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Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Ways to give: How to help others this holiday season

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Snohomish County has many nonprofit groups that provide programs and services to children, families, seniors and students in our communities. Each depends on financial help, volunteers and donations. Here are some ways in which you can help make a difference this holiday season.

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Children


Arlington Kids' Kloset, 135 S. French, Box C, Arlington, WA 98223, needs new or gently used clothing and coats in sizes for kids ages 4 through 18, along with new shoes, pajamas, socks, underwear, gloves, scarves and hats, personal hygiene products and books. Preschool through high school age students in the Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington school districts who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches are provided with school wardrobes twice yearly by the organization. Volunteers are needed. More information: 360-435-4875, www.arlingtonkidskloset.com.

Assistance League of Everett, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203, needs gift cards to Fred Meyer, Target, JCPenney and Kohls. The cards will be used for Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing for kids in need from 14 school districts in Snohomish County. Assistance League runs a thrift store and provides financial aid to graduating high school seniors and Everett Community College students. More information: Call 425-252-3011, email contact@assistanceleagueofeverett.org or go to www.assistanceleagueofeverett.org.

Binky Patrol, which meets in a private home in Marysville, provides quilts and afghans to Snohomish County infants and children who need comfort. Volunteer seamstresses are needed along with donations of fabrics, batting, thread or money to buy sewing supplies. More information: 360-659-7198.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County has clubs in Arlington, Edmonds, Everett (four clubs), Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Tulalip, Monroe, Snohomish, Sultan, Coupeville and Oak Harbor. Needed are gift cards, mittens, socks, hats, toys, personal hygiene products and healthy snacks. Donations can be dropped off at the club's administration office, 9502 19th Ave. SE, Suite F, Everett, WA 98208. To volunteer or learn more, go to www.bgcsc.org.

Christmas House is located again at the Boys & Girls Club gymnasium, 2316 12th St., in north Everett. Christmas House provides gifts to qualifying low-income Snohomish County families with children through age 18. The store is scheduled to be open Dec. 1-18, but is closed Sundays and Mondays, except for Dec. 17. Cash donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 717, Everett, WA 98206. For places to drop off new toys for all ages, or to volunteer, leave a message at 425-338-2273 or go to www.christmas-house.org. Christmas House is celebrating its 32nd year of operation. Volunteers are especially needed for the set-up, Nov. 25 through Nov.29.

• Fire District 1 in south Snohomish County has offered all 12 of its fire stations as drop-off sites for donations of toys for Christmas House. More information: 425-551-1243

• The GWTA-C Goldwing motorcycle group of Everett is collecting new or gently used stuffed animals as well as new winter coats for children and teens to be distributed at Christmas House. Donations can be dropped off Tuesdays through Saturdays at Everett Powersports, 215 SW Everett Mall Way. There is a tall brown bear sitting next to the blue bin at the front door of Powersports where donations can be dropped. More information: Kathy Leon, 206-362-4250 or Kathy@wingrider.net.

• Lamoureux Real Estate is collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit Christmas House. Donations are accepted 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 21 at 1904 Wetmore Ave., Everett, WA 98201.

• Postnet Snohomish, 2801 Bickford Ave., Suite 103, is a drop-off location for donations to Christmas House. Donations of new toys and clothing may be left at Postnet from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More information: www.christmas-house.org.

Clothes For Kids, 16725 52nd Ave. W., unit B, Lynnwood, WA 98037, expects to serve more than 4,500 Snohomish County students in need this year by providing free quality wardrobes and other resources. Needed are financial contributions, winter clothing, new underwear, socks and shoes appropriate for school. For additional information and the hours to drop off donations, go to www.clothesforkids.org or call 425-741-6500.

