The young people we serve are in constant need of hygiene supplies, clothing, and food. Our seasonal drives are crucial to helping us meet those immediate needs. But hosting a drive doesn’t just provide much-needed items: it’s one of the best ways to raise awareness in our community about the challenges facing homeless youth. Your business, organization, school, church, or community group can make a big difference by hosting a drive and spreading the word.

How to Host a Drive

In-kind donations play an important role in helping us keep costs down and meeting the needs of homeless youth. You can host a drive for our currently needed items or plan ahead by viewing our seasonal drives calendar.

Step 1: Get Started

Sign up here

Step 2: Spread the Word

Most people want to help—they just need to be asked. You can send emails, use postcards or flyers, or post to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Bring up the drive at meetings and group gatherings. Host a party and ask guests to bring a donated item.

YouthCare can help! Scroll to the bottom of this page for materials to promote your drive! If you would like to request additional materials, email us at donations@youthcare.org.

Step 3: Make it Easy to Donate

Pick a central location for people to drop off their items. For office or school drives, make sure you have collection boxes at several locations. You can also collect items during a holiday party or office gathering. Monetary donations, including gift cards, are also welcome; in many cases, they’re the best option to help youth find what they need.

Step 4: Deliver Your Donations to YouthCare

You can bring your donation to YouthCare’s administrative offices during business hours, Monday–Friday, 9:00am–5:00pm. YouthCare is located at 2500 NE 54th St, Seattle, WA 98105. In-kind donation receipts will be issued to you for tax purposes.

Step 5: Celebrate Your Success!

Remember to thank those who donated! Post pictures of your donations on social media and other communications. Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and Twitter!

Drive Materials