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MEETING

Comment on housing plan

Snohomish County has released a draft affordable housing and community development plan to guide spending more than $5.7 million in federal grants. A public hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 4. The location is public meeting room No. 2 at the county’s Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. The draft plan is available for review and comment through April 18. Find paper copies at the downtown Everett Public Library, at the Snohomish County branches of the Sno-Isle Regional Library System, at local city halls and at the county’s Office of Housing and Community Development on the fourth floor of the Drewel building.

More info: www.snohomishcountywa.gov/2892/Consolidated-Plan-for-2015-2019.

WAYS TO HELP

Assist cancer patients

The Cancer Resource Center at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership seeks volunteers to work weekly four-hour shifts meeting with cancer patients and caregivers. Drivers also are needed to get cancer patients to treatments and appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles.

More info: Jerri Wood, 425-404-2199 or jerri.wood@cancer.org

Donate eyeglasses, hearing aids

Lions Clubs collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids. Donations may be made at Everett Public Library branches, the PUD main office and at most opticians and eye doctors.

More info: Everett Central Lions Club, Art Ruben at since1965@aol.com or 425-387-9256

SUPPORT

Help for caregivers

Several local support groups exist to help those dealing with the challenges of unpaid caregiving. Here are some of them: The Alzheimer’s Association keeps a list of local support groups. Groups for caregivers are available in Arlington, Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood and Snohomish.

More info: www.alzwa.org

The Caregiver Support Program of Snohomish County offers several support groups across the area, including Arlington, Lynnwood, Marysville, Snohomish and Stanwood.

More info: stillycenter.org/caregiver.shtml

Help for parents

A Changes Parent Support Network support group for parents of children with behavioral problems meets 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger Ave., Everett. Peer-to-peer support for parents struggling with children exhibiting risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol use. Confidential and free. A potluck is the first Thursday of each month at 5:45 p.m.

More info: 888-468-2620, www.cpsn.org

Safe place for LGBTQ

The Everett chapter of PFLAG meets at 7 p.m. third Mondays in downtown Everett. Confidential group unites people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning with families, friends and allies.

More info: www.pflageverett.org

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