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.

Discipleship Hour Forum
On Sunday, February 20, 2022, Kenny Fox of Hopelink led our Discipleship Forum, informing us about Hopelink’s many programs to serve the community.

Recordings of Discipleship Forums....
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  • Corner of Blessing

    Corner of Blessing

    All donations help feed those in our community who are hungry. Bring donations to the Corner of Blessing in the Narthex.

    Always Welcome and NeededPaper Grocery Bags

    October and November 2022:
    Items for “NO-COOK” Emergency Bags
    In late November, we will pack “No-Cook” Emergency Bags for Hopelink. These bags help support those clients in immediate need for food but have no access to cooking facilities.
    Please note: all canned items must have a Pop-Top Lid (i.e. do not require a can opener to be opened)
    Items Needed:

    • Peanut Butter (~16 ounce plastic jar – no-stir)
    • Canned Fruit and Vegetables (~15 ounce size, pop-top lid): Peaches, Pears, Fruit Cocktail, Corn, Peas, Garbanzo Beans, etc.
    • Canned Meats (pop-top lid): Tuna, Chicken, Salmon, Vienna Sausage, etc.
    • Canned Meals/Soups (~15-20 ounce size, pop-top lid): Chili, Beef Stew, Canned Ravioli, Hearty Progresso Soups, etc.
    • Granola Bars (at least 150-200 calories each)
    • Snack Items (high in calories and will not crush easily; at least 100-150 calories each package): Dried Fruit, Nuts, Trail Mix, etc.
    • Shelf-stable Drinks: Juice Boxes are a good option

    Other ways to support Hopelink 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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  • SOUPer Bowl of Caring - February 2022

    Logo-SOUPerBowlofCaring-2015-logo-150pxSOUPer Bowl of Caring

    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.

    The Super Bowl was on Sunday, February 13, 2022, but throughout the month of February, we had a special collection to address hunger in our neighborhoods.  Since the start of the pandemic, the need for food assistance at the Hopelink food banks has doubled.

    In 2022, we made an extra effort to fight hunger in our neighborhoods.

    Some of the key items we are collected were:

    • Low Sodium Soups (example Progresso) [Of course soups – it is the SOUPer Bowl]
    • Vegetarian Chili
    • Vegetarian Refried Beans
    • Cooking Oil (24-32 ounce bottles)
    • Tea ( about 20-40 tea bags)
    • Coffee (ground – about 12-16 ounce packages)

    We also collected these items that Hopelink can always use:

    • Canned Fruit (~ 15 ounce, preferably NOT in heavy syrup)
    • Peanut Butter (especially crunchy; ~16 ounce size)
    • Grains (Rice, Quinoa, Barley, etcl)
    • Pasta (Penne, Macaroni, etc.)
    • Canned Vegetables (Corn, Peas, Carrots preferred)
    • Dried Beans (Kidney Navy, Pinto, etc.)

    Cans with “pop top” lids are really desirable.

    Printable Shopping List

    Hopelink provides a wide variety of food through their food bank. Everything collected went to the 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.

    History of the SOUPer Bowl of Caring
    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 transforms the time around the Super Bowl into one of the nation’s largest celebrations of giving and serving. 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 and especially children.

    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.

    In past years, on Super Bowl Sunday, we have had a special collection of food to address hunger in our neighborhoods. Before and after worship services, members of our church have been in the Narthex collecting food and donations for this effort. Everything collected has gone to Hopelink Food Bank in Bellevue. All money donated was used by Hopelink to buy the food items required to provide needed nutrition to those who are hungry right in our neighborhoods.

    Thank you for your many years of donations (both food and dollars) for the SOUPer Bowl of Caring!  Let’s see how great a difference we can make for those neighbors who are hungry in 2022!

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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

    Date to be announced 
    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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