This is one of a collection of stories about philanthropy in Snohomish County.
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.
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 info: 360-435-4875, www.arlingtonkidskloset.com.
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 also are accepted. More info: 425-252-3011, assistanceleagueofeverett.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County, 10520 19th Ave. SE, Suite B, Everett, WA 98208, provides children facing adversity with professionally supported one-to-one relationships. To volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister or to make a donation, visit www.bbbs-snoco.org.
The Binky Patrol, which meets first Sundays (second Sundays if a holiday) in Marysville, is a group of quilters, knitters and crocheters who make “binkies” for youth in traumatic situations. They also make quilts and blankets for senior citizens. Volunteers and donations of fabric, batting, yarn and thread are welcome. More info: 360-659-7198.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, 8223 Broadway, Suite 100 Everett, WA 98203, has 24 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 art supplies, board games, ping pong paddles and balls, pool sticks, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, gift cards, mittens, socks, hats, toys, personal hygiene products, school supplies and healthy snacks. Volunteers also welcome. More info: 425-258-2436, www.bgcsc.org.
ChildStrive, 14 E Casino Road, Building A, Everett, WA 98208, partners with families and the community to support the success of children from infancy to age 5 through a nurse-family partnership, parents as teachers, early intervention and ECEAP preschool programs. Donations welcome. More info: childstrive.org, 425-353-5656.
Christmas House, P.O. Box 717, Everett, WA 98206, is an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides qualifying low-income Snohomish County parents with an opportunity to select free holiday gifts for their children. The “store” is open select days and times through mid-December at the Everett Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers are especially needed Tuesdays to Fridays and on move-out day. Monetary donations encouraged. See the website for a list of drop-off locations for new gift donations. More info: www.christmas-house.org, 425-338-2273.
Clothes For Kids, 16725 52nd Ave. W., Unit B, Lynnwood, WA 98037, serves thousands of Snohomish County students (preschool through 12th grade) each year by providing free, high-quality school wardrobes. Needed are financial contributions, new socks and underwear, athletic shoes, and new or gently-used clothing (sizes 3T through 3X adult). More info: clothesforkids.org, 425-741-6500.
Cocoon House, 3530 Colby Ave., 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; sleeping bags; new boys shoes; backpacks; new hooded sweatshirts; hand warmers; MP3 players and earbuds; umbrellas; bike locks and helmets; wallets; pajamas; new underwear; and extra-long twin sheets and towels. More info: 425-259-5802 ext. 110 or email@example.com.
Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, 1509 California St., Everett, WA 98201, aims to be a place where every child in Snohomish County who is a victim of physical or sexual abuse can come to receive the professional care they need to be safe, seek justice, and heal. Financial donations are needed to support these programs. More info: 425-789-3000, dawsonplace.org.
Hand in Hand, , provides children with a safe, transitional place while they await foster care placement. Needed are cash donations, gift cards to local retailers ($25 increments if possible), new or gently used cold weather clothing for children ages birth to 12. Plenty of volunteer opportunities, too. More info: 425-374-2461, handinhandkids.org.
Institute for Family Development, North Puget Sound, 1712 Pacific Ave., Suite 102, Everett, WA 98201, aims to keep children safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing children into state-funded care through intensive in-home family counseling and skill-building programs. Donations welcome. More info: www.institutefamily.org, 425-374-4279.
Kloz 4 Kidz, located at the United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270, offers free clothing and shoes to children in north Snohomish County. Needed are donations of new or gently used clean clothing, size 4 through adult. Money also is requested for new underwear and socks. More info: kloz4kidz.org, 360-658-1021.
Mari’s Place for the Arts, at 2321 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201, offers arts programs for children ages 3 to 17, with a focus on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Volunteers teach dance, painting, fencing, golf, music, acting and more. Donations also welcome. More info: marisplaceforthearts.org, 425-257-1027.
