Round Up for Charity
Our Co-founder and namesake, Dick Spady, believed in a business philosophy that continues to guide us today:
- Step 1: Make a profit…
A business that doesn’t make a profit isn’t any good to anyone.
- Step 2: Invest in your employees…
Because it’s the best investment you can make.
- Step 3: Invest in your community….
If your community thrives, your business will thrive.
Dick’s Drive-In has always strived to be a strong partner in our communities. In September 1998, we started the Change for Charity program. Customers could donate the change left over from their order to several partner charities who help the homeless in our community.
Since Change for Charity began, Dick’s customers have donated over $1.4 million to our charity partners. Learn more about our partners below. Very soon you will be able to Round Up your order to the nearest dollar and donate the extra change to charity, regardless of how you pay! Just order as usual and ask our crew to RoundUP your order for charity.
Empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.
Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. We empower women to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Our work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help women find housing and employment. We inspire the community to support homeless women and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Operation Nightwatch is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless. In order to help people attain their highest level of self-reliance we provide:
- Spiritual care and hope for the community at night
- Compassionate relief and shelter placement for homeless women, men and children
- Low-cost housing and support services for seniors and the disabled
Education and encouragement for others to respond to those in need
First Place operates two educational programs and a Housing Program:
- First Place School for students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
- Doreen Cato Early Learning Center for students three or four years old
Our educational programs are tuition-free or deeply discounted for qualifying families.
The First Place Housing Program provides on-site housing at Imani Village and provides housing vouchers and counseling to families.
First Place provides a warm, caring environment that is student centered and supports the “total” child. This learning environment includes wrap around support services with case management provided to both students and families. Our learning environment is designed to promote students’ confidence, encourage critical thinking and problem solving so that students can become contributing citizens who aspire to live rewarding and purposeful lives.
Our work is based on three beliefs. That food is central to our emotional, physical, and economic well-being. That people have incredible capacity to transform their lives when they have the right tools and support. And solutions that provide real value to a community have the best hope of lasting.
When Dick’s opened it’s first location outside of Seattle, it was important to expand it’s network of charities as well and help take care of all of it’s communities. Cocoon house was added to Dick’s Change for Charity program in 2011.
Cocoon House has built, innovated and adapted programs to benefit homeless, at-risk, and disconnected young people in Snohomish County. Opening in 1991 as an 8 bed emergency shelter, Cocoon House quickly grew to include long term housing, street outreach and a nationally recognized prevention program that focuses on parents building their family management skills. These programs work together to address teen homelessness from all angles ensuring the best possible outcomes for young people as they transition into more successful futures.
Compass Housing Alliance
In the Lutheran tradition of caring through service, Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region.
We provide a welcoming space at more than 20 locations throughout the Puget Sound region. Explore our website to learn more about Compass Housing Alliance’s shelter, housing and support services for men, women, veterans and families.
St. Martin DePorres Shelter
St. Martin de Porres Shelter provides safe and dignified night shelter for homeless men age 50 and older. The shelter opened in October 1984 in response to the growing need for an emergency shelter for this special population of elderly men who are vulnerable to the weather, street predators, and illness.
We currently operate at our full capacity of 212 men a night. The shelter is open 365 nights a year from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and during the day for medical convalescent care. During the winter months, we have arrangements with eight local churches to provide space for an additional 34 men a night.