Young people experiencing homelessness want to focus on their futures; it’s hard to move forward without basic necessities. You can help young people achieve their goals by making a gift, providing or meal, or purchasing currently needed items.


Provide a Meal

Do you enjoy cooking? Use your skills to provide healthy, delicious meals for young people in our care. Cook at home and deliver (or order delivery) to one of our shelter or housing programs so youth can get the nourishment they need to reach their potential! To learn more or sign up, click here!

Drop Off Location:

We are currently accepting both new and mostly new donations at our Main Office location! You can learn more about our used donation criteria, and sign up for a drop off time on our Donation Drop Off Calendar.

Current Drive: Back to School

No matter where youth are at in their journey to stability, the basics go a long way to help them achieve their goals! You can support youth by purchasing currently needed items from our online wishlist or by purchasing much-needed gift cards.

We are asking our community to spring into action for young people experiencing homelessness by donating or organizing a drive for the following items:

  • Gift cards (Visa, Target, Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway)
  • Pre-paid phones and minute cards
  • Backpacks
  • Art Supplies
  • School Supplies
  • Graphing & Scientific Calculators
  • Non-Perishable Snacks
  • Adult-Size Clothing
  • New Underwear
  • Personal Care Items 

We also need mattresses and furniture to support youth when they move into housing of their own! If you have an item in mind, please email to coordinate a drop off time.

Amazon Smile

If you choose to purchase items through Amazon, then you can stretch your dollar the furthest it can go by using Amazon Smile and choosing YouthCare as your charity! When you shop at Amazon Smile 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the charitable organization of your choice. Visit to get started! If you have questions you can view their FAQ.

Shop Local

Want to support young people experiencing homelessness AND local business at the same time? View the list below or visit the Intentionalist to find local BIPOC owned businesses!

  • 35th North Skate Shop (Gift card, Shoes, clothing, skateboards)
  • Elliot Bay Books (Gift cards, or books and graphic novels in English or Spanish for 12-24 year old’s, BIPOC & LGBTQ+ authors preferred)
  • Estelita’s Library
  • TomBoyX (underwear and bras)
  • Two Big Blondes: Plus Size Consignment

Other ways to give