Community Helping Hopelink

Find out some of the ways that businesses and community groups are working together to support Hopelink’s mission.

Hopelink is so thankful for the businesses and community groups who continue to host activities to benefit our programs. If you would like your activity listed below, please email your details to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Fred Meyer is pleased to have Hopelink as a benefitting agency through their Community Rewards program.  Additional donations will be given to Hopelink when customers link their rewards card to Hopelink.  http://redmondtowncenter.com/custom/holiday_events.php

Group Health in Bellevue is hosting their 10th Annual Holiday Baskets event from 12/8/14 to 12/19/14.  The public is welcome to visit their lobby to see the wonderful display of donated gift baskets, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting Hopelink.  http://www.ghc.org

Whole Foods in Redmond is collecting cash donations and bag refunds for Hopelink through their Feed 4 More program to help those in need during the months of November and December.  http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/redmond

Accents Et Cetera Gift Baskets in Sammamish continues to support Hopelink year, after year, by donating 20 percent of proceeds from their Hopelink Gift Baskets back to Hopelink.  http://www.accentsetc.com/

Redmond Town Center is offering rides on their beautiful Holiday Carousel with a suggested cash donation of $3 through 1/3/15.  The Hyatt House, title sponsor of the carousel, has generously designated Hopelink to receive the net proceeds.  http://redmondtowncenter.com/custom/holiday_events.php

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Thank You For Your Support!

If you would like to make a donation to Hopelink through PayPal, please click here to be directed to Hopelink's secure PayPal donation page. Your generous support allows us to continue providing help and assistance to thousands of families across north and east King County.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact Jason Puz at (425) 869-7835 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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New Hopelink CEO

Hopelink Names Lauren Thomas as its CEO

Following an extensive nationwide search, Hopelink has named Lauren Thomas as its new Chief Executive Officer. Thomas will lead the largest nonprofit organization serving North and East King County, which helps 60,000 homeless and low-income families and individuals every year through a network of social services.

Thomas has served as Hopelink President and Interim CEO since Oct. 31, when Marilyn Mason-Plunkett retired due to health reasons. Prior to her interim role, Thomas guided daily internal operations as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at Hopelink since 2010.

She has more than 25 years of leadership experience, strategy development, business operations and mission delivery focusing on the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining Hopelink, Thomas was COO for eight years at Wellspring Family Services, a Seattle agency addressing homelessness and providing domestic violence intervention, counseling, and children’s emotional development services.

Thomas started her not-for-profit career at the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Professional in Human Resources. She serves on the Board of Eastside Human Services Forum, is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Eastside and a 2006 graduate of the national Alliance for Children and Families Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Montana.

The Hopelink Board of Directors retained an outside executive search firm to fill the CEO position.  The search process took over four months and received more than 70 applications from across the country.  The Hopelink CEO Search Committee, through a series of reviews, screenings and extensive interviews, measured candidates against board-approved selection criteria, chose semi-finalists, finalists and last, presented a recommendation to the Hopelink board of directors. Last night the board voted to approve the appointment of Lauren Thomas as Hopelink’s new CEO.

Board Chairman José Piñero said, “The rigorous search produced a number of exceptional candidates, and in the end, Lauren Thomas proved she was the best person to lead Hopelink.  Thomas demonstrated the vision, passion, and expertise to take Hopelink to the next level in its mission to help families in need move from crisis to self-sufficiency. We, the Hopelink Board of Directors, are thrilled to have Lauren Thomas guide this amazing organization, which is so loved by the local community,” Pinero said.

Thomas said the position will enable her to combine her passion for the organization’s mission with a commitment to implementing best practices in serving the community.

“I’ve lived on the Eastside for more than 30 years, and I am committed to the vision of a community free from poverty,” she said. “As a business person, I also know we must be good stewards of the support we have been so fortunate to receive in this generous community. As the Hopelink CEO, I will be able to share my passion – share our mission – while pursuing innovative approaches to reducing poverty and helping more people become self-sufficient.

“And I can’t underestimate the good fortune of working with an amazing and dedicated staff and volunteers. Hopelink is truly poised to take on all of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Client Stories

A New Start

A New Start by a Hopelink client

"I was so scared," Jacqueline said. "I didn't know what I was going to do."

The young mom had tried desperately to keep her family together. But three years into her marriage, Jacqueline's world was falling apart. Her husband had systematically cut his wife's ties to the outside world. He restricted her friendships. When her car broke down, he refused to get it fixed. He prohibited her from getting a job.

Jacqueline knew the situation was not healthy for her 2-year-old daughter. She also feared for herself. Depressed and losing hope, she remembers one particular day; feeling as if she had stepped out of herself and was looking back at her soul.

"I was a zombie," she said. "I thought, 'this is not me.' I was living but I was dying. One day, I just decided, 'this is enough - no more.'

"I was so scared. I knew I had to leave. I didn't know what else to do."

That day, Jacqueline put everything she owned in two suitcases, picked up her daughter Gabriela, and fled.

A friend told her she was wrong to walk away; that being homeless would be worse than the situation she was living in. There was a time Jacqueline would have thought the same thing. But that day, leaving felt like the only option. She knew that being homeless would be better than staying.

Jacqueline and Gabriela took refuge with a friend, and much of the fear and anxiety lessened immediately. They were homeless, but they were safe. Jacqueline began looking for a job, desperate to build a new life for her daughter. But she struggled to find even entry-level work - a new challenge for someone who had held good jobs in the past. Two months later, Jacqueline and Gabriela were on their own again; living in a car.

"I was homeless," she said. "I had no home, I had no job, I had nothing. I was depressed. I was afraid - I was so scared."

That's when she turned to Hopelink for help. Within days, Jacqueline and Gabriela had moved into a Hopelink shelter. Jacqueline cried when they walked into the first stable, secure place they had known in several years.

"I couldn't believe there were people out there willing to provide help," she said.

Jacqueline was warned it might take months for a space in transitional housing to open up. But only five days later, Jacqueline and Gabriela moved in to their own apartment at Hopelink Place, and began their new life.

Jacqueline threw herself into getting back on her feet, working two part-time restaurant jobs while meeting regularly with Hopelink case manager Kaitlyn Scott. She credits Scott with helping her find her way out of the darkness - and for supporting her every step of the way.

"Kaitlyn is so kind," Jacqueline said. "She never made me feel like I wasn't capable. She believed in me."

When Jacqueline lost her job, Hopelink staff worked with her to find a better position; helping her update her resume, prepare for interviews and apply for jobs.

"They built up my confidence," Jacqueline recalls. "They pushed me when I was so afraid. One particular job - I felt I had no chance, but they believed in me and supported me. And amazingly, I got that job!"

Jacqueline now works fulltime as a phone desk receptionist for a local community health clinic, and for the first time in her life, she has full benefits - as well as plenty of office support for her mom duties with Gabriela.

Today, they are on their own; living what Jacqueline refers to as their "best summer yet." Back on her feet and building a new life, Jacqueline is finding herself again; excited for the future and looking forward to reconnecting to the things that brought her joy many years ago. Bright and bubbly Gabriela is attending outdoor summer camp at the YMCA, gearing up for first grade, and practicing for a future career as an artist.

Jacqueline hopes that sharing her story will encourage other women who are trapped in bad situations; help them understand they are not alone, and there is a way out. And she is grateful Hopelink was there for her when she had nowhere else to turn.

"I am so happy now," she smiles, far from the pain she carried for so long. "I feel really blessed."

These stories of success simply could not happen without your continued support. Because of donors like you, Hopelink is able to provide services and support to people in your community when they need it the most. Remember, you can now donate online; it is quick, safe and easy to use, and it makes a difference to so many lives. Donate today.

Read more client stories.

More Client Stories

Leslye

“I wanted to be Picasso. Picasso and Joni Mitchell.” Leslye Lewis laughed. It was the ’70s and the Bellevue teenager had big dreams, growing up in an ambitious family that always encouraged her to succeed.
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Renay and Ronald

If you moved your family to a new city and state, and the support you relied on was not there for you, how would you react? A couple with their 7-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter wrapped in blankets toughed it out in their car for six weeks before turning to Hopelink and finding shelter. With Hopelink’s support they found employment, and as a family they are now on their way to self-sufficiency.
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Maria Skenandore

How would you cope if your family fell apart, you had no money, no job and nowhere to live? With three daughters depending on her, Maria Skenandore faced this awful dilemma and turned to Hopelink for support. Read her story and see how through the use of our emergency shelter and case management, Maria was able to turn it around.

