AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • September 22, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Hello Volunteers!

Come on out this Sunday to help serve food for the homeless in Seattle. Cleanup help is also needed and appreciated after the serve.

If you'd like to donate some food/drinks (main dish, side dish, fresh fruits, granola bars, bottles of water, etc.), socks, gloves, shoes, gently used coats, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts with hoods, fleece, backpacks, sport bags, or blankets, please bring them to the site. Most desired sizes are L, XL, and XXL.

Where: Serving from 1 PM – 2 PM @ the Outdoor Meal Site (6th Ave & Columbia St). Coming 5 min earlier or at 1pm is best. Sometimes serve ends before the hour.

From I-405 N or S, to 520 West (toll-bridge), I-5 South, exit 165A James, stay on left side, take the first driveway on your left (before the signal light) and park facing the fence.

From I-90 West, to I-5 North, exit on James St. Turn left on James St, turn right on 4th Ave, continue about 3 blocks, turn right on Marion St.  Turn right on 6th Ave and quickly move to the left to turn left to park facing the fence.

Serve site is under the freeway and free parking when facing the fence (designated for volunteers). Please check google map or other online maps if you are coming from other directions.

 

Seattle Times article - Response

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/local...

On December 5, 2010, the Seattle Times published an article about AOK Friends. Since that article, we have received over $4,000 in donations! One very generous donor, broke the record of highest donation by a single donor by donating $2,000 via Paypal! It's great to have such a influx in money, but what's really important is the spirit behind the giving. It really says something about the people in our community, people that we don't even know and don't even think to acknowledge in passing. This spirit of giving and these acts of friendship between one another, whether we know each other or not, is what we as AOK Friends are out to create in the world as a community. Thank you for being that for others.

 

How you can help:
It's great to know that so many people have the spirit of friendship and giving, and let's support one another in expressing that in our own unique ways. For some, coming out to cook and/or give out food is their way of expressing acts of kindness. For others, it's donating money or food. There are infinite ways to express an act of kindness, and you really are the source of that. Every time you come and hand out food or have a conversation with another person, you really are taking the spirit of AOK Friends and creating it in reality as your own. Here are a few ideas of how you can express yourself as the spirit of friendship:

Assist at the serve.
Donate money - Donations can be made through check, cash, or Paypal!

Donate clothing, backpacks, socks, shoes, blankets, toiletries, etc.

For Paypal donations, just go to www.paypal.com and click "Send Money" and enter [masked] in the recipient box.

For check (to AOK Friends) can send in the mail to:
AOK Friends
[masked]th Ln. SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

 

Getting involved with creating and holding fundraisers.
Creating a more lively, warm atmosphere at the serve site. This can include recruiting musicians to perform at serves, providing decorations for the Meal Site, or anything else you see would create a more friendly environment.


Hold Creation Meetings where you get together with others devoted to creating friendship in the world and present and develop ideas you have.


Anything you come up with, we invite you to share with others. It's by your letting others know your ideas and who you are about them that they are able to contribute and bring ideas to reality.

Thank you for volunteering!

***Please note that every 3rd Sunday of the month, serve starts one hour earlier, so serving starts at 12 PM, and on the other Sundays at 1PM. Thanks!

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  • Annika

    I had a great time and this was my first meet up for AOK. It was great meeting everyone. I really liked the program and think its vision is great!

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you, Annika. Great to have you as part of the Seattle Volunteers. Looking forward to see you again.

      September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group of people. Well organized.

    September 22, 2013

  • Amiga D.

    Thank you volunteers! It was a great day today when there wasn't anyone left hungry during our serve time and extra shoes and clothing to bring back next week. A few homeless men are working and needing a bus pass to get to work. If any of you could help by clipping those coupons for a free bus ride on the Chinook coupon book, that will be really useful for them. Winter items are going to be in great need. Here are a few suggestions... sign up on freecycle.org and ask for your neighbors to donate their unwanted backpacks, shoes, clothes, toiletries, blankets and sheets. If you have time on Mondays, you can visit Value Village, ask what the color tag special is of the day and shop for coats, sweatshirts, shoes, and jeans (sizes 28 to 42) for only .99 cents. A little P.D.A. goes a long way... Thank you all for sharing with us your precious time and your generous hearts. It is always appreciated.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Annette

    Excellent! All volunteers worked hard and the help was well received and appreciated.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Maile

    When I arrived early today, many people in line were asking if there would be warm coats because they were freezing. We actually ended up with so much warm clothing it actually broke the rack! And it was almost all gone at the end of the meetup - only some light tops were left. Thanks to you, people are a little warmer- and they let us know how much they appreciated it with smiles and thank yous. Also, it was a little crazy, but the new volunteers handled it like they had been there for ages.Thank you.
    I would like to challenge all of our volunteers now that the weather is getting cold to bring one (or more) warm items- coats, blankets, heavy gloves, sweats, scarves, etc. once a month (or more). It certainly is not a requirement, but if you want to set a goal for yourself, it would be a great help and go a long way to keeping people warm. Thanks everyone!

    3 · September 22, 2013

  • Annika

    3rd Sunday it starts at noon I read. This is actually 4th Sunday.

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Abid K.

      Ah that's right I miscalculated.. Thanks Annika.

      1 · September 22, 2013

  • Abid K.

    So does it start at 12 today (9/22) then?

    September 22, 2013

    • Amiga D.

      Only the third Sunday is at 12 pm.

      September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the post said 1pm. Why do you think it starts at noon?

    September 22, 2013

    • Abid K.

      It says in the comments that every 3rd Sunday it starts at noon.. Not sure if that's still in effect though..

      September 22, 2013

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