North Helpline

North Helpline North Helpline works to make sure our neighbors have food on the table and a roof over their heads. North Helpline was started in 1989 by a small group of volunteers who noticed that many of their neighbors were not able to pay their rent, cover their utility bills and put food on the table because their paychecks didn't stretch that far.
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These friends began collecting food and financial support to distribute to those most in need in their community. The initial group grew to 600+ volunteers who contribute over 2,000 hours of work monthly. North Helpline now provides critical human services to over 1,700 clients each week in an effort to reduce the impact of hunger and poverty in the Greater North Seattle Area including Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and parts of Bothell and Kenmore.

Operating as usual

2/20 Update on COVID caseLast night 2/19 we brought in a professional cleaning service to sanitize our Lake City site.  ...
02/20/2021

2/20 Update on COVID case

Last night 2/19 we brought in a professional cleaning service to sanitize our Lake City site.

A new team of staff and volunteers are onsite delivering services today 2/20. Food banks in Lake City and Bitter Lake are open and will be on normal operations going forward.

On Friday 2/19 we were informed an Aqua team staff member last on-site Tuesday 2/16 was diagnosed with COVID-19. When we...
02/19/2021

On Friday 2/19 we were informed an Aqua team staff member last on-site Tuesday 2/16 was diagnosed
with COVID-19.

When we learned this we immediately closed the facility for a deep clean.

We plan to be open for both food banks
on Saturday 2/20 operated by a team of staff and volunteers who did not work with the Aqua team.

North Helpline is back to the regular distribution and donation hours after the snow closure.For more information on our...
02/16/2021

North Helpline is back to the regular distribution and donation hours after the snow closure.

For more information on our operating hours and how you can join the team, click the link below!
http://www.northhelpline.org/

Both North Helpline locations will be closed due to snow. We go off of the King County Metro schedule,  if the buses run...
02/13/2021

Both North Helpline locations will be closed due to snow. We go off of the King County Metro schedule, if the buses run the snow routes, then we are closed until they go back to regular routes.

For updates please visit our website http://www.northhelpline.org/

Special Shout Out to our Green Team! 🌿Green Team is a lot of fun! They are spunky and outgoing, so it is always a good t...
01/27/2021

Special Shout Out to our Green Team! 🌿

Green Team is a lot of fun! They are spunky and outgoing, so it is always a good time!

These volunteers are wonderful and so generous with their time, always willing to go that extra mile for the community. They bring the sparkle to neighbors helping neighbors.

Keep up the good work, Green Team! 🌿

Do you want to Volunteer with North Helpline? Click the link below!

http://www.northhelpline.org/get-involved/donate-time-temporary-covid/

Special Shout Out to Aqua Team!🐳This team is half new comers, and half season volunteers, so if you're inexperienced its...
01/21/2021

Special Shout Out to Aqua Team!🐳

This team is half new comers, and half season volunteers, so if you're inexperienced its no worries!

We also have a lot of languages spoken by our volunteers, Mandarin, Spanish, and Arabic for example. Which helps a lot when building relationships with our neighbors!

Keep up the great work Aqua Team!

Want to volunteer with North Helpline? Click the link below.

http://www.northhelpline.org/get-involved/donate-time-temporary-covid/

Special Shout Out to our 🍌Banana Team at our Bitter Lake Location! Several of our volunteers have been with the organiza...
01/13/2021

Special Shout Out to our 🍌Banana Team at our Bitter Lake Location!

Several of our volunteers have been with the organization for 3 years or longer.
We are a family-oriented team, with lots of parent/child duos participating in volunteering. The pre-distribution work is done by no more than 2-3 volunteers, who sort and divide hundreds of pounds of food in a single workday.

Keep up the good work Team!

Want to try volunteering with us? Click the link below!
http://www.northhelpline.org/get-involved/donate-time-temporary-covid/

Special Shout Out to 🍎Apple Team at our Bitter Lake location! This group of volunteers helped distributed to 273 househo...
01/07/2021

Special Shout Out to 🍎Apple Team at our Bitter Lake location!

