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 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 […]