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AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • Apr 28, 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 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

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 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, and on the other Sundays at 1PM. Thanks!

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  • Amiga D.

    Thanks to all of you for bringing food, clothing, and this inexplicable energy to the serve last Sunday. The homeless men and the few women that were there felt the care and compassion we brought. They smiled, said Thank you, God Bless you, we appreciate you coming here to feed us today (we waited a long time and you were the only group here), and many more positive words. Sometimes a smile, a short conversation, some homemade food goes a long way for them... This time I got a few requests for backpacks, boots/shoes (larger sizes), and socks. They joked with me, laughed with me, and thanked me for being there. Some of the regulars noticed that I started to come less each month as I explained to them that I started to help other non-profit organizations and they understood. I'm organizing an "All You Can Bowl" Charity event to help raise money for AOK Friends. Please come and join us and sign up here http://www.meetup.com/volunteerism-155/events/116003322/ Hope you can join us.

    April 29, 2013

  • Joe J.

    Fun to help out!

    April 28, 2013

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you for coming out to the serve, Joe! Glad you had fun.

      April 28, 2013

  • Rebecca O.

    Ended up having to work, I'm looking forward to the next one

    April 27, 2013

    • Amiga D.

      Looking forward to meet you next time, Rebecca.

      April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are a group of juniors at WWU in Human Services degree program. We are looking to do a group community service for a project for school We are willing to make food and come and serve it as well. Can you please fit us in somehow? Please?

    April 9, 2013

    • Amiga D.

      Hello Joseph, here is a link where you can contact the aokfriends.org leaders. http://aokfriends.org...­

      April 22, 2013

    • Amiga D.

      Thank you for coming out and helping with the serve today, what a great group you brought in. You are welcome anytime again. Your presence and food was well received and appreciated by all.

      1 · April 28, 2013

  • Lina

    How soon will I know whether or not I would need to attend ?

    April 22, 2013

  • Amiga D.

    Thank you all for your interest to volunteer with AOK Friends. If you were on the waiting list, I have moved you to "yes" so you can come out and experience the serve. You can stay for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or the full hour. Maybe bring some donations (food, snacks, case of water, clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, toiletries) to pass out to the homeless. Though we don't need that many volunteers, your presence will show the homeless men/women that there are people that care and have compassion for them. Thank you again for making a difference in our community.

    1 · April 22, 2013

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