This group of volunteers helped distributed to 273 households, sort about 2,000 lbs. of donations, distributed small toys and gifts to families, AND worked a full day shift for Christmas Distribution.

Keep up the good work Team!

Want to try volunteering with us? Click the link below!
http://www.northhelpline.org/get-involved/donate-time-temporary-covid/

As we reflect on this past year, we are so grateful to have our community support, which continues to make a difference ...
01/01/2021

As we reflect on this past year, we are so grateful to have our community support, which continues to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors! We hope the New Year brings good cheer and happiness for you and your family. Here is North Helplines Doggo Ambassador, Dyna, giving the new year her all! Happy 2021 everybody!

North Helpline would like to give a special shoutout to Bobs Lake City Liquor, Bitter Lake Post Office, and Haller Lake ...
12/30/2020

North Helpline would like to give a special shoutout to Bobs Lake City Liquor, Bitter Lake Post Office, and Haller Lake Community Club. Because of these and other generous community members, we've been able to increase hygiene items access for all home delivery neighbors!

North Helpline extends its support and services to all those affected as we do to all in our community, which includes a...
12/29/2020

North Helpline extends its support and services to all those affected as we do to all in our community, which includes access to our food banks, financial assistance for eviction and utility shut off prevention, mail services, referral services, and health clinic. It's impossible to imagine the burden this tragic event has put on those affected, but the Lake City community has always held strong and come to the aid of its neighbors. North Helpline and its staff are humbled to serve you.

Vasilopita pronounced vah-see-LO-pee-tah, is the Greek lucky new year's cake that has a coin hidden in it and is cut at ...
12/26/2020

Vasilopita pronounced vah-see-LO-pee-tah, is the Greek lucky new year's cake that has a coin hidden in it and is cut at midnight. It is a tradition for each family to have their own vasilopita and a piece is cut for each family member. Check out the recipe on our website! http://ow.ly/nej950CUGaM

Our Executive Director shares her dad's famous hot wing recipe!"With the pandemic, I won’t be able to travel to Florida ...
12/24/2020

Our Executive Director shares her dad's famous hot wing recipe!

"With the pandemic, I won’t be able to travel to Florida to spend time with family this Christmas but I am planning on sharing our Wing Ding tradition with my household. Traditions are bound to look different this year but making my dad’s wings for the first time makes me feel close to my family even 3,000 miles away. Bringing people together is what a Wing Ding is all about."

We hope these recipes we have shared bring a little more sense of togetherness during this season.

Happy Holidays!
http://www.northhelpline.org/brown-family-wing-ding-recipe/

In observation of the Winter holidays, North Helpline will be changing our operating hours during the weeks of December ...
12/22/2020

In observation of the Winter holidays, North Helpline will be changing our operating hours during the weeks of December 20 & December 27, 2020

North Helpline’s Winter Holiday Food Bank Hours:

Lake City Location

Wednesday 12/23 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Thursday, 12/24 –10:AM – 1:00 PM

Friday, 12/25 – Closed

Saturday, 12/26 – Closed

Wednesday, 12/30 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Thursday, 12/31 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Friday, 1/1 – Closed

Saturday, 1/2 – Closed

Bitter Lake Location:

Saturday 12/12 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Saturday 12/19 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday 12/23 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Saturday 12/26 – Closed

Wednesday 12/30 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Saturday 1/2 – Closed

There will not be food bank distribution at North Helpline Bitter Lake on Saturday 12/26 & 1/2. Neighbors are welcome to attend any of the distributions at North Helpline Lake City. Regular food bank hours resume for both locations Wednesday 1/6

Our AmeriCorps member, Jacob, has shared their traditional dumpling recipe with us! This is a part of a project about ho...
12/18/2020

Our AmeriCorps member, Jacob, has shared their traditional dumpling recipe with us! This is a part of a project about how we spread comfort through food during the holiday season. Check it out at ow.ly/WLHP50COGWq

Home Delivery Drivers Needed!We are looking for volunteers to pick up pre-made boxes from our location in Lake City to d...
12/16/2020

Home Delivery Drivers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to pick up pre-made boxes from our location in Lake City to deliver to neighbors who can’t make it to the food bank in person. This is a weekly or bi-weekly volunteer position that requires some training and at least a 9-month time commitment. Additionally, a valid driver's license, a personal vehicle, being comfortable lifting heavy boxes upwards of 20 pounds, and availability on Thursday afternoons 1-5 pm is needed.

