Community Lunch On Capitol Hill

Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 1710 11th Ave Seattle WA 98122 USA

Mission: For more than twenty-five years, Community Lunch on Capitol Hill has been passionate about its mission to provide nutritious meals and hospitality to low-income and homeless adults, youth, and families. Our mission statement: Feeding the Community, Serving the Community, Creating Community. Community Lunch creates community by bringing in volunteers from throughout the region to provide critical nutrition to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Results: Community Lunch now serves over 30,000 hot meals each year, averaging 250 guests at each lunch. Hundreds of volunteers from throughout the region make this possible on a shoe-string budget
Target demographics: Community Lunch is open to all with no questions asked, but our primary demographic is homeless and low-income people in the Seattle area.
Geographic areas served: Seattle metro
Programs: In addition to the full, free hot meal Community Lunch provides other services to those guests who request them. We have a social worker, information and referral specialists, mental health experts, medical advice, free flu shots (in season), clothing, toiletries and a book exchange
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EIN 05-0566668
206-322-7500
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Rating: 5 stars  

This place does an amazing job of feeding a whole lot of people. When possible, they give out toiletries as well.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered periodically over the past 4 or so years at Community Lunch on Capitol Hill. It is so well organized and so well run. There is always plenty of food for all the folks that need it. Don does a tremendous job. The main course is always healthy. There is food prepared for the folks to take with them. Sometimes there are hygiene products there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing people who are in obvious need of assistance, get some of the help they need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think this organization is working very well the way it is currently be run.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for Community Lunch is such a rewarding experience because of everyone involved - from the staff, to the Board of Directors, Central Lutheran Church, All Pilgrims Church, and all the other congregations, a host of volunteers and especially our guests. It's always such a joy for me to return and see all the familiar faces.
Kudos go especially to the Director, Don Jensen (arm twister extrordinaire) who has an incredible ability to find the amazing amount of resources that it takes to make this program such a success.

The challenges we face in helping those in need will continue and may even increase in the future which makes it even more imperative that we all support successful programs like this one.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not only seeing that needy people are receiving nutritious meals but other basic needs and social services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Over the years it's improved so much that it's hard to think of much that could improve the lunch program. It would be great to have the funding available to provide more social services.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

can't think of any

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've met so many wonderful people.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

joyful!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering for what is now Community Lunch for 15 years. When I began it was a small program administered by Lutheran Social Services which relied on volunteer church congregations to provide and serve homemade pots of soup, bread and homemade desserts to 75 to 100 guests once a week. I still marvel at the changes that have happened to this service since that time! We now serve full balanced meals with a choice of hot entrees to 200 - 300 guests twice a week, and in addition, offer social services to help guests find access to other community and government resources. A large part of the credit for the excellence of the program is to due to the current director. He has done an amazing job of: finding cost-free resources (restaurants, grocery stores and food banks) for the high quality food stuffs used in the meals we serve; obtaining donations from companies and organizations for equipment such as freezers, refrigerators and stoves; organizing and administering fund raisers; and most of all recruiting volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's been such a great blessing to me to meet and work with so many people involved in this effort. It's always a joy to see the regular guests and to get acquainted with new ones. It was such a thrill to see one of the guests be able to obtain permanent housing thru the program after more than 10 years of being homeless and two other guests to become part of the paid staff. And it's a lot of fun figure out what to make with 100 pounds of USDA surplus duck!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding in order to pay the permanent staff more for what the excellent job they do.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This program is over twenty years old and has grown from serving ten meals twice a week to serving over 250 people every Tuesday and Friday noon. Everyone enjoys the hot entrees and the variety of fresh salads, yoghut and deserts. I have been helping for several years and I appreciate the time with the clients and the other volunteers and staff . It becomes like an extended, caring family having a good meal together.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Happy to see people enjoying good food.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see more finacial support from the community and county.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered last Spring for 4 months as a service learning experience for my school. It was one of the best volunteering experiences I have ever had because of that fact we were given the opportunity to have face to face interactions with the clients and the jobs were varied. Part of it was due to the great vibe the volunteers had when we all worked together (it was a lot of fun) and the other part was the interactions with the clients. Not only were they fed with hot delicious food every Tuesday and Friday, but I felt they were treated with respect and dignity, which is important since society tries to make these marginalized people invisible or feel shame for getting help. I liked the fact that we didn't ID anyone or make them have to attend programs to enable them to eat. Furthermore, even though we couldn't given them double portions when they got their food, they were always welcome to go back in line as many times as they wished, and were given the option to get to go containers when we would have extra food. It was open to anyone and everyone no strings attached. =)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the people we help have a meal and have a sense of community not only with each other, but also with the volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes except to enable them to receive more services and food to help them continue the greatness they provide the community. Don Jensen is wonderful with making what they have "work."

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A team of co-workers and I volunteered at the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill almost three years ago and have been going back ever since! This is a great place ran by great people! Several of our team members, including myself have gone back to Community Lunch to help prepare and serve hot meals. I always leave there amazed at the efficiency, sense of community and the overwhelming amount of food! Community Lunch has served a different meal every time I have ever volunteered. These meals are not only hot and healthy, but tasty too! The patrons are welcomed at the front door, receive a hot meal served on real plates, they are even given to go boxes and sometimes toiletries. This is a warm and safe environment not only for the homeless, but for the volunteers. I enjoy volunteering at the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill as I feel I benefit just as much as the patrons we serve. I highly recommend anyone getting involved with the Community Lunch Program!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced a tremendous sense of community, willingness to serve and a desire to help the homeless and low income community in the greater Seattle area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More organizations like Community Lunch

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an outstanding program and a great place to volunteer. The program is very well run, high quality food is consistently prepared and clients are treated with respect and dignity. It is a warm, welcoming and supportive atmosphere. It is also a lot of fun to volunteer here. There are volunteers who have participated for many years and are deeply committed to the needs of the people being served.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I am there, I see what the importance of providing a hot meal to the many people who are underserved in our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing comes to mind.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at the Community Lunch for the past six years as "emergency staff". I respond when the volunteer count is light. This is an amazing organization which Don Jenson leads with real heart. The comradery of the volunteers, from all walks of life, is extraordinary and the need for this service has, sadly, grown considerably. The nutritional quality of the meals has improved immensely in recent years and Don as has developed a remarkable network of food sources including farmer's markets, restaurants, major grocery chains and many others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The reward of serving others

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep the good work

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our team volunteered for the first time a few years ago for our Day of Caring Event. It was a very rewarding experience! The program is very well run, Don Jensen does a great job managing the volunteers as well as the customers who come in to take advantage of the food. For me personally, it was an eye opening experience to spend the lunch hour serving and connecting with people who are homeless or need assistance with food. For me that was the real benefit of volunteering there - you have the chance to connect with the people coming for lunch. That year, my family and some friends volunteered to serve Thanksgiving lunch based on my own experiences there earlier in the year - it was a great experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When you volunteer to serve lunch, you participate directly in what the program is designed to do - bring lunch to people who may not have access to a hot, nutritiuous meal anywhere else. It's what's great about volunteering for the program - you get to see the results of the program right there (and you are often thanked by the customers directly).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes that I can think of, honestly.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I need to go back and volunteer again because it was very rewarding. I had a good experience and I think Don Jensen does a great job getting the word out and getting people involved. The clients are appreciative for the most part...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own personal satisfaction of doing something for someone else.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get more people involved...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was invited by a friend to volunteer on a friday morning. It was an incredible experience to serve the homeless. It made me appreciate my life style a whole lot! The regular volunteers are awesome and seem passionate about what they do. Also, they are very organized and you can tell they know what they are doing; maybe it is all those years of experience! I came back recently to volunteer again and I felt thay anything I can contribute it was valuable. Again, the regular volunteers made me feel welcome and gave me the oportunity to serve along side them. The homeless people are very respectul and grateful for the service they recieved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The homeless people had a good warm meal in a respectful and welcoming environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would probably advertised more to receive more funds.

 
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