Cocoon House, 2929 Pine St., Everett, WA 98201, focuses on preventing youth homelessness and provides shelter, transitional housing and support services to homeless and at-risk teens and support to their families. The nonprofit organization needs cash donations, gift cards for QFC, Safeway, Fred Meyer; movie passes, bus passes, sleeping bags, pajamas, new socks, new underwear, personal hygiene products; pay-as-you-go cell phones or calling cards. For more information, call Chelsea Monroe at 425-259-3342 or e-mail chelsea.monroe@cocoonhouse.org.

Davis Place Teen Center is an after-school destination for teens in Stanwood and Camano Island. Teens receive a healthy meal and socialize with friends. Involvement in the Youth Leadership Council provides opportunities to plan teen events. Volunteers are needed to teach art and music classes, help with homework and supervise activities. To volunteer, call 360-629-5257. Donations to support teen programs can be mailed to the Community Resources Foundation, P.O. Box 935, Stanwood, WA 98292. More information: Call 360-629-5257 or email director@stanwoodcamanoresources.org.

Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, 1509 California St., Everett, WA 98201, relies on financial donations from the community to bring help and healing to abused children and their families. More information: 425-388-7497 or www.dawsonplace.org.

Everett Public Schools Foundation provides community support to strengthen academic achievement in Everett public schools. This includes classroom grants, tuition support for summer school credit recovery and all-day kindergarten tuition support. Send donations to Everett Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 3112, Everett, WA 98213. More info: Call Kristie Dutton, 425-385-4693, or go to www.epsfoundation.org.

FARM Youth Outreach provides an annual December holiday lunch celebration for children and families from homeless shelters in the region. The outreach is located at 11212 92nd St. SE, Snohomish, WA 98290. Needed are adult and youth volunteers to help with the "Miracle on 92nd Street" event, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Also needed are donations of stockings and small items to fill them, hats, gloves and books. More information: 360-568-1453.

Granite Falls School District's annual food and toy drive is Nov. 26 through Dec. 13. Donations can be dropped at any school during regular school hours. Student leaders at the high school coordinate the event, which will provide food, toys and basic necessities such as soap and toothpaste for local families. Last year, food, toys, new bikes and more than $6,000 was collected to help local children and families. For more information, call high school instructor Crosby Carpenter at 360-691-7713.

Hand in Hand of Everett provides children with a safe, transitional place while awaiting foster care placement. Needed are gift cards to local retailers and non-perishable food. More information: 425-374-2461; www.handinhandkids.org.

Kaitlin's Mobility Foundation, P.O. Box 2245, Everett, WA 98213, helps special-needs children by providing grants to families for services such as therapeutic horseback riding and mobility equipment. Financial help is needed. More info: www.kaitlinsfoundation.org.

Kloz 4 Kidz offers free clothing to schoolchildren from Marysville area families in need. The organization is located in the portable in back of the United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville. For an appointment, call 360-659-8521. Needed are donations of clean, gently used, age-appropriate clothing. Financial assistance also is requested for new underwear and socks.

Lakewood High School graduation gowns and caps are being collected for distribution through Arlington Kids Kloset to graduates who are unable to buy them. To arrange for pick up, call Katie Ellis at 425-359-8171.

Marysville Toy Store, run by the Marysville Community Food Bank, provides Christmas toys for children from low-income Marysville families. Volunteers are needed Dec. 16-20. Call Bonnie, 360-653-9133, for details.

Matthew House, 16207 177th Ave. SE, Monroe, is an ecumenical hospitality house for children who have parents in prison. It provides food, clothing, transportation and support to families. Donations of Christmas gifts for children are needed. To donate, send checks to P.O. Box 201, Monroe, WA 98272. More information: Call 360-794-8720 or go to www.matthewhousemonroe.org.

Meadowdale High School Sports Booster Club provides supplemental funding for school athletic programs, including scholarships for student athletes who otherwise could not afford to participate. Financial contributions can be made to Meadowdale High School Sports Booster Club, P.O. Box 5279, Lynnwood, WA 98046. More information: Call 206-295-1177 or email bonzodiva@gmail.com.

Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth, located on Evergreen Way, needs volunteers experienced in social services, data entry and phone fundraising. More information: 425-771-7335.

