 and help them sustain funding throughout the year. Discuss and choose an organization with your family. Be sure to involve younger family members in the process to encourage and foster a giving spirit.

Not sure your wallet can support a cash donation? Consider giving up coffee stands for a while, or abstain from ordering takeout for a week, or getting your nails or hair done (gasp… we’ve already survived this once this year) and donate the money you would have spent.

The following is a suggested list of charities. We hope these ideas and

resources will inspire you to share some holiday cheer:

Charity Navigator Your Guide to Intelligent Giving:

 develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 9,000 of America’s best-known and some lesser known, but worthy charities.

Food Banks Food Banks continually need replenishing even after the holidays. You can donate directly to a local food bank such as Pike Market Food Bank, or to Northwest Harvest or Food Lifeline who support a statewide network of over 300 food banks, meal programs and high-needs schools.

Mercy Housing – WSCAI Outreach supports a backpack & school supplies drive each year in

coordination with the annual golf tournament, but Mercy Housing offers a full-spectrum of affordable housing and support services in areas of need throughout the state. You can donate one-time, monthly, or even give a gift of appreciated stock.

YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and

empowered to achieve their potential.

Mary's Place Seattle that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services

for women, children, and families on their journey out of homelessness.

DAWN supports, empowers, and shelters survivors of domestic abuse in South King County and helps to keep

us all safe by educating our community to respond to and prevent violence.

Childhaven partners with parents and community to strengthen families, prevent childhood trauma and

its damaging effects, and prepare children for a lifetime of well-being.

Ryther provides exceptional therapeutic services to young people who are struggling emotionally and


Humane Society enriches the lives of companion animals and people through animal sheltering, programs,

and community engagement. If you wish to donate to the location nearest you – here are some options in Washington: Auburn Valley Humane Society, Tacoma- Pierce County Humane Society, Seattle Humane Society, Southwest WA Humane Society, Spokane Humane Society.

P.A.C.K. — People for Animal Care & Kindness 

 individuals and rescue organizations with animals in need of food, supplies, and/or veterinary care.

YWCA or other Adopt-a-Family Programs support local families during the holidays. Generally, many

  This means contributions may be less than in previous years so community involvement is needed more than ever.

You can also make care packages to keep in your car and hand out to homeless individuals at the offramps – the resealable bag can include hygiene products, socks, granola bars or other shelf-stable food items, bottled water, etc.

Your options are endless!

Our gatherings may be limited this year, but we can ensure the spirit of giving lives on. When the COVID blues are settling in, think about a way you can make a difference for someone else. It’s amazing how it can change your outlook. Giving feels good and if we all give just a little, together we make a big difference.

To learn more about the WSCAI Outreach Committee or  27

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