“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”

― Jana Stanfield

There are roughly 800 homeless individuals in immediate need in Whatcom County alone. While we have several programs run by amazing people trying to make a difference, our county is still struggling with a severe lack of services. Local volunteers, advocates, and champions of these individuals need our help to continue providing these key services. Below is a roundup of some quick and easy ways to help right now.

HomesNow! is a volunteer-run organization to provide shelter for the homeless in Whatcom County. You can donate items such as warm sleeping bags, tents, first aid kits, batteries, food, clothes, and more. HomesNow! has recently moved their few dozen residents of the outdoor temporary housing area into hotel rooms due to the impending storm and are in desperate need of funds to cover the unexpected costs. homesnow.org

You can donate coats, blankets, and other items that bring warmth to the Lighthouse Mission. People in need can go there to receive immediate help. They also take food donations, and even accept prepared food, leftover from business events or parties. Drop off donations from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday at the main Lighthouse Mission building at 910 W. Holly St. There are two labeled bins in the fenced lot off F and Astor Street. Ring the bell if you need assistance. thelighthousemission.org

Hope House is an outreach ministry of The Assumption Church in Bellingham. Hope house volunteers deliver sack lunches, socks, gloves, personal items and more to homeless living on the streets. Right now, they are in greatest need of canned food, personal hygiene items, baby formula, and size 4 and 5 diapers. Their hours are Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Friday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at 207 Kentucky St., Bellingham. bellinghamhopehouse.blogspot.com

Maple Valley Inn serves healthy meals to Whatcom County residents in need. Breakfasts are served on Tuesday mornings and lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Much of the food is provided by the Maple Valley Inn community garden. Visit their website to learn how you can contribute. whatcomvolunteer.org

The Opportunity Council helps homeless and low-income people improve their lives by offering education, support, and direct assistance. You can make a donation to the Opportunity Council, or check out their listing of current volunteer openings. They need volunteers at the front desk, in the kitchen and garden, to supervise kids, and more. oppco.org

*Above information is current as of February 7 2019.  Please double check dates, times, and locations prior to contact.