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Visit Assistance League of Bellingham’s eBay Site With Just a Click!

Have you visited Assistance League of Bellingham’s eBay site? Don’t miss the wonderful assortment of items that you can bid on… Here’s a direct link to alb_thriftshop:…

Whatcom Talk May Article: Assistance League: A Treasure in Our Community

  Assistance League of Bellingham: A Treasure in Our Community

Anne Banning Leadership Award Recipient . . . Kathy Robbins

The Anne Banning Leadership Award was presented by Diane Michel, May 5, 2021. “It is a great honor for me to be presenting the Anne Banning Leadership Award to one of our outstanding Assistance League sisters today. This is the first time ALB has presented this coveted National award to a member of ours. The Anne […]

Joani Carrington Receives Assistance League of Bellingham’s President’s Award

Joy Dunne, our current Assistance League of Bellingham president, presented the President’s Award to Joanie Carrington at our regular Zoom membership meeting, May 5th. In the presentation, Joy said, “The President’s award, given for the first time this year, is to recognize a member who is excellent at what she does, even in the face […]

Enrichment Scholarship Program Winners for 2021 Announced

Assistance League of Bellingham is happy to announce that in 2021, 55 students in Whatcom County received summer Enrichment Scholarship Awards. Click here to view the winners.

Whatcom Talk April Article: Assistance League’s Enrichment Scholarship Program

Assistance League of Bellingham Awards Summer Scholarships

Assistance League Member Sharon “Petie” Matzinger Receives Ada Laughlin Award

Presented by Rosemary Selver, Assistance League of Bellingham: It is my honor and privilege to present the Ada Laughlin Award. Ada Laughlin was a co-founder of the Assistance League and was married to Homer Laughlin Jr, “whose family is known for creating the iconic Fiesta Dinnerware that is still popular today.” It’s quite often sold in […]

Assistance League Donates New Socks to Students in Whatcom County!

In recognition of our founder Anne Banning, Assistance League of Bellingham had another successful sock drive within our chapter. Member volunteers collected 853 pairs of socks in all sizes for the students in all eight Whatcom county schools and Lummi Nation. Each coordinator from the school came to our Thrift & Gift Shop to pick […]

Whatcom Talk March Article: What Happens to Items After You Donate Them to Assistance League of Bellingham?

What Happens To My Items When I Donate Them To Assistance League of Bellingham?

“ABCD” Award Presented to Long Time Assistance League of Bellingham Member Arlene Cano

On March 3, 2021, Assistance League of Bellingham awarded an Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award to long time member Arlene Cano in recognition of her leadership in and dedication to the production of cloth face masks in 2020. This community outreach program of Assistance League Bellingham was created to respond to urgent requests from […]

National Action! Week Sock Drive a Huge Success

Assistance League of Bellingham celebrated the birthday of its founder, Anne Banning by doing what it does best, giving back to the community. For National Action! Week, ALB held a Sock Drive during the month of February to benefit Operation School Bell®. The socks will be given to the Bellingham School Coordinators for distribution through the Operation School […]

Enrichment Scholarship Program Applications Now Available

Whatcom County students….wondering what to do this summer? Enrichment Scholarship Program applications are now available on this website! This year, our Enrichment Scholarship Program will provide over $26,000 in summer scholarships to middle and high school public school students in Whatcom County.  Students may apply for summer enrichment camps in a variety of areas such as […]

Hooray! Thrift & Gift Shop to Reopen March 4th

We are thrilled to announce that our Thrift & Gift Shop will reopen Thursday, March 4 from 10 am – 5 pm. Please note that we will continue to follow our Covid hours and will only be open for two days a week, Thursday and Saturday. We will accept donations on the days that the shop […]

Whatcom Talk February Article: Take a Photo Tour of Assistance League of Bellingham’s Thrift & Gift Shop

Assistance League of Bellingham’s Thrift & Gift Shop: See the Wide Variety of Treasures Inside…Join Us for a Tour A

Whatcom Talk January Article Features History of Assistance League

Learn the history of Assistance League and the many ways its Bellingham chapter volunteers have been making a difference in our communities since 1977. Read the latest Whatcom Talk story…how did Assistance League begin?      

Whatcom Talk December Article: How is Assistance League of Bellingham Doing?

Whatcom County, You’ve Been Asking: ‘How Is Assistance League of Bellingham Doing?’  

