How to support nonprofits that help our community

These nonprofit groups provide services and help to children, families, seniors, students and service members — and in turn they depend on you. This holiday season, consider donating or becoming a volunteer.

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Arlington Kids’ Kloset, 135 S. French St., Arlington, WA 98223, needs new or gently used clothing and coats for kids from age 4 through the teens. Needs include new shoes, pajamas, socks, underwear, gloves, scarves, hats, personal hygiene products and books. Preschool through high school students in the Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington school districts who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches are provided with free school wardrobes. Volunteers are needed. More information: 360-435-4875,

Assistance League of Everett, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203, needs gift cards from local retailers 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. Monetary donations are also accepted. More information: Call 425-252-3011, email or go to

Binky Patrol, which meets at a private home in Marysville, provides quilts and afghans to Snohomish County infants and children who need comfort. Volunteer knitters, quilters and crocheters are needed, as well as donations of fabric, batting, thread or money to buy sewing supplies. In particular, the group is looking for volunteers interested in helping make quilts. All levels of experience are welcome. More information: call Ernalee Munday at 360-659-7198.

Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County has 21 clubs in the Northwest, including those in Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Sultan, Tulalip, 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 administrative office, 9502 19th Ave. SE, Suite F, Everett, WA 98208. To volunteer or learn more, go to

Christmas House is celebrating its 35th year of operation and is located again this year at the Boys &Girls Club gymnasium, 2316 12th St., in Everett. Christmas House provides an opportunity for qualifying low-income Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children, ages 0 to 18. The store will be open Dec. 3 to Dec. 19 but is closed Sundays and Mondays. Volunteers are especially needed weekdays and move-out day, Dec. 26. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 717, Everett, WA 98206. More information: or 425-338-2273.

Clothes For Kids, 16725 52nd Ave. W., Unit B, Lynnwood, WA 98037, expects to serve more than 4,500 Snohomish County students this year by providing free quality wardrobes and other resources. Needed are financial contributions, new or gently-used children’s clothing, shoes appropriate for school, and new underwear and socks. More information: or call 425-741-6500.

Cocoon House, 2929 Pine St., Everett, WA 98201, provides shelter, transitional housing and support services to homeless and at-risk teens. The nonprofit needs cash donations; gift cards from Target, Fred Meyer, restaurants, coffee shops and barber shops and hair salons; movie passes; bus passes; sleeping bags; boys shoes; backpacks; hooded sweatshirts; hand warmers; MP3 players and earbuds; umbrellas; bike locks and helmets; wallets; pajamas; new underwear; extra-long twin sheets and towels. More information: Chelsea Monroe at 425-259-3342, ext. 110, or

Davis Place Teen Center is an afterschool destination for teens in Stanwood and on Camano Island. Teens receive a healthy meal, homework help and a chance to socialize. It has free music, art, cooking and babysitting classes. Volunteers are needed to teach and supervise activities. To volunteer, call 360-629-5257. Donations can be mailed to the Community Resources Foundation, P.O. Box 935, Stanwood, WA 98292. More information: email

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: 425-789-3000 or

The Everett Public Schools Foundation builds community support and invests resources to inspire innovation, excellence and achievement for all learners in the Everett school system. This includes grants for classrooms, STEM and art, and support for summer school credit recovery tuition and college bound scholarships. Send donations to Everett Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 3112, Everett, WA 98213. More information:

Hand in Hand of Everett provides children with a safe, transitional place while they await foster care placement. Needed are cash donations, gift cards to local retailers, nonperishable food, and pajamas, socks and underwear for kids from birth to age 12. More information: 425-374-2461;

Kloz 4 Kidz offers free clothing and shoes to children in north Snohomish County. The organization is at the United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville. For an appointment, call 360-658-1021. Needed are donations of clean, new or gently-used clothing for children from preschool through high school. Money also is requested for new underwear and socks. More information:

Matthew House, 16207 177th Ave. SE, Monroe, is an hospitality house for children who have parents in prison. It provides food, clothing, transportation and support to families. To donate, send money to P.O. Box 201, Monroe, WA 98272. Canned food is also accepted. More information: 360-794-8720 or

Mukilteo Schools Foundation supports students with classroom grants, scholarships and programs that enrich education. Donations can be made online at or mailed to Mukilteo Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 753, Mukilteo, WA 98275. More information:

The Snohomish County chapter of Project Linus, 5023 10th Place W., Everett, WA 98203, provides quilts, fleece blankets and afghans for seriously ill or traumatized children, ages 0 to 18. Needed are new, homemade, quilted or tied, knitted or crocheted, machine-washable blankets. Volunteers who can donate time at work parties or Make-a-Blanket days are also helpful. Donations of batting, fabric, thread, yarn, sewing notions, sewing machines and cash are needed. Donations can be dropped off at Needle &I, 4727 Evergreen Way, Everett; Countryside Sewing and Vacuum, 14961 Chain Lake Road, Monroe; Quality Sewing &Vacuum, 10121 Evergreen Way, Everett; or Quilting Mayhem, 1118 First St., Snohomish. More information: 425-252-4524;

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

Youthville, 3505 136th St. NE, Suite A, Marysville, WA 98271, needs volunteers for its “Incredible Years” programs, which teaches parents how to build good relationships with their children. Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals, do crafts with children or hold babies. Must be 18 years or older. More info: 360-651-4444,

The six-piece band Split Personality plays its second annual fundraiser for Toys for Tots at 9 p.m. Dec. 18 at Wild Hare Bar &Grill, 6504 Evergreen Way, Everett. The concert is free but unwrapped toys and cash will be collected for the U.S. Marine Corps program. A raffle for a new guitar is included. For more information, call 425-299-8666.


All Aboard, 2913 W. Marine View Dr., Everett, provides activities for special needs adults. The nonprofit needs arts and crafts supplies, snack items and Christmas gifts for participants. For information on donating or volunteering, email Cherie Estok at or call 425-327-5533.

Bethany of the Northwest Foundation, 916 Pacific Ave., 4th Floor, Everett, WA 98201, is nonprofit that provides Alzheimer’s and dementia care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services for low-income and disabled seniors in Snohomish County. Donations made to Bethany’s “Dignity Project,” which provides goods and services that provide for a better quality of life for its residents. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 5128, Everett, WA 98206, or by contacting Ken Hammond at 425-551-6403. More information:

Catholic Community Services, 1918 Everett Ave., Everett, WA 98201, provides veterans services, housing, foster care, layettes for expectant and new mothers, and mental health and case management to vulnerable populations. Needed are housewares, towels, bedding, cleaning supplies, groceries, clothing, gas cards and money. Donations of toys, coats and school supplies are also appreciated for children in foster care. More information: 425-257-2111, ask for Debra Mazick, or visit

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, supportive housing, legal advocacy, support groups, children’s programs and teen dating violence prevention education. The nonprofits New &Again Thrift Shoppe, 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett, provides free clothing, furniture and household items to clients. Volunteer opportunities and a list of needed items is available at More information: 425-259-2827, ext. 1024.

Everett Gospel Mission offers emergency shelter and services that meet basic needs. 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 425-740-2500.

Evergreen Manor, 2601 Summit Ave., Everett, WA 98201, is a chemical dependency treatment organization that provides housing and addiction recovery services for low-income pregnant women, mothers with young children and men. More information: or 425-258-2407.

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County seeks skilled construction volunteers willing to teach others, as well as donated furniture, appliances, construction materials and tools. It operates two stores at 2302 Broadway in Everett and 16929 Hwy 99, Suite 100 in Lynnwood. Volunteer or donate online at, or call 425-258-6289.

Housing Hope provides affordable housing and social services for low-income and homeless families in Snohomish County and on Camano Island. Donations can be dropped off at 5830 Evergreen Way, Everett. Needed are gift cards for groceries, household supplies, and essentials for babies and toddlers. More information: or call 425-347-6556.

