We are proud to share that we have installed two Little Free Libraries in Cordata Park. Two Cordata community members--Oksana Winstead and Brenda Sherrer--are our Free Little Librarians and they have already filled the boxes with books.

The children's library box (the red one) is especially popular. So much so, that almost all the books were gone a day after we set up the boxes. While we love the fact that our children are picking books out for their parents to read to them, as you can see from the photo below, we are asking for some help to keep the box filled. If you have any children's books that you can donate, please drop us an email using this EMAIL LINK.

This is a pilot program in partnership with the COB Parks department. We hope to show a successful model that can be used in parks all over the city.

We are considering our second location in the Cordata neighborhood for another set of library boxes. If you have any suggestions, drop us an email using this EMAIL LINK

January 11 Community Meeting

We are very pleased to have three speakers at our January meeting to talk about trees and how they contribute to climate.

Michael Feerer, Executive Director of Whatcom Million Trees Project will share information about this project.

Jonathan Schilk, COB Landscape Architect
will share how trees and plants are selected for our trails and parks, specifically in Cordata Park.

Steve Janiszewski, COB Park Operations Manager will present the Urban Forest Management Plan results that shows the distribution of forests and tree canopies in the city.

January 11, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

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And remember to use the "Send Us a Message" form on the Contact and Support page of our new webpage LINK HERE to send us your suggestions for speakers or topics for future community meetings.

We love to hear from our neighbors.

The City of Bellingham is pleased to announce the opening of the Young Adult Winter Shelter, an emergency shelter program that will operate temporarily at Civic Field during the winter months, in partnership with Northwest Youth Services and Whatcom County.

The program is offered as an overnight-only shelter for up to 25 young adults 18 to 24 years old. The shelter will operate out of the City’s Civic Field locker room. The program started Monday, December 13, and will operate during the winter months through March 1, 2022, offering a low-barrier shelter option to young adults regardless of gender identity.

“Our winter shelter for young adults is another step forward in our collaborative work to expand shelter options that are healthy, safe and offer services to help people find permanent housing,” Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood said.

“The overall goal with operating a winter shelter is to cultivate a temporary safe, welcoming, and healing environment for young adults, during the most critical months in our community,” said Jason McGill, Executive Director of Northwest Youth Services.

The Young Adult Winter Shelter joins other new shelter services available in Bellingham this winter, including Base Camp's overflow shelter and Gardenview Tiny House Village.

Funding for the Young Adult Winter Shelter was approved by the Bellingham City Council at the Oct. 25 regular meeting. The program is funded in part by revenue raised by Washington State HB 1590, the recently passed affordable housing sales tax.

Community members interested in partnering with the City, county, and community providers to make a positive impact are invited to engage with and support this effort. Northwest Youth Services’ welcomes community support through donations and volunteer service. Visit nwys.org for information about how to get involved/

Media Contact
Tara Sundin, Community and Economic Development Manager
City of Bellingham
(360) 778-8392

Janice Keller, Communications Director
City of Bellingham
(360) 778-8100

Jason McGill, Executive Director
Northwest Youth Services
(360) 734-9862
CNA Website
As a reminder, check out our new webpage. We will continue to send monthly newsletters, but the website provides a great deal more information such as the following pages:

Introducing the CNA: Board members' bios, Mission statement, By-Laws, Current initiatives, Board meeting minutes, archives of Board actions going back to 2005

All About Cordata: General information about the area; a colorful map; community features like our parks, trails, WCC, and other community neighbors; and photos

CNA Newsletter: See a copy of our most recent newsletter as well as archived newsletters going all the way back to May 2018

Events and News: A calendar of upcoming events and news

Resources: A list of Bellingham and County resources with active links for your convenience

Contact and Support: Links to subscribe to the newsletter, join the CNA, donate to the scholarship and library funds, and send us a message.

This is the community website, so we invite you to submit your HOA/COA or neighborhood news and events, photos that you'd like to submit that speak to our shared community, and any questions or comments you may have.

If you have a business that you'd like to promote, please feel free to send us text/images as well.

We hope you enjoy the website and find it useful.
Frozen Pipes Tips

The following post was in NextDoor:

"This is Dan with Favinger Plumbing, we are getting lots of calls about frozen pipes, so here are a couple of tips. If your pipes have burst and you see water, please call us and we'll get to you as soon as possible. If your pipes have frozen, but not burst, there is not much we can do until they thaw. Try to locate your main water shut off, because when the pipes thaw they will either gush water from a break or be fine. Please keep the temp in your house as high as possible so the crawl and walls stay toasty, and give the pipes a better chance of thawing or not freezing. Please do not use open flame or non rated heating devices to thaw your pipes. Frozen pipes are bad, but house fires are worse. And lastly please be patient when you call, most of my staff is at home because of the road conditions, but those of us who made it in are doing everything we can to take care of you. Stay safe out there, and hope for warmer weather soon."


