“Last year we identified 599 homeless students, 186 of them were unaccompanied (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian). Almost half of the 599 students received food assistance at least once during the school year. As of November 16th, we have identified 318 homeless students and we’re only 2½ months into the school year. The Giving Circle doesn’t just provide food, school supplies, sleeping bags, etc. … Giving Circle provides hope to our children and a sure knowledge that people in this community care about them.” -From a liaison with the Homeless Program

 



    

Monthly food delivery program to Bellingham area high schools





All donations go directly to Bellingham School District's Homeless program. The program coordinators distribute requested items to high school counselors. The counselors and school secretaries discreetly dispense the items to students.

We can help teens feel more a part of their schools by providing them with extracurricular activity fees, sports and graduation fees.
  • Clothing vouchers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks, underwear and other essential garments
  • Hats and gloves
  • Backpacks filled with school supplies
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and other toiletries
  • Food and laundry vouchers
  • Senior yearbooks, graduation cap and gown rental
  • Bus passes
  • Loaner laptop computers
  • Summer school tuition
  • Food pantry program



















Donations allow us to buy food such as protein bars, peanut butter, soup mixes, canned fruit, bread, canned meat, beef jerky, milk, macaroni and cheese and nuts















Students at Squalicum High School store our monthly food donations in their pantry making items available for teens in need.




















2015-2016 Summary

Bellingham Giving Circle provided to 178 unaccompanied homeless Bellingham School District high school students:

Summary of 2016 Expenditures:

 

Clothing and shoe gift cards:   $2,425.00

Individual Christmas gifts:         $   500.00

Gift cards for Christmas:            $  550.00

Subway sandwich vouchers:     $  300.00

Laundry vouchers:                     $  134.00

Tents and sleeping bags:           $  635.00

Backpacks:                                 $  642.85

School supplies:                         $  916.34

Food for all high schools:           $2,597.00

Yearbooks for seniors:                $  900.00

Caps and gowns for seniors:      $  705.00

Laptop computers for loan:        $1,033.00