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Congregation Liaisons: Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee
The vision of Hopelink is a community free of poverty, and it strives to accomplish this by promoting self-sufficiency for all members of our community, providing stability and helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to exit poverty for good.
Hopelink’s programs and services focus on nine categories of assistance: adult education, emergency financial help, employment services, energy assistance, family development, financial literacy, food assistance, housing, and transportation. The agency’s service centers, housing and transportation programs help more than 60,000 people every year.
Saint Andrew’s supports Hopelink with budgeted funds, volunteering at Hopelink, monetary donations from congregation members, and through donations of food in the Corner of Blessing, the SOUPer Bowl of Caring, and the Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry.
Each month, we emphasize the collection of one commodity, and our goal is to FILL the Corner of Blessing with that item.
All donations help feed those in our community who are hungry.
Emergency Bag Progress:
During October and November, we will be collecting food to go in Emergency Bags for the HopeLink food bank. When someone comes to the HopeLink food bank in need of food and for some reason is not able to “shop” at the food bank on that day, they don’t go away empty handed. They get an Emergency Bag.
We will be packing these bags as part of the Advent Fair on Sunday, December 1.
Hopelink has two kinds of emergency bags that they have available: a “Cook” bag and a “No Cook” bag. We will be packing “Cook” bags.
There are nine items that go in each “Cook” Emergency Bag, which we will be collecting during October and November:
Bring any of these items at any time. Donations can be placed in the Corner of Blessing in the Narthex. See the chart above to see what items are still needed to be able to pack the most bags.
We schedule periodic volunteer days at Hopelink’s Bellevue food bank. The food bank has limited space, so we are limited to 10 people for these events.
We often sort food, stock shelves and repackage bulk items, but could be asked to do other tasks.
For more information contact Dick Szabo.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm; 1 ½ hour shifts
The Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry is the most important and largest food drive of the year for many of the organizations fighting hunger.
Saint Andrew’s puts together teams of volunteers to be at a local grocery store from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to collect nonperishable food items from shoppers. We collect food for the Hopelink Food Bank.
Volunteering consists of handing out a “shopping list” flyer and thanking people for their donations. This is a fun event and it is inspiring to see the generosity of the people coming to do their grocery shopping.
Shifts are 1 ½ hours long, and at least 4 volunteers are needed per shift (we can use up to 6). All ages can participate and it is a wonderful family activity! Together we can turn just a few hours of time into tons of food for hungry local families.
One day. One day to help ensure that no one in our community goes hungry. One shift can make a big difference. Please consider volunteering!
Each year, Saint Andrew’s participates in a national effort to help those who are hungry. It is called “SOUPer Bowl of Caring” and is held in connection with the Super Bowl.
Thank you to all who brought food and gave generously on February 3, 2019! We filled 35 crates and several boxes with food. This provided 1,175 pounds of food and $1,080.50 to the Hopelink Food Bank, and will help Hopelink make a big difference for our hungry neighbors.
Hunger is everywhere in our community, from the suburbs on the Eastside to South King County to the streets of Downtown Seattle. It affects everyone: working families, the elderly, young adults–even children. One in five households in Washington State doesn’t have enough money to feed their families.
On Super Bowl Sunday, we have a special collection of food to address hunger in our neighborhoods. Before and after worship services, members of our church are in the Narthex collecting food and donations for this effort. Everything collected goes to Hopelink Food Bank in Bellevue. All money donated is used by Hopelink to buy the food items required to provide needed nutrition to those who are hungry right in our neighborhoods.