SPIE Community Support Within Whatcom County
SPIE prioritizes and cultivates good relationships with our community colleagues and partners. We appreciate contributing to a better quality of life across Whatcom County.


STEM activities around Whatcom County
SPIE staff love to volunteer at the SPIE-led STEM activities that take place throughout the year. From super-cool laser shows and exciting science fairs at our local schools, to engaging panels and other events at Western Washington University, SPIE prides itself on engaging with our Whatcom community by sharing expertise, knowledge, excitement, and passion for all things optics and photonics.


Good Corporate Citizens Committee
SPIE seeks to be a responsible and positive contributor to the community in which we are located and from which we draw many of our employees. In 2002, SPIE started a fund specifically to support local charities in order to serve that goal. A staff committee was formed to evaluate proposals and allocate available monies. Between 2017 and 2019 SPIE has provided $70,000 to the community through this program.

Organizations SPIE has given to:

  • United Way
  • Opportunity Council/Dorothy’s Place
  • Interfaith Coalition
  • Women Sharing Hope/NWYS recipient
  • Brigid Collins Family Support Center
  • Max Higbee Center
  • Kulshan Community Land Trust
  • Whatcom Literacy Council
  • YWCA
  • Whatcom County North Rotary Club
  • Skookum Kids
  • Northwest Youth Services
  • Strong Against Cancer
  • Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
  • Pink Boat Regatta
  • Tech Trek by AAUW