Attention Lydia Place Housing Heroes Monthly Contributors
You may update or change your credit card details via our Financial Manager, Judy Wayt at 360.671.7663 or by filling out an online donation form with your new credit card information here.
Thank you to the following Housing Heroes for committing to the work of Lydia Place by helping us end family homelessness with a monthly gift!
Anonymous, Sampson Greig Alvarado, Joyce M Anderson, Mary and Jeff Anderson, Marissa Arbogast, Butch and Linda Arnold, Calvin R Atkins, Jeanne Baker, Matthew & Stephanie Barrow, Samantha Beardslee, David James Beaumier, Judy Bell, Wayne Bell, Drew & Michael Betz, Katy Bonello, Brianna Brumbaugh, Michael & Mary Jane Brunt, Rachel Lucy Cecka, Lisa Cerezo, Lisa N Chovil, Theresa Anne Christiani, Karen & Richard Clark, Jennifer Cool, Mychel LeRae Cortese, Susan Costanzo, Monica Craig, Sue Croft, Jayme and David Curley, Shannon & Peter Day, Ana Luisa Dias, Cayla Dickens, Carey Ditton, Michelle Dohm, Danielle Elder, Kacia Emley, Graham Essex, Dixie Farthing, Pamela J Felke, Jaime Alison Friedrich, Rachel Garcia, Kaitlyn Gerard, Deanna Marie Ginter, Jaylin Lee Godwin, Audrey Gravley & Bill McGinnis, Mindy and Alex Gravley, Stephanie C Hadley, Greer W Hastings, Alycia Hawkins, Meredith Hayes, Roxanna Hayes, Lisa Heezen, Katie Herling, Cassie Hernandez, Shelley Higgins, Afsheen Ali, Karyl Jefferson, Alivia Jelinski, Jennifer M. Johns, Amy Johnson, Hank Kastner, Misty Kemp, Bill Kern & Kay Caylor, Heather Dawn Lange, Tom Laughlin, Dru Lee, Sonja Lee, Matt Lesinski, Rebecca Taryn Lewis, Sarah Lewis, Megan Liede, Kayla C. Litton, Abby Lollar, Nancy A Long, Rebecca Ludwig, Erin Lynch, Lynda Hinton Real Estate Inc, Hilary Marsee, Katherine McDade, Kate McDonald, Megan C McGinty, Kathleen McQuaide, Heather Michel, Patti K Morgan, Marilyn Moullen, Samantha Murry, Shenandoah Myrick, Sarah Nuanes, Talia R Nuckolls, Tammie O'Dell, Laura Ann Owens, Erin Page, Deborah Parker, Melanie S Pysden, Misty Kaye Rainwater, Beth Randall, Natalie Ransom and Ryan Wimberly, Steffany Raynes, Linda Read, Adam and Kathryn Resnick, Rice Insurance, Laura Rink, Anna Rodriguez, Kathy and Marcus Rowe-Guthrie, Lyn Salazar, Suzannah & Tyler Schroeder, Allison Sculthorp, Emily Olena Sharpe, Susie Simerl, Bethany Smith, Gail A Smith, Jaretta Smith, Jessica Smith, Kathleen Smith, Jillene Snell, Kelly Spencer, Sue Staley, Delores Starcher, Sterling Rentals, LLC, Lacey Stewart, Patricia McGuire Stigliani, Chara Stuart, Trisha Symonds, Pepper Tipton, Wylder Tipton, Ryan Thramer, Jeffery Tom, Bruce Underwood, Shawna Unger, Jamie Valenta, Yvonne Vaughn, Trent John Vigor, Ruby Volker, Elizabeth Walukas, Terell Weg, Adrienne Wrightson, Tonya Yoder
Thank you the following neighbors who gave a one-time gift this month!
Anonymous, Robert Bacon, Matt Bryant, Meghan Carrigan, J Christopher & Ann C Donahue Charitable Fund, Marlene P Edmundson, Jessica N Gardner, Rick Gordon, Christine R Hansen, Andrew Hay, Angela Huxtable, Debra & David Jones, Deborah R Kaiser, Kim Kosa, Michael Levine, Justin Morgan, Henry Muska, Dawn, Silas & Hudson Oehlerich, Bruce Radtke, Safeco Insurance Fund, Seeking Health LLC, Elizabeth Snyder, VECA Electric & Technologies, Patricia Volk, Allison Vrbova, Shelly K Williams, Kable Wilmoth, Whatcom Community Foundation Funds: Ronald Cyr Fund, Steve & Karen Swan Family Fund, Amy Van Pelt & Joseph Jarzembowski Fund, Zielstra Fund.
Lydia Place is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the law. Scroll to the bottom of this email to learn how The CARES Act impacts your 2021 charitable giving.
We are thrilled to see Heart House looking more and more like a real building every day!

