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Community Newsletter | February 2023

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Overdose Response

Knowing how to identify when someone may be experiencing an opioid overdose and acting quickly, including calling 911 and using naloxone (aka Narcan®), can save a life. Learn what to look for and build the skills to respond effectively in a free, 45-minute online course for people age 16+.

·      Friday, February 24 @ 2 pm

·      Thursday, March 9 @ 12 pm

·   Tuesday, March 21 @ 5 pm




Learn more and register here

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. By talking openly about suicide, and being prepared to apply QPR, we can offer support and hope to youth and adults who are hurting. Find out how in our free, 90-minute course, held over Zoom for people age 16+.

·      Tuesday, February 28 | 12 – 1:30 pm

·      Thursday, March 16 | 2 – 3:30 pm

·      Monday, April 17 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm



AUDIENCE: Ages 16+

Learn more and register here

Breastfeeding Class

You don’t need to be a client of WIC to access our breastfeeding supports! For all new or expecting parents, our WIC clinic offers online courses in English or Spanish at no cost to help families address common concerns and get feeding off to a good start!

·      Thursday, March 16 @ 1 pm (English)

·      Jueves, marzo 16 @ 2:15pm (Español)

COST: FREE / Sin Costo

Learn more and register here /

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CPR/AED/First Aid

Practice lifesaving techniques with our American Red Cross certified instructors. Held on the hospital campus, you can sign up for a totally in-person or hybrid course to earn certification that lasts for two years! A discounted course fee is available for people receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, or Apple Health.

English Language Classes:

  • Saturday, March 18 | 9 am – 1 pm | Traditional in-person class | Cost: $100 
  • Friday, March 31 | 9-11:30 am OR 12-2:30 pm | blended learning (with online and in-person components) | Cost: $80 

Clases en Español:

  • Sábado, marzo 25 | 9 am – 1:30 pm | Costo: $100 (un precio con descuento de $80 está disponible para los hogares que reciben beneficios como Basic Food, WIC, o Apple Health)

Learn more and register here

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Our young people need support for their mental wellbeing. Anyone age 18+ who works or lives with young people can benefit from learning the five-step action plan for a mental health or substance use concern or crisis. The blended YMHFA course has participants complete two hours of online work before meeting in-person.

WHEN: Friday, March 24th, 9 am – 3 pm | lunch provided

LOCATION: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley 

COST: $35

AUDIENCE: Those age 18+ who work or live with young people

Learn more and register here

Mental Health First Aid

We can all be more aware and more informed when it comes to issues around mental health and substance use. MHFA is built on practical steps for adults to support other adults in their family and community while practicing self-care. The blended MHFA course has participants complete two hours of online work before meeting in person. 

WHEN: Monday, April 3, 10am–4:30pm | lunch provided

LOCATION: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley

COST: $35

Learn more and register here

Spring is in the Air

Get out and enjoy all that springtime in Skagit has to offer. Sign up for the Skagit Nature Rx walks this March and explore awesome parks and trails with others interested in the benefits of nature. The Senior Strides series, for adults 55+, and Family Treks series, for families with kiddos 0-5, will both be offered on Thursdays, March 9 – 30. Find out more and sign up here.

Share in the Adventure

Summer is just around the corner, which means we’re gearing up for the epic Trek for Treasure hiking adventure. If you or your organization are interested in helping to bring this award-winning program to our more than 1,200 annual participants, consider becoming a Trek for Treasure sponsor! Learn more about sponsorships and benefits and look for the official program launch this March!

What’s Cooking in the Farm to School Kitchen

Each winter, Concrete students in grades K-6 participate in weekly cooking lessons designed to challenge their teamwork and their tastebuds! A favorite recipe this year has been Greens over Grains Onigiri. The recipe had students taking adventurous bites of seaweed, tuna, and umeboshi (pickled plums).

Students in grades 1-6 got to make this recipe and it seemed the younger kids were able to shape the rice with their hands more easily than the older students! To learn more about Farm to School, or to donate or volunteer, please visit our website

6th grader, Navaeh Zavala

with Kale Onigiri

Download these fabulous Farm to School recipes and try them at home!

Because Kids Don’t Come with Instructions…

Receive text messages to help you in your parenting journey, all at no cost!* With Bright by Text, it’s all covered: tantrums, nutrition, brain-building activities, local events, and much more! Messages are based on your child’s age, from pregnancy through age 8. Bright by Text is a non-profit organization. They don’t sell advertising space or share information. Start anytime by texting SKAGIT to 274448. 

*Texting rates may apply depending on your data plan.

Healthy Food, Healthy Families

WIC has engaging, fun, and accessible nutrition information for local families! National Nutrition Month ® in March is a special time to highlight our work. On March 22, WIC Nutrition Program participants can drop-by our Sedro Woolley office to sample fresh fruit smoothies, test out the NEW online self-guided nutrition education platform, enter a free drawing, and see the newly launched United General District 304 WIC website!

Not signed up for WIC yet? If you are pregnant or a parent/caregiver to kids under five, call our office to see if you’re eligible and get started:


Together Toward Tomorrow

Jill Sprouse, Supervisor of our Engaged Youth and Communities team, attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum in Washington DC last month! The annual event was a chance to hear from leading prevention science experts and learn how to tap into the power of community-led change through Coalitions.

Raising Awareness with our Legislators

While in DC, Jill also went to the capital and met with staff from Rick Larsen, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray’s offices to share about youth substance use prevention efforts and Coalition work in Skagit County. As co-coordinator of the Sedro-Woolley RISE Coalition, Jill helps identify and lead local policy solutions to support our youth.

If you live, work, or spend time in Sedro-Woolley, you can be part of RISE! The next Sedro-Woolley RISE meeting is March 14 from 3 - 4:30 pm at

Sedro-Woolley High School.

Contact for more information and to join!

Practicing Our Principles - Supporting Parents & Infants

United General District 304 works to promote a positive work/life balance, honor the contributions of our staff, and practice what we encourage in our community: supporting parent and infant bonding, parental well-being, healthy infant development, and breastfeeding. Our Infant at Work policy allows new parents and grandparents to bring their baby to work for the first six months!

Rachel and baby Frankie (pictured) were

part of our January Program Collaboration meeting, Rachel’s first after returning from maternity leave.

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!

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