About Us

Who We Are

For nearly 60 years, Opportunity Council has worked throughout Northwest Washington to build just, equitable communities through service, investment, and collaboration. 

Our mission is to help people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities. Part of a national network of Community Action Agencies, we are dedicated to helping people help each other and themselves—building a community where everyone has the chance to thrive and contribute.

What We Do

Help When It’s Needed

With many different community safety net programs, we offer practical assistance when people need it—helping keep a roof over their heads and food on the family table while they get back on their feet.

Invest in the Future

By investing in early childhood development & education, a stable workforce & economy, housing infrastructure, and reducing our carbon footprint we invest in the foundations on which strong communities are built.

Partner With Others

Through coalitions, shared research, and unique initiatives, we harness the power and expertise of clients, volunteers, donors, and others to identify and meet community needs.

What We Focus On

Everyone deserves a place to call home.

By matching available homes with the people who need them; managing supportive housing programs; working with landlords and property development firms; and repairing and building housing, we work to make sure our community has enough available housing so that every person can live in the home that’s right for them.

Children grow up best when families have the help they need.

With quality early childhood programs that set the foundation for healthy brain development; a commitment to supporting and investing in child care providers; and family support services that begin with pregnancy, we make sure children get the start in life they deserve.

No matter their situation in life, everybody needs a little help now and then.

When times are tough, we can help qualifying individuals and families in need make ends meet by helping with utility bills, paying rent, food, childcare, school supplies and more.

A healthy, productive life depends on skill, grit, and the opportunity to succeed.

Through employment support, financial literacy classes, and more people gain the tools they need to build the lives they’ve dreamt of.

People and communities prosper when health is a priority.

Reducing the impacts of climate change and making sure everyone has access to healthcare, nutritious food, and a safe and healthy home are all key to a vibrant, thriving community.

Where We Serve

The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency. With Community Resource Centers available in Bellingham, Maple Falls, and Oak Harbor we serve communities in Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties and provide childcare information for Whatcom, Island, and San Juan Counties.

Outside our service area? Find the nearest Community Action Agency for your community.