“So many times I was about to give up, but I knew I had to be there for my daughters... When you have three daughters and no one else to count on, you have to take care of them. I couldn’t fall down.”
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Alison Hathaway

The recession caused a lot of heartbreak globally, and for some in this region it was the last straw. Alison Hathaway worked as a real estate agent, and when the market collapsed, she lost her income. Things got worse as her relationship crumbled and became unsafe. Now she needed help for her and her young son. Read how Hopelink provided the support she needed to become self-sufficient.

"I feel like I’m a really strong person… but without Hopelink, I would have been back to square one."
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The Brown Family

One minute you are on top of the world. You have secure jobs and a loving supportive and healthy family. Then suddenly things go wrong, and they keep going wrong. As health issues lead to a disastrous run of bad luck, one day Kelly Brown finds herself in a parking lot, in her car, with tears running down her face. Then she gathered the courage to call for help. Read how the full spectrum of Hopelink services was brought together to help this amazing family before it was too late.

"We’ve always been the kind of people who took care of themselves. We were raised to work hard and pay our own way."
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Nicole Allen

Nicole is one of those inspirational people who overcomes challenges and faces life head on. She worked hard from an early age, and provided for her family, until one day, out of the blue, she had a seizure that eventually ended her career. She is not the kind of person who asks for help, but once she did, she received it from Hopelink in ways she could not imagine.

"Hopelink took the weight off of us and I wouldn’t have been able to make it otherwise."
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The Allyn Family

When an electrician loses his job, and the economy goes down, then the support Hopelink provides is used to full effect. Things got worse before they got better for the Allyn family, as they lost their roof in a storm. With energy assistance, career training and help from the food bank, this family began to find their way.

"At the time I married Alexandra, I promised her I would provide for her, like my father and grandfather did for their families, but lo and behold, we ended up in a food bank."
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Volunteer Awards

Do you know a Hopelink volunteer that is doing extraordinary work? Nominate them for a Hopelink volunteer award!

Presented during Hopelink’s volunteer recognition events in April, these awards recognize the incredible contributions of time and skills by members of our community.

Nominations will open January 2015.

2013 Volunteer Award Recipients

     
  • Larry Anderson, Doing for Others Award
    ”... He is willing to do it all and smile at the same time. He is there for every food bank day and night.”  
  • John Begorre, Hopelink Award  
    ”... He is funny, witty, caring and giving. He brings a smile to not only other volunteers but to clients too…”  
  • Judy Chambers, Certificate of Appreciation
    ”... Judy has been our primary point of contact for volunteers who come serve from Meadowbrook Church, and is always smiling and bringing her contagious joy to our location…”  
  • Susan Cook, Client Services Award
    ”...  She is wonderful with our clients.  She treats them with the respect they deserve in a fair manner… She loves being here and makes our job easier and more enjoyable.”  
  • Kimberly Eickerman, Client Services Award
    ”... She helps clients with their appointments, answering questions, and overall keeping our busy center cool, calm, and collected.”  
  • Tom Headlee, Certificate of Appreciation
    “He treats everyone with an equal amount of respect regardless of their position at Hopelink, whether they be client, volunteer, or staff…”  
  • Art Hill, Certificate of Appreciation
    ”... Art is undoubtedly committed to Hopelink and its value of compassion. He’s dedicated to Hopelink’s food bank and clients…”  
  • Bill La Marche, Certificate of Appreciation
    ”.... Bill puts his heart and soul into helping people in need…”   
  • Camille Lamoureux, Certificate of Appreciation
    ”... JFK said “Ask not what your community can do for you, but what you can do for your community.”  Well, not quite, but almost.  Camille is a perfect example of this quote…”  
  • Jo Marsh, Doreen Marchione Achievement Award
    ”... She is a giving and caring individual who takes the time to get to know each client who comes through the food bank doors…”  
  • John Mercer, Adult Education Award
    ”... He has done an outstanding job planning and delivering lessons as well as working in a team with other volunteers. He is a leader, and the Adult Education department is so fortunate to have him…”  
  • Ginger Merrill, Doreen Marchione Achievement Award
    ”... She epitomizes service and is the heart and soul of our food bank…”  
  • Patricia Oppenheim, Certificate of Appreciation
    ”... She is extremely supportive of ...  learning and has created a safe, structured learning environment where children feel comfortable and demonstrate the desire to succeed academically… ”  
  • Mary Reed, Hopelink Award
    ”... She is wonderful at making clients feel welcome here and is always who we turn to train new volunteers…”  
  • Darol Reynolds, Hopelink Award
    “Darol has been known to sing the praises of Hopelink to people in the community, encouraging people to volunteer, donate, and/or come to Hopelink for needed services… Darol is a long time volunteer that is here because he believes in community, and he truly believes in the mission of Hopelink.”  
  • Virginia Rogalsky, Certificate of Appreciation
    ”... She always has ideas of how we can continue to improve the food bank to serve our clients better, as well as help the other volunteers…”  
  • Carolyn Rose, Certificate of Appreciation
    “She takes her responsibilities seriously and shows a level of commitment and work habits one would expect from a paid employee… She cares about our clients and, because of that, is a stickler for quality…”  
  • Jan Shadle, Client Services Award
    ”... She understands Hopelink’s values Quality of Work and Compassion; she works hard and helps clients get what they need. Clients ask for her and volunteers look for her…”  
  • Julie Still, Hopelink Award
    ”... She shows great initiative by taking on new tasks at the front desk, and frequently helps out other staff members with projects.  She works beautifully with the clients that call, always going above and beyond to give them the kind of help they need…”  
  • Jen Winckler, Adult Education Award
    ”... Jen has helped develop an online course for Hopelink’s English for Work program… Because of Jen, Hopelink has a quality education program that truly prepares adults to succeed in our culture.”  
  • Juanita High School, Volunteers With Special Needs Award
    ”... I have been amazed at the support the kids give one another making sure everyone is involved in the activity, regardless of ability level.  I once watched them sort bread as a team, one would check the date and then toss it to the next students waiting at the correct bread rack.  This was their idea to work more efficiently while having fun.  It was a joy to watch.”  
  • Microsoft, Corporation of the Year
    ”... In 2013, Microsoft employees served over 800 hours in a variety of positions, from Board Chair to providing support in our food banks, helping in our adult education programs, and more!...”  
  • Northshore Pathways Program, Exceptional Youth Award
    ”... They contribute to our food bank four days a week sorting, stocking, repackaging bulk material, bagging diapers, and taking out the recycling…The teachers are wonderful instructors and our partnership with the NSPP has been very beneficial for both parties…”

 

 

Poverty Simulation

What choices would you make if you had too little time and money to meet your needs?

Hopelink offers a unique workshop to individuals, businesses and community groups to experience walking in someone else’s shoes.

Workshop participants will:

  • Role-play a month in the lives of low-income individuals and families.
  • Explore the impact of poverty.
  • Meet other community members who care.
  • Consider how awareness, collaboration and action help.

For more information: Contact Ezzy, Community Engagement Manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Participant quotes:

"The event was not what I was expecting it would be. It really broadened my perspective about poverty."

"It took awhile for my thoughts about the poverty simulation to really absorb. It was really valuable! I am still talking about it."

"It really affected me. I’ve talked with my children about the impact of what we learned by doing it as a family."

Download the Poverty Simulation flyer

Student Testimonials

Please read below to see how some of the students felt about their experience in Hopelink’s financial education classes.

“I mostly learned that there is no need to fear money, or creditors, and that there is a way out, that there are options out there for me.
- Money Smart Graduate June ‘13

 

“The main question the class asks you is: “What quality of life do you want for yourself?” It’s a question everyone young and old should be asking themselves. Then they should be asking themselves what they are going to do next in order to achieve that.”
- Money Smart Graduate June ‘13

 

“I learned how to budget my money. Funny enough, I was never taught how to do this before. I love to learn new things so I really enjoyed everything in the class.”
- Money Smart Graduate June ‘13

 

“One of the things that really stuck with me was being aware, aware of what I am spending and where my money is going so that I can choose where my money is going. I was able to open a separate banking account so that I could start saving and not be tempted to tap into it because it’s not attached to my other accounts. I also learned why I keep repeating the same mistakes and where I went wrong with credit cards.”
- Money Smart Graduate May ‘13

 

“Thanks for sharing some of the “hard truths” in a gentle way. This style promoted a safe environment to be able to make positive change.”
- Money Smart Graduate July ‘13

Volunteer FAQ

Frequently asked questions about volunteering at Hopelink. Thank you for your interest!

     
  • How does Hopelink promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community, and help people to make lasting change?  
    Volunteers like YOU help by teaching English-for-Work and GED classes, transporting food donations, travel assistance, Sno-Valley Harvest, food bank help, and more!
     
  • How many volunteers does it take to help people make lasting change?  
    Last year, 4,128 volunteers donated 69,523 hours hours to help people in need.
     
