Bellingham At Home represents a new concept in community building. Modeled after the many successful virtual Villages now supporting seniors across the country, we are an organization whose members drive the process, and whose volunteers power the operation. Together, we provide programs and services to champion independence and foster community as we age. We strive to live with the highest quality of life, on our own terms, in our homes. Volunteers and members help to build this new community by serving others and connecting with each other through participating in activities, classes, and social gatherings. As we engage with these events, we feel we are a part of our Village, Bellingham At Home. Aging independently doesn’t mean going it alone.
Bellingham At Home provides members with:
- A single number to call to:
- Access service volunteers to help with home maintenance.
- Get transportation to medical appointments, social functions or for shopping excursions.
- Receive referrals to vetted service providers with preferred terms and rates for our members.
- Opportunities to participate in social and educational events
- A membership in the Bellingham Senior Activity Center
- A chance to volunteer for others
- A voice in deciding how best to meet members’ needs.
Bellingham At Home is member-driven and volunteer-powered!
Full Household membership is open to anyone, age 50* and older, living within the Bellingham At Home boundaries. Memberships run for 12 consecutive months and require an annual fee and a signed Membership Application and Agreement.
Charter membership is a Full Household membership that is offered as part of a pre-launch promotion, where the annual rate will remain at $350 for 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) for the primary member, plus $50 per year for each additional member in that same residence. Charter memberships are available through June 30, 2016.
Full Household memberships paid after July 1, 2016, are available at $350 for the primary member and $50 for each additional member in that same residence. Full Household Membership will be subject to annual rate increases. The annual fee will increase to $450 in 2017 and $550 in 2018.
Associate membership does not require living within Bellingham At Home boundaries. This level is available at a rate equal to 50% of the Full Household membership, plus $50 for each additional member in that same residence. Associate members can participate in our social and educational activities and use referrals to service providers but do not have access to volunteer services.
Membership runs for a 12-month period, becoming effective on the date the application is approved. Fees may continue to increase annually, depending on the number of Village members and the funding required to support operations. Annual membership renewal is subject to agreement of the members and payment of the applicable annual fee
*Exceptions to the age guideline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.