The Ferndale Community Services Cooperative is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 by concerned community members, civic leaders, and social and human service providers who recognized the need for a central place for community members to go for help. The concept had germinated for some time among members of the Ferndale Community Network.
While the capacity for a physical center evolved, other programs did also. The Non-Profit Expo, where over two dozen non-profits present their programs to the community during Old Settlers, The State of the City Annual Meeting, and the local Holiday Giving Store began. Previously existing volunteer programs The Other Bank, Ferndale Community Meals, and The Friendship Community Garden have also recently come under the fiscal sponsorship of the Ferndale Community Services Cooperative.
The City of Ferndale offered a suite of offices in the City building at 5694 Second Avenue for use as a Center, and in July 2008 the Center officially opened. The City has recently renewed its support by continuing the arrangement through December of 2015.
The Ferndale Community Resource Center operates under the umbrella of the Ferndale Community Services Cooperative, with Shannon Sweet as Coordinator for the Resource Center. Volunteers from the community staff the Center to keep it open every weekday morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm.