Transforming Lives  •  Strengthening Community

Philanthropic Programs

Providing Christmas gifts for residents in care centers

Care Center Support

Being Remembered
Feeling Loved

Kids growing organic lettuce


Connecting Kids
to Nutritious Food


Enrichment Scholarship

Providing Enriching

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Books and Beyond

Reading Promotes

Providing clothing for students in need

School Bell®

New Clothes Boost
Self Confidence

Year in Review


 K-12 students
clothed in
Whatcom County 


in scholarships
awarded to students
in Whatcom County


 books donated through
Books and Beyond

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Whatcom Talk Article: Celebrate Volunteers

Celebrate Volunteers

Have You Seen the New Banner at our Thrift & Gift Shop?

We are so proud of our new banner representing all five of our philanthropies! Every time you shop or donate to our Thrift & Gift you help support these community programs!  

Why Are All Those Red and White Gift Cards on the Wall at the Shop?

Each red and white JCPenney’s gift card represents one student clothed in our Operation School Bell program. Last year we clothed 2,123 kids in total! Assistance League of Bellingham is best known for its signature program, Operation School Bell, which provides new school clothing to students in need in grades K through 12 in all eight Whatcom […]

St. Francis of Bellingham Receives Spring Gifts from Assistance League of Bellingham

Assistance League of Bellingham’s  Care Center Support program recently gave six care centers in Bellingham and Whatcom County $300 each so that they could select Spring gifts for their residents. Activity directors chose items that were ordered online. Pictured in the photo is Arlene Cano, Care Center Support Chair and Wendy Smith, CCS Committee member […]

Assistance League of Bellingham’s “Busy Bee” Award Given to Roxy Parise

The “Busy Bee” Award was given this year to a fairly new member, who took on some big responsibilities and did a fantastic Job. Jo Anne Lowe, her mentor, made the presentation at our last meeting. “Roxy Parise is a retired Bellingham School District employee who, in that capacity, became familiar with  Assistance League of […]

Kathy Zielinski Honored with Assistance League of Bellingham’s President’s Award

At our last Assistance League of Bellingham meeting, our President, Cathy O’Brien, shared the following in presenting the 2024 President’s Award. “This year’s award goes to a member who seems to never see a problem or situation that she can’t handle!  She always seems to be UPBEAT, ENTHUSIASTIC, and COMPETENT! I am thankful that she […]


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