Community Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2022
CPR/AED/First Aid
Earn lifesaving certification (valid for two years) in just a few hours! The next in-person course will be held at the newly remodeled Cedarwood Center building on the hospital campus in Sedro-Woolley.

When: Sat., Dec 3 from 9am – 1pm
Cost: $95 (discount available for income-eligible individuals)
Location: Cedarwood Center |
2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention
We all have what it takes to help save a life from suicide. Learn how to recognize the warning signs for suicide and apply QPR in a crisis situation though our 90-minute online course. 
This FREE online course is open to anyone 16+. 

When:Tuesday, Dec 6 | 12-1:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online
Overdose Response Training
Learn how to recognize and respond effectively in an opioid overdose crisis and save a life. Information about how to get naloxone at no cost will also be provided in this 45-minute online course.

·      Wednesday, Dec 7 | 4:30 pm
·      Friday, Dec 16 | 2:00 pm
·      Monday, Jan 9 | 12:00 pm
Cost: FREE - open to anyone 16+
Location: Online
Mental Health First Aid
Learn the five-step action plan for reaching out and supporting individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis in this evidence-based course.
When: Friday, Dec 9 | 9 am - 3:30 pm plus 2 hours online independent study (lunch provided)
Audience: Adults age 18+
Cost: $35
Location: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley
WIC Breastfeeding Class
Our friendly and knowledgeable WIC staff offer classes each month in English and Spanish as a low-pressure way to find support, discover tips for feeding and learn about how WIC can support your breastfeeding journey.

  • Dec 15 @ 1pm (English)
  • Diciembre 15 @ 2:15pm (Español)
  • Jan 19 @ 1pm (English)
  • Enero 19 @ 2:15pm (Español)
Cost: Free
Location: Online - open to anyone pregnant or breastfeeding
The Incredible Years - Toddler Series
Take part in an online parenting series designed for people with kids aged 1-4. Meet with trained facilitators and other parents to help bring out the best in your toddler and family.

When: Starts January 12, 2023
Meets twice a week on Thursdays and Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm over Zoom
Audience: Parents & caregivers of 1-4 year-olds
Cost: Free
Location: Online
Soupsgiving potluck
In November, we held a series of soup-themed potlucks in the District 304 office. Soupsgiving was a fun way to celebrate the season with warming food, conversation, and gratitude. Margo, a Program Coordinator for Farm to School (pictured closest to the camera), brought a nourishing vegetarian chili that is a staple in her family’s home. Click the image below to download Margo's family recipe.
Let Your Friends Know About Basic Food
Many Washington households struggle to put food on the table, which can be especially hard during the holiday season. Basic Food, also known as SNAP, helps people with low incomes make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food. In 2021, Basic Food provided benefits to 1 in 8 people in WA. There is still an estimated 15% of workers eligible for food benefits who are not enrolled.
Our staff can help community members apply for benefits
over the phone in English and Spanish.
WIC in Action
Representatives from Congresswoman Susan DelBene's office stopped by during our Halloween event for WIC families. Two of her staff toured our facility in Sedro-Woolley to learn more about the WIC program and what clients experience during in-person visits. Our staff also voiced their passion for serving families in Skagit County and shared the very real struggles parents have faced during COVID, along with the impacts of rising costs and the formula shortage. Providing education and advocacy are just a few of the many ways United General WIC staff support families. Find out more by visiting our website or giving us a call 360-854-0435. Hablamos Español.
Storing and Preparing Winter Squash
During appointments, WIC families can learn about seasonal foods on our rotating information board! Right now, winter squash, in all its many shapes and colors, is on display.

Food Hero pages, in Spanish and English, have recipes along with tips for buying and storing these nutritious gourds. Download the English version or the Spanish version.
Youth-Led Change
More than 40 teens took part in a Youth Summit this November to dig into perceptions, and misperceptions, of communities in Skagit. Trainers from the Montana Institute facilitated discussions and reviewed local data to provide perspective - including around issues of substance use and violence. With this knowledge, youth developed messages and action plans for positive transformation to take back to their schools, supported by their Youth Advisors. By creating space for this youth-led work, which uncovers positive truths about teen leaders and the communities we live in, our Youth in Action initiatives are also making a positive difference. Learn more on our website.
Jumpstart Your New Year
Have you ever thought, "I wish I knew a friendly expert who could create a custom exercise plan for me based on my goals... oh, and that takes into account my tricky knee/shoulder/elbow?” Here's your chance!

Now through March 31st, 2023, United Fitness Center is offering a free personal training session with custom exercise plan when you purchase a three-month membership. This offer applies only to new or inactive members. There are no contracts or sign-up fees, ever!

Visit the United Fitness Center website or call us at 360-854-0247.
Give the Gift of Health!
Looking for a meaningful gift for a friend or loved-one? Consider a gift certificate to United Fitness Center! Take advantage of our special promotion and give them not only three months of gym membership, but a free personal training session and custom exercise plan to set them up right from the start!
Hospice – Meeting you Where You Are
During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month each November, we give thanks for the amazing staff and volunteers dedicated to helping people live each day to the fullest. Last year, Hospice of the Northwest provided compassionate and high-quality care during more than 40,000 patient visits. As 50% owner, we are proud stewards of this essential service that gives hope and dignity to individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness.
Visit the Hospice of the Northwest website to learn more about how hospice helps.
Meet Our Team!
Curious about the dedicated folks working to bring these great programs to our community? View photos and read about our staff on the new Meet Our Team page of our website. We'd love to hear from you!
Did you know you can use your Fred Meyer card to help make our programs possible? Through Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can link your card to Foundation of District 304. Link your card in person on your next visit, or click here to do it online. Funds support classes, trainings, and programs for Foundation of District 304 at no cost to you!
Thank you!