Safe Streets: Get Involved

Give Responsibly

View the Give Responsibly news release here.

Giving to those in need is vital to the health of our community. Unfortunately, providing clothing, food or money directly to those on the street can do more harm than good. Clothes and supplies handed out often end up discarded and unused. Donated food can go uneaten, creating waste. Monetary donations may not be used to purchase food or other needed items, and may not help the recipient create real change in his or her life.

In some areas of the city, direct donations have led to accumulations of debris, creating a health hazard and an unsightly mess for neighboring businesses. For the past year, our public works crews have cleaned up Smith Avenue three times a week, removing a ton of trash and discarded items during each cleanup – at a cost of nearly $160,000 in staff time and dump fees.

When you give responsibly, you engage in the community and you transform lives. Follow the links below to learn more about responsible giving opportunities in our community.

  1. Volunteer
  2. Donate Items
  3. Give Financially
Our community is fortunate to have a variety of service providers who are dedicated to helping those on the street. When you volunteer through one of these organizations, your support goes further, leading to more help for those in need and less harm to the community. 

Find volunteer opportunities in Everett.

In need of services?

If you, or someone you know, is in need of immediate help with rent assistance, job training, food, shelter, or support services, we encourage you to 
contact 2-1-1, which is managed by Volunteers of America. The 2-1-1 information and referral specialists are available 24/7 to connect people with resources in their community.