  • Are there evening and weekend opportunities?  
    While most volunteer opportunities occur Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., some programs have evening hours. Weekend opportunities are restricted to special events and occur periodically.
     
  • Can we volunteer as a family?  
    Yes!  Hopelink’s Family Saturdays are the perfect way for families to engage with the community together.  To RSVP, please contact the Volunteer Program Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 425.897.3721.
     
  • How are volunteers placed?  
    We make every effort to place volunteers in the program of their choice.  However, all volunteer positions are subject to availability. Some positions may have skill requirements.
     
  • What are the minimum age requirements?  
    Hopelink requires that all volunteers are at least 7 years old.  Some positions may require volunteers to be older. Volunteers between the ages of 7 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
     
  • What do I get if I volunteer?  
    Hopelink volunteers report feeling a sense of community and know they’ve made a difference!
     
  • Where can I learn more about the different departments and areas to volunteer?  
    More information about ongoing volunteer opportunities can be found here.   Or you may contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 425.869.6066 for more information.
     
  • Can I volunteer for more than one department?  
    Yes!
     
  • How much time does volunteering take; do I have to volunteer every day?  
    While each position’s commitment requirements vary, most volunteers serve around 4 hours per month.  Volunteers are not required to volunteer daily.
     
  • I made a handmade good to donate / conducted a food drive.  Can I get verification of my community service hours?  
    Due to our inability to verify hours for projects and/or drives conducted without our knowledge, program staff are not able to sign off on service hours forms for students or others requesting it. Hopelink’s Volunteer Program Manager or designee will verify service hours for projects done away from Hopelink’s business offices (i.e., a food drive, knit scarves, quilts, etc.) only if the project has been pre-approved and managed with input from Hopelink staff.
     
  • What should I do if I have a specialized interest or skill to contribute?  
    We love utilizing the unique skills of our community!  Please contact the Volunteer Program Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to find out how you can help!
     
  • I am a medical professional.  How can I provide medical care to those in need?  
    Please consider volunteering with the RotaCare clinic in Bellevue.  RotaCare can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
     
  • How do I start?  
    To begin the registration process, please use this link to create your online profile.  Please click “New User Registration” and complete the application.  
    Once the initial screening and background check are completed, we will send you confirmation that you are approved to sign up for volunteer orientation and the link to register for orientation.  
    Note:  All Hopelink volunteers (with the exception of one-time volunteers) must pass a background check, regardless of age.  Volunteers under age 12 are not required to attend orientation.
     
  • Why do I need to attend a volunteer orientation?  How long will it take?  When are they?  Where are they?  
    Hopelink’s volunteer orientation is designed to give you an overview of the agency and our safety procedures and policies.  Once you are placed in a volunteer position you will receive additional training.  
    Volunteer orientation takes 90 minutes.  
    Volunteer orientations are held approximately every other month depending on agency need.  Orientations are held at each of our five Hopelink Service Centers.
     
  • I have community service requirements to meet, either through my school or the court system.  Am I eligible to volunteer?  
    All Hopelink volunteers are required to pass a Washington State Patrol background check.  Because we work with vulnerable populations, those with offenses considered Crimes Against Persons are not eligible to volunteer.  Note: Volunteers with a DUI within the last 5 years may serve with Hopelink, but driving restrictions apply.  
    Some potential volunteers may be asked to come in for an interview prior to signing up for a volunteer orientation. Volunteers may be asked due to the nature of their offense or the number of offenses on their record.  
    Driving offenses:  Those with a driving offense (DUI, reckless driving, etc.) may volunteer with Hopelink, but may not serve in a position that requires driving until the offense is 5 years old.
     
  • I would like to volunteer with my work group / youth group / scouting troop / other.  Do you have one-time service opportunities for groups?  
    Yes!  Please fill out the Group Volunteer Application and return it to the Volunteer Program Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The information provided will help to find a project that is the best fit for your group!   
    All Hopelink volunteer opportunities are subject to availability and agency need. Most opportunities occur between business hours Monday – Friday.
     
  • Is volunteering fun?  
    YES!
     
  • How can I serve a hot meal to a family in need?  
    Unfortunately, Hopelink is not able to provide hot meals. If you are interested specifically in meal service, please contact one of the organizations listed here.

    On-going volunteer opportunities at Hopelink.

    Volunteer Orientation Schedule

    Sno-Valley Harvest

    Sno-Valley Harvest increases access to healthy and locally grown food by gleaning surplus food and distributing it through Hopelink food banks. The food is collected from farms, farmers markets, and individual donors. Sno-Valley Harvest also provides educational opportunities that increase knowledge and skills related to food and healthy eating.

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    Gleaning is the collection of wholesome food after a harvest for distribution to those in need. The term is often used interchangeably with "food recovery." Hopelink recognizes that access to fresh produce is particularly hard for those on a limited budget and is striving to increase the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables for its food bank customers through the Sno-Valley Harvest program. Thanks to partnerships with growers in the Snoqualmie Valley, and Hopelink volunteers, over 109,000 pounds of locally grown produce has been collected and distributed through Hopelink food banks since the start of the program in November, 2011.

    Throughout the growing season, gleaning events are scheduled to harvest produce donated by area farms. Community and business groups as well as individual volunteers are welcome to get involved.

    Sign up today!
    Becoming a volunteer is easy! You can complete a volunteer profile on-line at http://www.hope-link.org/take_action/volunteer/. Be sure to indicate your interest in Sno-Valley Harvest!

    Are you part of a group looking for one-time opportunities and special events? Contact the Volunteer Program at 425.897.3721 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Family Saturdays

    Looking for a way to share the volunteer experience as a family while helping people in your community?

    Family Saturdays at Hopelink are a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, and work together as a team – while instilling a lifelong commitment to serving others and making a difference. Join us!

    When a family doesn’t have enough food - the most basic human need - stability in other areas is impossible.  Hopelink provides food and nutrition education.  All activities will be in our food banks, and will include sorting donations, restocking our shelves, repacking bulk product, organizing and cleaning work spaces, and more.

    Space is limited and RSVPs are required! To sign up, please call or email the Volunteer Program Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 425.897.3721.

    Family Saturday Schedule:

    Date Time Location
    Saturday, November 15, 2014  
    NOTE: This session is FULL                
    Please sign up on the waiting list.
    9:00 am - noon Kirkland/Northshore
    11011 120th Ave. NE
    Kirkland, WA 98033
    Saturday, January 17, 2015
    NOTE: This session is FULL                
    Please sign up on the waiting list.
    9:00 am - noon Bellevue
    14812 Main St.
    Bellevue, WA 98007
    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    NOTE: This session is FULL
    9:00 am - noon Shoreline
    15809 Westminster Way N.
    Shoreline, WA 98133
    Saturday, March 14, 2015
    NOTE: This session is FULL
    9:00 am - noon Sno-Valley
    31957 E. Commercial St.
    Carnation, WA 98014
    Saturday, April 18, 2015
    NOTE: This session is FULL
    9:00 am - noon Kirkland/Northshore
    11011 120th Ave. NE
    Kirkland, WA 98033
    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    NOTE: This session is FULL                
    Please sign up on the waiting list.
    9:00 am - noon Redmond
    16725 Cleveland St
    Redmond, WA 98052
    Saturday, June 13, 2015
    NOTE: This session is FULL
    9:00 am - noon Bellevue
    14812 Main St.
    Bellevue, WA 98007

    Adult guardian / chaperone(s) are required for volunteers ages 15 and under. The minimum age for volunteers is 7. Adult guardians / chaperones are expected to act as positive role models and to help their young volunteers participate in a safe and constructive way. Adults are expected to participate fully in the program, demonstrate safety guidelines, work politely with others, and provide motivation and encouragement.

    Space is limited and RSVPs are required! To sign up, please call or email the Volunteer Program Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 425.897.3721.

    Helpful Information and Resources

    Financial information links and documents

    “Everyone should have a hobby. Learning how to handle money is the best one.” – Jack Hurley


    Banking & Checking


    Budgeting Credit

    Your Credit Report

    You are entitled to view your credit report one-time each year for free. Please go to www.annualcreditreport.com to receive your credit report. This is the only approved free credit reporting service that is not a scam.


    Credit Counseling Services

    • American Financial Solutions
      Website: www.myfinancialgoals.org
      Phone: 888.202.3427
    • Apprisen
      Local Specialist: Gregory Short
      Location: 16315 NE 87th St. Suite B11, Redmond, WA. 98052
      Phone: 425.451.8195
      Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Debt Savings & Financial Goal Setting

    To learn about other financial education classes and workshops occurring in King County, please check out this calendar.