Project Linus, 5023 10th Place W., Everett, WA 98203. Snohomish County chapter volunteers provide quilts, fleece blankets and afghans for seriously ill and traumatized children in Snohomish County. Needed are new, homemade, quilted or tied, knitted or crocheted, machine-washable blankets. Volunteers are needed to donate time at work parties or Make-a-Blanket days. Donations of batting, fabric, thread, yarn, sewing notions, sewing machines and cash are needed. Donations can be dropped off at Pacific Fabrics, 10203 Evergreen Way, Everett; Needle & I, 4727 Evergreen Way, Everett; Mary's Quilt & Fabric, 5128 Fobes Road, Snohomish; Quiltmaker, 315 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington. More information: 425-252-4524.

Lynnwood-Terrace Young Life, P.O. Box 3381, Lynnwood, WA 98046, provides mentors and a safe, fun environment for middle school and high school students. The group also provides food and resources, especially for teen moms, kids with special needs and those from the alternative school environment. Needed are financial donations, food, gift cards and office supplies, as well as Christian adult volunteers. More information: www.LynnwoodTerrace.YoungLife.org or 425-478-7104.

Families


Bethany of the Northwest Foundation, 916 Pacific Ave, 4th Floor, Everett, WA 98201, is a non-profit organization that provides multi-level supportive care and nursing services for residents at Bethany of the Northwest. Donations made to our Dignity Project will address the most pressing needs at Bethany’s three facilities. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 5128, Everett, WA 98206 or made at www.bethanyofthenorthwestfoundation.org. More information: 425-551-6403.

Boy Scouts Tree of Giving will be up Nov. 24 to Dec. 20 at the Everett Mall, 1000 SE Everett Mall Way. It is a joint project of the Everett Mall, Fluke Corp. and the Mount Baker Council of Boy Scouts of America. The tree is covered with wish-list tags. Shoppers select a tag and purchase the items listed. Tags represent wishes from children and senior clients of more than 30 local nonprofit agencies. Last year, 2,000 gifts were purchased and left at the tree for Scouts to distribute. Gifts should be returned by 6 p.m. Dec. 19. Checks can be sent to Mount Baker Council, 1715 100th Place SE, Suite B, Everett, WA 98208. More information: 425-338-0380.

Catholic Community Services, 1918 Everett Ave., Everett, WA 98201, provides veterans services, housing, foster care, layette services, mental health and supportive case management services to vulnerable populations. Needed are housewares, towels, bedding, cleaning supplies, grocery, clothing and gas gift cards. More information: 425-257-2111.

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, P.O. Box 7, Everett, WA 98206, provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, confidential emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, advocacy-based support groups and children's programs. The organization's New & Again Thrift Shoppe, 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett, provides free clothing, furniture and household items to clients and their children. Volunteer opportunities and a wish list of holiday items are available at www.dvs-snoco.org. More information: 425-259-2827, ext. 24.

Everett Gospel Mission offers emergency shelter and services that meet basic needs. The organization needs gift certificates to grocery and retail stores or donations for children's and adults' holiday gifts and holiday foods. Families who want to adopt a family in need are welcome to ask about the mission's Angel Tree. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 423, Everett, WA 98206. Other donations can be dropped off at the women's shelter. More information: Call 425-740-2506 or email janderson@egmission.org.

Evergreen Manor, 2601 Summit Ave., Everett, WA 98201, is a chemical dependency treatment organization providing housing and addiction recovery services for low-income pregnant women, mothers with young children, and men. Among the items needed are toddler push toys, baby slings, twin-bed linens, bath towels and wash cloths, car seats, high chairs, cribs, toddler beds, disposable diapers, alarm clocks, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks, day planners and XL or XXL sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts. More information: Go to www.evergreenmanor.org, call 425-258-2407 or e-mail jlindberg@evergreenmanor.org.

Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims, P.O. Box 1949, Everett, WA 98206, provides limited emergency financial assistance to crime victims who need gas, grocery, or hardware store gift cards. Call 800-346-7555 or 425-252-6081. To learn more about services and other ways to help, go to www.fnfvcv.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, 2321 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201, relies on volunteers and cash donations. Needed now are skilled construction volunteers willing to teach others, fire extinguishers, power washers, pruning shears, gutter scoops, lawn mowers, chain saws, ladders and cordless drills. Volunteer or donate online at www.habitatsnohomish.org, or call 425-258-6289.

Housing Hope provides affordable housing and supportive services for low-income and homeless families in Snohomish County. Needed are gift cards for groceries, household items and gas, diapers, baby wipes and basic kitchen items. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and 13 or from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at 5908 Evergreen Way, Everett. More information: Go to www.housinghope.org or call 425-347-6556, ext. 278.

Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington, P.O. Box 12824 Everett, WA 98206, provides emergency housing and other programs for homeless and low-income families. Needed are gas cards, grocery cards and volunteers to work with the children. More information: 425-252-6672 or www.interfaithwa.org.

Lake Stevens Family Center, a program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, helps individuals and families with support, resources and advocacy. The center's Christmas Giving program supports children and developmentally disabled adults who live within the Lake Stevens School District boundaries. Call 425-397-7433 to donate or adopt a person in need. More information: www.lakestevensfamilycenter.org.

Next Step Pregnancy Services, 17602 Highway 99, Suite 170, Lynnwood, WA 98037, helps single mothers and low-income families. Needed are diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, blankets, booties and bibs. More information: 425-329-4569.

The Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County provides free assistance to single moms and low-income families with pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, baby clothes and diapers, and childbirth and baby care classes. The center has been serving the greater Everett community for 30 years, with more than 1,400 visitors a year to the Baby Boutique. For information on how to help, call 425-339-2175 or go to www.PRCpartners.org.

Rotary Club of South Everett-Mukilteo supports the community through grants to fund infant car seats, backpacks for children and scholarships to high school seniors headed to college. Thanksgiving baskets for needy families can be sponsored for $35. Checks payable to SEMR can be mailed to P.O. Box 3391, Everett, WA, 98213. More information: 425-422-6719.

Salvation Army of Snohomish County, 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA 98201, is in great need of holiday meats to present to low-income families. Donations of turkey, ham or chicken help round out holiday meals. More information: Contact Jason Detmer, 425-259-8129 or jason.detmer@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Sky Valley Family and Community Resource Center, 701 First St./P.O. Box 268, Sultan, WA 98294, helps families in need. Volunteers and donations of food and clothing are needed. Sultan Harvest free community Thanksgiving dinner, noon Nov. 22, at the center. Cash, food donations and volunteers are needed for the dinner. More information: 360-793-2400.

South Everett Neighborhood Center and Familias Unidas, 215 W. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett, WA 98203, are family support centers of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. An open house is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Needs include volunteers, non-perishable food, cash donations, gift cards, new jackets, winter clothing. More information: Call 425-355-6005 or email jclifford@lcsnw.org.

Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center met the needs of more than 5,000 people in the Stanwood-Camano Island community this year. Services offered include emergency funds to prevent eviction and the disconnection of essential services as well as free English, parenting and family budgeting classes. A Mobile Dental Clinic provides dental care to low-income adults. Morgan's Tales Used Bookstore provides job training for teens and young adults with disabilities. Donations to support programs can be mailed to the Community Resources Foundation, P.O. Box 935, Stanwood, WA 98292. More information: Call 360-629-5257 or email director@stanwoodcamanoresources.org.

YWCA's Adopt a Family program is seeking sponsors to adopt families for the holidays. The YWCA provides housing and support services to homeless, single women and help to families. Needed are gift cards and gifts for children. More information: Luanne Kunz at 425-258-2766 or lkunz@ywcaworks.org.