While COVID is around, we ask volunteers to leave the items at the door and then confirm with a phone call that the food was received. Masks, gloves, and maintaining social distance is required.

Interested in helping your neighbors? For more information, please email [email protected] or call us at (206) 367-3477. We hope to hear from you soon!

North Helpline Bitter Lake recognizes the Tibetan Association of Washington for their generous contribution of 408 lbs. ...
12/10/2020

North Helpline Bitter Lake recognizes the Tibetan Association of Washington for their generous contribution of 408 lbs. and $1,901 Thank you for your generosity and dedication to uplifting your Seattle community! Today is the 31st Anniversary of the Dalai Lama's Nobel Prize Conferment. On this day, we wish our Tibetan community members a happy and safe celebration. Thank you! Tibetan Association of Washington (TAW)

Lauryn shared her childhood recipe for sugar cookies with us as part of our project about how we spread comfort through ...
12/04/2020

Lauryn shared her childhood recipe for sugar cookies with us as part of our project about how we spread comfort through food during the holiday season. Check it out here! http://ow.ly/mJA550CDdjj

A big thank you to our neighbors at Bobs' Lake City Liquors! Every year they host a food drive for us at the holidays, b...
12/02/2020

A big thank you to our neighbors at Bobs' Lake City Liquors! Every year they host a food drive for us at the holidays, but this year we asked them to do something a little different. Bob's asked their customers to donate gift cards to local businesses so that families can shop for presents for their children. Their customers donated an incredible total of $44,000! We are absolutely blown away and so grateful!
We'll be distributing these gift cards in place of our traditional toy room. We are so happy to be supported by our community and able to spread some joy during the holidays.

At North Helpline we are neighbors helping neighbors keep food on the table and a roof overhead. Please consider donatin...
11/30/2020

At North Helpline we are neighbors helping neighbors keep food on the table and a roof overhead.
Please consider donating tomorrow, on #givingtuesday, to support the essential services our neighbors access at North Helpline.

Next Tuesday, December 1st, is #givingtuesday! Support North Helpline's work - helping our neighbors keep food on the ta...
11/27/2020

Next Tuesday, December 1st, is #givingtuesday! Support North Helpline's work - helping our neighbors keep food on the table and a roof overhead while staying healthy and connected - by donating.

Thank you for being part of our community. We're grateful to be your neighbors.
11/26/2020

Thank you for being part of our community. We're grateful to be your neighbors.

The North Helpline team is ready to go for our last food bank distribution before we close for the long weekend. We're o...
11/25/2020

The North Helpline team is ready to go for our last food bank distribution before we close for the long weekend. We're open until 1:00 PM today in Lake City then closed until Wednesday 12/2.

Thanks so much to the Buy Nothing Olympic Hills Group for holding a socially distanced hygiene drive for us! We are thri...
11/24/2020

Thanks so much to the Buy Nothing Olympic Hills Group for holding a socially distanced hygiene drive for us! We are thrilled to be able to share your donation of diapers, pull-up, hygiene supplies and more with our neighbors!

