How can you get involved?

For most, the holidays are a joyous season. For others, it is a time of worry and stress. We need partners during the holiday season to help us serve approximately 50 families this year including about 30 teens and tweens and 50 children under the age of 10. In addition to the families, we will try to provide a stocking for the individuals in our program who may find themselves alone during this time. Our donations come in a variety of ways from the community. Listed are some of the ways you can help this holiday season. If you would like to help spread some joy or have questions or additional ideas, please contact Mary Hopkins at 360.719.4073 or

  • Adopt a family (children and parents)
  • Adopt a child
  • Host a giving tree (we provide the tags, you provide the tree)
  • Host a gift drive (teen gift drive, gift card drive, stocking drive, gifts for parents)
  • Volunteer at one of our shopping days where residents shop from the donated gifts for their children and families

Date deadlines are important to make sure we are able to help everyone on our list before Christmas. We have begun pairing donors with families already. All gifts will need to be delivered (or we can arrange to pick them up) no later than Monday, December 18th.

At some point, you have to just do it: Make the call, push the button, decide to commit.

For me, this has meant being involved in making things better in my community. This involvement has led me here, to Second Step Housing, as the new executive director. It’s a commitment that I take very seriously and that I hope will lead to better living conditions for more of my neighbors. I’m humbled by the opportunity and eager to make an impact.

I made the call. And you can, too.

This holiday season you will be asked in a hundred different ways to give. You will have the opportunity to give back to your community through serving meals, cleaning up fallen leaves, or making a donation. I hope that you decide to get involved, with Second Step or with any of the exceptional nonprofits, churches, and community groups that make this a great place to live. We all need your help, your energy, your involvement.

Make the commitment – you won’t regret it.

Thank you for your time and generosity.

All the best,

Tim Foley

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