Community


American Red Cross, Snohomish County Chapter, 2530 Lombard Ave., Everett, WA 98201. The Red Cross provides shelter, food and additional immediate emergency assistance to victims of house fires, floods and other disasters. It offers health and safety courses, and assists the armed forces and their families. Financial and volunteer help are ongoing needs. More information: 425-252-4103.

Annie's Kitchen provides a free community dinner every Wednesday evening at Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Ave. W., Edmonds, WA 98026. People are needed to help prepare the dinner. The works starts at noon and ends at 7 p.m. Volunteers also are needed to pick up donations from local grocery stores daily from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Donations of meat and dairy products are appreciated. More information: 425-478-9261.

Hands Together provides emergency cold-weather shelter to homeless people in the Arlington area when temperatures drop below freezing for a sustained period. The shelter rotates between four area churches. Volunteers are needed for the shelter at different shifts throughout the night and to help provide a warm supper and a breakfast. Cash donations can be sent to Hands Together c/o Arlington United Church, P.O. Box 266, Arlington, WA 98223. To volunteer, call 360-435-3259. In addition, the Brown Bag Brigade provides a healthy sack lunch to patrons of the Arlington Food Bank every Friday. Sandwiches are made every Thursday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Arlington, 615 E. Highland Drive. Cash donations can be sent to Brown Bag Brigade, also in care of Arlington United Church. To volunteer, call 360-435-8060.

Helping Hand of South Whidbey, P.O. Box 661, 816 Camano Ave., Langley, WA, 98260, has served low-income, disabled, unemployed or under-employed people for 31 years. Assistance includes grants for rent, utilities and fuel. More information: 360-221-7777 or www.helpinghandofsouthwhidbey.org.

Neighbors in Need at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA, 98036, needs warm clothing for men, women and children, including boots, as well as peanut butter, canned tuna and other canned goods. Volunteers are needed. The program provides breakfast, showers, a nurse's care, haircuts, food and clothing each Saturday morning. More information: 425-778-2159.

Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County provides programs and services for people who are dying. Needed are computer bags on wheels, GPS trackers, long-handled mirrors, thermometers and portable fax-printers. Gift card donations to craft stores help with the children's bereavement program. Also needed are gift cards for grocery stores with pharmacy services, cemetery plots, cremation certificates, mattress pads, water-resistant fabric shower curtains, yarn, cotton fabric, fiberfill and thread. Volunteers needed for visiting hospice and home health patients, making soft handcrafts for hospital and home-bound patients. More information: Call 425-261-4822 or go to www.providence.org/phhc.

Safe Harbor Free Clinic needs volunteer help from medical care providers and people able to help with data entry. The free clinic is open at 6 p.m. Fridays at 9631 269th St. NW in Stanwood. Needed are individually packaged healthy snacks and coffee, tea and cocoa donations, dinners for volunteers, scarves and gloves for patients, office supplies, office space and an ultrasound machine. To donate, call 425-870-7384 or go to www.safeharborfreeclinic.org.

Stanwood Therapeutic Riding, 28119 Old Pacific Highway, Stanwood, WA 98292, is a nonprofit agency serving Snohomish and Skagit counties. It provides people with special needs the opportunity to ride and interact with horses. Saddles and donations toward horses' board, veterinary bills and rider scholarships are ongoing needs. Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 102, Stanwood, 98292. More information: Call 360-348-7425 or go to www.stanwoodtherapeuticriding.org.

Take the Next Step is a faith-based organization in Monroe that offers help to people in the Skykomish River valley. Provided are sack lunches, emergency gas cards, bus tickets, warm clothes, a computer lab, mentoring, a community dinner on Tuesdays, community classes, a teen parent group and after-school tutoring. Needed are volunteers to help children, gifts for low-income families, warm clothes and cash donations. Send checks to 202 S. Sams St., Monroe, WA 98272. Call 360-794-1022 or go to www.thenextstepmonroe.org.

