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VOLUNTEER VIEW: Maple Alley Inn provides meals to homeless, low-income people in Bellingham

Maple Alley Inn was established in 1987 and had about 40 volunteers in 2014.

Purpose: Maple Alley Inn provides hot, nutritious meals three days a week to people who are homeless and low-income in Bellingham. We do our utmost to provide a positive experience with quality ingredients, an abundance of fresh produce and friendly service in a welcoming setting. Additional services include health and wellness classes, job training and community outreach. Maple Alley Inn is a program of the Opportunity Council.

Volunteer highlights: Tremendous gratitude to Ed Wood and his fellow garden volunteers who helped harvest nearly 1,000 pounds of fresh produce for the program last year. Sandie Starr and Jan Bolen as well, who do all the laundry and pick up bread and flower donations on a weekly basis. We’re grateful to all our volunteers who make Maple Alley Inn such a great service to the community.

Signature fundraiser: Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn is May 12. Visit oppco.org for the full list of over 50 participating restaurants.

Wish list: Two 100-cup coffee makers, electric kettle, 8-ounce plastic cups (stackable), steam table, spoons and forks, coffee (ground for drip coffee makers).

Volunteer needs: We are looking for volunteers to help in our kitchen on Wednesday mornings. Duties include meal preparation, serving and washing dishes. Shifts are from 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, go online to oppco.org/maple-alley-inn.

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