We at the YWCA Bellingham are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our residents, staff, volunteers, and visitors. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in our community, we are following the recommendations put in place by the Whatcom County Health Department and CDC.
We have increased our cleaning and disinfecting – especially that of frequently touched surfaces and common spaces – in our building to everyday, multiple times a day.
We are closely monitoring our residents and staff for any signs of COVID-19 related symptoms. Should residents exhibit any symptoms, we have plans in place for quarantining them and getting them connected with medical care. Should staff exhibit any symptoms, we will self-quarantine and seek out medical care.
Should further restrictions be put in place by our government regarding closing our doors, our staff will continue to work remotely to the best of our abilities. Additionally, we have provided our residents with security phone numbers to some of our staff members, which they can use in case of after hours emergencies, or in the case staff cannot come to work and they need to contact us for any reason.
Back to Work Boutique
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our building, we have suspended all Back to Work Boutique operations until further notice. This includes scheduling appointments and donating clothing to our program.
If you have an upcoming Ballroom rental, we ask that you and your guests self-monitor. If you are feeling any sickness-related symptoms, we ask that you please not come into our building.
If you wish to cancel you upcoming rental, please contact our office via phone call or email.
How YOU Can Help
It is important to remember that safety is an absolute concern at this time as we experience an unprecedented event in our nation and around the world. YWCA is working to meet the need as a Frontline Essential Housing Program Provider. We have provided a few suggestions as to how you can help in the fight to beat COVID-19:
- Make a monetary donation to YWCA Bellingham. The YWCA Bellingham is experiencing many additional expenses associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic. At this time a monetary donation would assist in bridging the gap in funding food, staff hours, protective equipment to keep our clients and staff safe as well as additional cleaning supplies and many other expenses as we are a Frontline Housing Service Provider. Your dollars are helping to save lives.
- Offer help to those who cannot leave their home. This includes those self-isolating or quarantining due to age or compromised immune systems, and other vulnerable populations. It is especially dangerous for these groups to be exposed to COVID-19, which means they may need help doing their daily tasks like grocery shopping, picking up a prescription, etc.
- Educate yourself on the facts. News and media outlets may not fact check their stories before publishing them. Turn to the CDC or Whatcom County Health Department for the most factual and up-to-date information.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and the YWCA Bellingham, please feel free to reach out to our office:
Phone: (360) 734 – 4820