Village Community Services, 3210 Smokey Point Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, WA 98223, provides residential and vocational services to Snohomish County adults with disabilities. Needed is funding for staff training; a wheelchair-accessible van; new or slightly used computer equipment; household and auto repair tools; arts and craft supplies; picnic tables, potted plants, trees, shrubs and flowers; and used iPads and iTouch Pads in excellent condition for use by adults who have little verbal ability. To donate, contact Michelle Dietz at resource@villagecommunitysvcs.org or 360-631-2027.

St. Vincent de Paul, 6424 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201, is a Catholic lay organization that assists low-income and disadvantaged residents of Snohomish County. The organization assists with rent, clothing, furniture and food. More than 300 volunteers make home visits to clients. Needed are toys for kids of all ages as well as other donations, which can be dropped off at any St. Vincent de Paul store or can be picked up by calling 425-355-3504, ext. 2. More information: 425-513-6052.

United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave., Suite 200, Everett, WA 98201, supports 102 nonprofit organizations providing education, health and human services. Snohomish County residents can give to the local community fund or find local volunteer opportunities by clicking the "give" or "volunteer" buttons at www.uwsc.org. For more information, email info@uwsc.org.

Volunteer Literacy Program at Edmonds Community College needs volunteer tutors to work with adults learning English, obtaining a high school equivalency degree or working through reading, writing and math courses. Volunteers are needed to commit to two hours a week for three months. Training and support provided. More information: Call 425-640-1032 or email nancy.strom@edcc.edu.

Volunteer Literacy Program at Everett Community College, called "Lions for Literacy," needs volunteer tutors and classroom assistants. Great opportunity for those who wish to increase their interactions with other cultures, as well as to help someone who has experienced learning difficulties to overcome the barriers that have prevented them from achieving educational success. The program supports adult learners in the pursuit of high school diplomas, GEDs and English language development. Call 425-388-9085 or email jfrost@everettcc.edu.

YMCA of Snohomish County, 2720 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201, has branches in Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe and Mukilteo that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and strengthening communities. To donate, call 425-374-5769 or go to ymca-snoco.org/donate.

Active duty and veterans


Heartbeat: Serving Wounded Warriors, a statewide nonprofit organization, provides emergency assistance, therapeutic services, support groups and morale-building programs for wounded service members and their families. More information: 425-931-1047 or www.heartbeatforwarriors.org.

Stanwood-Camano Hero Quilters group provides quilts for the American Hero Quilts project. The quilts are given to wounded soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. People can help sew or donate money to American Hero Quilts, www.americanheroquilts.com. More information: 360-387-4800 or sharonsseams2b@peoplepc.com.

Navy League of Everett is part of the Navy League of the United States. To make a donation, go to www.navyleague.org. More information: Niles Fowler, 425-238-4115.

Wounded Warrior Project focuses on wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Financial donations are needed. More information: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Fallen Hero Portrait Project: The Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation, Supporting the Fallen Hero Portrait Project, needs monetary donations to keep the program going. Artist Mike Reagan gives free portraits to families of people who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, go to www.fallenheroesproject.org.

College students


The Edmonds Community College Foundation, www.edcc.edu/foundation, supports students, faculty and staff at Edmonds Community College by providing scholarships and emergency funding for students, grants for college programs and advocacy for the college. Of the college's students, 43 percent qualify for need-based financial aid. Cash donations to support the foundation and scholarship awards for students with financial need can be mailed to Edmonds Community College, Snohomish Hall 314, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036. More information: Call 425-640-1274 or email foundation@edcc.edu.

Everett Community College Foundation, 2000 Tower St., Everett, WA 98201, provides scholarship support to students and financial resources to faculty and staff. Local business leaders, individuals and alumni can make a difference in the lives of students by contributing an investment of time, talent and financial means in support of academic excellence and student success. More information: 425-388-9555 or www.everettcc.edu/foundation.

Supporting Parents with Limited Incomes for College Education hosts a party in December for about 120 children of low-income parents who attend Everett Community College. Needed are gifts of entertainment, treats, door prize gifts for parents and children's gifts. More information: 425-388-9528.

