The most important needs at the camp are not physical. People who are homeless need to know that their community is doing whatever it can to end homelessness. They need to know that they are not hated, or feared, or forgotten. They need to know that there are people out there who accept them as they are, wherever they are in their journey. They need to know that someone cares.
The second most important need is to make homelessness in the camp and in the wider community as humane as possible until homeless ends. To that end, the following are always in constant demand.
- The main need now is ice, hand sanitizer, cups, plastic dinnerware and plates. Please contact Greater Seattle Cares if you have blankets to donate. We can pick them up and deliver them to the camp. You can also drop them directly to the camp’s current location.
- A hot meal once a day – sign up to cook a meal for Tent City 3
- Disposable plates, cups and utensils, as there is no way to safely sanitize reusable items.
- Food items for the pantry, such as tuna fish, chili, canned or instant soups, coffee, sugar, canned food of any kind.
- Informal clothing, appropriate to the season
- Clothes presentable for work – both physical labor and office work
- Underwear in all sizes for men and women
- … more in Winter Needs below
- Tents: one person, two-person
- Tents need to be replaced on a regular basis, as camping tents are not designed for continuous use in sun and rain.
- Heavy-duty tarps, to shield tents from rain/snow and to help make camping tents last longer.
- Good-quality pallets, used to raise tents off the ground
- 1/2” plywood, 4’x4’ and 4’x8’, placed on top of the pallets and under tents
- Gorilla tape (extra heavy duty duct tape), used to patch tents and tarps
- Portable carports, used to create covered public areas in the camp
- Cots, air mattresses, blankets, sleeping bags
- Hand sanitizer
- Personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors
- Warm, waterproof jackets
- Wool socks (wool holds in heat even when wet)
- “Hotties” (hand and foot warmers)
- Warm clothes for layering, such as pants and sweaters, especially in larger sizes (2X and 3X)
- Closed shoes and boots, all sizes
- Long underwear, all sizes
- Wool hats
- Gloves, especially heavy work gloves to keep hands warm when moving the camp
- Summer clothes