Wellspring Family Services Donation Drives FAQ

Thank you for your interest in hosting a donation drive to benefit the children and families we serve!  We are grateful for your support.

What is a donation drive?

A donation drive is one way for you, a caring community member, to rally your friends, family, and/or colleagues to collect items that homeless children need.  As a donation drive host, you can determine the schedule and format of your donation drive then use our promotional materials to spread the word and invite your own network to participate!

Where can I hold a donation drive? 

You can hold a donation drive nearly anywhere!  Some ideas: your workplace, apartment complex, child’s classroom or school, neighborhood group, book club, place of worship, coffee shops, children’s stores/ services, or as part of a social gathering (baby shower, birthday party, anniversary party, etc.). Also, take your donation drive online to make it easy for folks to give!

What kind of donations should we collect?

Families experiencing homelessness need essential hygiene and household items and the children need coats and jackets, toys, books, and games.  We have a wish list of items, but we also encourage you to make the drive your own and collect items that are inspiring to you (children’s books, jeans for teens, books about children of color or immigrants, etc.)  Feel free to be creative!  If you’d like to touch base with us to make sure your ideas align with Wellspring’s current needs, call us at (206) 902-4229. Want to shop online and send the items directly to Wellspring? Use our Amazon.com wish list!

When my drive is complete, how do donated items get to Wellspring?

You can deliver your collected items to our facility at 1900 Rainier Ave S between the hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Please notify us in advance of your donation drop-off, as we’d love to thank you in person – we can arrange a tour to show you how your efforts make a difference in the lives of children who are homeless.  Please email drives@wellspringfs.org, or call 206.902.4259.    

Who will benefit from my donated items?

All donations will go directly to the homeless children and families we serve in our free store, our Early Learning Center, and through our Housing Services program.  

How should I spread the word about my donation drive? 

We've shared some great resources to help you spread the word about your donation drive here. Share what you’re doing by word of mouth, social media, email, or in-person.  Copy and paste our client stories to help inspire your friends and family to help homeless families.  We’ll be sharing these stories on Facebook, so follow us, and then share our posts to your page for your friends and family to read.  If you’d like, you can use the following hashtag in your social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram: #ReadytoLearn. 

Can my drive’s participants receive a receipt for their donation? 

Yes, online donation receipts are available here.

More questions?

For questions related to starting your donation drive, promotional materials, or to share an idea not listed on this page, please email drives@wellspringfs.org, or call 206.902.4259.