In celebration of Diwali, we're sharing a recipe for Kheer, a delicious rice pudding made with sweetened condensed milk....
11/14/2020

In celebration of Diwali, we're sharing a recipe for Kheer, a delicious rice pudding made with sweetened condensed milk. If you have a special holiday recipe to share with our community, please send it to [email protected]! http://ow.ly/glFC50CfSP6

Check out our Outreach Coordinator's recipe for Apple Bread. She learned it from her grandma & it's a family favorite. T...
11/06/2020

Check out our Outreach Coordinator's recipe for Apple Bread. She learned it from her grandma & it's a family favorite. This is the first in a series about spreading comfort & connection through food. Send your recipes & memories to [email protected].
http://ow.ly/89DX50CcRL0

At North Helpline we think a lot about what it means to build a community where all feel welcome. In times of hardship w...
11/06/2020

At North Helpline we think a lot about what it means to build a community where all feel welcome. In times of hardship we learn on our community for support.
The mural in our breezeway (painted by Lake City Leaders volunteers three years ago) reminds us of the power and strength in diversity and solidarity. The word "home" depicted in 24 different languages encourages us to build a community where all may build homes and lives without sacrificing their identities and traditions.
We invite you to use the comments section below to reflect on what community means to you.

North Helpline
11/06/2020

North Helpline

We get more than half of our food donated from local grocery stores. Grocery Rescue volunteers bring these donations to ...
11/05/2020

We get more than half of our food donated from local grocery stores. Grocery Rescue volunteers bring these donations to our locations in Bitter Lake & Lake City so they can be sorted & prepared for food bank distribution. Contact [email protected] for more information!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is hosting their Dia de Muertos tomorrow, 11/1: instead of one big indoor ev...
11/01/2020

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is hosting their Dia de Muertos tomorrow, 11/1: instead of one big indoor event with music and dancing there will be a collection of smaller events including free craft bags for kids, community altars, an online youth art show, a Latino/a/x art show for adults, and some paid events like a marigold wreath making workshop and drive-In movie night showing Coco.
Event link: https://www.shorelinearts.net/dia-de-muertos-2020

Happy Halloween!
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween!

Address

12736 33rd Ave NE # 100
Seattle, WA
98125

General information

Donation Drop Off Hours: Tuesday-Fridays 9 am -4 pm Saturdays 9 am -1 pm Food Bank distribution*: Wednesdays 10 am -1 pm Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm Saturdays 10 am -1 pm *See northhelpline.org for more information on expected wait times. Emergency Services operates: Tuesday-Thursday from 10-1 pm Thursday evenings 4:30-6:30 pm Free and sliding-scale Medical Clinic services featuring Rotacare and Neighborcare Health are available on site at North Helpline: Saturdays 10-1 pm (Rotacare) Wednesdays 10:30-2:30 pm (Neighborcare Health) Our Baby Cupboard and Toddler Program is available the first Saturday of every month from 10 am- 1 pm, and during the week at Emergency Services. **Hours may change during Holidays. Please check the website for the most up to date information.**

Opening Hours

Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
Saturday 08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(206) 367-3477

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Aqua Team!!
Do you guys take canned cat food? Co-worker off-loaded a bunch to me. Given everything going on I thought I'd try to find needy pets for it.
any info on how to contribute toys or how to sign up if you need toys for this year's toy drive? couldn't find anything current
To all our Veteran’s THANK YOU for all you have done and all that you are. I know all of us at North Helpline are grateful to each and every one of you. We are blessed to have you as co-workers, volunteers and neighbors. Today we honor you.
i.am so happy the barbaque was awesome.
Modified Hours due to Snow The following locations will be open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Central Library, Ballard, Beacon Hill, Broadview, Columbia, Greenwood, Lake City, Rainier Beach, Southwest, West Seattle The following locations will be open 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.: High Point, South Park The following branches will remain closed all day: Capitol Hill, Delridge, Douglass-Truth, Fremont, Green Lake, International District/Chinatown, Madrona-Sally Goldmark, Magnolia, Montlake, NewHolly, Northeast, Northgate, Queen Anne, University, Wallingford Book drops at closed branches are closed. However, we will extend due dates and holds until we return to normal hours. Please check before going to your local Library branch. Please check the event calendar as programs may be canceled.
Thank you for all of your work to serve our community! I am trying to help someone who is undocumented access resources. What information is required and what's involved in registering for the food bank card? I see on your website it says you don't discriminate on the basis of citizenship but I know that there are privacy concerns. Thank you very much!
Do you accept clothing donations?