Spokane is a compassionate community, and many people give to panhandlers because they think they are improving a life. However, giving spare change to panhandlers is only a short-term solution. It doesn’t create long-term results.
If you want to give, support real change by donating to local organizations that make a measurable difference and change lives every day. Contribute to initiatives on public safety, mental health services, job programs and low barrier housing.
The best part about donating money to organizations is the whole community benefits. Stopping panhandling improves the downtown experience for everyone and contributes to the economic vitality and overall appearance of our city.