Support Assistance League Through eBay Purchases

Even though our Thrift & Gift Shop is closed, Assistance League of Bellingham still has an active eBay presence. To find us on eBay, go to the main eBay page and at the far right upper corner, click the small word “advanced” which is next to the larger word “search”.  The next page has search […]

Lynden’s Pieceables Quilters Spread Joy This Holiday Season

Assistance League of Bellingham’s Care Center Support committee members have been busily purchasing holiday gifts for residents of our Care Centers that we support this time of year. The “frosting on the cake” is 126 beautiful handmade quilts donated to us for this purpose by the Pieceables Quilt Guild of Lynden. The photo pictures delivery […]

Whatcom Talk: Care Center Support Program Still Helping During Pandemic

Assistance League’s Care Center Support Program Brightens the Spirits of Local Residents

Did You Know?

Following special Covid guidelines, Assistance League’s  Hospital Patient Support program started again this fall after being suspended from March 2019-Sept. 2020 due to the Pandemic. Delci, program chair, reports that since the program resumed in October, 100 items of clothing which include sweatshirts and sweatpants, have been delivered to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital. We are […]

Whatcom Talk October Article: What is Assistance League of Bellingham’s Hospital Patient Support program?

Learn about Assistance League of Bellingham’s  Hospital Patient Support program, which has served Peace Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center patients since 1999—and how you can assist by shopping at ALB’s Thrift & Gift Shop. Read more…  

WhatcomTalk Story Features Operation School Bell Program

These young kindergarten through 12th grade students are still growing. The clothes and shoes they wore last year, or even last month, most likely won’t fit anymore. Everyone knows what it is like to wear something that doesn’t fit comfortably. It’s hard to concentrate when your pants are creeping up your leg or your shoes are pinching your toes. […]

Thrift Shop New DONATION Hours Effective October 1st

Beginning Thursday, October 1st, our new donation hours are Thursday and Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Thank you for your support and understanding!

Did You Know?

Operation School Bell® is the signature program of National Assistance League. Our chapter works with school coordinators and partners with Bellis Fair Mall and Target to clothe K-12 public school students. Teen Team partners with Fred Meyer to clothe homeless, unaccompanied and emancipated high school youth. In our 2019-2020 fiscal year, ending May 31, 2020, […]

Support Assistance League of Bellingham! Shop at AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile has donated over $200 million to charities worldwide! You can help increase AmazonSmile donations to Assistance League of Bellingham by shopping at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app. Thanks for your support!

Enrichment Scholarship Winner Ella Thompson Produces Comedy Inspired Short Film at NY Film Academy

Enrichment Scholarship Program winner Ella Thompson produced this noir-inspired comedy short film while attending an online summer camp offered by the New York Film Academy. SHORT NOIR FILM: Believing is Seeing  

Whatcom Talk Article Highlights Thrift & Gift Shop

You can once again visit Assistance League of Bellingham’s Thrift & Gift Shop at 2817 Meridian Street, across from Haggen, open Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We gladly accept donations at the back door in the alley Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept large […]

Assistance League of Bellingham’s Recent “Whatcom Talk” Article Features Online Shopping

Support Assistance League of Bellingham…Shop Online! Our Thrift & Gift Shop is closed for now, but you can still support Assistance League of Bellingham by shopping online for a variety of select items. Check out what we have for sale on eBay and ALB eMarket. Read more…

Don’t Miss Whatcom Talk’s Recent Article About ALB!

  Assistance League® of Bellingham: Join to Make a Difference in Your Community, Stay for the Friendships You’ll Forge  

National Assistance League Statement

In response to the current events in our country, the National Assistance League Board has issued the following statement of our commitment to the work we do for those in our communities.

Assistance League Donates 752 Face Masks to Community to Date

Working with Whatcom Unified Command, an Assistance League of Bellingham member donated a sewing machine which is now in use by the Lummi Nation to make cloth face masks. Assistance League members have provided 100 face masks to the Lummi Nation to kick start their efforts to protect their community. We also recently provided 100 […]

Assistance League Donates Clothing to Lighthouse Mission During COVID-19 Pandemic

Even though our Thrift & Gift Shop remains closed to the public, our volunteers are hard at work cleaning, sanitizing, and restocking so that when we can reopen, our customers will find new and interesting treasures. Watch on this website, Facebook or Instagram for further information on our plans to open our doors to the public. Meanwhile, we […]

Isn’t It Great What We Can Do Together As Part of Assistance League of Bellingham?

