Join for Legislative Advocacy

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Climb on board with us, visit Olympia and meet with your legislators!
The Arc of Whatcom County will be chartering a bus from Bellingham to Olympia to participate in the Family Services Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 7th. The bus will leave at approximately 7am for a full day in Olympia. Parents, self-advocates and care providers are welcome to come at no cost to you. We will provide information and materials to help you understand the issues and share your story. Please email or call (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, to reserve your seat today!

Legislative Coffee

The Arc’s Parent Coalition to Host Legislative Coffee
Thursday, December 14th, 9:30am-12:30pm
The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

photo 9It’s that time of year again! Our state is gearing up for a legislative session starting in January, and our federal legislators continue to work on issues that impact individuals with developmental disabilities. An important goal of the Parent Coalition is to provide the connections and resources for families to make their voices heard. The Annual Legislative Coffee provides a relaxed environment for people to meet their legislators face-to-face and communicate their experiences in a meaningful way. Prior to the coffee, there is an informational forum and guided discussion. Whether you are knowledgeable about the legislative process or completely new, this information is important to make the most of the opportunity with our legislators. The Legislative Coffee is a rewarding experience for families, self-advocates, community members, and legislators. Please join us, and let your voice be heard!

Due to limited space, please register by contacting Monica Burke: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303,

Ask the Advocate Workshop: Legislative Advocacy

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For family members, caregivers & community members.

Join us Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6-8pm at The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center in Bellingham to learn about legislative advocacy.

At this workshop we will:

  • Highlight current legislative issues that impact individuals with developmental disabilities & their families.
  • Discuss how to share your experiences & create stories to give to legislators.
  • Give you opportunities to prepare a story to share with elected officials about education, support services, or the issue most important to you!


Did you miss the workshop? Below are the resources we provided:

Being an Effective Advocate 2017

Make your voice heard 2017

Arc Hot_Tips_2017

Family Story Worksheet





Bills of Interest 3-19-17 + Hearings

Continuity of Care – Talking Points

Future of Medicaid 2017-03

Supported Living – A System in Crisis Position Paper updated for appropriations