    “Remember to look in the mirror… you’re the one who is in charge of your financial life.” – Tiffani Hockett

    The information, resources, tools, and advice provided in the aforementioned articles, websites, and links do not reflect Hopelink’s views or recommendations. Please see the information provided on this website as a means to increase your knowledge and awareness of the different resources and thoughts on personal finance, money management, and credit.

    Class Schedule

    "I learned so much from this class [Money Smart]. I really wished I could have learned this stuff over 20 years ago when I was 16-21 years old." - Money Smart Graduate (June ’13)

    The classes are all free, snacks are provided, and there is sometimes childcare available. If you are interested in signing up for one of the classes listed below, please call Judy at 425-250-3001.

    Please see some of our students testimonials that reflect the experiences of past students who have taken financial education classes at Hopelink.


    Money Smart Classes
    Duration: 6-week course | 2 hours one day each week
    Locations: Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, & Shoreline Description: The Money Smart class is a 6-week introduction to financial literacy, personal money management, and credit. The curriculum for the course is provided by the FDIC and is accompanied by additional activities, resources, information, and news articles provided by Hopelink. Students are required to attend all classes in order to register for the course and all of those who complete the course will receive a Hopelink Certificate and a Bank-On Certificate; the latter of which is valued at $100 if a checking account is then opened up at either Banner Bank or Homestreet Bank upon course completion. The class covers the following topics:

    • Banking: Savings & Checking accounts
    • Budgeting & Savings
    • Financial Goal Setting
    • Consumer Protection
    • Predatory Lending
    • Credit, Credit Cards, & Credit Reports


    Money Smart 2.0 Classes

    Duration: 4-week course | 2 hours one day each week
    Locations: Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, & Redmond
    Description: Designed by Hopelink's Financial Education department, this course serves as an extension of the original Money Smart course. In order to participate, students must have completed the Money Smart course. More interactive than purely informative, the course is designed to allow students to share what strategies, lessons, and tools they have learned since the original Money Smart class with one another as well as area where they are still struggling. The hope is that students can learn from one another in the course. These discussions will be facilitated by the instructor and each class will also have education presentations that will review the basic concepts of Money Smart as well as dive deeper into debt management, (re)building credit, types of savings accounts, and longer term financial goals.

    "There is a secret psychology of money. Most people don't know about it. That's why most people never become financially successful. A lack of money is not the problem; it is merely a symptom of what's going on inside of you." - T. Harv Eker

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    Hopelink Holiday Giving Rooms

    Hopelink's annual Lend a Hoping Hand campaign and Giving Rooms campaign makes the season of giving a reality for so many. We estimate that 6,000 children will be served through our Giving Rooms. You're welcome to join the hundreds of local businesses, community groups and individuals in making the season brighter by donating a new, unwrapped toy to any of our centers by December 15 or earlier.

    During the winter months, people face added pressures, such as higher home heating costs and additional food needs. As part of our support for families during this time, Hopelink hosts Holiday Giving Rooms at each of our service centers. Parents hope to be able to give their children a nice holiday. However, due to their limited resources it's sometimes not possible for some. Our Giving Rooms make it possible for parents who are struggling financially, to be able to hand-select donated toys and other items they know their children will love.

    Hopelink Giving Rooms extend dignity and joy for seniors as well. After the parents have had an opportunity to select toys for their kids, Hopelink opens them up for Grandparents events. These are seniors who receive Hopelink services, who might also have very special young people in their lives that they would like to select toys for.

    Download our Giving Tree flyer

    For more information about donating to our Giving Rooms please contact:

    Jennifer Dreyfuss
    Community Engagement Specialist
    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 425.897.3710

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    Kids Need School Supplies

    Providing school children with the essential supplies they need to learn can be expensive, but Hopelink is here to help you. Items such as backpacks, pens, paper or other basic school supplies can be obtained, at no cost, through our Kids Need School Supplies Program.

    If you were unable to collect supplies during any of the recent distribution events you can still pick up back packs at your local center during regular business hours.

    To qualify for assistance you need to meet the following criteria:

    • Your children must be entering grades K-12.
    • Your children must attend school within:
    • Lake Washington School District, Riverview, Skykomish or Sultan School Districts.
    • You must meet the household income criteria below:
    INCOME GUIDELINES 2014
    Household Size (parents and children)234567
    Maximum Monthly Gross Income$2,425$3,050$3,677$4,302$4,929$5,555


    If you have any questions, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Download a flyer with Kids Need School Supplies information.

    Download a flyer in Spanish.

    Most Needed Supplies:

    • Lined paper – wide & college ruled
    • Spiral notebooks
    • 3-ring binders
    • Composition books
    • Folders
    • Colored pencils
    • Markers
    • Glue/glue sticks
    • Scissors
    • Rulers
    • Red correcting pencils
    • Fine tipped sharpies
    • Printer/copy paper
    • 3x5 note cards
    • Protractors
    • Graph paper

    Plant a Row for Hopelink

    You can fight hunger when you donate your extra garden harvest to hunger relief agencies. Plant A Row for the Hungry is a national program that encourages gardeners to donate a portion of their harvest, whether it be a whole row or a handful.

    All donations are accepted but here is a list of the most desired foods: tomatoes (pick when slightly under-ripe) garlic, onions, leafy greens, cabbage, kale, cucumbers, carrots, all types squash, all types of peas/beans, herbs, tomatillos, sweet and hot peppers.

    Please harvest produce just before delivery to ensure our clients get the freshest food possible. See below for Hopelink Center locations and their donation drop-off hours. The website ampleharvest.org is another resource that helps gardeners locate their nearest food pantry.

    Donation drop-off information:

    Location Donation hours
    Sno-Valley
    • Sno-Valley Hopelink
      Monday-Wednesday
      8:30am-5:00pm
    • Additional Locations and hours
      May-November:
      • Carnation Farmers Market
        Tuesdays 3:00pm-7:00pm
        Website
      • Duvall Farmers Market
        Thursdays 3:00pm-7:00pm
        Website
    Redmond
    • Redmond Hopelink
      Monday-Wednesday
      8:30 am-5:00 pm
      Thursday
      8:30am - 10:00 am
    • Redmond Saturday Market
      Saturdays, 9:00am – 3:00pm
      7730 Leary Way, Redmond, WA
      Website
    Bellevue
    • Bellevue Hopelink
      Monday and Friday
      8:30am-5:00pm
    Kirkland
    • Kirkland Hopelink
      Monday-Wednesday
      8:30am-5:00pm
    Shoreline
    • Shoreline Hopelink
      Mondays 8:30 am-5 pm
      First and third Tuesday mornings 8:30 to 10:00am
      Second and fourth Tuesdays 8:30am to 4:30pm
      Second and fourth Wednesdays 8:30-10:00am

    Immigrants in the Job Market

    Hopelink’s Adult Education program wants more than improved language skills for students.  We want to see students moving onward to college or employment and a sustainable life with living wage employment.  On February 28, 2012, we invited Ken Aitchison, a local HR professional in the construction industry, to talk about opportunities and strategies for immigrants and refugees to succeed in the current and future job market.

    These video excerpts from Ken’s talk tell how to prepare for a key role in the Washington economy.

    Better skills.  Better jobs.  Building a stronger Washington.

    1. Overview of the HR World 4:06 minutes
    2. Growing Skills Gap in the Workforce 4:54 minutes
    3. Practical & Personal Advice 5:16 minutes
    4. Difficulty in Recruiting By Skills Types 4:24 minutes
    5. High Employer Demand Fields 2:08 minutes
    6. Literacy Skills Needed 1:26 minutes
    7. Presenting Yourself to Employers 2:26 minutes
    8. Practical Tips for Interviews 2:11 minutes
    9. Hints on Resume Questions 1:08 minutes
    10. Tips to Fine Tune Your Resume 1:24 minutes

    Videos were produced in partnership with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, http://www.sbctc.edu and Aurora Media Productions, http://www.auroramediapro.com to celebrate Adult Literacy Week 2011-2012.

    40th Year Anniversary Gala Video

    Thanks to you, Hopelink has changed a million lives. We couldn’t have done it without you…so it’s time to celebrate. We’re saying ‘thanks a million’.

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    Holiday Gift Rooms

    The holiday season is a great time to check out the many services and programs Hopelink has to offer. In each of our five centers, Hopelink volunteers will help you shop for all of your children (up to 18 years old), and you can choose from a wide variety of gifts – including stuffed toys, dolls, arts & crafts supplies/kits, electronics, sports equipment, board games, books, clothing and much more.

    Gifts are unwrapped so you can choose what you’d like and wrap however you wish.

    Visits are by appointment only. For information on eligibility requirements and how to register, please contact the Hopelink center nearest you.

    Please note: December 8th is the last day to register for the gift room.

    If you would like to donate items to the gift rooms, visit our Holiday Giving pages.

