How You Can Help

Donate

In 2016 Lighthouse Mission Ministries provided 101,014 nutritious meals and 57,128 nights of lodging to men, women, and children in our community.

The need is great and you can help by donating funds, material goods, or your time and skills. All donations are used to help local people in need. Thank you for your love and support. We could not serve our community without your help and generosity!

Other Ways to Help

Volunteer

HOW TO BECOME AN ONGOING VOLUNTEER

 

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1. Attend an Orientation.

See if the Mission is a good fit for you! Find out what we are all about and ways you can help – includes snacks and a tour.

 

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Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.

 

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2. Submit a Volunteer Application.

 

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3. Interview with our Volunteer Coordinator!

If you have any questions, you may reach Katie, our Volunteer Coordinator, at katiea@thelighthousemission.org or (360) 733-5120, ext. 107.

*Food Worker Card required where applicable
A background check is necessary for potential Agape Home Volunteers.  We do not offer court-mandated community service hours. Not all volunteer opportunities are available for volunteers under the age of 18.  An adult must accompany a volunteer under the age of 18 during their volunteer service.

Thank you for your desire to help the homeless!

What You Can Do

What do you do when you see someone holding up a sign that says, “Will Work for Food”?

Do you roll down the window and give them money? Do you pretend you didn’t see them? Nobody likes to be confronted by the homeless — their needs often seem overwhelming — but we all want to treat them fairly and justly.

Here are some simple guidelines to equip you to truly help the homeless people you meet:

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Another thing you can do to encourage them to go to the Mission is to hand them a service card:

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Cut them out, keep them in your wallet or purse, and the next time a panhandler approaches, you’ll be ready to give them a service card. If you feel comfortable, enter into a conversation with the person who is panhandling. If you want to know more about the Mission before talking with people, read more about our services here on our website, or contact us to set up a tour. For more helpful tips on how to help people who are homeless, visit the post Panhandlers: How to Help.

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A couple things to keep in mind: There are no fees to stay overnight or have a meal at the Mission. We’re able to provide these services because of your generosity. Please contact us at (360) 671-1562 if you would like to pick up service cards or you can print them at the link above!

Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor Club

What in the world is the Safe Harbor Club?!?  It’s an awesome group of people who regularly help men, women, and children who are homeless by donating to the Mission monthly or quarterly.  They get special Mission updates and stories each month – and no fundraising appeals.  Want in?  Give Jan or Rachel a call at 360.671.1562 or download and mail in this PDF.  Read on to learn more…

 

 

The Safe Harbor Club is based on God’s promise to provide a safe place for those who look to Him in times of need (Psalm 34).  This is what the Safe Harbor Club stands for ‐ to rescue and provide a safe harbor for the lost man, woman, and child.  Members ensure that help is available every day to those in need.

Your membership in the Safe Harbor Club has benefits:

  • The knowledge that you’re helping those in need in your own community.
  • Whenever you’d like to see how your gift is helping, you can come to the Mission for a tour or a chat.
  • As a Safe Harbor member, you would no longer receive appeal letters from us.
  • Instead, you’ll receive a special monthly letter with updates and stories about Mission guests. Each letter includes a convenient response form.
  • You’ll also be one of the first to know about upcoming special events.

I know that giving on a regular basis is a sacrifice.  At the same time, it’s one of the best ways to make a real, lasting impact on people’s lives.

All you need to do to become a Safe Harbor Club Member is let us know how much you would like to give each month or quarter. It can be any amount that you are able to give – you can send in a check, have your bank send a check, donate with your credit card, or set up a direct deposit with us. Whatever frequency or amount you choose will directly change people’s lives.

If you’d like to join the Safe Harbor Club, please give Jan or Rachel a call at 360.671.1562 or download and mail in this PDF.

Intern

Are you interested in serving at the Mission for academic credit?

