A team of volunteers from The Hand Up Project will be cleaning up an area along Hwy 99 & Airport Rd in south Everett that has been occupied by the homeless over the last several years.
They’ll be cleaning up an overwhelming amount of drug paraphernalia and trash left behind by homeless occupants. Prior to the cleanup, they have been doing outreach to address the human needs of the current residents over the past weeks.
“In the last week we have transported three into detox and treatment from that area and we are going in there continuously throughout this week and next week letting them know if they want help, we’re here.” says Robert Smiley of The Hand Up Project.
While doing outreach, they are able to assist in getting them IDs, signed up for DSHS and other services including medical or transportation to detox or treatment.
The Hand Up Project is hoping to bring the community together and seeking additional volunteers for this endeavor. The work will begin at 9:00 am each day starting on Saturday, October 31 through Sunday, November 1st.
They will be supplying safety equipment and training for picking up needles and garbage. There will be umbrellas, rain gear, and a canopy housing coffee and donuts for the volunteers.
They will be cutting down the underbrush and trimming trees, preventing inhabitants to return and making the community there healthy again.
Anyone willing to join and give back to the community can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, show up at 9 am Saturday or Sunday the weekend of October 31st.
If you would like to contribute by donating visit: https://thehandupproject.org/donations
Or, please join our Volunteer List click here.