ALB volunteer member, Sarah, collected and donated iPads and a few baby monitors to Palliative Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Their thank you note reads: Dear Sarah, Thank you for donating your device and collecting multiple other devices for the palliative care team. During this time of COVID, families are not permitted to visit their […]

Care Center Support Committee Sends Cards To Whatcom Care Center Residents

Our Assistance League Care Center Support Committee is writing cards to Care Center residents in Whatcom County who need a little moral support during this lonely time. We are writing to tell them that they are not forgotten and we value them and all the work that they have done during their lives to build […]

Thousands of Bellingham Residents Sew 12,000 Masks for Workers Fighting Coronavirus

Below is an article from the April 26, 2020 Bellingham Herald: According to Mary Elliott, the founder and executive director of the Bellingham Makerspace, the creation of masks happened organically. “Honestly, there were a number of women around town who just kind of organically saw a need for cloth masks,” Elliott told The Bellingham Herald. […]

Assistance League of Bellingham Receives Note from Governor Inslee

In response to the letter and mask that Assistance League of Bellingham member Arlene Cano sent to GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE, Assistance League Bellingham received this note dated April 9th: “Many thanks for the wonderful masks. I know your work is giving many people both confidence and protection. Wash your hands!” Jay Inslee

Assistance League of Bellingham: When the Going Gets Tough…The Tough Get Sewing!

What do you do when your volunteer-driven nonprofit organization has to close its Thrift & Gift Shop and shutter most of its philanthropic programs? You start making face masks for medical and social care workers! Assistance League Bellingham members are passionate about helping our community.  That’s clearly demonstrated through our Philanthropic Programs, some of which […]

Over 255 Face Masks delivered to Whatcom County Care Centers

On April 2, Governor Inslee made a plea to manufacturing to come up with ways to help fill the supply of items for the care and protection of the residents of Washington as well as the USA. I thought, he must not know about all the women in Washington sewing and donating face masks to […]

Assistance League Makes Face Masks for Community

Driven by our strong belief that everyone in the Whatcom community should lead a healthy and secure life, the members of Assistance League of Bellingham have joined the Whatcom County effort to make face masks to help protect medical and social workers. We have pulled together all the supplies we can find from our Thrift […]

Whatcom Talk Features our Thrift & Gift Shop

Assistance League of Bellingham recently joined Whatcom Talk, which shares stories about what it’s like to live, work, and play in Whatcom County. Click on this Whatcom Talk link to learn “Where Can You Get a Good Deal and Do a Good Deed?” Our first “Local Talk” features our Thrift & Gift Shop and a very special customer and […]

Enrichment Scholarship Program Funds Awarded

Assistance League of Bellingham is pleased to announce that students in 28 middle schools and 60 high schools in Whatcom County received summer enrichment scholarships in March. Nearly $60,000 in scholarships will go toward the tuition for qualifying summer programs in 2020. AWARDEES: Please email to make arrangements for your scholarship payments. Thank you! Awardee […]

We “Socked” It to Them!

Our SOCK DRIVE for Operation School Bell, in honor of our Assistance League founder Ann Banning, and 2020 National Action Week, was held at our Thrift & Gift Shop February 18th-29th.   Members and customers donated new socks to be put into the large trunk located in the shop. We filled the trunk!   The […]

Anniversary Sale a Huge Success

Our Storewide Anniversary Sale was a huge success. What a day it was! Thanks tremendously for your fantastic support… In case you didn’t know, our Thrift & Gift Shop is our main fundraiser for our four community programs.

Sign-up for Shoppers News!

