Assistance League of Bellingham

About Us

Assistance League of Bellingham Mission Statement

Assistance League of Bellingham is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization serving Whatcom County children, adults and seniors.

A Letter From Our President…

Welcome to Assistance League of Bellingham, a member of Assistance League, a national organization comprised of 23,000 members in more than 120 chapters. Each chapter’s focus is on its local community’s needs.

Assistance League of Bellingham is best known for our signature program, Operation School Bell®, that provides school clothing and shoes for over 1700 kindergarten through eighth grade students. The program also has expanded to include homeless high school students.

The Hospital Patient Support program provides sweatshirts and sweatpants to patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in emergency situations such as assault and trauma. This program also provides clothing, underwear and footwear for homeless people who come to the emergency room.

The Care Center Support program provides cards and gifts to patients in care centers who have no family members, and the Enrichment Scholarship Program provides over $50,000 in scholarships to Whatcom County middle and high school students to attend enrichment camps in the summer.

Assistance League of Bellingham operates a Thrift & Gift Shop at 2817 Meridian Street and has two annual resource development events. The earned and contributed monies are spent in Whatcom County. Volunteers contribute many hours each month to support the programs.

If you are interested in volunteering and making a difference in our community consider becoming a participating member.

Stephanie Sadler

Speakers Bureau








Our purpose is to educate the community about who we are and what we do.

  •   We are a team of volunteer members
  •   We contact organizations or groups, large or small
  •   We respond to inquiries
  •   We set up speaking engagements
  •   We give tours of our Thrift & Gift Shop
  •   We introduce our four community programs

Our goal is to increase our community involvement and therefore increase our community giving.

Do you belong to an organization that is looking for a speaker? We have members who would  love  to give a presentation about Assistance League of Bellingham.  

Email us at or call (360) 738-2803 to contact the chair of our public relations committee.

Board of Directors

  • President-Stepanie Sadler
  • President Elect-Nanci Zander
  • Recording Secretary-Jo Ann Kayton
  • Treasurer-JJ Oxford
  • Vice President Communications-Kathy Robbins
  • Vice President Membership-Brenda Dennis
  • Vice President Philanthropic-Roberta Olinger
  • Vice President Resource Development-Arlene Cano
  • Vice President Retail Sales-Shelley Fishwild
  • Vice President Strategic Planning-Rosemary Selver

Advisory Council

  • Julie Carpenter-Real Estate
  • Bob Dahms-Business
  • Rich Emerson-Business
  • Richard Langabeer-Law
  • Dr. Sharon Missiaen-Schools
  • Siobhan Murphy-CPA
  • Dan Robbins-Business
  • Jim Stevens-Insurance

Assistance League of Bellingham Forms and Reports

 National Assistance League Impact Video



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Mission: Assistance League of Bellingham is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization serving Whatcom County children, adults and seniors.

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