About Us: Assistance League of Bellingham, WA

Assistance League of Bellingham, 1415 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham WA 98225


We have moved!
1322 Cornwall - 1 block south of our old location

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Link to Thrift Shop at AL, Bellingham

Link to Yule Boutique at AL, Bellingham

Enrichment Scholarship Program



About Us

Who are we? We are a non-profit organization, chartered in 1982, but a part of Assistance League National, whose roots go back to 1906! Our membership is made up of 87 voting members and 27 non-voting members. We have given a total of 23,330 hours this past year to serving the people of Whatcom County. We are an all-volunteer organization!

Who do we serve? We serve Whatcom County residents of all ages -- children through seniors, by way of our varied projects.

How do we raise funds? Our Thrift and Gift Shop (1322 Cornwall, Bellingham) earns approximately one-half our funds. Gently used clothing and house wares are accepted for donation, then sold at reasonable prices. Our Fundraising Committee plans community-attended functions which are publicized. our Annual Yule Boutique in the fall is a showcase for handmade holiday gifts, baked goods and decor. Grants and cash donations make up a large portion of our surplus funds.

Our community generously supplements our fundraising efforts through the presentation of grants. The monies were given to two of our biggest projects benefiting children: Enrichment Scholarship Project and Operation School Bell. Donors are: BNSF, Bank of America, Biel Trust, Cascade Natural Gas, City of Bellingham, Conoco Phillips, Fred Meyer Foundation, Horn Foundation, Jansen Foundation, Lucky 7 Foundation, Lummi Nation, Morningside Foundation, Moyer Foundation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Norcliffe Foundation, Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation, Puget Sound Energy Corporation, Tulalip Tribes, US Bank, WECU, Wells Fargo, Whatcom Community Foundation, Windemere Foundation, Young Foundation.

We are grateful for the financial assistance, and for the confidence displayed in our management of those funds.

How do we make a difference?

The Enrichment Scholarship Program Committee provided applications to 16 area middle schools and high schools, and carefully chose those applicants to be awarded scholarships to attend Summer Enrichment Programs around the country.

To streamline our services, two former Projects were combined (Assault Survivor Kits and Kids Kits) into Hospital Patient Support. This change has allowed us to more efficiently serve the patients in the Emergency Room and South Campus at St. Joseph Hospital. Emergency clothing is being provided for trauma patients in both areas of need, as well as activities to keep young children busy, distracted and comforted. Books and magazine subscriptions have been purchased for South Campus for the adult patients there. Clean, new “sweats” have provided priceless comfort to over 500 patients through this project.

During the holidays, our Care Center Support  Project served 62 residents of 6 local Nursing Care Facilities by filling “wish lists” of gifts of new items such as clothing, personal care items, books, puzzles, games, CDs, etc., all wrapped in time for their holiday parties.

Shelter Outreach
Service came to the aid of approximately 92 women and children in crisis during the past year with emergency clothing, toiletries, toys and other special needs such as strollers, bus passes, and gas cards given to WomenCare Shelter.

2007 marked the 25th Anniversary of Assistance League of Bellingham! Our Chapter was first a Guild, founded in 1977, with Alice Millard serving as our first President. We received our charter in 1982, when Glen Bestwick was President.

Our Board for the fiscal year of June 2010-2011:

  • President: Kathy Robbins
  • Recording Secretary: Charlotte Knodt
  • Corresponding Secretary: Erin O'Reilly
  • Membership: Brenda Dennis
  • Treasurer: Rosemary Selver
  • Assistant Treasurer/Finance: Nanci Zander
  • Fundraising: Trudy Kelsoe
  • Public Relations: Diane Michel
  • Thrift Shop Chairman: Karen Irwin
  • Enrichment Scholarship Project: Michelle Small
  • Hospital Patient Support: Pat Cochrane
  • Care Center Support:  Nellie Durham
  • Shelter Outreach Service: Wendy Smith
  • Operation School Bell: Patti Hawley
  • Strategic Planning: Sally Emerson

Contact may be made by calling the Assistance League Thrift and Gift Shop, 360-738-2803.

For information on providing grants for our philanthropic services, please contact:

James Winchester, Principal; Green Tree Consulting; 360-466-0389 j.win@wavecable.com

*Professional grantwriter and researcher for 501(C)(3) agencies with special emphasis on youth service organizations