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 small household items such as cutlery, dishes and bowls. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of tasks. More information: 425-252-6672 or

Magic Shears, 306 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, needs lap blankets, hats, activity books, stationary and pens, coloring books, toys and other small activities. The items are donated to Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington for cancer patients and their families, to give them something to do and ways to keep warm during long days. A donation box is set up at Magic Shears. More information: call 360-435-3833.

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 or

The Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County, 4310 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98203, provides free assistance to single mothers and low-income families with pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, baby clothes, baby wipes, diapers, and childbirth and baby care classes. The center has been serving the greater Everett community for more than 30 years, with more than 1,400 visitors a year to the Baby Boutique. More information: 425-366-7567 or

Salvation Army of Snohomish County, 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA 98201, is in need of donations of cash and nonperishable food items for its food bank and for holiday meals. To arrange for a truck to pick up donations, call 800-SATruck. More information: 425-259-8129.

Sky Valley Family and Community Resource Center, 701 First St./P.O. Box 268, Sultan, WA 98294, is operated by Volunteers of America. It needs cash and non-perishable food items for its food bank and senior center. Sky Valley Services, which provides for families in need, also needs money. Volunteers are wanted to help answer phones, drive, cook and serve meals. More information: 360-793-2400 or

Snohomish County Younglives, PO Box 1375, Lake Stevens, WA, 98258, is a community outreach program that provides mentoring for teen moms living in poverty. It needs donations of diapers, baby wipes and money. More information: Alisha Perry at 425-268-2236.

South Everett Neighborhood Center and Familias Unidas, 215 W. Mukilteo Blvd. Everett, WA 98203, are family support centers of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Needs include volunteers, nonperishable food, cash donations, new jackets, winter clothing, school supplies and office supplies. More information: 425-355-6005,

Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, 9612 271st St. NW, Stanwood, offers emergency money to prevent eviction, the disconnection of services and free English, parenting and family budgeting classes. A mobile dental clinic provides care to low-income adults. Morgan’s Tales Used Bookstore provides job training for teens and young adults with disabilities. Donations can be mailed to the Community Resources Foundation, P.O. Box 935, Stanwood, WA 98292. More information:, 360-629-5257 or

Victim Support Services, P.O. Box 1949, Everett, WA 98206, provides limited emergency financial assistance to crime victims who need gas, grocery or hardware store gift cards. More information: 800-346-7555, 425-252-6081 or


American Red Cross, Snohomish County chapter, 2530 Lombard Ave., Everett, WA 98201. The nonprofit provides shelter, food and 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. To volunteer, call 425-740-2327. More information:

Annie’s Kitchen provides a free community dinner every Wednesday evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Ave. W., Edmonds, WA 98026. People are needed to help prepare the dinner and pick up donations. More information: 425-744-8090 or

Fresh Start Housing Washington assists single adults with transitional housing, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, mental health, domestic violence, and re-entry from prison. The nonprofit is requesting gas cards, bus passes, toiletries, housecleaning supplies, clothing, and cash donations. Money can be sent 10924 Mukilteo Speedway, Suite 230, Mukilteo, WA 98275. More information: 206-486-4493 or

Hands Together provides weekly brown-bag lunches at the Arlington Food Bank. Monetary 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.

Hospital gift shop: The nonprofit Providence General Children’s Association needs gift shop volunteers in Everett at the Pacific campus, 916 Pacific Ave., and the Colby campus, 1700 13th St. Gift shop proceeds benefit Northwest children. Volunteers must complete hospital forms, TB test, background check and training. More info: Maureen Welly, 425-348-9433.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Snohomish County is a dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy to improve the lives of people with severe mental illnesses and their families. More information:

Neighbors in Need at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, needs volunteers and boots and warm clothing for men, women and children. It also needs peanut butter, canned tuna and other canned foods. The program provides breakfast, showers, nurse care, haircuts, food and clothing every Saturday morning. More information: 425-778-2159 or

