Our next scheduled date to assist with the Westside Interfaith Network (WIN) Welcome Table is Saturday Sept 9th. . Please Keep reading as some of the requests have changed.
In addition, the FAQ sheet is attached to this email, with lots of useful info and ideas.
As always, we need both food and volunteer effort, so please consider which you can contribute and email Lavinia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro tips for the Welcome Table:
- QUANTITY IS KEY – the need has increased dramatically due to Covid, and they struggle to feed everyone who is there – most weeks there’s only barely enough food for the 100-150 people who show up. Please bring as much as you are able. If you need any suggestions or ideas, let me know – I’m happy to brainstorm with you.
- Ideally softer food is best, due to dental/chewing problems, and plenty of protein & carbs
- Desserts/fruit are an added bonus
- Disposable containers ONLY!
- Please (PLEASE) bring your dish already warmed (if needed) and pre-portioned, unless it’s a scoop-and-serve dish (lasagna, etc.)
- If you bring soup (up to 5 gallons), there are vats into which it can be poured into to stay hot
- Please drop off food food between 11:00 and 11:30am at the Body of Christ Church in White Center, 1320 SW 102nd St, Seattle, WA 98146
- Masks are no longer required – use your discretion.
Other donationed needed:
WIN is particularly desperate for men’s work clothing. Please remember that the men who attend the Welcome Table work in construction and day labor, not offices – they need jeans, khakis, t-shirts, hoodies, shorts. Please only clean wearable work clothes and clean (preferably new) socks. New underwear/boxers are always in demand too. No pajamas or robes.Please consider purchasing some items at Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, or other thrift stores; even Amazon sells multi-packs of t-shirts and underwear that work out to only two or three dollars per item.
Kids clothing and toys are always needed as well.
Any kind of camping equipment (sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, sleeping pads) and especially TARPS are always requested by our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. Blankets are always needed, but not comforters, crocheted afghans, pillows, or other heavy bedding.
Please keep the toilet paper coming in – WIN hands out 2 rolls to each person every week, so there’s never enough!
Non-perishable food is also gratefully accepted for the pantry tables – please consider ready-to-eat items, as many unsheltered folks have no easy way to cook. If you’re bringing cans, see if you can bring ones with pop-top lids instead of ones that require a can opener.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lavinia at email@example.com if you have any questions, and THANK YOU SO MUCH in advance for your support!