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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.
For information on our 2021 SOUPer Bowl of Caring event and to see some of your friends hard at work during past events (It might even include you!), check out this “Virtual SOUPer Bowl of Caring” video. Read on for details.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a nation-wide effort to make a difference for those in our communities that are dealing with hunger. It is transforming the time around the Super Bowl into one of the nation’s largest celebrations of giving and serving. This is an important opportunity to make a difference in our community. So, at Saint Andrew’s, the entire month of February will be SOUPer Bowl of Caring Month.
This effort was started in 1990 by a youth group at a church thinking that Super Bowl Sunday could be more than people gathering, eating a bunch of junk food and watching a football game. They felt it could also include remembering their neighbors who didn’t have a bowl of soup to eat.
Over the past six years we have collected tons of food and thousands of dollars to help our hungry neighbors. But this year when the need is the greatest, the challenge for us to help is significantly harder. We are not gathering at church to be able to collect food. And right now, to keep both the volunteers and clients at Hopelink safe, they are not accepting any donations of food. The only way we can help this year is with monetary donations. So, throughout February, you can send (or deliver) a check made out to Saint Andrew’s with “Souper Bowl of Caring” or Souper Bowl” on the memo line.
Our collection will go to help the Hopelink Food Bank continue to provide thousands of boxes of food every week to those in our neighborhoods dealing with hunger. This year, together, we can make a much-needed impact.
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.
No in-person collection of items until we can gather again at church.
Ways to support from home include:
1) write a check to Saint Andrew’s with Hopelink on the memo line;
2) make a donation on Saint Andrew’s secure online donation webpage and select Hopelink Food Bank as the organization; or
3) go to Hopelink’s Amazon Wish List page and purchase one or more of the items for their Pre-Packed Food Boxes and at checkout select Hopelink as the delivery address.
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.
September 2021 (canceled for 2020)
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!
Super Bowl Sunday in 2022
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 for your donations of food and dollars on Super Bowl Sunday for the past six years!
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.