You are a key partner in ending homelessness. By sharing trustworthy information, donating, volunteering, and using your voice to influence friends, family, and policymakers, you are making a real difference.
Here are some ideas on how to get involved.
You’re on our website, which means you’re interested in getting accurate, trustworthy information about how to end homelessness.
Sign up for our newsletter, and forward it to your friends.
Follow us on social media on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and then share the information you find there with people you know.
Invite RHA staff to come speak at your neighborhood association, business association, church, community event, or even at a gathering at your house (or on Zoom) of your friends and neighbors.
Read and share articles from the National Alliance to End Homelessness or Giving Compass or Invisible People.
Visit We Are In to join together with people like you who want to make a difference.
Donate to Our Partners
Money donations allow service providers like shelters and food banks to purchase what is most needed at any given time. If your company offers matching donations, then your money goes even further. These donations are charitable contributions and are tax-deductible.
If you want to donate food, personal hygiene products, warm socks, blankets, first aid supplies, good clothing for work, toys for children, or other items, it is important to call the shelter or food bank ahead of time to make sure you are donating what they need. Shelters and food banks may have limited storage space as well as limited staff to receive donations. You can find local shelters in our services database.
If you want to give directly to a person, it’s always a good idea to ask what they need. Here are some ideas on what to give.
Search wa.211.org to find organizations.
Volunteer with Our Partners
Start your own drive for socks, blankets, sleeping bags, or hygiene products (check with your local shelter first.
While Covid protections have made it more difficult to volunteer in person, there are still opportunities to donate your time to support the organizations who do this every day. Options range from handing out clothing or serving a meal, to mentoring a young person, providing graphic design and other specialized skills, or serving on a board.
- Facing Homelessness hosts community cleanups, clothing distribution, and building BLOCK project homes
- United Way of King County offers a searchable database of volunteer activities
- Visit the website or call your local church, shelter, or food bank to see if there are volunteer opportunities
Use Your Voice to Influence Policy
Not matter who we are, where we come from or what we look like, every person deserves to have a safe and stable place to live.
Say YES to more housing, shelter, and safe places for people to live, in every neighborhood.
Vote for candidates that partner with KCRHA to support actions and policies based in evidence and best practices.
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of the actions that work to move people inside and provide more safe places for people to live. Keep it short, and focus on one issue at a time. Guidelines and instructions will be posted on the newspaper’s website.
Write a letter to your local elected officials, including mayor, city council, county council, as well as state and federal legislators. Keep it short, and focus on one issue at a time.
Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness hosts drop-in workshops for anyone who wants to learn how to speak up about state legislation.
Your efforts matter. It is only when we make our desire for change known and work together as a community that change happens.