Apply for one of our quarter-long internships in a variety of fields. We are looking for student interns who are willing to work 10-12 hours per week for an academic quarter. If you’re interested, submit an application (below) and send your resume to katiea@thelighthousemission.org.

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Many of our interns graduate with a job in their field because of the experience they gained here!

Have questions?

Contact Katie, our Volunteer Coordinator, at katiea.lmm@gmail.com or (360) 733-5120, ext. 107.

 

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  • Men’s Shelter Intern (men only): Direct contact with guests experiencing homelessness and receiving services. Refer guests to community resources, gain case management experience, complete intakes, survey guests for feedback, pray with and encourage guests, maintain confidentiality, and spend time building relationships.
                                                                                                                                          

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  • Agape Home Intern (women only): Direct service opportunity to discover the work done at a transitional housing program. Interview applicants, case manage, refer to community resources, convey application process to potential guests, facilitate class, lead house meeting/devotionals, manage conflict, pray with and encourage guests, record case notes.
                                                                                                                                          
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    • Drop-In Center Intern: Direct relational service with people who are experiencing homelessness. Build healthy relationships with guests while encouraging them to pursue new goals, refer guests to community resources, manage employment board, maintain hospitable atmosphere/cleanliness. Possible Concentrations – run coffee shop, lead a Bible study/class, other projects depending on interests and skills.
                                                                                                                                               

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    • New Life Program Intern (men only): Direct relational service and chaplain apprenticeship. Build relationships with men committed to intentional Christian community, attend/teach New Life Program class, assist with class preparation. Counsel, pray for, and encourage guests, learn from experienced staff, lead a monthly chapel service.
                                                                                                                                               

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    • Development Intern: Gain experience in the following areas: Marketing, donor/public relations, event planning, interacting with donors. Learn about the strategy and logistics of direct mail, organize fundraisers, pitch stories and events to the media, and contribute content and designs for brochures, ads, and website.

Events

King’s Men of Song

Mission Benefit Concert

Sunday, April 30, 2017

6:15 – Doors Open
7:00 – Concert Starts

Hope in Christ Church
710 E Sunset Dr, Bellingham

Free Admission
A love offering will be taken


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all proceeds benefit the men and women at
the Mission’s Drop-In Center

Thank you so much for attending and giving towards the first annual Light in the Night Gala! We are so grateful for your generosity. You helped raise over $76,000 to help the men and women of the Drop-In Center! Which makes this our best event ever! And as you heard from Mike and Marsi, the Mission changes lives. Because of you, the Drop-In Center is now well on its way to being completely funded in 2017 and even more people will be helped at the time they need it the most!

Thanks to the following sponsors for further expanding the impact of this event:

Presenting Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:

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Bronze Sponsors:

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More sponsorships available! More info here.

Thank you to everyone who donated wonderful items for the silent auction and raffle!

Yeager’s – Home2 Suites by Hilton – The Chrysalis Inn & Spa – Spark Museum – Mod Socks – Goat Mountain Pizza – Trader Joe’s – The Bellingham Bells – NW WA Fair – Praise 106.5 – The Seattle Mariners – Bayou on Bay – Turner Photographics – Brandywine Kitchen – The Fairmont Olympic Hotel – La Quinta – Joy of Pilates – The Upfront Theater – la Fiamma / Fiamma Burger – Whatcom Museum – MoPop – Eterna Studios – Avenue Bread – Columbia Bank – Community Boating Center – Costco – Cruisin Coffee – Cynthia Legoe Massage – Ivar’s – Kulshan Brewery – LFS Marine – MOD Pizza – Northwest Honda – Over Easy – Seattle Art Museum – The Bellingham Herald – Vital Climbing Gym – Tsillane Cellars of Chelan – The Sign Post – Merry Maids

 

Items

Tips for Donating Items:

Before donating an item, please ask yourself: “Would I wear or use this item myself or give it to a friend?”

All material donations are received at the main Lighthouse Mission building at 910 W Holly St. Please use the fenced parking lot off F and Astor Streets behind the Mission. Use the intercom at the door and a staff member will come out to meet you.

