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AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

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 S, take I-5 South, exit 165A James, stay on left side, take the first driveway on your left (before the signal light).

From I-90 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. and turn right on 6th Ave and quickly move to the left to turn left to park under the bridge.

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 coming from other directions.

Seattle Times article - Response

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 in cooking and serving
Donate money - Donations can be made through check, cash, or Paypal!
For Paypal donations, just go to and click "Send Money" and enter [masked] in the recipient box.
For check or cash, you can deliver you donation to one of us during cooking or serving times, or send in the mail to:
AOK Friends
c/o Jaime Ramirez
[masked]th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

If donating by check, make it out to AOK Friends.
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, the other days are at 1PM. Thanks!

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  • Joe C.

    Excellent as always. I not only enjoy volunteering but meeting new people both volunteers and those who come for food and clothing. This group has been one of my best experiences with Meetup. :0)

    July 16, 2012

  • Matt A.

    Thanks for organizing this, it's a great event that helps a lot of people.

    July 15, 2012

  • Amiga D.

    Hi Alana, the serve starts at 12pm today. Thanks for signing up. See you there!

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks. Is there still a feed at 1pm?

    July 13, 2012

  • Amiga D.

    Because Jon, Jaime, and Kreg won't be able to attend the 5th year Anniversary, I will reschedule the celebration for next Sunday or the last Sunday of the month when they can attend. Thank you all for signing up.

    July 13, 2012

  • Amiga D.

    Parking is not guaranteed free as last week we had the enforcer give us a heads up that he may ticket us this Sunday. Working with Jon and Jaime to find out if we can park without paying. To be safe, try street parking near James, 6th Ave, etc.

    July 12, 2012

  • Amiga D.

    Great idea! I bought one pack. Larger sizes are mostly appreciated. Thanks for the suggestion, Joe.

    July 12, 2012

  • Joe C.

    If each person could bring one package of socks they would love us forever. I will bring socks. Just a thought. :0)

    1 · July 9, 2012

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