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Events

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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Hope Auction

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! 

Family Promise Bed Race

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 Camp Out to End Family Homelessness

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!

Interfaith Music Festival

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.

Winter Warmth Drive

Interfaith Coalition’s annual Winter Warmth Drive helps neighbors throughout Whatcom County.

Please donate your gently-used or new winter coats (no clothing, light jackets, or non-winter items) for kids and adults.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DONATING: Launder, then place into a plastic bag that is labelled on the outside with the number and sizes of coats (adult 2X and 3X, and kid sizes especially needed), and twist-tie shut (no knots please). Because of COVID-19 concerns, we cannot accept unbagged coats.

Where to Donate Winter Coats:

  • Bellingham: Coat bags can be dropped off at the Bellingham Senior Center (315 Halleck St.) on Monday, Oct. 19, 11:30am to 1:30pm, and Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4pm to 6pm.
  • Blaine: Go to this website for drop-off sites and distribution info: blainecap.org/winter-coats/
  • Ferndale: Drop-off coats at United Church of Ferndale on Saturday, Sept. 19th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There is a drive-thru area where bags can be dropped off. Masks are required at this site. Canned food donations for the Ferndale Food Bank are also being accepted at this time.
  • Coat bags can also be dropped off at any Banner Bank location in Bellingham, Lynden, and Blaine, until October 16.

Coat Distributions:

  • Bellingham coats will only be distributed through organizations and agencies serving people in need. We apologize – because of COVID concerns we will not be able to respond to individual orders or requests.
    • Some coats may be available in November at the Hope House in Bellingham. Call then to confirm: (360) 671-8702
  • Blaine coats will be distributed in October through assigned appointment times. Pre-registration is required. Go to blainecap.org/winter-coats/ for more info.
  • Ferndale: Coats will be distributed in October through the Ferndale Food Bank pickups.
  • Deming: Coats will be distributed in October through the Foothills Food Bank pickups.
Project Homeless Connect

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.

Annual Hope Meeting

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.