Giving to those in need is vital to the health of our community. Unfortunately, providing clothing, food or money directly to those on the street can do more harm than good. Clothes and supplies handed out often end up discarded and unused. Donated food can go uneaten, creating waste. Monetary donations may not be used to purchase food or other needed items, and may not help the recipient create real change in his or her life.
In some areas of the city, direct donations have led to accumulations of debris, creating a health hazard and an unsightly mess for neighboring businesses. For the past year, our public works crews have cleaned up Smith Avenue three times a week, removing a ton of trash and discarded items during each cleanup – at a cost of nearly $160,000 in staff time and dump fees.
When you give responsibly, you engage in the community and you transform lives. Follow the links below to learn more about responsible giving opportunities in our community.
Leaving a bag of clothes in public spaces or directly giving to a person in need can result in unwanted items being discarded around the city. When you donate to a clothing bank or service agency, your donation can be distributed to multiple people or families who will receive the sizes and items they need most.Whether you want to donate clothes, food, money or your time, working with a service organization will ensure that your donations are used to the fullest. Find a donation drop off location near you!