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Community Newsletter | June 2024

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Play and Grow Drop-in Group

Connect with other parents and caregivers in this one-hour drop-in group to share the joys and challenges of growing with your baby through music, play, and discussions covering a range of topics from development to sleep and much more. It is facilitated by Help Me Grow Nurses and Perinatal Support-WA Resiliency Specialists. No registration required! 

WHEN: Thursdays at 11am

WHERE: Heartwood House, 2136 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley

COST: Free

Learn more here

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) 

Suicide is often misunderstood and misrepresented in our culture and media. Learning about some of the myths and facts surrounding suicide can help reduce the stigma and initiate potentially lifesaving conversations. Anyone 16+ can come learn about the evidence-based suicide prevention steps to help someone in crisis.


·      Tuesday, June 18 | 3 - 4:30pm

·      Friday, June 21 | 9 - 10:30am

·      Monday, July 1 | 12 - 1pm

·      Thursday, July 11 | 8:30 - 10am

·      Tuesday, July 23 | 12 - 1:30pm

·      Thursday, July 25 | 5 - 6:30pm

WHERE: Online


Learn more and register here

Overdose Response

Anyone who uses opioids, including prescriptions, can be at risk of an overdose. Learn the steps for recognizing and effectively supporting someone experiencing an overdose in a short online training for anyone age 16+. Ways to access free naloxone (AKA Narcan) are provided.


·      Thursday, July 18 | 3 pm

·      Thursday, July 25 | 12 pm

·      Monday, August 5 | 2 pm

·      Thursday, August 22 | 3 pm

WHERE: Online


Learn more & register here

Youth Bereavement Program

Volunteer Training

Rooted: Grieving & Growing Together is a free program launching this summer for young people and their caregivers to connect with each other and their grief. Formerly known as The Landing, these peer-based services need caring and committed volunteers to deliver the program and other supports. Attend a three-hour training to learn more about the program, get in touch with your own grief, and find out how to become a volunteer.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25 | 5:30 – 8:30pm (Dinner included)

WHERE: Heartwood House, 2136 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley

AUDIENCE: Community members and professionals aged 18+ who would like to support youth who are grieving.


 Learn more and register here

Adult Mental Health First Aid

One in five Americans live with a mental illness. Many people are reluctant to seek help or don’t know where to turn for care. Find out how to support your loved ones and the community with the five-step Mental Health First Aid action plan through two hours of online learning followed by an interactive in-person training with a certified instructor. The next courses are:


·      Tuesday, June 25 | 9am – 4pm

·      Wednesday, July 17 | 9am – 4pm

WHERE: Heartwood House, 2136 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley

COST: Cost: $35* - includes materials and lunch for in-person course | *scholarships available 

Learn more and register here

Babysitter's Training Class

This American Red Cross training course is designed with a mixture of learning activities and is an engaging and fun way for youth to learn how to responsibly care for children and infants. The training class is designed to give youth a boost to their confidence while babysitting.

WHEN: Friday, June 28 | 9am - 4pm

WHERE: United General District 304 | 2031 A Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

AUDIENCE: This program is designed for, but not limited to, youth ages 11-15

COST:  $80 (a discounted price of $60 is available for income-eligible households) 

Learn more & register here

Here Comes the SUN – Summer EBT Grocery Support

Beginning in June, people with Basic Food benefits can get additional help with grocery bills through a new program! SUN Bucks provides $120 per eligible child in addition to any Basic Food benefits currently received. If your family is enrolled in programs like SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR, your school-age children will automatically be enrolled to receive SUN Bucks. And, if your child is enrolled in free or reduced-price school meals, they will be signed up automatically!

Learn more about SUN Bucks here.

Need help paying for groceries but not sure what to do? Give us a call at 360-856-2549 or fill out this form! Our kind and knowledgeable staff can help you figure out your options.

Farm to School Open House and Fundraiser

Join us at the Concrete Old-Fashioned Fly-In on Saturday, July 20, at the Mears Field Airport! Concrete Farm to School will be serving a wholesome farm-to-table meal beginning at 2 pm, and the proceeds will support our vocational program for high school students. We’ll also be offering tours of the Farm to School gardens on the school campus, led by our summer student employees. There’s lots of fun for the whole family at the Fly-In and many local organizations to visit and support.

A Warm Welcome for Newborns & Their Families

Help Me Grow Newborn Outreach launched in May!  Liz Cooksey is our outreach nurse who meets families in the hospital at Skagit Valley Hospital’s birth center. She welcomes them with a gift and signs them up to receive developmental and local resource information. If families need additional support, she connects them with our Help Me Grow Resource Navigator or other community organizations. In less than a month, Liz provided outreach visits to 28 families! To learn more about Help Me Grow, visit

Use WIC Benefits at Local Farmers Markets!

You can use your WIC QR code to buy fresh, delicious fruits and veggies at local farmers markets. In addition, eligible WIC families can take advantage of an extra $30 Farmers Market benefit each summer. Call us at 360-854-0435 to see if you're eligible. Use your benefits at one of these local farmers markets:

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market (617 Metcalf St) 

Stanwood Farmers Market (8727 271st St. NW) 

Concrete Saturday Market (45821 Railroad Ave) 

Visit with WIC staff at local farmers markets in July. Stop by our District 304 table and ask about Farmers Market benefits!

11,475 Hours!

That's how much time local high school students volunteered in the community through Varsity in Volunteerism (ViV) during the 2023-24 school year. ViV, a youth program co-developed by United General District 304 and United Way of Skagit County, celebrated its student volunteers on May 15 at the first-ever Central Celebration. More than 130 community members and students came together to honor the impact of youth volunteerism and bestow varsity letters to the 68 students who completed at least 100 hours of service this past school year. Businesses that benefit from these engaged students include The Children’s Museum of Skagit County, Mount Vernon Parks & Rec, The Friendship House, and many more! Check out this video to learn more about ViV!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, anthropologist.

Share your Feedback – Youth Cannabis Use Prevention

Most youth in Washington do not use cannabis, aka marijuana, but roughly a third of WA tenth-graders said it would be easy for them to get if they wanted to.

To better understand youth access to cannabis, along with safe and secure storage habits in households, the North Sound Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Network has launched an anonymous survey for adults. Individuals (21+ only) who complete the full survey will be eligible to win an Amazon gift card. Click here to take this two-minute survey in English or Spanish.

Explore Skagit Parks & Trails!

Get outside for a walk with us and enjoy the gorgeous summer sun and scenery. Sign up for Skagit Nature Rx walks this July and explore parks and trails, meet new people, and experience the benefits of time in nature. The Community Walks series, for all Skagit County community members, and the Family Trek series, for families with kiddos aged 0-5, are both offered on varying days throughout June and July. This is a donation-based program, and your support helps us provide guided walks for anyone who wants to participate, regardless of their ability to pay. View the schedule and sign up here.

Pedal-Powered Berry Smoothies!

We are pleased to be a Festival Partner supporting Burlington's Berry Dairy Days! Look for the United General District 304 booth and stop by to make a pedal-powered berry smoothie with the popular Fender Blender! We'll have information available about our community-focused programs and classes.

Did you know you can use your Fred Meyer card to help make our programs possible? Through Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can link your card to Foundation of District 304. Link your card in person on your next visit, or click here to do it online. Funds support classes, trainings, and programs for Foundation of District 304 at no cost to you!

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