Community Newsletter | July/August 2020
Online Trainings
Vroom STEM Training   - Aug 4 or 6 from 9am-10:30am. Register here for one of these FREE 90-minute trainings!  This opportunity is for Early Learning professionals to learn more about Vroom, the brain-building app and set of resources that support parents of young children. See how Vroom can be used to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)!
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention – classes extended through September. Take the free , one-hour online course during one of the many convenient scheduled days and times and become a resource for your community . Learn how to recognize the warning signs for suicide and be there for the people in your life. Register here.
Weed It and Reap
Five Concrete High School students have been working hard this summer with the Concrete Farm to School Program. As paid program assistants, they are gaining valuable job skills and experience planting, maintaining, and harvesting fruits and veggies in the school garden and greenhouse. Their work makes it possible to provide free produce to local families during the bountiful summer season and allows Concrete Boys and Girls Club youth to taste-test fresh fruits and veggies. 
Left to right: Robert, Ashley, Travis in the middle, Andrea, Mike, Rebecca, Becky, Rachel 
Harvest of the Week
Want to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into your baby or toddler’s diet? Families who are eligible for WIC or Basic Food/SNAP can sign up for United General District 304’s free Harvest of the Week program. For four weeks this August, families can pick up personalized kits in Sedro-Woolley or Concrete. The kits will feature local produce with recipe options for the whole family! Kits can also include essentials like masks, diapers, formula, wipes, and other resources for staying healthy during COVID-19.
The program is limited to the first 100 families who sign up, so register here today.
Voices of Sedro-Woolley Parents Needed!
If you are the parent or guardian of a high school student in the Sedro-Woolley School District, we need your help! United General District 304 and the Sedro-Woolley RISE coalition are gathering information to help inspire a healthy and safe community and prevent underage alcohol use. Take five to 10 minutes to complete the anonymous survey in English or en Español by August 17.
Maintaining Meaningful Connections 
Healthy relationships with caring adults are vital to youth development. The stress of living through these times makes it even more important to keep and grow these meaningful connections. The Search Institute® created a free Relationships Check tool to provide hands-on approaches and activities, based on your responses, to strengthen bonds with young people during COVID-19 and beyond.
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Survey
August is National Breastfeeding Month ! This year, United General District 304 is partnering with the Skagit County Breastfeeding Coalition to learn more about breastfeeding in the workplace. We hope to get an idea about current local knowledge and policies, and then offer resources to organizations looking for best-practices! Fill out the employer survey or the employee survey by August 14 th .
Welcome Back!
We recently re-opened our doors at United Fitness Center - by appointment only - to new and returning clients! Beginning July 30, a maximum of 5 members are allowed in the facility at the same time, so social distancing is easy to maintain. The 5-person limit and other safety procedures are in place to help you access the same great services and amenities to stay active and fit. Make an appointment today!
Support Hospice of the Northwest
As a partner of Hospice of the Northwest (HNW), we are raising awareness of services they provide - and sharing opportunities for community giving. Your donation to HNW makes it possible for anyone in Skagit, Snohomish, Island, or San Juan County to receive quality and compassionate end-of-life care. Every gift helps provide the supplies, training, and services that bring comfort and pain-relief to hospice patients and support for their families.
Through August 15 th , your donation will be matched by generous community partners so please consider contributing today !
WWU Community Health Interns
This summer, we are hosting three interns from the Community Health program at Western Washington University. Alice, Emily, and Tess are each completing 400 hours of work in their field before graduating this August. Thank you for helping make our programs and services stronger so we can continue building healthier communities! 
Building healthier communities is more important than ever. In response to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have adapted programs to continue meeting community needs (in a variety of ways). Here are a few of the services we’ve provided since March.