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Community Utilities Fund gets a big boost

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Ferndale Community Services Cooperative’s (FCSC) new Community Utilities Fund fund drive has been on for a couple weeks. Over $3,000 has been raised in donations from the community so far.

The Utility Fund was set up May 1st to provide relief for those facing a financial crisis due to COVID-19 impacts.

FCSC officials announced Friday they have received a $5,000 grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation. The grant brings the current fund total to $8,100.

FCSC Resource Center Coordinator Terri Temple said the grant is from The Resilience Program at Whatcom Community Foundation. Temple said in an email she wants to “thank everyone in the community for their support. It was collecting $2000 in that first week that impressed them.”

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Temple also noted that, beginning next week, they will begin reviewing applications for assistance. Applications are being handled and assistance provided on a first-come, first-served basis, helping as many as there are available funds for.

City of Ferndale officials said last week “approximately 328 Single Family or Duplex customers had an outstanding February 28th bill. The total amount owing for all 328 customers was roughly $69,835.73.”

Donations can be made online at the FCSC website or mailed by check to PO Box 2205, Ferndale, WA 98248. Make checks payable to “Ferndale Community Service Cooperative” with “Utilities Fund” noted on the memo line.

Visit the Community Utilities Fund page on the FCSC website for more information about how to apply for assistance.

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