Matthew House, P.O. Box 201, Monroe, WA 98272, is a hospitality house for children and the families of people incarcerated in Washington’s prisons. The house, located at 16207 177th Ave. SE, provides food, clothing, transportation and support. Canned food also is accepted. More info: 360-794-8720, matthewhousemonroe.org.
Project Linus volunteers make quilts and blankets to be given to Snohomish County kids who have experienced traumatic life events. Work parties are held each month; ask for a newsletter to receive details on days and times at different locations. Donations of completed blankets, batting, fabric and other sewing supplies also are welcome; see projectlinus.org for a list of drop-off locations. More info: Diane, 425-252-4524, firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots of South Snohomish County collects and delivers Christmas wishes to children from newborns to age 17. A warehouse is donated, and located, in the basement of Foundation Church, 2730 Oakes Ave., Everett. Monetary and new, unwrapped toys are accepted there. Or mail monetary donations to Toys for Tots, 6110 64th St. NE, Unit E 101, Marysville, WA 98270. More info: www.toysfortots.org, www.facebook.com/toysfortotssnoco.org.
Volunteers of America Western Washington, P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206, holds holiday Stuff-a-Bus drives to collect nonperishable food and toys 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at Fred Meyer Everett (Murphy’s Corner), 12906 Bothell-Everett Highway. Monetary donations also accepted online. More info: www.voaww.org.
Work Force Development Center, 11400 Airport Road, Suite 100, Everett, WA 98204, offers a manufacturing apprenticeship program to students who are at risk of dropping out of high school to prepare them for graduation and the workforce. Monetary donations are welcome. A wish list of new tools and equipment is at www.wfdcenter.org/wish-list. More info: email@example.com, 425-349-1800.
YoungLives Everett-Mill Creek, a program of YoungLife, P.O. Box 3487, Everett, WA 98213, is a Christian outreach and support program for teen mothers. Monetary donations welcome, as well as diapers and baby wipes, mentors and childcare volunteers. More info: everettmillcreek.younglife.org.
Youthville EmberHope, 3505 136th St. NE, Suite A, Marysville, WA 98271, is a faith-based foster care program. The group is in desperate need of more foster homes. Minimum qualifications: must be 21 years or older, in good physical and mental health, financially stable, able to pass a background check, and have compassion for youth from hard places. Foster youth can share bedrooms with a family’s children. More info: www.emberhope.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
School and college foundations partner with local public school districts and colleges to provide scholarships, classroom grants, and other programs that support students, teachers, faculty and staff.
Arlington Education Foundation, 135 S French Ave., Box A, Arlington, WA 98223. More info: www.arlingtonedfoundation.org, 360-435-1337.
Foundation for Edmonds School District, P.O. Box 390, Lynnwood, WA 98046. More info: foundationesd.org, 425-431-7260.
Edmonds Community College Foundation, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98036. More info: edcc.edu/foundation, 425-640-1274.
Everett Community College Foundation, 2000 Tower St., Everett, WA 98201. More info: everettcc.edu/foundation, 425-388-9555.
Everett Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 3112, Everett, WA 98213. More info: epsfoundation.org, 425-385-4695.
Granite Falls Education Foundation. More info: Linda Hall at 360-283-4316.
Lake Stevens Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1495, Lake Stevens, WA 98258. More info: www.lkstevensef.org, 425-335-3317.
Lakewood Education Foundation, P.O. Box 55, N. Lakewood, WA 98259. More info: www.lwsd.wednet.edu/Page/140.
Marysville School District Foundation, 4220 80th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270. More info: www.foundationmsd.org.
Marysville Rotary Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1875, Marysville, WA 98270. More info: tinyurl.com/RotaryEdFdn.
Monroe Public Schools Foundation, 200 East Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272. More info: www.monroepsf.org, 360-804-4317.
Mukilteo Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 753, Mukilteo, WA 98275. More info: mukilteoschoolsfoundation.org, 425-356-6690.
Snohomish Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1312, Snohomish, WA 98291. More info: www.snoed.org, 360-568-5292.
Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation, P.O. Box 1209, Stanwood, WA 98292. In addition to scholarship programs, this group also supports various community efforts. More info: www.s-caf.org, 360-474-7086.
