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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.
You Can’t Come to The Corner of Blessing… So, The Corner of Blessing Could Come to You!
During July we are doing something different for the Corner of Blessing to support the Hopelink Food Bank. The food bank, like many of the other organizations we support, is seeing a significant increase in need. So, for July, in addition to the several ways to support them from home, The Corner of Blessing could come to you and pickup your donation from your home (front porch).
The several ways to support from home are:
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.
For the month of August, there is another alternative. You can purchase items they need for the Pre-Packed Food Boxes they are distributing – see list below. You can get these when you do your grocery shopping in the store or online, however you are doing your shopping. Then let us know and arrange to have the items picked up from your home (front porch). We will do the pickups toward the end of the month and then deliver them to Hopelink. Their clients really appreciate the brands and variety that we provide through the Corner of Blessing. This does make a difference. For more information or to arrange a pickup, contact Dick Szabo.
Needed Items for Pre-Packed Food Boxes:
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.
Consider a monetary donation to Hopelink. Donate to Hopelink directly, through the secure Saint Andrew’s online donation page or mail a check to Saint Andrew’s, clearly marked for “Hopelink”.
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 2020 – tentative
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 2021
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.