What I’m Thankful For

With Thanks, Appreciation, and Gratitude

Thanksgiving.  Permit me to share one of my favorite holiday
memories: It was the  early 80’s so the scene is set with awful
bi-level hair and near (okay,  fully) neon clothes. Mom packed me
into the car for a 8 hour trek to my  grandparents house for the
giving of thanks. Dreams of mounds of  stuffing, mershed-paterters,
and our favorite holiday poultry pinged in  the recesses of my brain
since the crack of dawn.

Finally  arriving at our destination (Why do Grandparents always live 
in the  sticks?) we made our way into the house and discover
“Thanks-Rivers!”

Gramma  had created a feast of delights celebrating all that fresh
water rivers  and streams have to offer: We had bacon-wrapped trout,
canned salmon  roast bluegill, battered carp, and another
undistinguishable trout  oriented dish, and the coup de grace: tomato
aspic. For those born after  the Watergate Break-in, that is tomato
jello. Yes, it is as awful as it  sounds. Brutal honesty: the meal
was horrible. I loathe Bluegill as a  fish and aspic still makes me
wretch a bit. But, here is the kicker.

It  was all fish my Grandfather caught. The guy beamed with pride as 
we  picked at our plates and, dammit I was thankful to eat that
terrible,  awful fish. Of course, I was also thankful for burger
joint on the other  side of town.

Beyond  the trapping and various shades of brown and orange,
Thanksgiving is  primarily a time to reflect on those things we are
thankful for,  appreciate, and grateful. Well, duh! I was grateful
and thankful my  Grandparents were still alive.

We’ve  been very fortunate at TWIF; we’ve been able to turn our
passion for  community, volunteering, and aiding other non-profits
into a working  model.

We have so many to thank for this opportunity.

We’d  like to thank the organizations who opened their arms to us
and our  crazy ideas, Like Jubilee Women’s Center -
who dared to let us into their kitchen and  inject some fun into
volunteering. Vol-fun-teering as I like to think of  it. Hmmm. Wait.
Okay, months later and that term still kind of stinks.
Fun-vol-teering. Volun-funtime? Forget it. Moving on.

We are also thankful for the donors and sponsors who dug deep and
kept us going. Of course, our staff and volunteers. None of what has
been accomplished would have been possible without you.

Thanks to you all.

**Coming soon to a community near you!!!!**

Operation Sack Lunch  

No. this is not a part of Operation: Menu. Operation: Sack Lunch is a good thing. A really good thing. Operation: Sack Lunch  has provided over 2.9 million meals to those in need in Seattle since 1989.

A fundamental premise of their organization is that we are all on this journey together. Operation: Sack Lunch hire from our client base providing an equitable wage designed to combat poverty level wages. They encourage positive life changes and forward motion. They empower and forgive by being love in action. They embrace service leadership. They understand that being human is not an easy assignment.

The organization’s ultimate goal is that homelessness, hunger, poverty, and discrimination cease to exist and that every person is able to find their worth and contribute positively to our neighborhood, the world.

This opportunity for the culinary-minded volunteer will help prepare dinner for the residents at the Compass Center. The Compass Center provides homeless & low-income individuals a wide range of services: A healthy meal is one. Unlike other programs that provide a meal on an occasional basis, Operation Sack Lunch serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week & relies on volunteers like you to make this possible. Join us from 2-6:30pm as we help make a difference in people’s lives.

We’ve Cooked Up Something New!

Ready, set, cook! The pressure is on with TWIF’s new program Kitchen Challenge as you join a group of volunteers and, under the guidance of a trained chef, create a meal for 80 people in 90-minutes or less. And to really astound us with your kitchen skills: this is an impromptu menu pulled together on site after assessing what food items are available from the Orion Center pantry.

The Kitchen Challenge will hone your skills as a cook, and more importantly: you’ll help youth on the street keep body and soul together. The feeding program at the Orion Center is integral to staying in touch, building trust, and providing services to Seattle’s street youth. More info…

Volunteer with Us

Operation Sack Lunch
Saturday, January 7th – More info

Bicycle Maintenance Party
Wednesday, Jan. 11th – More info
 Treehouse Wearhouse
Saturday, January 21st – More info

-Amber Carrigan