Assistance League Of Bellingham



What are your sources of resource development?

Over half of our income is generated from sales at our Thrift & Gift Shop. We also hold two resource development events throughout the year, apply for grants and receive private cash donations.

How are these funds spent?

The money we generate goes to support our four community  programs. All the money we raise stays right here in Whatcom County.

What are your Community Programs?

  • Operation School Bell® provides brand new clothes and shoe vouchers for kindergarten through eighth grade children in-need. Our “Teen Team” program awards vouchers worth $125 to high school students in-need to purchase clothing and shoes at Lakeway Fred Meyer.

  • Enrichment Scholarship Program funds summer scholarships for students in grades 6 through 11.

  • Care Center Support sends cards and distributes gifts to care center residents who are otherwise forgotten.

  • Hospital Patient Support supplies new clothing for emergency room patients when needed.

How many people do your Community Programs serve?

In our 2015 – 2016 fiscal year we clothed 1,700 students, provided 78 Enrichment Scholarships and purchased gifts for 61 Care Center residents. We also provided new clothing to 1,527 emergency room patients.

How can I help?

You can donate or purchase items at our Thrift & Gift Shop, become an Assistance League member or make a cash donation.

Where are you located?

2817 Meridian Street in Bellingham, WA. 98225

What is your phone number?

(360) 738-2803

What are your store hours?

Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Do you take/sell children’s clothes at your store?

Not at this time.

Do you take/sell electronics?

We accept small electronic items and phones that are in working order.

Computers and related equipment are forwarded to Computers 4 Kids where they are repaired, if needed, and given to low-income families with children.

Do you take/sell sports gear?

We accept small sports equipment, but not large equipment such as skis, golf clubs or treadmills.

How long have you been in business?

Our first Thrift & Gift Shop opened in 1996. We moved to the Meridian Street location in October 2013.  Assistance League has been serving Whatcom County for 35 years.

How do I find out if my children qualify for clothing assistance under Operation School Bell?

You must apply through the school counselor at your child’s school.  If you qualify, an appointment will then be set up for you to shop with your child at Target.

What ages do you clothe?

Children in grades K though 8 receive clothing and shoe vouchers.  Our “Teen Team” program awards vouchers worth $125 to homeless high school students to purchase clothing and shoes.

What kind of Enrichment Scholarships do you award?

Scholarships are awarded in just about any area of special interest to the student except sports and religion. Examples are: art, music, technology, debate, academics, agriculture, dance and science. We do not provide transportation or fund programs outside of the country. Students in grades 6 through 11 may apply.

How much funding do you award?

Middle school students may apply for up to $400 and high school students up to $900. In our 2015-2016 fiscal year we awarded  scholarships totaling $44,000.

How can I apply for a summer Enrichment Scholarship?

Students may access copies of the Enrichment Scholarship application on this website or you may ask your school counselor for assistance.

Are you currently taking enrichment scholarship applications?

Applications become available in January and are due in March. Please refer to the Enrichment Scholarship page on this website for more information. You may also leave a message for the program chair at (360) 738-2803. See Enrichment Scholarship Program for specific dates and information.

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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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