Westside CARES


Westside CARES is neighbors helping neighbors. It affirms human dignity through helping with basic needs like food, clothing, laundry, health care, ID cards, mail, utilities or rent, but most importantly through community and recognizing every person’s value. Each year the nearly 22,000 neighbors we serve can rely on a safe, welcoming space to access the services they need to fill the gaps.


Westside CARES serves a great and growing need. Nine census tracts in Westside neighborhoods have poverty rates higher than national averages, and in five of these 20 percent of the children live in poverty. We are powered by 21 member faith communities, 400-plus volunteers, and more than 900 donors from every religious affiliation, income level and political stripe. Together we make a difference in the lives of neighbors.


Non-perishable food for our six food pantries, toiletry items, larger-size diapers, gloves, new men’s/women’s underwear and socks for our clothing closet, and volunteers.

Did You Know

Eighty percent of neighbors served live paycheck-to-paycheck, 10 percent are homeless, and 10 percent are middle-class neighbors who have experienced devastating circumstances.

“Westside CARES is a community of people who know that we all matter.
We resist easy excuses for marginalizing and blaming people for their tough circumstances. We walk with our most vulnerable neighbors, honor their
dignity, and grow hope — together.”— Michael Tassler, former board member & Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church

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