Since 2015, we have been working to provide necessary services to our unhoused neighbors.



During an ice rain storm in 2015, our founder put out a call on Facebook for donations from the community to help people on the street survive the night. We distributed 3 carloads packed with sleeping bags, clothes, tents, tarps and food under bridges, in parks, bushes…anywhere we could find people in the cold. We posted about the experience and the donations continued to flow in unprompted! After a year of regular distribution, we decided to create a nonprofit and expand our services.

It almost doesn’t matter what you do as long as we all do something.
— Arwen Maas-Despain (Founder)

Our Mission

The name "Carry It Forward" is meant to highlight the mutual benefits of direct service to our unhoused neighbors. Our work is designed to reduce suffering by meeting basic human needs while developing a sustainable model for incorporating unhoused individuals in the work of helping themselves and the community.

We believe everyone has something to contribute to the greater good.

Our goal is to bridge gaps in service and build networks that allow our community to grow stronger for all of us.

The most important thing that we do is listen. People will tell you what they need if you’re willing to hear it. Our founder is on a mission to promote solidarity over charity. If our society is judged by how we treat the people in the margins…

Check out our projects page to see all the good stuff we’re doing.

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