    Hopelink food banks operate year-round and offer many different grocery items. During the holidays, we also try to offer foods to help you celebrate the season in your own way. Call now to register for food bank!

     
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    Holiday Food Drive

    A food drive is a popular and effective way to contribute to others during the Holiday season.

    Let us know what you’re planning to do and when your event is taking place. We can provide you with supplies and may be able to promote your event on our calendar. To register your event and coordinate supply pickups please contact Jenny at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 425.897.3710.

    Our greatest needs are for nonperishable items needed year-round such as the following:

    • Canned Meals
    • Canned Meat
    • Cereal
    • Dry Beans
    • Fruit (Canned or Fresh)
    • Pasta
    • Peanut Butter
    • Rice
    • Soup
    • Tomato Products
    • Vegetables (Canned or Fresh)
    Ideas for setting up a food drive:
    • Ask a local grocery store for permission to hold a food drive outside on a busy day of the week (Saturdays and Sundays work especially well).
    • Arrange for volunteers to be at all entrances of the store handing out flyers of commonly needed foods (examples included in this document).
    • Hopelink will provide you with posters for increased visibility and effectiveness.
    • Have coin containers set up for the collection of money.
    • Prior to the event, arrange a way to transport the food from your event to a Hopelink center.
    • A food drive at your school can be an effective and fun way to generate donations.
    • Set up bins in all classrooms and large common areas to provide a constant reminder of the drive.
    • Award prizes for the group or class who collects the most food.

    Please consider how you would like to have your family thrive during the winter months and think about helping families in need.

     
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    Getting Around Puget Sound (GAPS) Volunteer Hours Report Form

    Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required.

    Videos

    Some of our volunteers tell of their experiences and rewards as they have helped Hopelink and their community by donating their time and efforts to a worthy cause.

    Click a picture to view the video.

    Bonnie:
    Wendy:
    Gary:

    Recycling and Composting

    Over 90 percent of single family households in King County can now recycle food scraps in their yard waste bin.

    Food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste are recycled into a nutrient-rich soil amendment, compost. Using compost improves the health of our plants, crops, local gardens and parks.

    Nearly 30% of what we throw away in our garbage is organic – and the average single-family household throws away about 45 pounds of food scraps and food-soiled paper every month. Items such as vegetable and fruit trimmings, meats, fish and poultry scraps and bones, plate scrapings, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper towels and napkins–even greasy pizza delivery boxes–all can be recycled in your yard waste cart.

    Read more on the King County website.

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    Savings Awareness Video

    Need some inspiration on the money side of life? A Piece of Mind introduces three ordinary people, including a parking lot attendant and a laundry woman who saved big time. Starting to save even leftover change can lead to amazing things.

    ¿Necesitas algo de inspiración en el lado del dinero de su vida? A Piece of Mind presenta tres personas comunes, incluyendo un asistente de estacionamiento y una mujer lavadora que ahorraba mucho. Guardando aun las moneditas de sobra puede llevar cambios asombrosas.

    Piece Of Mind video in full screen window (English)

    Piece Of Mind video in full screen window (Spanish)

    Senior Leadership Council

    Contact information for Hopelink's Senior Leadership

                               
    Lauren Thomas .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    CEO
    Susanna Cioch .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    CFO
    Daniel Quirk .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Director, IT
    Tom Dietz .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Director, Direct Service Operations
    Lynn Moody .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Vice President, Business Development and Transportation  
    Meghan Altimore .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Vice President – Community Services  

    Emergency Feeding Services

    Hopelink is proud to offer the Emergency Feeding Services (EFS) program. EFS works with community organizations to help families and individuals in crisis to meet their short-term nutritional needs.

    EFS provides enough non-perishable foods to feed a household for two days.  In addition to nutritionally conscious foods, also included are ideas for nutritious meals, Hopelink food bank information and other community resources.  Households needing longer term assistance are invited to register with Hopelink to attend twice-monthly food banks.

    Emergency Feeding Services works only when food and information are available to those that need it.  Please support Hopelink in the ongoing fight against hunger.  By becoming a Hopelink partner site your organization will play a crucial role in helping people gain access to the resources they need to make lasting change.  Emergency Feeding Services partner sites can simply make available to those seeking assistance an emergency bag of food in addition to those services they already provide.

    If your organization would like to partner with Hopelink by becoming a distribution site, hosting a food drive, pledging financial support or would like more information about helping out, please contact Jennifer Knittle, EFS Coordinator at 425-250-3021 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    The Emergency Feeding Services program is made possible with support from the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Sammamish, Shoreline and Woodinville.

    King County Medical Transportation

    Reservation Number: 800-923-7433
    Reservation Fax: 425-644-9447
    TDD/TTY Line: 800-246-1646
    My Ride Line: 1-888-913-2172 - Cancel or check status of ride

    Reservation Hours:

    • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Non-Emergency Urgent Care 24 hours - 7 days a week

    To schedule a ride you will need the following:
        - Provider One Number
        - Name of medical provider
        - Name, address and phone number of medical facility
        - Appointment date and time
        - Reason for the appointment

    View or download Hopelink’s transportation brochures in pdf format (requires Adobe reader): RussianSpanish or English.

    Snohomish County Medical Transportation

    Reservation Number: 855-766-7433
    Reservation Fax: 425-644-9447
    TDD/TTY Line: 800-246-1646
    My Ride Line: 1-888-913-2172 - Cancel or check status of ride

    Reservation Hours:

    • 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Non-Emergency Urgent Care 24 hours - 7 days a week

    To schedule a ride you will need the following:
        - Provider One Number
        - Name of medical provider
        - Name, address and phone number of medical facility
        - Appointment date and time
        - Reason for the appointment

    Download or view info sheet (pdf)

    View or download Hopelink’s transportation brochures in pdf format (requires Adobe reader): RussianSpanish or English.

    Community Service

    Community service volunteers are welcome provided they meet the following requirements.

    • Pass a Washington State Patrol background check.
    • Meet age requirements. Minimum age is 7. Ages 7 to 15 must have adult supervision.
    • Attend an orientation at one of Hopelink’s 5 centers.
    • A minimum of 30 hours commitment (even if the court mandate or school requirement is less) and a minimum 3 month commitment.

     

    Food and Fund Drives

    The generosity of the community makes it possible for Hopelink to ensure that hundreds of homes are able to keep the power on and tens of thousands of families have food on their tables this winter.

    Without the support of the community, none of this is possible. The struggling economy has put a greater demand on Hopelink services while donations are shrinking. This year, your support to Hopelink and the community is crucial. Listed below are a few ways that you can help make an important difference.

    If your organization, group or business is interested in getting involved in one or more of the following ways, please contact our Community Engagement Specialist at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Most Needed Foods

    • Canned Meals
    • Canned Meat
    • Cereal
    • Dry Beans
    • Fruit (Canned or Fresh)
    • Pasta
    • Peanut Butter
    • Rice
    • Soup
    • Tomato Products
    • Vegetables (Canned or Fresh)

    Fund Drive
    Organize your community, school or business group to help us with a fund drive. Read more...
    Food Drive
    Ideas for holding a food drive in your area. Read more...
    Donate
    Your gift makes a real and immediate difference for families and individuals in need. Make a donation now.
    In-Kind Donations
    Hopelink food banks depend on food donations from individuals and groups (businesses, schools, churches, service clubs) to serve more than 3,000 families each week. We can't do it without you! Read more...

    Holiday Fund Drive

    Plan A Holiday Fund Drive at your school, church or place of work.

    • Register your event.
      Let us know what you’re planning to do and when your event is taking place. We can provide you with supplies and may be able to promote your event on our calendar. To register your event and coordinate supply pickups please contact Jenny at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 425.897.3710.

    • Choose your location.
      Be sure that the drop off location is well marked and easy to get to. Posting "Food Drive Drop-Off Point" signs. Enhance your collection by using Hopelink collection barrels, sleeves, and posters. Put these where people can see them, but don't obstruct foot/vehicular traffic. If you’re holding a drive at school consider having barrels inside the entrance where the most foot traffic is.

    • Set a date for your drive.

    • Set a monetary goal for your drive. Be conservative, especially if it’s your first drive.

    • Decide on the details.
      Choose a theme, type of drive, and the duration of the drive. Decide if you want the drive to be a one-time collection event or a multi-week competition between classrooms or offices. Many drives take place over a week or more, so people have a longer period of time to bring in their items.

    • Select drive leaders.
      Select dependable people with good leadership skills, and enough free time to be helpful.

    • Orient your drive leaders.
      Explain the need for food, confirm dates, and explain drive procedures.

