Blue Skies Programs and Services
Our Little Wishes Enrichment Program
Grants Little Wishes for ongoing support of lessons and activities including, but not limited to, art lessons, music lessons such as piano, violin or guitar, as well as martial arts, team sports, individual activities such as swimming lessons, dance, ballet, gymnastics, ice skating, ice hockey, horseback riding, and soccer.
Our One-Time Little Wishes Program
Grants Little Wishes for support of school trip fees, summer camp enrollment fees, bicycle and helmet, special needs equipment, tutoring, computers, school related supplies such as a scientific calculator, or an ASB card (required to participate in school sports), sports fees and/or uniforms, cleats, and other items. The Little Wish requests we receive are unique to the needs of each child.
Our Little Wishes Instrument Loaner Program
Loans musical instruments to children who wish to participate in their school band or orchestra, but find they are unable to afford the monthly rental cost of an instrument. Blue Skies inventory of instruments includes wind instruments, brass, strings, keyboards and drums. If an instrument is not found in inventory, Blue Skies will rent an instrument for the child from a local music store.
Spring Shoe Give-Away
Due to a partnership with Soles4Souls we have been blessed to be able to give brand new shoes to our kids. Typically occurs in April each year.
Winter Warm-Up Program
Formalized in 2010, the Winter Warm-Up Program provides children in need with a new or gently used coat, hat, gloves, scarf, hooded sweatshirt and/or blanket. This program is 100% dependent on donations of new or gently used items. The program is generally available in Fall each year.
The Alex Pempe Youth Runners Fund
In memory of 19 yo Alex Pempe, this fund has been established to support children in need who love to run and participates in school track or cross country and needs running shoes, or wish to participate in a running based meet, competition or other event that requires entrance fees.
The Josh Fueston Memorial Swim to Live Fund
In memory of 19 yo Josh Fueston, this fund has been established to support children in need who love to swim and wish to participate on the Bellingham Bay Swim team. The fund also offers help with swim meet fees, swim lessons, developmental delay swim therapy & supplies, and pool passes.
Our Sponsor-A-Child Program
Offers our donors an opportunity to support a child right here in Whatcom County. The program assigns one sponsor to one child enrolled in an ongoing enrichment activity. Although the two shall never meet in person, the sponsor will receive a photo of their child, their age, their personal story and quarterly updates on the child’s growth and progress in their activity. Cost to sponsor a child is $50 per month. Our community has responded overwhelmingly positive to this program as 100% of each monthly donation is designated to direct services in support of their child.