows, wanted to let folks know in advance, and asked The Association to let neighbors know dates.   All fireworks shows will begin immediately following the conclusion of the games, approximately 9:00 PM, and are expected to last approximately 10 minutes.   The dates for the fireworks shows are:   June 4, July 3, and August 4.

Holiday Safety

Preventing Vehicle Prowls

Lydia Place                                                                      

Lydia Place has been a part of the Puget Sound Neighborhood and key partner in our community’s effort to end homelessness for individuals and families here in Whatcom County for over 25 years. Essential Lydia Place services and programs help to provide housing, case management, life skills, parent support programs, positive childhood outcomes and advocacy for over 250 families annually.

To learn more about Lydia Place, volunteer or donate visit or call 360-671-7663.

 The Puget Neighborhood Association is pleased to provide this information about Lydia Place, and invite our Puget Neighbors to explore their web site to learn more about Lydia Place services and programs.  


Campus Community Coalition          

One focus area of the Campus Community Coalition is in promoting communication, information-sharing and problem solving between students attending a college or university in Whatcom County, and the community they live in. The CCC provides education to students about being a good neighbor, a good citizen, and a responsible patron of downtown businesses. The CCC also helps neighborhoods and organizations effectively reach out to students to engage them in civic and community life. The Campus Community Coalition values shared understanding and respectful dialogue, and has a high commitment to building positive community life for everyone.

For more information, contact:                  Carmen Rasmussen, Campus Community Coalition Coordinator

Email –, Phone – 360.650.6863

Also, see more on facebook at:;
or on the Western Washington University website at:

The Puget Neighborhood Association is pleased to provide this information about the Campus Community Coalition, and invite our Puget Neighbors to explore their web site to learn more about the Coalition.


There is a free social website called Nextdoor that many Bellingham neighborhoods are using to enhance communications between neighbors.  It’s a great way to share information about local concerns (e.g., car prowls), lost pets, etc.  Our neighborhood police officers use Next Door to post alerts, answer questions, and receive non-emergency messages.  Read more about Nextdoor here.