    • Spread The Word!
         -Create a slogan that relates to your organization.
         -Send out the suggested food list provided by the Hopelink.
         -Two weeks before the drive publicize it in school newsletters, online,
            in e-newsletters, on posters and bulletin boards.
         -Hold a kick off event and ask people to bring cans of food for admission.

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    Comment Form

    Welcome to Hopelink’s Comment form! Thank you for taking time to let us know how we are doing. We value your feedback. The comments provided here are used to improve our service and investigate your concerns. None of the information shared will be held against you as Hopelink does not tolerate retaliation.

    Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required.

    Food Drive

    Hopelink will help you hold a successful food drive.

    If your group would like help organizing a food drive, please contact Jennifer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Most Needed Foods

    • Canned Meals
    • Canned Meat
    • Cereal
    • Dry Beans
    • Fruit (Canned or Fresh)
    • Pasta
    • Peanut Butter
    • Rice
    • Soup
    • Tomato Products
    • Vegetables (Canned or Fresh)

    Each center offers specific foods based on the cultures of the clients who attend and what the center is able to purchase through monetary donations. Ideas for setting up a food drive:

    • Ask a local grocery store for permission to hold a food drive outside on a busy day of the week (Saturdays and Sundays work especially well).
    • Arrange for volunteers to be at all entrances of the store handing out flyers of commonly needed foods (examples included in this document).
    • Hopelink will provide you with posters for increased visibility and effectiveness.
    • Have coin containers set up for the collection of money.
    • Prior to the event, arrange a way to transport the food from your event to a Hopelink center.
    • A food drive at your school can be an effective and fun way to generate donations.
    • Set up bins in all classrooms and large common areas to provide a constant reminder of the drive.
    • Award prizes for the group or class who collects the most food.

    Please consider how you would like to have your family thrive during the winter months and think about helping families in need.

    Fund Drive

    Your community group or business can help us with a Fund Drive

    Some popular ideas include:

    • Hold a fund drive at your school, business or community group.
    • Hold raffles for a day off with pay, reserved parking spots, getaways, etc.
    • Have an “empty your pockets” day (or week) and collect all the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters from everyone.
    • Skip a meal. Ask colleagues to skip a meal and donate the money they would have spent on food. This will also give the participants a perspective on how hunger impacts their daily lives.
    • Host a holiday party and instead of bringing gifts, wrap a picture of the gift you would have brought for a friend or colleague to unwrap and donate the money instead.

    Steps for setting up a fund drive:

    • Register your event.  
      Let us know what you’re planning to do and when your event is taking place. We can provide you with supplie. To register your event and coordinate supply pickups please e-mail Jennifer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    • Choose your location.  
      Be sure that the drop off location is well marked and easy to get to. Posting “Food Drive Drop-Off Point” signs. Enhance your collection by using Hopelink collection barrels, sleeves, and posters. Put these where people can see them, but don’t obstruct foot/vehicular traffic. If you’re holding a drive at school consider having barrels inside the entrance where the most foot traffic is.

    • Set a date for your drive.

    • Set a monetary goal for your drive. Be conservative, especially if it’s your first drive.

    • Decide on the details.
      Choose a theme, type of drive, and the duration of the drive. Decide if you want the drive to be a one-time collection event or a multi-week competition between classrooms or offices. Many drives take place over a week or more, so people have a longer period of time to bring in their items.

    • Select drive leaders.
      Select dependable people with good leadership skills, and enough free time to be helpful.

    • Orient your drive leaders.
      Explain the need for food, confirm dates, and explain drive procedures.

    • Spread The Word!
      • Create a slogan that relates to your organization.
      • Send out the suggested food list provided by the Hopelink.
      • Two weeks before the drive publicize it in school newsletters, online, in e-newsletters, on posters and bulletin boards.
      • Hold a kick off event and ask people to bring cans of food for admission.

     

    Holiday Giving - Lend A Hoping Hand

    As winter approaches our thoughts turn to those who go without during the holiday season. With your generous donation of food, gifts or financial support, Hopelink can provide shelter, food, warmth and happier memories for children throughout our community.

    Here are the various ways that you can help Lend a Hoping Hand this season.


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    Donate Your gift makes a real and immediate difference for families and individuals in need. See more....
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    Hold a Fund Drive Organize your community or business group to help us with a fund drive. Read more...

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    Hold a Food Drive Ideas for holding a food drive in your area. Read more...


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    Gift Rooms The holidays come alive through the eyes of the children in our lives. Without the new clothing and new toys they receive from Hopelink, many children would have a disappointing holiday. Donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children and young adults are greatly appreciated. View gift suggestions.

    Donations can be delivered to Hopelink Centers by December 15th or earlier during regular business hours – Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    If you want to register as a client to use our gift rooms, click here.



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    Volunteer Opportunities Lend a Hoping Hand in our Gift Rooms in December!
    Groups interested in holiday help can contact Liz at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
    Individuals interested in helping during the holidays should contact a Hopelink center.

     
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    Matching Gifts FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions about Matching Gifts

    What is an employer Matching Gift?

    Many companies set aside special funds each year to match contributions their employees make to qualified non-profit organizations.  Most often, the companies match contributions dollar for dollar, but matches can vary.  Check your company’s matching guidelines.  Employer matching gifts increase the impact of your personal support and mean more resources for the community Hopelink serves.

    What do I need to do to get my gift matched?
    The employee must initiate the matching gift process.  This usually means contacting your employer or former employer to obtain the proper form, completing the form, and mailing it to Hopelink as soon as possible.  Hopelink verifies that the contribution was received, and that it qualifies for a match.  Hopelink then sends the form to your employer for verification.  If all of you company’s matching gift guidelines are met, they will issue the matching funds to Hopelink.

    How can I verify to my company that Hopelink can receive charitable contributions? 

    Hopelink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Hopelink’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), is 91-0982116.  Hopelink is registered with the State of Washington Secretary of State’s Charitable Solicitations Program, and is in full compliance with the State of Washington Charitable Solicitations Act.  (Secretary of State’s Charities Hotline: 800.332.GIVE.)

    After I submit the matching gift form, will all my future contributions be matched too?
    NO!!  Unfortunately this is a common misconception.  You must submit a matching gift form with EACH contribution that you make to Hopelink.  Some supporters request several forms at once and then just send one with each donation they make.

    Are there restrictions on matching contributions?
    Most companies require Hopelink to deduct the fair market value of any thank-you gift you received and will only match the remaining portion of your donation.  Most companies also require a minimum contribution to qualify for a match. 

    Must I be a full-time active employee to have my contributions matched?
    Not at all!  Most companies match gifts from part time employees and retirees, too.  Some companies also match gifts from spouses, annuitants, and directors, as well as matching volunteer hours. 

    Is there a time limit on eligibility to get my contribution to Hopelink matched?
    Companies do require that Hopelink complete and return the form within a set time period, usually within 90 days – sometimes within the same calendar year that the gift was made.  We recommend that you submit your form to Hopelink at the same time you make your contribution or shortly after.

    Matching Gift Information

    Double Your Donation with Matching Gifts

    Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!
    We recommend you check with your HR department in case programs have changed.

    5 steps to getting your donation matched by your company

    1. Contact your Human Resources department to find out if your company will match gifts to Hopelink.

    2. Complete the any paperwork and send the form to:
      Hopelink
      Attention: Jason Puz
      P.O. Box 3577
      Redmond, WA 98073-3577
      Complete the online matching gift form. Your company will then generate a confirmation correspondence to Hopelink.

    3. Hopelink will verify your donation amount with your company

    4. Your company will remit matching funds directly to Hopelink

    5. Hopelink will send you a confirmation when your company match funds have been received


      Frequently asked questions about matching gifts

      Financial Education

      "There are so many ways to get ahead. The first is so basic I’m almost embarrassed to say it: spend less than you earn." - Paul Clitheroe

      Hopelink is dedicated to ensuring that our community is educated in matters of personal money management, budgeting, credit, debt, and consumer protection within the banking industry. If you are ready to deepen your current skills and knowledge of money management, then Hopelink has some great resources for you.

      Through financial education resources at Hopelink, you can learn how to decrease your debt, make sure you always pay all of your bills on time, understand why you credit score is so important and how to build/re-build your credit. There is never enough someone can know about personal finance and money management. The resources, classes, and articles available online and in person at Hopelink will provide you with additional tools so that you are in control of your money - not the other way around!

      For questions or inquiries about Financial Education resources at Hopelink, please call Judy at 425-250-3001.

      Please check out our class schedule to learn about the different courses Hopelink is currently offering.

      Take a look at these helpful resources, articles, and videos on a variety of topics including: banking, budgeting, credit and debt.

      “The only way you will ever permanently take control of your financial life is to dig deep and fix the root problem.” - Suze Orman

      Volunteer Orientation Registration

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      Community Action

      MISSION
      Hopelink is one of 30 community action agencies in Washington State and over 1,000 in the nation. Washington State Community Action Partners (WSCAP) works to build healthy communities and eliminate poverty through a unified network of Community Action Agencies across Washington State.

      VISION
      Thriving communities, where people feel secure, connected and confident to seize opportunities and meet challenges.

      WHO WE ARE
      WSCAP is Washington State’s largest community building network. We are a nonprofit association of 30 Community Action Agencies serving all 39 state counties.

      • Each Community Action Agency responds to the unique needs of its community.
      • For more than 40 years, we’ve served low-income individuals and families through programs, partnership and advocacy.
      • We work across multiple fields including housing, employment, education, emergency food, healthcare and senior care.
      • Community Action Agencies support over 40 programs including Head Start, weatherization and financial planning - just to name a few.
      • From emergency food assistance to transitional housing or legal aid, CAPs provide vital support when it’s needed most.
      • CAPs are also major employers in their communities and combined spend $202 million every year on local employment and services.

      We are also part of a national network of more than 1,000 organizations.

      • Every year, Community Action Agencies around the country help more than 13 million people.
      • By working together across local, state and national levels, Community Action Agencies are leveraging resources to eliminate poverty and change lives.
      • The national Community Action Network was created in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act, signed into law under President Lyndon Johnson.

      Community Action is a spirit of service.

      • We believe everyone deserves a chance and that connected neighbors create healthy communities.
      • Community Action Agencies provide local solutions to local problems.
      • We believe in the power of partnership to help people and change lives.
      • CAPs are more relevant than ever as the nation experiences the fallout from the economic downturn.

      ORCA Card Info

      ORCA Card Frequently Asked Questions

      How does an ORCA card work?
      The ORCA card is like a reloadable gift card.  Fares are loaded on your card and then deducted each time you use the bus.  Just tap your ORCA card on the ORCA logo at the card reader when you board the bus.  The ORCA card monitors the remaining value of fares, so you don’t have to.  For more information on how to use the card, see www.orcacard.com, or call 1-888-988-6722.

      Will I get a new card each month?
      No.  The card is reusable.  Please do not throw it away.  Hopelink will add more fares to your card as trips are scheduled.

      How do you determine how much money to put on my ORCA card?
      This is based on the current Metro Transit fares.  The correct fare amount for each trip that you schedule is added up and that value is put on your ORCA card. For orders less than the minimum amount of $5.00, Hopelink will send you bus tokens.

      How long does it take for fares to be loaded on my card?
      Please allow 7-10 working days from the time you schedule your trips until the fares will be loaded on your card and ready for you to use. If you need to use the bus for an appointment before those 10 working days, please plan on paying the bus fare separately and you will be reimbursed for the cost of those trips via your ORCA card

      How can I tell how much money is on my card?
      For card balance information, call 1-888-988-6722. Please have your ORCA card with you when you call. If you register your ORCA card, you will be able to go online and check the current balance of the card.  You can register your card by going to www.orcacard.com.

      I already have an ORCA card.  Can you just add funds to that card?
      No.  The ORCA system will only allow us to add funds to a card that is owned by Hopelink.  We can not add funds to your existing card.

      Can I add my own money to the card?
      Yes.  You can add more money to the ORCA card; however anything you add is non-refundable.

      Can the money on my ORCA card be used to purchase a monthly bus pass?
      Yes.  This must be done in person at an ORCA Customer Service Office or at a participating retail outlet.  You may have to pay additional money to equal the cost of a monthly pass, if it costs more than the amount paid for your Medicaid transportation.  Go to www.orcacard.com for locations of ORCA Customer Service Offices or retail outlets.

      Is there an expiration date for a youth card?
      Yes.  The card will be blocked and will no longer work when the child to whom it is assigned turns 19.

      How do I pay for an escort?
      If you qualify for escort fares, they will be added to your ORCA card.  When you board the bus, before you tap your ORCA card, tell the driver you need to pay for additional people. The driver will set the card reader to deduct the fares for you and your escort from your ORCA card.

      I have lost my ORCA card, what should I do?
      You should report lost or stolen cards to Hopelink immediately.  Hopelink will assist you with replacing your ORCA card and restoring the lost value, subject to the ORCA Terms of Use. The lost card will be made inactive and any remaining balance will be transferred to the new card.  It could take 7-10 working days to complete this transfer and you will be responsible for paying any bus fares for transportation during this time.

      The ORCA card reader on the bus is showing my card is invalid.
      If the card reader on the bus indicates that the card is invalid, you should contact an ORCA customer service representative at 1-888-988-6722 to confirm that funds have been loaded to the card and are available for use.  If the card does show that funds are available, please explain to the representative the error message you received on the bus and ask them to assist you. If no funds are available, please contact Hopelink with this problem.

      Where can I get more information about ORCA cards?
      You can go online to www.orcacard.com for more information.

      Bridge To Basics Schedule

      Bridge To Basics is a WithinReach program. WithinReach is an agency helping families become healthy and stay healthy. This program is a collaboration between WithinReach and United Way of King County. They work with Hopelink to connect clients with other services.

      See if you qualify for:

      • Food Assistance - Basic Food/Food Stamps
      • Utility Assistance
      • Free or Low Cost Childrens' Health Insurance
      • Help find childcare for working parents
      • Job Training Resources
      • Bank on Seattle - free and low cost bank accounts, free check cashing

      Volunteers are available at Bellevue from 5:00pm - 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

      More information at the United Way of King County website.

      Vehicle Ownership Program

      Let Express Credit Union help you reach your dream of owning a vehicle!

      We will match your down payment up to $500 AND help you get a loan at an affordable rate. Find out more about this exciting program - call for an appointment today!

      Eastside: Hannah at (206) 529-7937
      South Sound: Maricel at (206) 607-7510
      South Seattle: Mesfin at (206) 554-1534

      Program Qualifications:

      • Vehicles priced at $10,000 or less.
      • Your individual income must be $28,095/yr or less OR family income $60,500/yr or less.
      • Take approved financial education class.
      • Loans subject to credit approval by Express Credit Union.
      • Must have valid driver's license and be eligible for membership at Express Credit Union.
      • Program limited to one per family - limited to first 100 participants.

      Other restrictions may apply - Express Advantage has the right to discontinue the program at any time.
      http://www.expresscu.org/express-advantage.php

      Board Of Directors

      Hopelink's 2014 Board Of Directors

      José Piñero
      Board Chair
      Kathy Lambert
      Thomas Tanaka
      Board Vice-Chair
      Andrew Magill
      Andy Goerdel
      Board Treasurer
      Larry C. Martin
      Jennifer Filipovich
      Board Secretary
      Michael Nesteroff
      Kim Allen August Niehaus
      Lynn Briody Larry Springer
      Geoff Deane Helen Thai
      Cindy Dodge John (Pat) Vaché
      Barbara El-Naby Scott Wallin
      Roger Goodman    

      Youthlink

      A young person's guide to helping people and changing lives. Youthlink

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      Email & Phone

      If you want general information about Hopelink, or are not sure where to call, try our administrative office: 425.869.6000.

      You may also choose to contact us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      Dart Ride Request

      ESL jobs

      Looking for a job? Want to learn how to write a resume?

      ESL JOBS is for ESL students who are looking for a job or would like to improve their job-related skills.

      No pre-registration is required. Call 425-889-7880 or toll-free 1-800-870-1912 with any questions.
      Days and Times Location Fall Quarter Class Dates
      Mondays through Thursdays
      9:00am - 12:00pm (noon) Kirkland/Northshore Center
      11011 120th Ave. NE
      Kirkland, WA 98033 Jan 11 - March 25, 2010

      No class Jan 18, Feb 11 or Feb 15

      Family Development

      No problem exists in isolation: lasting solutions must address the whole family system. The Family Development Program helps prevent homelessness by helping families build strength, stability and resources.

      In Hopelink’s Family Development Program, families at risk of homelessness work with a trained Family Development Case Manager; together they focus on identifying strengths, addressing obstacles, and working to set and attain goals. Based on the success of our Transitional Housing program model, the Family Development Program works to prevent homelessness and help families on the edge of crisis move to greater stability.

      Everyone needs a support system. For many of us, that safety net comes in the form of family, friends, job contacts, financial resources, skills and resilience. The Family Development Program first provides a Hopelink support system for struggling families, and then helps the family build its own support network.

      The power of the Family Development Program is its holistic approach. Our Family Development Case Managers help the family determine its own strengths and direction, and then is there to support the family in making practical and lasting change.

      Specific tools include:

        * Employment training and job retention skills
        * Internship placement to gain work skills and experience
        * Classes in budgeting, parenting and other life skills
        * Advocacy in legal and administrative processes
        * Connections to community resources for education, medical and mental health care, recovery from alcohol or drug abuse when necessary, and other services.