This facility will add 11 units of desperately needed low-income housing for families experiencing homelessness, a licensed childcare facility located on the ground floor, and the full force of Lydia Place supportive programs on-site.

Take a virtual tour and learn more about how you can support this project!
Adopt a Family begins Nov. 3rd
Only 5 more days until our 24th Annual Adopt a Family Program begins!
We would love to have you join us to deliver presents and hope to Lydia Place families all over Whatcom County. 
Families tend to get adopted quickly, so get ready to sign up next week!
“Without Adopt a Family and Lydia Place, I would not be able to give my kids the joy of Christmas presents under the tree on Christmas morning. Thank you so much for the generosity you provide families like mine.”
– Lydia Place client
Your spare change really adds up!
Did you know you can round-up your purchases to support Lydia Place? Give a little each time you shop by signing up to round-up your purchases!
Lydia Place voted Best Non Profit for 2021!
We are honored to win gold for Best Non Profit in Bellingham Alive's Best of the Northwest 2021 Reader's Choice Awards.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We are so grateful to do this work together with you!
Lydia Place was recently featured on the Small & Gutsy podcast.

Listen in as Executive Director Emily O'Connor explains why breaking the cycle of homelessness requires courage, collaboration, and creative solutions.
Volunteer with us for ‘Adopt a Family’! 

Lydia Place invites you to join us for our 24th annual ‘Adopt a Family’ holiday gift drive!  
Help us spread joy and give the gift of hope to the families we serve by volunteering with us this holiday season.   
We will need volunteers to assist in organization of incoming gifts and distribution to case managers.  

Thursday Dec. 3rd - Saturday Dec. 4th and Monday Dec. 6th - Friday Dec. 10th 
Morning Shift: 10:00am – 2:00pm 
Afternoon Shift: 2:00pm – 6:00pm 

Lydia Place’s Barkley Village Office 
2219 Rimland Dr. Suite 411 
Bellingham, WA 98226 
If interested, please contact us at today!

Sunday Fundraise at Flatstick Pub
Each Sunday in November (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th), Flatstick Pub will donate $2 for every golf round & $2 for every beer purchased to Lydia Place.

Join the fun Sundays from 11 am - 11pm at 902 N State Street!
Community Shopping Day at Yeagers Toyland
Saturday November 20th, 5% of all sales from Yeagers Toyland will be donated to Lydia Place.

Shop local, discover Yeagers' delightful selection of fun and unique toys, and support Lydia Place!
A HUGE thank you to Kulshan Brewing, The Filling Station, and Lombardi's for helping us celebrate our 32nd Birthday by donating a portion of their sales to Lydia Place.

Weren’t able to join us?
Send a belated birthday gift by making a donation today.
Help families build memories with each other through a donation of gift cards for restaurants, movie tickets, or other fun family activities.

Have another idea? Interested in hosting a Holiday Drive this season? Download our Holiday Giving Guide or get in touch!

We would love to hear from you. Contact Outreach Manager, Meredith Stamey at
Looking to donate your new or gently used items to Lydia Place?

We are currently in need of seasonal wrapping supplies such as gift wrap and tape.

Read about which items we are currently accepting and where to drop them off on our website at or by downloading our handy donation guide.
Ongoing donation needs are also listed on Amazon!

At Lydia Place, we value our community and that means we shop local whenever possible. Due to our inability to accept most donations in person, we've had to find alternative ways to continue to provide essential items to our families in need. One of the ways we're doing that is through Amazon Wish Lists in order to limit person-to-person contact as much as possible.

These lists can also be used as a reference if you wish to shop locally. We just ask that if you aren't purchasing items from Amazon that they are mailed directly to Lydia Place. If you'd like to discuss ongoing donation needs or delivery please contact us at

Don't forget you can support Lydia Place with each purchase you make on Amazon!
AmazonSmile in the Shopping App

You can now support your favorite charity through the Amazon app on your iPhone and Android Phones. By turning on the AmazonSmile feature, Amazon will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to Lydia Place every time you shop- no additional cost to you.

As of August 2021, AmazonSmile shoppers have generated $1,580.54 for Lydia Place programs and services!

How the CARES Act Impacts Charitable Giving for 2021

New Deduction Available: Non-itemizer taxpayers can write off up to $300 per tax return (up to $600 for married couples filing jointly) in charitable cash contributions for 2021. This is available only to people who take the standard deduction, not for people who can itemize their deductions on Schedule A. It is an “above the line” deduction from income that will reduce a donor’s adjusted gross income (AGI), and thereby reduce taxable income.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.