Food donations are accepted during business hours on the South side of the main building at 910 West Holly Street. Yes, we do accept prepared food (e.g. leftovers from events or parties).

We cannot use open or outdated containers/packages of food, medications or healthcare/hygiene items.

We cannot use items that are torn, stained, broken, or otherwise in need of repair.

I’m sorry, we aren’t able to come to your location for pickup.

Please consider donating household furniture to Love, INC – a Bellingham ministry that helps people furnish their home when they first move in.

We have a small staff and limited space, so please call ahead if you’d like to donate a large quantity of items. Contact Justin at (360) 733-5120 ext. 103.

You can donate used cell phones to support the Mission. Send them in or drop them off at the Mission’s front desk.

Please know that any donations given beyond the needs of our guests will be donated to other organizations.

Note: Clothing is not currently needed unless specifically noted below

Most Needed Items:

Always Needed:

  1. Toilet paper

Drop-In Center:

  1. Large print Bibles
  2. Pillowcases
  3. Twin size blankets (Fleece only for ease of drying)
  4. Twin-size fitted sheets
  5. New pillows
  6. Cots (5-10 needed): See Example

Kitchen:

  1. Ground beef
  2. Apples, oranges, and bananas
  3. Coffee
  4. Paper napkins

Agape Home (women & children):

  1. Panini maker / George Foreman grill
  2. Small fans (5 needed)
  3. New yoga/sweat pants all sizes
  4. Chapstick or another lip moisturizer
  5. Wrapping paper and ribbon for birthday gifts
  6. Portable/washable highchairs (Click to see example)

Men’s Shelters:

  1. New underwear (size medium)
  2. Good or new shoes size 9 through 12
  3. New Socks
  4. 10 desk lamps

Planned Giving

With a Planned Gift, You Can:
  • Support and care for homeless men, women, and children for years to come
  • Receive valuable tax benefits now
  • Contribute to Mission growth opportunities in the future!

As people who care for the homeless and the Mission that serves them, you can give to restore people through Christ — today, tomorrow, and beyond. Any size gift makes an enormous difference.

The things you’ve carefully saved up for, like personal property, retirement funds, and insurance policies, can become tools for charitable estate gift planning.

Ways You Can Leave Your Legacy:
  • Giving a Cash Gift
  • Wills and Bequests
  • Retirement Assests
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Life Insurance
  • Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Funds

We encourage you to take care of your family first! After that, please prayerfully consider including the Lighthouse Mission Ministries Foundation in your gift planning.

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Lighthouse Mission Ministries Foundation

The Foundation supports Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM) by supplementing the annual operating budget, helping with large non-general fund purchases (i.e. replacing old vehicles or updating facilities), and contributing to capital campaigns (expansion projects). An endowed account in the Foundation enables growth without compromising the ongoing financial support the Mission needs to cover unexpected monthly expenses.

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LMM Foundation Board Members

Del Bosman (President)
David Cottingham
Gary Haveman
John Bosman
Ralph Lautenbach
Ron Starkenburg

Tax ID: 421711412

Planned Giving Interest

Please fill out this form if you'd like to learn more about planned giving. Our Executive Director, Hans Erchinger-Davis, would love to set up a time to meet with you and to give you a tour of the Mission.

You can also talk with the Executive Director (Hans) by phone at (360) 733-5120 or by email at hanse@thelighthousemission.org

There are also two funds set up for Lighthouse Mission through Whatcom Community Foundation: the Lighthouse Mission Ministries Endowment Fund and the Agape Home Endowment Fund.


TIP: Start thinking about estate planning now, take the first step and keep important documents in one place.  Here’s a simple list of the documents every person should gather together to make sure all estate information is at hand.

Businesses

Sponsor an Upcoming Mission Event

 

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If you are interested in supporting us this way, please contact Jessica: jessicah@thelighthousemission.org or 733-5120 Ext. 123