Recently a group of us friends met for dinner and conversation and found we enjoyed the stories, games, and laughter. We realized we had others - family, friends, neighbors - who enjoy the same. We also realized that many in our community do not have these same opportunities, so we decided to extend this experience into our community by engaging a non profit organization each month and using our time and energy to support them in building up our local community. We invite you to join us in this collaborative adventure.
We typically meet on the third Thursday from 6 to 8 pm, sometimes longer! We most recently are meeting at the beautiful Hollinshead Barn here in Bend, Oregon.
Just yourself! Or anything you’d like to share, whether frisbee, food, or friends. It’s all free, but if you’d like to bring some food to match our theme, email us through the Contact Us below!
Founded in 1968, their website notes: Our goal is to see youth succeed as happy, healthy adults who contribute to their families and their community. We believe in the importance of each child, focusing on their strengths and building resilience. We are proud of the hard work they do while they are with us to change their thinking and behaviors. See www.jbarj.org for more details.
The Giving Plateis a nonprofit that provides food for kids who otherwise would go hungry on the weekends. Ranae shared the story of their organization and their vision of service to the community. We are helping out with several projects. To learn more about this local and growing family start up see www.thegivingplate.org for details. After meeting with Ranae on May 2019 and discussing opportunities to serve, we have three we would like to help tackle, see especially Project HANDS ON!
Project SPAGHETTI SAUCE is an immediate need we can help out with. Many types of pasta are donated and tons of it! What is needed is sauce to make that pasta tasty! So begin grabbing a couple family size jars of pasta sauce each time you buy groceries and bring to our Together meetings and we will pass it on to The Giving Plate.
Project GREEN BAG is a local food collection organization run by Bend Food Project where you get a green bag and fill it with non perishable food. All food collected goes to The Giving Plate for distribution. Shelly has agreed to be our neighboorhood coordinator. Use the Contact Us page below to sign up and we’ll get you a GREEN BAG to fill. Make it easy by bringing your bag of food each month to our meetings!
The Giving Plate needs people willing to volunteer hands on at their facility from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to greet guests, stock shelves and fill food boxes. Usually a group of 3 or 4 teams up for a day, so grab a couple of friends or take it on as a family . Please let me know through the Contact Page below if you would be interested and I will send you a volunteer application form. I am coordinating a few dates through the summer, so let me know if Thursday, Friday or Saturday works better for you!
On June 13, Susan shared how the Bend Food Project was started about 4 yers ago by Sue and Larry Marceau here in Bend. What started as a 5,000 lb food collection has grown to a 25,000 lb food collection. The neighborhood coordinator identifies those interested in giving, provides a green bag, which is filled every other month, and picked up by the coordinator every other second Saturday. This is brought to the Giving Plate where it is sorted and shelves are stocked for dispensing by the Giving Plat to those without adequate food in our community. Shelly has agreed to be the Neighborhood Coordinator for the Together group and we will be filling our bags monthly and simply bringing them with us to the Hollinshead Barn where she can pick them up and give us each a new green bag. The items need to be non perishable and can include family oriented food or food oriented towards kids weekend food backpacks. Shelly has additional starter Green Bags, so contact us below if you want to participate!
A not for profit community outreach group of friends!