How You Can Help
There are many ways to support our community members who are experiencing homelessness. Below we have included a handful of ideas, but we encourage you to explore on your own as well.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to get to know your community and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors. Here are just a few ideas:
- Sky Valley Food Bank: Pick up food from local stores, sort food donations in the warehouse, work on the distribution floor, or help in the office.
- Take the Next Step: Join a community dinner cooking team, welcome guests into the drop-in center and help them discover resources, read to or help kids with their homework, mentor teens, or provide transportation for someone who needs to get to an interview or appointment.
- YMCA of Snohomish County: Coach a sports team or teach a class, work one-on-one with youth or adults who want to do more, be more, or live healthier.
Organizations like the ones listed above, rely –at least in part –on donations from individuals and businesses. You can donate money, food, or other helpful items identified by the organization.
Familiarize yourself with the resources available for people who are experiencing homelessness or hardship and pass them on. You can find a list of resources here.
Learn about the Root Causes of Homelessness
Poverty and homelessness have complex and varied roots. Here are some great resources for learning more:
- Take the Next Step: This local organization provides a wealth of information about poverty in Snohomish County and around the nation. The data may surprise you.
- The National Alliance to End Homelessness: This national nonprofit hosts a website that is full of useful information and data.
- Poverty 101: This interactive training hosted by the Everett Gospel Mission will help you better understand the unique challenges of long-term poverty.
- The HART Report: The Housing Authority Regional Taskforce (HART) published a report and action plan in 2020 about affordable housing in Snohomish County.
Advocate for Change
As you learn more about the root causes of poverty and homelessness, look for ways that you can influence your elected officials and other decision-makers to address systemic problems.