Let's wrap up the year with some good news. The following is excerpted from an article about positive environmental happenings during 2021.

Five good-news environmental stories from 2021

1) The ozone layer is healing
. . . change is happening, according to a recent study by the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR): Because of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, a global deal to regulate nearly 100 man-made chemicals that deplete the ozone layer, 443 million Americans will likely be spared from skin cancer through the end of this century. The hole in the ozone layer remains enormous – about the size of North America – but it is recovering at a rate of one to three percent every 10 years, according to the UN.

2) ‘Coral IVF’ aids Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
This year . . .has seen some recovery on the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists have been using man-made pools in a process comparable to in vitro fertilisation (IVF), moving eggs from areas of the reef where coral has been growing. These are then transferred in an effort to regenerate areas hit by bleaching or destruction from storms.
The process of assisted spawning, dubbed “coral IVF”, aided the birth of billions of new coral babies this year, in an explosion of color. The reef is still facing substantial dangers, but scientists and conservationists hope these types of technologies can spur broader recovery in the world’s reefs, home to roughly a quarter of marine life.

3) China’s giant pandas no longer ‘endangered’
Home to more than 1,800 giant pandas living in the wilderness, China reported in July that the iconic bears are no longer officially “endangered”. Thanks to conservation efforts, they are now classified as just “vulnerable”.

4) Renewable energy generation hits all-time high
Despite supply chain problems stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was expected to set an all-time high for new renewable energy production capacity.
With new solar installations, wind farms and other technologies, the world added 290 gigawatts of renewable power production capacity this year, according to a report published this month by the Paris-based International Energy Agency. By comparison, that is twice as much as Canada’s total electricity generating capacity of about 145 gigawatts.
Based on these trends, renewable energy capacity could exceed the current global capacity of fossil fuels and nuclear energy combined by 2026.

5) Protected area expands around Galapagos Islands
This past November, Ecuador’s president announced that a marine-protected area around the Galapagos would be expanded by 60,000sq km (37,282 sq miles). Home to giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, sea lions and frigatebirds, among other species, the area is under threat from climate change, illegal fishing and other challenges. Environmentalists hope expanding the protected area will help preserve its unique natural beauty and wildlife.

Mark your calendar! The COB Parks department is planning for another work party at Julianna Park on March 26, 2022 from 9am to noon.

Hope to see you there!


For an update on Phase 2 of Cordata Park, use the Engage Bellingham LINK.
Looking for alternatives
to calling 911?

Homeless Outreach Team: Weekdays 7am to 9:30pm 360-312-3717

Mobile Crisis Outreach Team: 24/7 –

Report a crime not in progress without a suspect Bellingham Police – Weekdays: 360-778-8804

Report a crime not in progress with a suspect Bellingham Police – Weekdays: 360-676-6911

Dispute Resolution Center – Not a crisis line: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 360-676-0122
Looking for a place to donate clothes other than "for profit" places? Here's a list that I found on NextDoor. Some of these may not still be accepting, so check it out before you go.
Whatcom Humane Society Thrift Store
Hope House
Agape House
Lighthouse Mission
Bridge2Services and Homes Now
Lydia Place
Y's Buys
Report Non-Emergencies

If you see something that you feel needs to be brought to the attention of the City, e.g., graffiti, broken glass in a bike lane, vandalism, the City wold like you to use their SEE-CLICK-FIX site. You can get more information at SeeClickFix FAQ
We are now able to take donations through Paypal. You may continue to use a check and mail to the addresses below. If you choose to use this Paypal Link please also send an email to this CNA Link with your name, address, the amount of your donation and which of the following you choose to fund:

  1. Membership
  2. Scholarships
  3. Children's Library

CNA Membership
We are still happily accepting memberships to the Cordata Neighborhood Association. Our suggested donation for dues is $10 per person/per year, but all membership applications are accepted. Join either through the Paypal link above, through email LINK, or through regular mail at
PO Box 30061
Bellingham, WA 98228

Donations to CNA Scholarship Fund
Whatcom Community College Foundation,
237 W Kellogg Road,
Bellingham, WA 98226-9912

Donations to a Children's Room in our Prospective Cordata Branch Library
Whatcom Community Foundation
Attn: Children's Library Fund
1500 Cornwall, #202
Bellingham, WA 98225

All donations are tax deductible: ID# 17053217309029

For the most up-to-date information on the virus, go to the Whatcom County Health Department Dashboarrd.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors has a Facebook page as well as a Hotline: 360-778-2762.

Bellingham Food Bank website is providing food boxes.

The Nextdoor app or website to stay in touch with your immediate neighbors.
Common Sense Media has resources for parents and caregivers working with children at home.

The Bellingham Library online has resources for children and adults.

Support local businesses with the help of this website.

There are lots of videos on YouTube for sewing masks. But here's a DIY mask that doesn't require a sewing machine.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions for the City or County Representatives?

See you Tuesday, January 11 at 7pm via ZOOM for our next
CNA Community Meeting.