Seven out of ten panhandlers will use your spare change to buy drugs or alcohol. There’s a better way to give. Some citizens give generously to panhandlers, hoping to help someone in need. Others express anger and frustration about the effect panhandling has on the city and its business owners.Giving spare change to panhandlers is only a short-term solution and does not create long-term results.
Spare Change for Real Change is designed to provide an alternative to citizens who give to panhandlers. Donation boxes and parking meters have been sponsored by local businesses and distributed to local participating businesses. Proceeds go directly to service providers working to impact homelessness.Donating to Spare Change for Real Change helps provide resources for people in need.
Purple 5k: This important race brings the community together in downtown Billings to help those most in need by working to end homelessness in Billings. Typically held in March, the Purple 5k generates funding for grants to local non-profit organizations. For more information, check out the Spare Change for Real Change website.
For More Information
Contact the Downtown Business Improvement District at 406-294-5060 or visit the office at 2815 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana.