On October 10th, six Associates and I spent the midday preparing and serving a “Sloppy Joe” lunch to around 40 homeless youth at YouthCare’s Orion Center. The Orion Center is a drop-in center that provides showers, laundry facilities, hygiene supplies, help finding services, and more to youth who are homeless or experiencing housing instability. Seattleites know it as the bright green building on a corner of Denny Way. North Coast has been engaged in a number of community support activities with YouthCare since about 2011. The Seattle Service Center periodically holds toiletry, clothing, and school supply drives benefiting YouthCare, and the Support office has regularly sent teams of Associates to prepare and serve lunch for the youth.
To serve all 40 youths, we made 15 pounds of hamburger, which we mixed with 15 cans of Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce! By the end of the day, myself and my other erstwhile “Burger Stirrer” had some very tired arms. We also served salad, fruit and cookies, and a black bean burger option for the vegans and vegetarians.
In addition to the Sloppy Joe’s, we brought 40 Nutri-Grain bars and 90 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that we made, all of which the Orion Center staff would hand out to hungry youth after-hours. We were also very glad to be able to support YouthCare directly with a donation of $1,000.
Serving the youth was a great experience, and as another Associate and I were leaving, a youth actually called out to thank us for the food and service!
Jennifer Haberman, Marketing Coordinator at North Coast Electric