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 )

75
homeless high school students received vouchers
$100
needed to clothe one student in grade K-12
2,353
 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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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. […]

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, […]

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