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.

November 2020

During the last several years we have packed Emergency Bags for Hopelink during the Advent Service Fair. We spent October and November collecting food in the Corner of Blessing to pack into these bags. This year we can’t do that. But, Hopelink still needs Emergency Bags, in particular No-Cook Emergency Bags for the homeless who come to them for food.
Through November we will collect food for these No-Cook Emergency Bags. Since these bags are for homeless people, the items are specific and need to be usable without a can opener or any heating (they can get hot water). Here are the items we will be collecting:

Most needed items:

  • Pop-top cans of stew or ravioli type meals (i.e. Chef Boyardee)
  • Pop-top cans of fruit
  • Granola bars (needs to be in packaging with expiration date)

Also needed (but Hopelink has an easier time getting)

  • Cups of instant oatmeal (not a packet, but a cup)
  • Peanut butter (~16-ounce plastic jar – no stir)

The expiration date is very important. To make sure that the items have not expired by the time the bags are given out, Hopelink asks that the expiration date be 6 months (or more) in the future.
There are three ways you can help with these Emergency Bags. The first two include purchasing some of these items when you do your shopping. Then you can either bring them to the church parking lot when you pick up your CAROLS Kits (Christmas At-home: Remote Outreach and Loving Service) on Sunday, November 29, or have the items picked up from your front porch (contact Dick Szabo to arrange pickup.) The third way to help is to send a check to Saint Andrew’s with “Hopelink Emergency Bags” on the memo line. The money will be used to buy the items to round out the food we provide for the Emergency Bags. For more information or to arrange a food pick-up, contact Dick Szabo.

  • Corner of Blessing

    Corner of Blessing

    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.

    Ongoing:
    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.

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  • Volunteer Events

    Congregation Volunteer Day for Hopelink Food Bank

    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.

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  • Mayors' Day of Concern for the Hungry

    Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry

    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!

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  • SOUPer Bowl of Caring - February 2021

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    Super Bowl Sunday in 2021 (tentative)

    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 in 2020!

    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.

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