Orange parking meters collect thousands for local homeless services

It’s been nearly seven months since the City of Spokane launched its “Give Real Change” campaign – encouraging people to give money to homeless services instead of panhandlers.

The city made that goal easier by installing several orange parking meters downtown to collect donated change, there’s even two at the Spokane International Airport – but are they making a difference?

City spokesperson Julie Happy said the meters have raised approximately $9,500 since the campaign launched in September. On top of that, $3,900 has been given by people rounding up their monthly utility bill. Happy said people have also donated $100 over the phone by calling 311.

For more information about the “Give Real Change” campaign, click here.