WHATCOM — Free conflict resolution training is available to homeowner and community associations through the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

In 2018, thanks to a Project Neighborly grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation, the center provided free conflict resolution training to neighborhood associations in Bellingham. Participants said the workshops were “a great starting place to begin to learn how to resolve conflict” and that “our community will benefit from this training.”

Now with renewed support from the foundation in 2020, WDRC is able to expand the opportunity to include homeowner, condo and community associations throughout Whatcom County. Two-hour free workshops cover basic communication, active listening and conflict resolution skills.

Whether it’s neighbors feeling challenged by specific disputes (i.e., a property line, fence or barking dog) or by the assumption they don’t have much in common, WDRC hopes the workshops inspire people to connect across differences and build stronger neighborly relationships.

Homeowner, condo and community associations are invited to apply to host a workshop for their members in 2020. Associations should be based in Whatcom County and have the ability to publicize a workshop to their members. No cost is involved.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2020.

For more information or an application form, visit whatcomdrc.org/conflict-resolution-training or contact gayle@whatcomdrc.org or 360-676-0122 ext. 122.

The WDRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict.