ODTUG Kscope19 Dedicates Time to Help Alleviate Hunger in Seattle
ODTUG Kscope is a singularly unique event in Oracle user group conferences. One reason is our signature Community Service Day project, during which ODTUG Kscope attendees give back to the community we are visiting.
This year, ODTUG has partnered with Pike Market Food Bank for our community service day project. Pike Market Food Bank alleviates hunger in downtown Seattle by providing families with free healthy groceries weekly. The food bank distributes more than 800,000 pounds of food annually with more than 40,000 visits and home deliveries. In operation since 1979, the Pike Market Food Bank is a fixture of Market life and part of a community approach to ensure that all residents in downtown Seattle have access to quality and nutritious food.
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ODTUG Kscope attendees will assemble 1,000 sack lunches of nutritious, ready-to-eat, non-perishable meals. These “no-cook” bags meet the nutritional needs of Seattleites facing homelessness and other emergency situations. Based on increased need for food that doesn’t depend on kitchen or housing for preparation, Pike Market Food Bank aims to provide this service in addition to their regular food bank hours. This activity will serve the community’s growing emergency food needs for over a month. Throughout the activity, groups of 10–15 people will have the opportunity to go on 20–30 minute walks around the Market, getting acquainted with the other Human Service Agencies that partner with Pike Market Food Bank. During this tour, volunteers will have the chance to hand out assembled bags at locations in the market where people experiencing homelessness gather. Volunteers will receive training on this before handing out bags. The Food Bank and the Washington State Convention Center are conveniently located a half a mile apart. We will be leaving from the Convention Center and walk as a group to the Market. If you want to join ODTUG Kscope in giving back to this truly amazing organization, sign up today! Space is limited.
Pike Market Food Bank depends on generous individuals and community-minded companies to fund its programs and help provide families with free healthy groceries weekly. For the Community Service Day project, Pike Market Food Bank staff members are needed to assist in the on-site activities and food is needed to keep our volunteers energized. Companies or individuals donating more than $300 by May 1, 2019, will have their names or logos featured on the back of the official Kathleen McCasland Community Service Day t-shirt. No donation is too small!
What kind of activities will there be at Community Service Day?
There will be mostly indoor activities for all skill levels; this will be a project that truly anyone can participate in, including kids.
How can I sign up?
Sign up when you register for ODTUG Kscope19, or if you are already registered, log back in to your registration and select the Community Service Day option. If you can’t participate due to travel plans, you can make a donation in support of Pike Market Food Bank.
Is this an all-day event?
No. Plan on 1:30–5:00. Lunch will be served before the activity starts.
Do I need to bring my own food and drink?
There will be a lunch provided at the convention center from 12:00–1:30 p.m. Water will be provided for volunteers.
Where are we going, and how will I get there?
Pike Market Food Bank is located at 1531 Western Ave P, Seattle, WA. We will be walking as a group from the Convention Center.
What should I wear?
Your Kathleen McCasland Community Service Day t-shirt (which you will receive on site) and closed-toed shoes; the rest is up to you.