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Help nurture empathy in children

in Bellingham, Ferndale, Mt. Baker School Districts and Blaine Primary in Whatcom County

Discover the Ultimate Volunteer Experiences

Learn how you can make a difference in children’s lives and enrich your own at one of these info sessions:

  • Ferndale Library: Thursday, April 11, 2:00pm – 2:45pm, with Q&A
  • Blaine Library: Wednesday, April 17, 10:30am – 11:15am, with Q&A
  • Deming Library: Monday, April 22, 10:30am – 11:15am, with Q&A
  • Bellingham Public Library (Central Branch): Monday, April 22, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, with Q&A

By volunteering, you can help these Roots of Empathy interested schools

Mt. Baker School District:
Acme, Harmony, Kendall


Bellingham School District:
Carl Cozier, Cordata, Columbia, Lowell,
Parkview,  Roosevelt, Wade King


Ferndale School District:
Beach, Cascadia, Central,
Custer, Eagle Ridge, Skyline


Blaine Primary

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Instructor

  • You will deliver 27 classes between October and June after receiving free training. New  Instructors  are matched with a Mentor who supports them in and out of the classroom
  • Helping nurture empathy in grade school children with the help of a local parent and their baby

Volunteer Parent

  • You and your baby (‘Tiny Teacher’), who will be 2-4 months old in October, will be matched with a grade school classroom and visit nine times over the school year.
  • The children will watch your baby grow and will celebrate their milestones! This will help the children learn all about your baby and in turn they will learn about themselves, their feelings, and their temperament traits.

What is Roots of Empathy?

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based, award-winning classroom program that has been proven to reduce levels of aggression, including bullying, while raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy in grade school children. The program is centered around a parent and baby’s loving relationship, with a Roots of Empathy Instructor guiding a discussion with children, encouraging them to read a baby’s emotional cues and take the baby’s perspective.

“Roots of Empathy is a wonderful program that should be in every grade in every school. It has tremendous benefits and can teach the world that it’s okay to be ourselves, it’s okay to feel, and it’s okay to be different. It can teach acceptance, compassion, understanding, and empathy and it can make our world a more peaceful place to live, love, and learn.”

~ Roots of Empathy Volunteer