Bellingham Charities

Bellingham is well known for being a locally-minded community. Residents place strong emphasis on being connected and giving where they can, whether it be a donation of time, money, or possessions. Here is a brief list of some of our favorite Bellingham-based nonprofit organizations.

Alternative Humane Society is a nonprofit animal welfare organization, 100% supported and organized by volunteers. AHS runs a foster program for all of the animals (primarily cats and dogs) until a forever family has been found and an adoption takes place. Learn more about the Alternative Humane Society and ways you can get involved at

Lydia Place is a community-based agency that has served homeless families in Whatcom County since 1989. The Lydia Place provides a 6-month transitional housing program as well as permanent supportive housing placements, case management, life skills classes, and community resource referrals with the goal of ultimately ending homelessness in Bellingham and all of the county. Learn more about the Lydia Place and ways you can get involved at

Sean Humphrey House was founded in 1996, named after a 30 year-old man who died from AIDS in 1992. The Sean Humphrey House provides safe housing and personal care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and offer services including 24-hour care, medical supervision, companionship, nutritional guidance, recovery support and more. Learn more about the Sean Humphrey House and ways you can get involved at

DVSAS (Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services) aims to help people rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault – whether short term or long term. DVSA provides support, education and healing to individuals through support groups, advocacy counseling, legal and medical support. All services are 100% free and confidential. Learn more about DVSAS and ways you can get involved at

Of course, this list doesn’t even begin to cover a fraction of amazing Bellingham-based nonprofits. To learn about additional nonprofits in Bellingham, check out