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.
Community Engagement: 5-Year Plan
The RHA is seeking input and feedback on a 5-Year implementation plan through multiple engagements with people experiencing homelessness, service providers, elected officials, city human services staff, and coalitions. View the full calendar of 5-Year Plan engagement opportunities.
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 @KC_RHA and our partners on Twitter, and RT or 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.
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.
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
- Seattle Works offers a searchable database of volunteer activities, including opportunities to serve on a nonprofit board of directors, with filters for type of activity
- 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
Vote for candidates that partner with the RHA to support evidence-based policies and services.
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Keep it short, and focus on one issue at a time. Guidelines and instructions will be posted on the newspaper’s website.
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.