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!
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 congregation 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 hosted the first annual Camp Out to End Homelessness in June 2019. Plan on joining other car and tent camping adventurers next summer 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!
Choirs and music ensembles from our member congregations come together in the early spring. This event features performances by several individual choirs, music groups as well as group performances. We enjoy participation by all congregations with musical groups, large or small.
The Interfaith Coalition Music Fest is held in February each year, at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham.
Each fall, 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 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!
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.