Please bookmark our new website:

We will continue to send monthly newsletters, but the website provides a great deal more information such as the following pages:
  1. Introducing the CNA: Board members' bios, Mission statement, By-Laws, Current initiatives, Board meeting minutes, archives of Board actions going back to 2005
  2. All About Cordata: General information about the area; a colorful map; community features like our parks, trails, WCC, and other community neighbors; and photos
  3. CNA Newsletter: See a copy of our most recent newsletter as well as archived newsletters going all the way back to May 2018
  4. Events and News: A calendar of upcoming events and news
  5. Resources: A list of Bellingham and County resources with active links for your convenience
  6. 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.

Cordata Presbyterian Church (CPA) at 400 Meadowbrook Drive is having a Fall Festival on Friday, October 29 from 6-8pm. It will be inside the church but all doors and windows will be open and traffic will be monitored and forced to go one way through the building so we are taking every precaution available to make it a safe event. Bring the family and enjoy!


Building Together
 Many of you attended the Cordata Presbyterian Church Neighborhood Block Party at the end of August. As you entered, you voted (using lego blocks) on the question “What can we, the Cordata Neighborhood, build together?” Here are the results of your input, from most the popular to least:
     i.        Parent Support Network
    ii.        Gathering Space (i.e., coffee shop, etc.)
  iii.        After school care / homework help
  iv.        Skill sharing opportunities
    v.        Building blocks of faith
What are the next steps? We’d like to identify one or more people to help organize one of these. Cordata Church has already offered space, so now we need willing volunteers. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Bonnie Hollings-worth ( . Let’s work together to strengthen our neighborhood.
November 12 Community Meeting

We have invited three speakers to our November meeting to address the issue of pollution and conservation in our area.

Kristin McDade, ReSources (Sewage and Biosolids Issues)

Gabe Epperson, Whatcom Land Trust (Conservation Efforts)

Cynthia May, COB Public Works (Water Quality at Lake Whatcom)

ZOOM Meeting:
November 9, 2021 7:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 255 603 0627
Passcode: 123456

If joining by phone:
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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.
On October 31st the water to the garden will be turned off – signaling the end of our 13th year of successful gardening by 50 or more community members each year.

Led by Kaitlin Schenken as Garden Coordinator, other volunteer contributors to running the garden and making it a successful year include the following:

    Dan Norvelle building 7 new plots.

    Cam Kerst and Dan successfully applying for a $2500 grant for the new plots.

    Dennis Solokin and Alan Fieldlob worked on the new plots and installing repairs to the peripheral fence.

    Jo Anne O’Connell and her crew kept the front gate looking beautiful.

    Kathleen Roy was the courier delivering produce to the Food Bank every week.

    Sharon Pelfrey grew dahlias and produce for the women’s shelter downtown.

We look forward to our 14th season starting April 1st, 2022. Watch for the sign-up announcement for Registration in March.

Happy Gardening!

As you probably know, the CNA Board and community have been advocating for a Bellingham library branch in north Bellingham for many (too many) years. Recently, we have made some good progress on this goal that I'd like to share with you.

Many months ago, we invited Seth Fleetwood to our community meeting where he indicated that he supported the plan for a library branch in our area. Based on his statement and the support of Hannah Stone, we asked for a meeting with the library Board to design a plan with firm steps and dates for this to happen.

Kate McDonald and Julie Guy had that meeting a few months ago with Rebecca Judd and Rick Osen of the B'ham Library Board as well as our neighborhood champion, Hannah Stone. Here is the summary of what was determined in that meeting and subsequent discussions:

The library will hire a consultant to create a facilities master plan to include a branch location. The RFP is under construction now and we will see a project description as soon as it's ready. The timeline is for the consultant to be in place by the first of the year. They anticipate the study will take 3-4 months. 

The library held interviews for a second children's librarian in order to restart in-person children's programs as soon as it is safe.
Recently the library received the happy news that their application for a new hybrid vehicle to use for outreach to preschools, day cares, and other venues has been approved! They are working with the Public Works department to purchase the vehicle and hope that it will be ready to go when in-person programs for children can start again next year. 
Little Libraries Coming to Cordata Park
As we mentioned in the last newsletter, we are using some grant money to install some little libraries in Cordata. The first one will be in the Cordata Park. We met with the Parks staff to identify a location, which will be at the north entrance next to the parkour area. The library boxes have been ordered and as soon as we receive them we will install them. Look for a red children's box and a blue adult's box.

We are so happy to report that we have our first little library librarians. Much gratitude to Oksana Winstead and Brenda Sherrer who volunteered to partner on this first library. We are still collecting volunteers for the next installation, so let me know if you're interested. EMAIL

We are considering where to place our next library boxes, if you have suggestions, let us know either via EMAIL or on our Send Us a Message form on the WEBSITE

Keep putting aside books to donate to these libraries.


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, November 9 at 7pm via ZOOM for our next
CNA Community Meeting.