Seniors


Senior Services of Snohomish County, 8225 44th Ave. W., Suite O, Mukilteo, WA 98275, is a nonprofit organization that provides nutrition, housing, transportation and information resources to 35,000 people each year. Cash donations are needed to help feed homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels. Donations can be mailed or made online at www.sssc.org. More information: 425-290-1262.

Food banks


Arlington Community Food Bank, 18810 59th Drive NE, Arlington, WA 98223, needs food supplies and cash donations. Nonperishable food donations are accepted from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays and by appointment. More information: 360-435-1631.

Concern for Neighbors Food Bank, 4700 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043, needs food and cash donations. Donations are accepted from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays or by appointment. More information: 425-778-7227.

Edmonds Food Bank, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds, WA 98020, is located at Edmonds United Methodist Church. Food and cash donations are needed. Donations are accepted through the north door of the church from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. More information: 425-778-5833.

Volunteers of America operates the Everett Food Bank, 2802 Broadway, Everett, WA 98206. VOA provides food to more than 3,300 households each month, including hundreds of home food deliveries to seniors. It provides housing for families in crisis and runs three preschools for low-income children. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206. Volunteers and food donations are also needed. More information: 425-259-3191 or www.voaww.org.

Lynnwood Food Bank, 5320 176th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037, serves residents in the 98036, 98037, 98012 and 98087 ZIP code areas. The food bank needs donations of nonperishable food, turkeys, holiday food and monetary help. For donation hours and more information, call 425-745-1635.

Marysville Community Food Bank, 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270, needs food and cash donations, as well as gift cards and unwrapped toys. Donations are accepted mornings at the food bank except on Wednesdays and Sundays. Especially needed are frozen hams and turkeys, freshs apples, pasta and canned tuna, fruit and vegetables as well as diapers. Volunteers are always needed. Checks can be mailed to Marysville Community Food Bank, P.O. Box 917, Marysville, WA 98270. Call 360-658-1054 or go to www.marysvillefoodbank.org.

Maltby Food Bank, 21104 86th Ave. SE, Snohomish, WA 98296, provides food for families in the southeast corner of the Monroe School District. The food bank is open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Donations of food, new unwrapped toys and senior gift cards are needed. More information: 360-668-7900.

Mukilteo Food Bank is receiving donations of food and baby supplies during the second annual Race Against Hunger program at Traxx Indoor Raceway, 4328 Chennault Beach Road, Mukilteo. Donations are accepted there through Dec. 24. More information: 425-493-8729.

Oso Community Food Bank, on the hill behind the Oso Community Church, 22318 Highway 530 NE, Arlington, WA 98223. The food bank is open on the third Friday of the month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food and cash are always accepted. Volunteer opportunities and community service credits are available. Contact Marla Skaglund. marlaskaglund@yahoo.com or 360-403-7954.

Hands of Hope Food Bank, 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, is a food bank that operates in the basement of the Lifepoint Everett Church. Donations of food are accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and by appointment. Cash donations can be mailed to Hands of Hope Food Bank, 9506 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett, WA 98208, or made online at lifepoint360.net under Hands of Hope. Volunteers are also needed. More information: call 425-387-2149.

Lake Stevens Community Food Bank, 2111 117th Ave. NE. Lake Stevens, WA, 98258, provides food to approximately 250 families every month. The food bank needs nonperishable food and monetary donations. Donations are accepted at the facility in the basement of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. More information: 425-334-3430.

Mukilteo Food Bank: People who want to donate can bring food to the Traxx Indoor Raceway, 4329 Chennault Beach Road, Mukilteo, WA 98275, through Dec. 24. More information: 425-493-8729.

Salt of the Earth Food Bank has eight locations in Snohomish County and feeds more than 6,000 people each month. Volunteers are needed to drive and pick up food, help sort food, and distribute food. Donations of food are always welcome. Monetary donations may be mailed to Salt of the Earth Food Bank, 2908 118th Place SE, Everett, WA 98208. More information: 425-355-1042.