Safe Harbor Free Clinic needs volunteer help from medical care providers and people able to help with data entry. The free clinic is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7209 265th St. NW, Suite 203, in Stanwood. It serves the medical and dental needs of more than 1,600 patients each year. Needed are medical supplies in good condition and dinners for volunteers. More information: 425-870-7384 or

Snohomish County Visitor Information Center is having a sock drive for children and teens until Dec. 18. The information centers at Heritage Park, 19921 Poplar Way in Lynnwood and 1301 First St. in Snohomish hope to gather 100 pairs of socks. Donations can be dropped off in boxes located in the lobby of each center. For more information, contact Stacey Pfeiffer at 425-348-5802, ext. 100 or

St. Vincent de Paul, 6424 Broadway Everett, WA 98203, provides help with food, utilities, rent, clothing, furniture, household items and more. The assistance line is 425-355-3504 ext. 3. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To donate or volunteer, call 425-355-3504 ext. 2.

Stanwood Therapeutic Riding is a nonprofit serving Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties. It provides people with special needs the opportunity to ride and interact with horses. Saddles and donations toward horse board, veterinary bills and rider scholarships are ongoing needs. Money can be sent to P.O. Box 102, Stanwood, WA 98292. More information: Call 360-348-7425.

Take the Next Step is a nonprofit, 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, dinner on Tuesdays, classes, a teen parent group and afterschool tutoring. Needed are volunteers to help children, warm clothes and cash donations. Send checks to 202 S. Sams St., Monroe, WA 98272. More information: 360-794-1022 or

United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave., Suite 200, Everett, WA 98201, supports 106 programs at 40 nonprofits that provide education and health and human services. People can give to the community fund or find volunteer opportunities by clicking on the “give” or “volunteer” buttons at More information:

Village Community Services, 3210 Smokey Point Dr., Suite 200, Arlington, WA 98223, provides residential and employment services to Snohomish County adults with disabilities. Needed are gift cards to buy work clothes, job-related supplies and equipment, especially for men. This year’s priorities include job readiness for young adults with disabilities who are graduating from school. To donate, email Michelle Dietz at or call 360-653-7752 ext. 14.

Volunteers of America Western Washington serves people in need with food, shelter, education, and support. More information on how to give or volunteer: or 425-259-3191. YMCA of Snohomish County, 2720 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201, has branches in Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mukilteo, Stanwood-Camano, and a Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate. It focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility and strengthening communities. To donate, call 425-374-5769 or go to

YWCA of Snohomish County, 3301 Broadway, Everett, WA, 98201, provides housing and support services. It is seeking businesses and people who want to help a YWCA family for the holidays with gifts and Christmas dinner. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information: Luanne Kunz at 425-258-2766 ext. 150, or


Heartbeat: Serving Wounded Warriors, a statewide nonprofit based at P.O. Box 704 Snohomish, WA 98291, provides emergency assistance, therapeutic services and morale-building programs for wounded service members and their families. More information: 425-931-1047, or

Stanwood-Camano Hero Quilters provides quilts for wounded soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and at military hospitals in Afghanistan. People can help sew or donate money to American Hero Quilts at More information:

Navy League of Everett is part of the Navy League of the United States. To make a donation, go to

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

Fallen Hero Portrait Project needs monetary donations to keep the program going. Artist Michael Reagan gives free portraits to families of people who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, go to


The Edmonds Community College Foundation supports students and employees by providing scholarships and emergency funding, grants for college programs and advocacy. Donations can be made online at or mailed to Edmonds Community College Foundation, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036. More information: 425-640-1274 or

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 money. More information: 425-388-9555 or


Senior Services of Snohomish County, 11627 Airport Road, Suite B, Everett WA 98204-8714, is a nonprofit that provides food, nutrition, transportation, home repair, and services to 38,000 seniors and people with disabilties each year. Donations are needed to help feed homebound seniors and people with disabilties through Meals on Wheels. They can be mailed or made online at More information: 425-290-1262.


