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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Community Work Party
Jan 14 , 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Celebrate the collective power of community with the City of Bellingham, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), and many other community partners for a volunteer work party in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, a federal holiday encouraging Americans to take an active role in improving their communities. The work party will take place on Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Little Squalicum Park.
Volunteers will restore habitat and improve water quality by planting native plants in and around the new Little Squalicum Estuary, an important shoreline habitat that the City began constructing in 2022 as a place for young salmon to grow before migrating to the ocean. This work party is a unique opportunity for the community to directly contribute to the project’s construction.
Through this work, we hope to exemplify the environmental justice movement, which was inspired by Dr. King through his concern for the urban environment. Environmental justice embodies the principle that all people have the right to clean air, water, and soil, as well as the right to live in safe and healthy communities.
Donations for Birchwood Food Desert Fighters
To further support our community, this event is partnering with the Birchwood Food Desert Fighters to accept donations for this organization’s work. Birchwood Food Desert Fighters works to promote greater food access and a sense of community through weekly events, a network of food share boxes, food delivery, community farming, advocacy, and more. Work party participants are encouraged to bring donations such as shelf-stable milk and proteins, unopened toiletries, and laundry detergent to the work party to support the Fighters’ work.
Space at this event is limited and the estuary site will not be able to accommodate all volunteers. There will be additional work sites outside of the estuary. Registration is required to participate. You will receive additional information via email after registering for the event.
Directions: This event takes place at Little Squalicum Park at 640 Marine Drive. The sign-in area will be in the Northeast section of the park. Due to construction of the estuary, it is easiest to access the park from the Bellingham Technical College (BTC) parking lot on the north side of BTC, located off of W. Illinois Street. To get here, travel northwest on Eldridge Avenue until it turns into Marine Drive, then turn right onto W. Illinois. Turn right into the BTC parking lot and follow work party signs to the blue tents. Find directions to the site on GoogleMaps.
Phone: (360) 778-7105