Volunteers sought for annual Bellingham event to provide care to homeless


BELLINGHAM - Organizers of the fifth annual effort to provide free services to the homeless are seeking about 250 volunteers for the Friday, July 26, event at Bellingham High School.

Services offered during Bellingham/Whatcom Project Homeless Connect will be confidential. They will include vision screening, hearing screening as well as hearing aids for those who need them, medical exams, dental care, women's health care, information on veterans' benefits, and housing help.

Volunteers will be asked to provide intake, food service and other assistance to those who ask for help. The event is one of the largest volunteer-run efforts in Whatcom County, organizers said.

At the 2012 effort, more than 460 homeless were helped by about 50 service providers and more than 210 volunteers.

Organizers expect to help the more than 500 people who are homeless in Whatcom County.

Would-be volunteers should contact Abby Lund at 360-734-3055 or abbyl@whatcomvolunteer.org.

A list of volunteer posts is online at whatcomvolunteer.org.

Reach KIE RELYEA at kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2234.

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