Arlington Community Food Bank, 19118 63rd Ave. NE, Arlington, WA 98223, needs nonperishable food, cash donations and volunteers, especially truck drivers. More in

Concern for Neighbors Food Bank, 4700 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043, needs food and cash. For information on donations, email or call 425-778-7227.

The Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank is at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds, WA 98020. Food, cash and new toys for Christmas gifts 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 or

Darrington Food Bank, at First Baptist Church on Highway 530 in Darrington, is open the first and third full weeks of each month. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Wednesdays and Thursdays. To make a monetary donation, give nonperishable food or volunteer, call 360-436-9603.

Lynnwood Food Bank, 5320 176th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037, serves residents in the 98036, 98037 and 98087 ZIP codes. The food bank needs nonperishable food and monetary donations. More information: 425-745-1635 or

Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store, 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270, needs food and cash. Donations are accepted Tuesday afternoons and Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings at the food bank. Volunteers are always needed. Holiday needs include frozen turkeys, canned ham and ready-to-eat meals. They also are collecting toys for Christmas gifts until Dec. 15. They especially need gifts for teens, such as gift certificates or movie tickets. Checks can be mailed to Marysville Community Food Bank, P.O. Box 917, Marysville, WA 98270. Call 360-658-1054 or go to

Maltby Food Bank, 21104 86th Ave. SE, Snohomish, WA 98296, provides food for families. The food bank is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Donations of food and cash are needed. For the holiday season, specific needs include Jell-O, instant potatoes, canned yams, canned meat, olives and pancake or muffin mix. More information: 360-668-7900 or

Mill Creek Food Bank, 17903 Bothell-Everett Highway, Suite E-101, Mill Creek, WA, 98012, provides food for families for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Donations of food and cash are needed. More information: 425-582-5154.

Mukilteo Food Bank, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo, WA 98275, needs donations of food and baby supplies dropped off at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church. Among the most urgent needs are turkey breasts or hams, canned chicken and tuna, bulk beans and rice, canned chili. More information: 425-366-8229 or

Lake Stevens Community Food Bank, 2111 117th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens provides food to local families in need. The food bank needs perishable food and monetary donations. Donations are accepted in the basement of Ebenezer Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday or checks can be sent to PO Box 1031, Lake Stevens, WA, 98258. Volunteers and financial donations also are requested to help build a new, larger building for the food bank. To learn more or contribute, call 425-334-3430, email or go to

Salt of the Earth Food Bank has eight locations in Snohomish County and feeds more than 6,000 people each month. The organization also has two soup kitchens. Volunteers are needed to pick up, sort and distribute food and to wash dishes. Turkey, nonperishables and cash donations are needed around the holidays. Food and monetary donations should be mailed to Salt of the Earth Food Bank, 2908 118th Place SE, Everett, WA 98208. All donations are tax deductible. More information: 425-355-1042.

Sky Valley Food Bank of Monroe is collecting food and cash donations; about 1,500 individuals are served every month. Donations can be dropped off Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 233 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. 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

Snohomish Community Food Bank, 1330 Ferguson Park Road, Snohomish, provides food to families who live within the boundaries of the Snohomish School District. Food services are provided from 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Fridays. The food bank is open to accept donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 1364, Snohomish, WA, 98291. More information: 360-568-7993,

Stanwood Camano Food Bank and Thrift Store, 27030 102nd Ave. NW, accepts donations of nonperishable food and money between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Needed during the holidays are turkeys and hams; personal care items such as deoderant, shampoo and baby wipes; and caps, gloves and blankets. The food bank and thrift store also are drop-off places for new toys for Christmas House. Checks for the food bank can be mailed to PO Box 1285, Stanwood, WA, 98292. More information: 360-629-2789 or

Volunteers of America Western Washignton is at 1230 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201. VOA provides food to more than 3,300 households each month, including hundreds of home food deliveries to seniors. It provides housing or families in crisis and women with children, and runs four preschools for low-income children. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 839, Everett, WA 98206. Volunteers are also needed. Contact Katie Prettyman at More information: 425-259-3191 or

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