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We know it's hard to say no to people on the street who are in need, but giving on the street encourages panhandling.

Put Your Change to Work offers an easy way to redirect your generosity through a meter-based donation program that benefits Downtown Streets Team in San Rafael.


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Don't give on the street.

You can help reduce panhandling by not giving on the street. Instead, use the Put Your Change to Work meters to give to Downtown Streets Team, a program that works to get people off the street and back to work.

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Feed the purple meter.

The purple meters installed downtown accept both coins and credit cards for donations to Downtown Streets Team in San Rafael. Feed the meter or if you need a tax receipt, donate online.

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Community collaboration.

Put Your Change to Work is a collaboration between Downtown Streets Team, the City of San Rafael, and the Business Improvement District to reduce the impact of panhandling on our downtown business district.


You can also make a difference by sponsoring a Put Your Change to Work meter. Choose one of three levels of contribution ranging from $1,500 to $6,000 per year with a two-year commitment. We'll put your name on the meter pole sign to show your support of this community effort to reduce panhandling downtown. Download the Sponsorship Application.

Sponsorships are tax deductible in accordance with the law. Contact Logan for more information.


DST is an independent not-for-profit that transitions homeless Team Members to permanent housing and employment. Started in 2013 in San Rafael with seed funding from the City and other organizations, DST has proven its model works.

Team Members are volunteers who clean the streets, and also discourage loitering, panhandling and disorderly conduct. They receive case management, a pro-bono attorney, therapy services, and non-cash stipends that pull them out of survival mode and into goal setting mode, putting them into the mindset to work with our Employment Specialist.

DST's funding comes from contracts for services outside downtown San Rafael, foundation grants and local governments. Those sources are not enough. DST depends on charitable contributions from the local community and businesses to maintain and expand its San Rafael program.

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Put Your Change to Work meters are installed in downtown San Rafael.

For more information contact
Karen Strolia, Director of North Bay
(415) 636-1459

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In cooperation with the City of San Rafael

1671 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

Downtown Streets Team is a 501(c)3 Organization. Donations are tax deductible. EIN 20-5242330