Sky Valley Food Bank of Monroe is collecting turkeys, holiday foods, new unwrapped toys and baby supplies for more than 500 families. Monetary donations, used to buy food at bulk prices, can be mailed to Sky Valley Food Bank, P.O. Box 724, Monroe, WA 98272. More information: 360-794-7959 or www.svfoodbank.org.

Snohomish Community Food Bank, 1330 Ferguson Park Road, Snohomish, provides food to people who live within the boundaries of the Snohomish School District. The food bank is open to accept donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Volunteer help and donations of cash, turkeys, hams and holiday foods are needed. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 1364, Snohomish, WA 98291. More information: Call 360-568-7993, email director@snohomishfoodbank.org or go to www.snohomishcommunityfoodbank.org.

Stanwood Camano Food Bank and Thrift Store, 27030 102nd Ave. NW, accepts donations during business hours. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 1285, Stanwood, WA 98292. More information: 360-629-2789 or www.stanwoodcamanofoodbank.org.

Animals


Animal Rescue Foundation of Everett, WA (ARF), info@everettarf.org, is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that provides funding for the Everett Animal Shelter's Spay and Neuter Clinic. It has pledged a gift of $70,000 over three years to go toward clinic expenses. Donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box 12817, Everett, WA 98206. For more information or to donate online, go to www.everettarf.org.

Equine Aid Horse and Donkey Rescue needs donations of hay, used tack for the annual tack sale or cash donations to the hay fund. Volunteers are appreciated. Donate at www.equineaid.net, by mailing to P.O. Box 123, Monroe, WA 98272, in person at Monroe Farm and Feed or call 360-282-6667.

PAWS animal shelter and wildlife center in Lynnwood rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and finds new homes for cats and dogs. Needed are gift cards from pet and building supply stores, gas gift cards, clumping cat litter, dog biscuits and high-quality canned dog and cat food. To donate, send checks to PAWS, P.O. Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046; call 425-787-2500, ext. 255; or go to www.paws.org.

New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary, 19111 Burn Road, Arlington, WA 98223, is a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of animals in need. The focus is goats, but the organization takes in sheep and horses, too. Volunteers are needed to help work the farm. Other needs include financial contributions and donations of clean, dry hay and farm supplies. More information: 425-791-4513 or www.newmoonfarm.org.

Purrfect Pals, a nonprofit cat shelter and sanctuary based near Smokey Point, provides low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and adoptions. Donations can be mailed to 230 McRae Road NE, Arlington, WA 98223. More information: 360-652-9611 or www.purrfectpals.org.

Sarvey Wildlife Center, 13106 148th St. NE, Arlington, WA 98223, rehabilitates orphaned and injured wildlife and provides educational programs. It needs liquid laundry and dish detergent, bleach, paper towels, rubber gloves, scrub brushes and sponges, heating pads, dry cat food, baby food, applesauce, peanut butter, raisins and honey. Mail donations to P.O. Box 3590 Arlington, WA 98223. More information: 360-435-4817 or www.sarveywildlife.org.

All Breed Equine Rez-Q, 2415 116th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98271, cares for horses that have been abused or neglected. Needed are volunteers to care for the horses, the grounds and buildings, and to help plan fundraising events. Supplies needed include plywood and white paint. A Santa pony picture fundraiser is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2. Monetary donations can be sent directly to the rescue or you can donate to the organization's feed and veterinarian accounts at Snohomish Co-op, 168 Lincoln Ave., Snohomish, WA 98290; or North West Vet clinic, 8500 Cedarhome Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292. More information: 425-263-6390 or www.allbreedhorserescue.com.

The Humane Society at HappyPaws Farm on Burn Road near Arlington needs monetary donations for veterinary care for pets from low-income families. More information: 360-652-5844; www.saveourdogsandcats.org.

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