Sultan Education Foundation, P.O. Box 541, Sultan, WA 98294. More info: 425-238-2651.
Camp Brian, 5002 Narbeck Ave., Everett, WA 98203, provides assistance, resources and financial grants to individuals and families affected by Parkinson’s disease, particularly early onset patients. The all-volunteer group welcomes donations. More info: www.campbrian.org.
Cascade Valley Health Foundation, 875 Wesley St., Suite 240, Arlington, WA 98223, aims to improve the health and safety of Arlington, Darrington and the surrounding areas through education, outreach and strong community partnerships. Donations welcome. More info: 360-386-9918, www.stillyvalleyhealth.org
Everett Recovery Cafe offers a refuge from the streets for those who have struggled with addiction or homelessness. Open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, it offers lunch, groups called Recovery Circles and other programs. The cafe is temporarily located in Everett’s United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave., and is renovating space in the Everett Public Market building that’s expected to open in 2020. More info: www.everettrecoverycafe.org.
Evergreen Recovery Centers is a chemical dependency intervention and treatment organization with 11 recovery centers, including residential and outpatient programs in Everett and Lynnwood. Monetary donations can be made at www.evergreenrc.org/donate. Other donation requests include new or lightly used baby and children’s clothing, clothing for men and women of all sizes, toys and games, art and knitting supplies, household items, personal care items and more. More info: 425-493-5310.
EvergreenHealth Monroe Foundation, 14701 179th Ave. SE, Suite 204, Monroe, WA 98272, raises money for near and long-term needs, healthcare education and more at the Monroe hospital. A volunteer-run gift shop also needs volunteers. More info: www.evergreenhealthfoundation.com/monroe, 360-805-6304.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Snohomish County, P.O. Box 12487, Everett, WA 98206, provides free classes, support groups and advocacy for individuals that have a mental illness, for parents of children with behavioral health issues, and for the family members and friends who support individuals with mental health issues. More info: namisnohomishcounty.org.
Next Step Pregnancy Services, 19526 64th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98037, offers ultrasounds and supports women facing unplanned pregnancies. The group does not perform or refer for abortions. Needed are diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, blankets, booties and bibs. More info: 425-329-4569, www.nextstepnw.com.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, MS 313641, P.O. Box 3641, Seattle, WA 98124, aims to support the lifelong sexual health of all people. If you are interested in volunteering for the Everett, Lynnwood and Marysville health centers, send an email to Nicole at Nicole.Poole@ppgnhi.org. For more information on donating to Planned Parenthood, visit http://bit.ly/PPGNHIDonation or call 800-430-4907.
Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County, PO Box 5634, Everett, WA 98206, provides education and tangible resources to women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The group does not perform or refer for abortions. Needed are new or gently used maternity and baby items. For info: 425-339-2175, www.prcpartners.org.
Providence General Children’s Association, P.O. Box 13228, Everett, WA 98206, is an all-volunteer group divided into guilds that raise money for the healthcare needs of children, Camp Prov and more. Shop for holiday items at two gift shops on the Providence campuses, donate, join a guild, or volunteer. More info: http://tinyurl.com/ProvCA.
Providence General Foundation, P.O. Box 1067, Everett, WA 98206, helps support the mission and work of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Donations welcome. More info: www.providencegeneralfoundation.org, 425-258-7500.
Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation, Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Suite 500, Everett, WA 98201, welcomes donations and volunteers. Donate money for hospice and home care (including pediatric care), sponsor a child to attend Camp Erin, donate money toward in-home patient care equipment, or volunteer. More info: tinyurl.com/ProvHospice, 425-261-4822.
Safe Harbor Free Clinic, 7209 265th St. NW, Suite 203, Stanwood, WA 98292, provides free, professional health-care services to more than 1,600 patients each year. Volunteer help is needed from medical care providers and people able to help with data entry. Donations and dinners for volunteers also are welcome. More info: 425-870-7384, safeharborfreeclinic.org.