Giving Locally During the Holiday Season

Joe Clark - Sunday, November 13, 2016

With the holidays just around the corner, many local residents may be thinking about ways in which they can provide something for those who may not be as fortunate. There are a variety of ways to do this here in the Everett area, but in the interest of keeping it brief I'll focus on just a few with additional links at the bottom of this page.

Christmas House has been serving Snohomish County since 1981. It's a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization in Everett that provides an opportunity for qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children from infants through age 18. Information on donating or volunteering can be found at www.christmas-house.org.

The Everett Food Bank is run by Volunteers of America at 2802 Broadway in Everett. VOA provides food to more than 3,300 households each month, including hundreds of home food deliveries to seniors. Check donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206. Volunteers and food donations are also needed. For more information call 425-259-3191 or go to www.voaww.org.

Senior Services of Snohomish County has a stated goal of promoting independence, preserving dignity and enhancing the quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities in Snohomish County. This is accomplished in many different ways, including the Meals on Wheels program, health and wellness classes and assisting in transportation via the Dial-a-Ride Transportation system (DART). There are many different avenues for volunteering and giving to this organization, all of which can be found at this website:www.sssc.org/donate.

The Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross responds to disasters large and small, helping those in immediate need. Local volunteers also provide training for many people each year in life-saving skills. In addition to disaster relief and training, the Red Cross also assists in making contact with family and loved ones during times of crisis. Information on how to donate to the Red Cross is at www.redcross.org/local/washington/ways-to-donate.

For a more comprehensive listing of opportunities to help in the Everett area, the following site may be helpful:

http://greatnonprofits.org/city/everett/WA

Interested in volunteering in the local government arena?A couple of good places to start are the City of Everett and Snohomish County volunteer opportunity web pages.The city's can be found at:

https://everettwa.gov/990/Volunteer-Opportunities

Look for Snohomish County at:

http://snohomishcountywa.gov/1647/Volunteer-Opportunities

 

 



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