TLA Events

TLA Events

Connecting Communities

In 2014, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) proposed the creation of a trust-building event in response to the BIG question, "How do we ignite individual passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust?" The result was an annual spring day of service as part of National Volunteer Week. This year, the TLA invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to work together in service on Friday, April 28 for service sites on-campus and off-campus. Besides providing important service hours to the chosen organization, the event also offers an opportunity to connect with groups in our University and neighboring communities and to even build ongoing relationships.

See below for a list of service projects.


April 28, 2017 Service Projects

Lend a Helping Hand: Harriet Spanel Park in the York Neighborhood


Start Time: 10 a.m. End Time: 12 p.m.
Help us weed and mulch at this great park. No prior experience needed and gloves and tools will be provided. Come and join the fun, and meet other volunteers.


Location: Harriet Spanel Park



Comfort Kids Project: The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project


Start Time:  11:00 a.m. End Time: 1:00 p.m.

Come and help make accessories for our sock animals.  Each sock animal is donated to Skookum Kids with a backpack to hold their pajamas. The backpack is made from repurposed wool sweaters.  All supplies provided. However, donations of 100% wool sweaters – washed and felted would be much appreciated.

Location: Edens Hall, 1st floor Administrative Offices #110 (side entrance to Edens Hall or entrance facing Old Main lawn). For more information on the location of the event, contact June Fraser Thistle (360.255.3853) or Cara Story (360.650.6540).



Volunteer Chore Program


Start Time: 2:00 p.m. End Time: 4:30 p.m.

Help a senior get their yard in shape after the long winter.

The Volunteer Chore Program helps limited income seniors and adults with disabilities with basic essential tasks so that they can stay living in their own homes. We are looking for a group of 4 to 5 volunteers to help a senior in Sudden Valley with yard clean-up and if there is time, help to clean some of her blinds. Rakes and a weedeater will be provided. The Volunteer Chore Program will also supply additional yard tools; however, volunteers are asked to bring their own gardening gloves, work attire for being outside, and personal snacks/beverages. 

Location: Sudden Valley - contact Abby Lund, Volunteer Chore Program Specialist for the house address (360.734.5121 ext. 172 or email           


Will be RESCHEDULED. Contact Abby Lund ( if you are intersted in volunteering in the near future. 


Kitchen Items Drive for House 2 Home


Start Time: 12:00 p.m. End Time: 4:00 p.m.

Help make a difference in the lives of people who were recently homeless. We are looking for volunteers to help us collect and organize items for the House 2 Home program. If you are available to join us, please sign up below.

If you don't have time to volunteer but you would like to donate a few items, stop by and drop off your gently used dishes, utensils, pots, pans and small appliances (microwaves, blenders etc). Basically anything but the kitchen sink! We will be delivering them to people transitioning from homelessness.

Location: Inside the Public Market - 1530 Cornwall Ave. If you get lost or for more information, contact Karen Saupe (360.220.7676).


Unavailable on Friday, April 28? The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County have many other opportunities available throughout the year. 

Are you looking to celebrate after a day of volunteering? The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is hosting a "Thank You" open house for all the volunteers who make this community great! Join them for food and live music, and see where they are located in the heart of downtown. RSVP at or by calling 360-734-3055.

Friday, April 28th from 5-6 pm (1419 Cornwall Ave)