2nd Annual Essential Needs Drive and MLK Day Poverty Action March
Make a difference in a local child or family’s life by donating essential needs like diapers, baby food, canned & dried goods and new items of clothing during the 2nd Annual Essential Needs Drive now through MLK Day on January 21st. Then, join us for a free breakfast at Bellingham High School at 10 am followed by the Poverty Action March 11 am on MLK Day.
Donate your new, non-perishable item during business hours at any of the following drop off sites:
Whatcom Volunteer Center, 725 N. State St.
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1220 Bay St.
Western Washington University, Wilson 481
Whatcom Community College, Kulshan Hall
Bellingham Technical College, Career Services 121
Community Food Co-op 1220 N. Forest
Community Food Co-op 315 Westerly Road
*NEW – Village Books 1200 11th St., Fairhaven
*NEW - Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court
*NEW - Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1700 Harris
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Volunteer at the breakfast
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15th Annual MLK Day conference poster
Why an Essential Needs Drive and Poverty Action March?
In 1968, only months before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference planned a Poor People’s March on Washington D.C. to bring attention to economic and social disparities for Americans living in poverty. (more here)
In this spirit, local organizations, churches and schools work together towards a simple, but practical goal: collect essential needs for our local providers whose supplies are depleted by the holiday season. See photos from the 2012 march here.