Subscribe to receive Thrift & Gift Shop updates sent to your email and be the first to learn WHAT’S NEW! at our shop. On the Thrift Shop page on this website, sign up for “Shoppers News” and each week you will receive an email with information about the weekly sales and new displays at the […]

Assistance League Sponsors Christmas Tree in “Deck the Old City Hall” Event

Assistance League of Bellingham sponsored one of the many beautifully decorated trees at the annual Deck the Old City Hall event held on December 6, 2019. It was a very festive evening and all of the trees looked fabulous! The wonderful music that night was provided by The Thomas Harris Band. Years ago, when Thomas […]

Operation School Bell Program Clothes 2276 Students in October

Assistance League of Bellingham’s philanthropic program, OPERATION SCHOOL BELL®, clothed 2276 Whatcom County students in October. Nine clothing times were offered to qualifying K-12 students in the eight school districts. Students were registered at each school district by the School Coordinators to shop at the Target Store at the Bellis Fair Mall at specific times […]

Don’t miss this video interview with Assistance League member volunteer, Christy Dahms

Assistance League volunteer member volunteer, Christy Dahms, was recently interviewed about our Operation School Bell program by Tony Jukich, Hello Bellingham editor. Click on this link to our Operation School Bell page to watch the video and learn more about our signature program and what positive effects it has on the students in Whatcom County.

“Hello Bellingham” Twitter Post Features Operation School Bell

Great work by Christy Dahms and her PR elves resulted in very positive coverage of this year’s Assistance League’s OPERATION SCHOOL BELL activities. Check out the Twitter story and photos carried by Hello Bellingham at the link below. Hello Bellingham on Twitter: “@ALNational Operation School Bell partners with two local department stores to provide clothes […]

Bellingham Co-op Supports Assistance League

Thank you to both Bellingham Co-Op locations for choosing Assistance League as the local nonprofit to receive 2% of their sales on October 19th. Your support helps finance our four community programs serving Whatcom County residents If you didn’t get a chance to shop at the Co-op on October 19th, it’s not too late to […]

Isabel Ferris Attends Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute

As a participant in Assistance League’s ENRICHMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, Isabel Ferris had a memorable summer camp experience. “Thank you so much for the $900 scholarship to Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute this summer! I learned invaluable techniques to help me play violin better, and my confidence in playing rose. It was such a joy to make […]

New Donation Hours Beginning Sept 2019

Beginning September 2019 our donation hours will be Wednesday to Saturday, 10 – 4 pm. No donations on Monday or Tuesday, please. Thank you for your cooperation.  

Storewide Sale a Huge Success!

Our CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY 50% off Storewide Sale was a huge success! Thank you to our loyal customers and friends for supporting us. Funds raised at this event help support our four community programs in Whatcom County.

Check out Assistance League’s Facebook Page

Hooray! We have over 600 Facebook Likes! Thank you to all our followers and to those who “Like” our page. Tell your friends…

Enrichment Scholarship Recipient Loves Camp

Thank you to Deanne Kanenaga for sharing this information about her son’s camp experience. “Marcus Kanenaga was a recipient of an enrichment scholarship in 2019. He is already back from 8 days of viewing the stars with the University of Arizona staff and co-campers. Please find attached a shot of Marcus with his roommates at […]

Announcing the New Website!

Welcome to Assistance League of Bellingham’s new website! We are so excited to offer a new look and more services for you. Learn about our chapter and how we support our four philanthropic programs in Whatcom County. As you view each page on the website, don’t miss the following features: Shoppers News-get weekly posts about […]

Care Center Residents Receive Birthday Cards

As a member of the Care Center Support Committee, Carol Robertson sends birthday cards to residents of care centers in Whatcom County. “I joined Assistance League in 1997, leaving the Everett chapter which I joined in 1975.  Arriving in Bellingham, I was a full time member, and enjoyed working at the thrift shop. I can no […]

Lighthearted Fun at our Fashion Show and Luncheon

The 6th Annual Assistance League Fashion Show “Struttin’ into Spring” was held at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on April 13th, 2019. A delectable champagne and filet mignon lunch was served.  The event has become a springtime hit with the socially minded, well dressed set attracting a sell out crowd of over 200. Several […]

Enrichment Scholarship Program Requirements

Assistance League of Bellingham offers Summer Enrichment Scholarship opportunities to Whatcom County students who are currently enrolled in grades 6-11 in a public school (or are home-schooled with a public school affiliation).  Private school students do not qualify and students who are related to an Assistance League member may not apply for a scholarship. The scholarships […]

Scoring Enrichment Scholarship Applications

Each Enrichment Scholarship Program application is reviewed, evaluated and scored by at least two committee members, sometimes three. The scoring rubric consists of a total of 60 points divided into three areas. The students can earn up to 20 points for the content of their essay and up to 20 points for writing skills such […]

2019-2020 Assistance League Board of Directors

The new Assistance League of Bellingham board of directors was installed at the regular monthly meeting at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on May 1st, 2019. They will begin their official duties June 1, 2019 with Eileen Malloy serving as president. Congratulations to the new board!

