BASIC NEEDS

Basic Food Outreach

Provides information and direct application support that can help families and individuals obtain food stamps.

  • (360) 734-5121 ext. 246 (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

Community Resource Centers

Connects people with community resources to help meet basic needs such as food and housing, including referrals for housing and rental assistance.

BELLINGHAM

  • 1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA

  • Walk In Appointments
    10am – 4pm / Monday – Friday

  • (360) 734-5121 or 1-800-649-5121

OAK HARBOR

  • 1791 N.E. 1st Ave.,
    Oak Harbor

  • Walk In Appointments
    9am – 4pm / Monday – Friday

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427

MAPLE FALLS

  • 8251 Kendall Rd.
    Maple Falls

  • Walk In Appointments
    8:30am – 4:30pm / Monday – Friday

  • (360) 599-3944

In San Juan County, we partner with local Resource Centers to provide services

EASTSOUND

  • Orcas Community Resource Center
    1292 North Beach Rd.
    Eastsound

  • (360) 376-3184

FRIDAY HARBOR

  • San Juan Island Family Resource Center
    476 Market St.
    Friday Harbor

  • (360) 378-5246

LOPEZ

  • Lopez Island Family Resource Center
    160 Village Rd.
    Lopez Island

  • (360) 468-4117

East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC)

EWRRC is now open daily and provides general information and resources for the Maple Falls community.

  • 8251 Kendall Road,
    Maple Falls WA

  • Available for rent or meetings.

  • (360) 599-3944

Kinship Care

Offers support services for grandparents or other non-parental caregivers of children in their custody in Whatcom, Island and San Juan County.

  • (360) 734-5121 ext. 246

Energy Assistance Program

Helps pay home energy costs for eligible households.

  • (360) 255-2192 (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

  • 1-888-586-7293 (San Juan County)

  • (360) 376-3184 for Orcas Community Resource Center

  • (360) 378-5246 for San Juan Island Family Resource Center

  • (360) 468-4117 for Lopez Island Family Resource Center

Transportation

Needs-Based Ferry Passes: Discounted ferry tickets for current Lummi Island residents.  Current discounted fares: $92 for 25 roundtrips for passenger/ pedestrian and $66 for 10 round trips for vehicle and driver.

There are two ways to qualify for the needs-based ferry tickets: Property tax exemption reduced fare passes (through the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office) and income based reduced fare passes. All applications for needs-based passes based on income are obtained and processed by Opportunity Council.

A limited number of bus tickets are distributed on a monthly basis at our Community Resource Center and East Whatcom Regional Resource Center.

  • Call for Appointment

  • (360) 734-5121 ext. 370

ASL description of services

A current list of Opportunity Council programs and services is available in American Sign Language

ASL