Charity Choice Monday – OSL – Only Serving Love

Still life with lemons

OSL – motto: Only Serving Love. OSL, initially named Operation: Sack Lunch and now known by its initials, is a critical, resourceful, adaptable enterprise bringing nutritious meals to people in need in Seattle. In 2019 that meant 1,255,477 meals. To children and seniors. To homeless people and shut-ins. Through partnerships in community facilities and at…

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Creative, close-knit, commendable cooperation

I just treated myself to a gorgeous, not-so-little hall tree from Second Use in Seattle, one of my favorite salvage shops in the US. Went poking around their site to answer a question and learned something brand-new about them – they accept donations on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and split the sales income. Goodwill accepts…

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Bittersweet Day

I was planning on a gleeful, goofy post about donating a trash bag stuffed to ripping with child-sized Santa Claus hats to The NOAH Center, a no-kill animal shelter in Stanwood, today. Because I did. Blasted things had lived under my bed for a YEAR, creating dust bunnies, multiplying like them for all I knew,…

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Humbled by my clients

I’m humbled by my clients. Clients on public assistance who, when we clear their spaces, are careful to remind me to bring their items to charity. Who volunteer their time in houses of worship, museums, their hospice communities. Clients who have helped indigent friends and family pay for my help. And today, I got a…

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3D Printers and the Maker Spirit

I am particularly pleased to share a link to the June 2020 edition of Vancouver Family Magazine, pages 12 – 17, detailing the profoundly impactful volunteer efforts of several community groups, including Repair Clark County, to teach, feed and protect vulnerable members of their city. I’ve often highlighted Repair Clark County’s Repair Cafes. I’m in…

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Bingo is a Very Strange Game

And I was ready to give it my all for TWIF, The World is Fun, which pairs volunteers and service agencies. Kinda like online dating, with CLOUT – TWIF, in its 10 years, has generated $1.8M in hours to its partners. TWIF lists events which over 135 non-profits hold as fundraising or community opportunities, from…

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Surprising

One of my greatest joys is learning something surprising about a colleague or friend. My colleague Maria Mafi of 123 Declutter offered me something unique. Maria’s given me the first chance to say “I’ve met the founder of an international non-profit.” Maria’s husband Cyrus is Chairman of Impact A Life, a Christian community-services agency providing…

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Lucky Dog

I almost didn’t go out on the Casual Uncluttering LLC donation run this morning. I was unequivocally unambitious. I’d spent the morning bored, finally ending a project I started in March – blog posts cataloging the RealChangeNews Emerald City Resource Guide non-profits which take gifts-in-kind. It’s the holidays and I wanted to goof off a…

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