We are an active organization, and sponsor several events and opportunities for our community to join us in working towards an end to homelessness and poverty.
Please consider some of these ways you can contribute:
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Each spring, Interfaith Coalition presents Hope Auction, a lively and fun social event featuring the area’s most eclectic silent and live auction. Over one-third of our budget is raised during this evening, which showcases a variety of unique items and services donated by local businesses, congregations and individuals. This is one auction you don’t want to miss! Our next Hope Auction will be Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Round up four friends into a team and join the wacky, fun Bed Race, held in September of each year in Bellingham’s Civic Field parking lot. The Bed Race begins with an informal parade as costumed teams showcase their decorated and newly mobile beds. You can also sponsor a team. Lots of laughs and free family fun, with a chance to donate if you wish. Prizes awarded for fastest bed (grease those wheels!), most money raised, best theme, and more. All proceeds benefit Interfaith’s Family Promise, which offers shelter and meals in existing church buildings to local families in need throughout Whatcom County. For information on this fun event, check out the Bed Race website.
Family Promise of Whatcom County is hosting the first annual Camp Out to End Homelessness on Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th. Join other car and tent camping adventurers who want to raise funds and awareness about child and family homelessness in Whatcom County. Festivities include live music, sing-along around the campfire, skits, and light dinner. Saturday morning the smell of delicious food will fill the air as volunteers serve breakfast and lots of coffee to those who camped out to end homelessness! For information on this fun event, check out the Camp Out event page.
In February of each year, choirs and music groups from member congregations of Interfaith Coalition come together to share spiritual music from diverse traditions. Music ensembles as well as choirs sings perform individual pieces and then all the singers come together for a joyful combined choir of over 200 singers. This is a delightful afternoon of spiritual music. If your choir or music ensemble is interested in participating, please contact Laura Harker at firstname.lastname@example.org. This year's concert will be on Sunday, February 24 at 3:00 pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham. An offering to benefit Interfaith Coalition will be accepted.
Interfaith Coalition’s Winter Warmth Drive provides gently-used coats, hats, gloves and scarves to children and adults at four locations in Whatcom County. If you have warm outerwear to donate, please bring your clean items to any Banner Bank location in Bellingham and Ferndale, Interfaith Coalition’s office, or many congregations throughout Whatcom County. For many of our neighbors, this program means they won’t need to spend limited income on a winter coat, or do without. Thank you for sharing the warmth!
Do you need a coat? Coats will be distributed on these dates and locations:
Ferndale: United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Street in Ferndale on Wednesday, October 10 and Saturday, October 13, 10am to 1pm
Bellingham: Assumption Church Gym, 2116 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham on Saturday, October 20 from 11am to 1:30pm, and Saturday, October 27 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Blaine: Unit 280 Cost Cutter Shopping Center, 1733 H Street in Blaine on Tuesday, October 16 and Friday, October 19 from 10am to 2pm, and Wednesday, October 17 from 5pm to 8pm
Deming: Foothills Food Bank, located in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6210 Mt. Baker Hwy in Bellingham on Tuesday, October 30 from 9am to 11:30am
Each July, our community provides a day of support services for homeless men and women. We participate by collecting many key supplies that our neighbors, living on the streets, need. These include camping equipment, sleeping bags and tarps, as well as personal hygiene kits we put together and distribute that day.
Come. Be inspired. Share our hope and our work for a better future for everyone by attending our annual Hope Meeting. The Annual Hope Meeting is held in October of each year. Congregational reps and friends are warmly invited to join us as we share highlights of the past year and look ahead to ambitious goals. Come for fellowship, inspiration and opportunities for how individuals and congregations can join in our work and mission.