2018-2019 Operation School Bell Year a Great Success!

At our regular Assistance League meeting, Operation School Bell® chair, Joani Carrington, expressed appreciation to the member volunteers for helping clothe K-12 students at Target. She happily reported, “We are proud to say that in 2018-2019 we clothed 2,225 students!” Students are selected by the school district homeless liaison coordinators, based on enrollment from all eight […]

Chapter Facts

Since it became a guild in 1977, then a chapter in 1982, Assistance League of Bellingham has served more than 40,000 residents in our community. It has done so by raising more than $3,800,000 to fund our programs in Whatcom County!

Over $55,000 in Enrichment Scholarships Awarded

2019 Enrichment Scholarships Awarded Congratulations to the Whatcom County students who won Enrichment Scholarship Awards from Assistance League of Bellingham! Eighty-two scholarships were awarded to middle school and high school students for a total of $55,917. The money was raised through our Thrift & Gift Shop sales and other fundraising efforts.The 2019 winners are listed below. Please […]

Target Honored with National Operation School Award

Target was presented with the National Operation School Award at our recent fashion show, “Struttin’ Into Spring”.  Target has been partnering with Assistance League of Bellingham for the past five years in helping to clothe children through our Operation School Bell® program. The event takes place each October in approximately nine clothing sessions. This year Target […]

Win a Luxury Gift Basket

For each annual Fashion Event, a trio of talented Assistance League members come together to create a dozen amazing gift basket presentations. These are our “Opportunity Baskets” that can range in value from $150.00 to over $300.00. A single raffle ticket can win one of these wonderful baskets. These beautifully designed baskets are one of the […]

Thank You Assistance League Volunteers!

From Assistance League Guild of Bellingham in 1977, to Assistance League of Bellingham in 1982, to present day Bellingham and Whatcom County, we have created a forty-two year history of growth and fulfilling our mission. Our chapter has served more than 40,00 residents in our community and has done so by raising more than $3,8000,000 […]

We Love Our New Sign!

Volunteer members of Assistance League are thrilled with their new outdoor sign advertising our Thrift & Gift Shop. Check it out the next time you drive by on Meridian Street! We are open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Free parking…bring a friend! All proceeds fund our four community programs here in Whatcom County.

Buy Online. We sell on eBay and Craigslist

You can find us on Facebook, our website at and on Craigslist. To find us on Craigslist: go to, select Bellingham listings, then click the “for sale” listings.  In the search box put the words “AL Thrift” and our current ads will come up. Did you know we ALSO have an eBay presence? eBay auction items are […]

We Support “Kids Need Books” Program

Action Week is a National Assistance League annual event with chapters across the USA helping their communities in their own unique way. This year’s theme is children’s literacy, with a focus on making books more readily available to children in need. Members of Assistance League of Bellingham’s Public Relations Committee had the opportunity to distribute […]

Care Center Support Provides Christmas Gifts

Below is a note from the Activities Director of Avamere Bellingham Health Care to Anni Martinek, chair of Assistance League of Bellingham’s Care Center Support program. Anni is wearing the red coat in the photo on the left. “Hello Anni and the whole Assistance League team, Our residents were so happy to receive such wonderful generous gifts from […]

Yule Boutique a Huge Success!

Assistance League of Bellingham’s annual Yule Boutique held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 was a fabulous success! Assistance League member volunteers were absolutely thrilled with the huge turnout at our annual fundraiser. A huge thank you to all of our friends, family and customers. All proceeds from this fun-filled event support our four community programs in Whatcom County. See you Saturday, […]

Operation School Bell Program Sets Goals

Assistance League of Bellingham is best known for our signature program, Operation School Bell®,which provides new school clothing and shoes to students in grades K-12. Our goal this year is to provide 2,000 low income elementary, middle school and high school students with new clothing for back-to-school.  Eight school districts within Whatcom County will be […]

Do You Shop at Amazon Smile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charity of your choice. We are […]

Support us with Fred Meyer Rewards

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Do you shop at Fred Meyer stores? They have a community plan that can earn Assistance League of Bellingham donations! All you need is a Fred Meyer Rewards card! If you […]