November is Here!

art by Nina Yagual, check out ella's instagram here. image description: two people sit together at a table, facing each other. one of them is a Black person with long hair holding a cup of coffee. the other is a brown person with short hair holding a bottle of some beverage. on the table there are plates of eggs and bread and butter. the people have serious facial expressions and their arms are touching. above them, there are abstract drawings of flowers floating in the hair and text that reads "Heal Together."

Dear Generations Forward community,

It's officially fall! We are excited to share several updates, opportunities, and events for you and your family to participate in. As we head into the cold, rainy months we are sending warm wishes to you and your loved ones. Feel free to forward this email to any families or community members who may be interested.

Generations Forward is Hiring!

We are looking for a highly organized, collaborative person to be an integral part of supporting Generations Forward by focusing on communication and administrative functions to support the work. That includes writing this newsletter each month! :) This position pays $21.15 per hour and is part time, about 15 hours per week. Work can be completed from home, in the office, and at times requires in-person meetings and events. This is a temporary position that has guaranteed funding through 2022. We hope to bring onboard someone who can help us advance the mission of the Family Council and help us further our objectives to increase family participation in decision-making and advance racial equity. Everyone is encouraged to apply, especially folks with lived experience that is relevant to our work - that includes low income parents and parents of color, folks with disabilities, and others who face systems of oppression in Whatcom County. Please share widely!

Please see the Family Council website and the job description for more information and to apply. Application closes November 11.

Listen to Stories of Surviving Covid

Generations Forward recently partnered on a project with the Mt. Baker Foundation and one of our fabulous Family Council members, Monica Koller, with her business Connecting Community. The purpose of this collaboration was to create a space for families and community members to process their Covid-19 experiences and find some healing in sharing their stories. We are SO grateful to Monica and to all the folks who participated in this special series of workshops, and we are excited and honored to share the digital stories that workshop participants created. Click here or on the image above to see their stories, as well as other upcoming story workshops hosted by Connecting Community. All storytellers gave consent for their stories to be shared.

November Family Night: Fun with Leaves

We know that Covid times are extremely isolating, and it can be hard to find time for fun and creativity. That's why we are hosting monthly at-home Generations Forward Family Nights that all families are welcome to participate in. Each month, we'll pick a theme and offer some ideas for creative at-home activities to enjoy, from crafts to cooking to games. Participate with your family in our Family Nights and upload photos of your adventures to social media using our hashtags, and your family could win a free gift basket with goodies from local businesses! Click the link below for activity ideas, or come up with your own. This event is for families who live within Whatcom County. #GenerationsForward #GFfamilynight Contact Family Champion Christina at with any questions or accommodation needs.

This may be the last bog post l I write as I transition out of the Program Coordinator role. Thanks for reading these updates each month, and I am grateful to all of you for the work you do to support families and kids in Whatcom County. Be well!

With gratitude, em bigongiari they / them Generations Forward Program Coordinator