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AOK Friends. Feed the homeless. Make New Friends.

  • Sep 15, 2013 · 12:00 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 12 PM – 1 PM @ the Outdoor Meal Site (6th Ave & Columbia St). Coming 5 min earlier or at 12pm 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

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 and click "Send Money" and enter [masked] in the recipient box.

For check (payable to AOK Friends) or cash, you can deliver your donation to one of the hosts or organizers during cooking or serving times, or send the check by 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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  • Lauren D.

    Is there a way to access the site by foot? I couldn't find a way beneath the bridge... :-(

    September 15, 2013

  • Gina Martins Brown/Avery B.

    Sorry, had a conflict in time

    September 15, 2013

  • Nini

    I'm sorry I can't make it

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Work related stuff came...I would like to join next time

    September 14, 2013

  • Amiga D.

    Just a reminder: This Sunday's serve starts at 12pm (being the 3rd Sunday of the month). Bringing food, warm clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc. is always welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to send a note to the host or post it on the conversation. Thank you all for signing up and for making time to come out and for making a difference in our community.

    September 14, 2013

    • Nini

      Sorry guys I have to cancel. My sister n I have to meet up for my moms 60th bday I forgot we are mtg tomorrow: (. Count me in on the next one!

      September 14, 2013

  • Nini

    Will there be parking available? Who should I look for?

    September 11, 2013

    • Amiga D.

      Hi Nini, the serve site is under the freeway and free parking when facing the fence (designated for volunteers). Look for the host, Michelle or me.

      September 14, 2013

  • debra j.

    are any more needed for this week? i see 28 volunteers! wow!

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As the weather gets cooler, be thinking of items the homeless will need: coats, blankets, etc. If you or someone you know is buying new, ask for their old ones and bring on a Sunday.

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you know any kids who got new backpacks for school, suggest they donate their old ones to the homeless. Send email blasts to your friends, take up a collection and bring on Sunday!

    1 · September 10, 2013

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