Providing clothing to in need students in Whatcom County

We provide new school clothes to kids in need

Assistance League of Bellingham is best known for our signature program, Operation School Bell, which provides new school clothing and shoes to students in need in K through 12 grades.  Operation School Bell serves eight local school districts; Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian, Mt. Baker, Nooksack and Lummi.  Each district is allotted a specific number of “slots” based on enrollment.  The school district homeless liaison coordinators, who work with low income and homeless families, select the students who participate in Operation School Bell.

We partner with Target to allow students and their families to shop together.  Each student receives $100 to select school appropriate clothing and shoes.  It is a wonderful experience for our volunteers to hear the happy voices and see the excitement in the children as they pick out new clothes for the school year ahead.  Target employees, school counselors and Assistance League members all work together to make this happen.

Our Teen Team program is a voucher program for homeless high school students identified by the homeless high school coordinators.  The students are given a $125 voucher to purchase clothing and shoes at the Lakeway Fred Meyer.  We are very excited to be able to help these students who have expressed a desire to graduate from high school under adverse circumstances.

How we're making a difference ( 2018-2019 )

60
homeless high school students received vouchers
$100
needed to clothe one student in grade K-12
2,285
 students clothed in Whatcom County

Kids are given the confidence they need to succeed

New clothing has the power to elevate self-esteem, encourage school attendance, and improve academic performance. We are providing far more than just a new wardrobe—we are empowering young students to reach their full potential.

Providing clothing for students in need
Operaton School Bell Program
Operation School Bell Program

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]