As you gear up for the holiday season by getting out your decorations, checking your lists twice and deciding who has to host what meals, don’t forget to add “Give Local” to the top of your “To Dos.” Many of us like to donate this time of year, and what better way to see the impact of our hard-earned dollars than to keep them within our own community? Whether you have time, money or items to give, all are appreciated. Here are some places to give locally for #GivingTuedsay in Skagit County in 2023.
United Way of Skagit County
United Way of Skagit County provides funding for programs that help community members throughout the county. Programs include the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Diaper Bank of Skagit County, Financial People Project and more. To donate, visit the United Way of Skagit County website.
Community Action of Skagit County
This important resource center has offices in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Concrete, Anacortes, and NAS Whidbey, as well as facilities in Sedro-Woolley that serve our low-income and houseless community. Their programs include adult education assistance, job skills and training, senior and veteran services, utility bill assistance, housing resources and family development. To donate, visit the Community Action of Skagit County website.
Skagit Animals in Need
Skagit Animals in Need is an all-volunteer charity that helps rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome large animals including horses and other livestock. They support law enforcement in animal cruelty and neglect cases. Information on donating can be found on the Skagit Animals in Need website.
Savings Pets One at a Time (SPOT)
Savings Pets One at a Time (SPOT) is a nonprofit animal rescue in Skagit County that provides low-cost care including spay/neutering as well as rescuing animals and placing them in forever homes. To learn more about volunteering your time or donating, visit the Saving Pets One at a Time website.
Children’s Council of Skagit County
The Children’s Council of Skagit County works with other agencies and the community to improve the lives of children and families in Skagit County. They provide education to parents, services and more. To learn more and donate, visit the Children’s Council of Skagit County website.
Youthnet is celebrating Giving Tuesday with its SEEN & LOVED CAMPAIGN raising awareness and support for local children, youth, and families at-risk and in need throughout 14 Western Washington counties, including Skagit. Learn more about the project and donating by visiting the Youthnet website.
Skagit Community Foundation
The Skagit Community Foundation takes donations and funnels them into funds that make a bigger impact in our community. To do this, they offer grants to nonprofits throughout Skagit County. This year, they have needs from over 50 local nonprofits for their current grant cycle. They also have scholarships available to youth. To donate, visit the Skagit Community Foundation website.
Celtic Arts Foundation
Every year the Celtic Arts Foundation puts on the Skagit Valley Highland Games, Bellingham Celtic Festival, The Masters of Scottish Arts Concert and Winter School. These events foster community, preserve history and promote Celtic culture while educating. You can donate via the Celtic Arts Foundation website.
Children’s Museum of Skagit County
Making sure children never lose their love of learning and natural curiosity, the Children’s Museum of Skagit County provides a learning-through-play environment and supports the Help Me Grow – Skagit Family Resource Center. To donate, visit the Children’s Museum of Skagit County website.
Skagit Valley Family YMCA
Local YMCAs provide safe and accepting spaces for families to get fit and learn together! They have low-barrier financial assistance so that income does not need to get in the way of staying healthy. Donations help support their programs, including early childhood education, afterschool programs, summer camps and more. To donate, visit the Skagit Valley Family YMCA website.