      For more information call: 425-883-4755

      Hopelink locations

      Español

      Hopelink All Agency Brochure - Spanish.pdf

      Desde 1971, Hopelink ha servido a personas sin hogar y de bajos recursos, tanto a familias como a niños y niñas, ancianos y personas discapacitadas.  La misión de Hopelink es promover la auto-suficiencia para todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad; ayudamos a que la gente haga cambios, pero cambios duraderos.

          Nuestros servicios incluyen:

      • Bancos de comida dos veces al mes
      • Asistencia de emergencia financiera
      • Asistencia para calentar su hogar
      • Albergues de emergencia familiar
      • Hogares de transición
      • Alfabetismo para Adultos
      • Desarrollo familiar
      • Iniciativa para trabajos en la comunidad
      • Asistencia para trabajar
      • Transporte
      • Programas de aprendizaje de por vida

          Los centros de emergencia de Hopelink estan localizados en Bellevue, Kirkland/Northshore, Redmond, Shoreline y en Sno-Valley.

      425-869-6000

       

      Social Networking

      Hopelink Twitters, do you? Follow Hopelink on Twitter at @Hopelink.

      Visit Hopelink’s Facebook page. Stop by and become a fan!

      Join our circle on our Google+ page.

      View Hopelink’s videos on our YouTube page.

      Publications

      Hopelink's publications available for viewing or download in pdf file format.

      Planned Giving

      If the idea of transforming a community excites you...
      If you love helping your neighbors...
      If you seek a way to forge opportunities for those in need well into the coming decades...

      Then you’ll want to learn about Hopelink’s Future of Hope legacy circle.

      Please contact Jason Puz, Development Officer for information on how you can include Hopelink in your will or estate plans. 

      Call 425.869.7835 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      For Sample Bequest Language click here. (pdf file)

      For Information about Stock Transfers click here. (pdf file)

       

      GED

      Energy Assistance Documents and Forms

      Required documentation for energy assistance

      Documentation Requirements are as follows:
      (You must bring all of the following documents to your appointment)

      1. All gross income received for all household members 18 years and older during the previous 3 calendar months not including the month of your appointment. Income documents include:
        • All paystubs
          - Please note we go by the pay date not the pay period.

        • Child support
          - Please provide documents or a signed statement from the payor.

        • COPES/ SSPS
          - For any household member who COPSE/SSPS in any of the previous 3 calendar months please print and sign a copy of our COPES and Child Care Income Verification Form

        • GAU, TANF, SSI and/or Social Security
          - Please provide a current award letter.

        • No income
          - For any member who did not receive income in any of the previous 3 calendar months please print and sign a copy of our Declaration of No-Income form

        • Pension, Retirement and/or Annuities
          - Please provide a current award letter or paystub.

        • Self-Employed
          - Business ledgers and receipts for all expenses.

        • Unemployment
          - For any household member who receives Unemployment in any of the previous 3 calendar months please print and sign a copy of our Employment Securities Form.

      2. Social security card* or legal document with the social security number for each person in the household. Legal documents that contain social security numbers may be:
        • Tax documents
        • Paystubs
        • Unemployment stubs
        • For children under 18, we will accept birth certificates, ID cards, medical coupons or medical cards.
        *Unless client has NEVER been issued a Social Security number.

      3. Picture ID with the birthdate of the person who will be signing the application.

      4. A second proof of address, which can include:
        • Phone bill
        • Subsidized housing calculation worksheet
        • Lease agreement or rent receipt
        • Mortgage or tax statement if you are a homeowner
      5. Your current heating bill and your electric bill, if they are not the same.

      Application Policies:

      • All applicants must call the Energy Assistance Line at 800.348.7144 to schedule an appointment.
      • We do not take walk-in appointments.
      • We do not make appointments via e-mail or any other electronic means.

      PSE HELP Income Guidelines

      2014-2015 PSE HELP Income Eligibility Guidelines

      House-hold size
      (# of people)
      Monthly Income (After Taxes if applicable) House-hold Size
      (# of people)
      Monthly Income (After Taxes if applicable)
      1 $1,459 13 $6,325
      2 $1,966 14 $6,714
      3 $2,474 15 $7,137
      4 $2,981 16 $7,559
      5 $3,489 17 $7,982
      6 $3,996 18 $8,405
      7 $4,504 19 $8,828
      8 $4,854 20 $9,251
      9 $5,146 21 $9,674
      10 $5,442 22 $10,097
      11 $5,733 23 $10,520
      12 $6,029 24 $10,943

      LIHEAP Income Guidelines

      2014-2015 LIHEAP Income Eligibility Guidelines

      Household Size
      (# of people)
      Monthly Income (After Taxes if applicable) Household Size
      (# of people)
      Monthly Income (After Taxes if applicable)
      1 $1,216 13 $6,291
      2 $1,639 14 $6,714
      3 $2,062 15 $7,137
      4 $2,484 16 $7,559
      5 $2,907 17 $7,982
      6 $3,330 18 $8,405
      7 $3,753 19 $8,828
      8 $4,176 20 $9,251
      9 $4,599 21 $9,674
      10 $5,022 22 $10,097
      11 $5,445 23 $10,520
      12 $5,868 24 $10,943

      Event And Campaign Sponsorships

      Link your business with Hopelink as a sponsor of our tremendously successful events and community campaigns. Your business gains an opportunity to promote your brand to new audiences.

      Some examples of benefits your business could receive are:

      • Logo acknowledgement on event posters
      • Named as a sponsor in press releases connected to the event
      • Recognized in the Reaching Out publication-100,000 circulated annually
      • Recognized in Hopelink's annual thank-you ad placed in the Puget Sound Business Journal

      Sponsorship benefits are catered to individual sponsors and specific recognition level descriptions are available at your request. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for additional Hopelink fundraising activities are also available.

      Employee Engagement

      Employee engagement is simple: employees are encouraged to bring food or funds and deposit them in collection receptacles in their office or donate online via a Web page customized just for your company. Hopelink also encourages employers to match employee giving.

      Employee campaigns are a great way of getting people involved in helping those in need who live in our community. This program emphasizes that each individual can help make a lasting change in our community. Employee engagement also raises employee morale and creates a culture of giving within your organization.

      Locations

      Centers are open for services Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm except as noted.

      Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

      Last year, more than 3,786 Hopelink volunteers donated over 65,020 hours to help people in need. Please join us!

      ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

      General Food Bank
      Assist before, during, or after food bank hours in one or more of the following:
      • check clients in and out
      • assist with loading into cars
      • receive, sort, and stock food donations
      • greet donors and provide receipts when needed
      • clean up and organize food bank as needed
      **Special need – Strong folks who can move heavy cases and crates of food around the building during food bank hours
      Must be age 12+ and supervised by an adult if under 16
      Age 7-11 may volunteer behind the scenes sorting donations and some other tasks
      Able to lift at least 35 lbs, preferably 50 lbs repeatedly
      Commitment: 3 months


      Food Donation Pick-Up Driver - **BIG NEED!**
      • Pick up food donations from grocery stores weekday mornings, 2-3 hours per week and deliver to food banks
      • Larger vehicle preferred but not mandatory
      • Able to lift at least 50 lbs
      • 18+ with valid WA State driver’s license and insurance
      • Food Worker’s certification preferred
      Commitment: 6 months, weekly


      Home Delivery Driver - **BIG NEED!**
      • Deliver food to home-bound clients
      • Able to lift at least 25 lbs
      • 18+ with valid WA State driver’s license and insurance
      • Commitment: 6 months


      Clothing bank volunteer
      • Sort donations, hang clothes, maintain display racks and keep area organized
      Location: Carnation/Sno Valley Hopelink Center


      Front Desk Volunteer
      Refer callers, greet walk-in guests, type, and computer data-entry. Must be 18+, fluent in reading, writing, and spoken English. Bi-lingual skills helpful. Screening interview and pre-service training required.
      Commitment: 6 months, 4-5 hours/wk


      Housing – Moving assistance
      Deliver and assemble furniture and other household items for residents.
      • Can lift at least 25 lbs
      • Valid WA State driver’s license and insurance.
      • Minimum age – 18.


      Housing – Homework Enrichment
      Help children living in the Hopelink housing facility with their homework. Additional one-hour training requirement. 
      Minimum age: 18 Commitment: 9 months


      Housing – Childcare - Duvall
      Provide enrichment opportunities and supervision for children in Hopelink Housing.
      Screening interview and pre-service training required. 
      Minimum age: 16 Commitment: 6 months


      Adult Education – Childcare
      • Childcare leaders and assistants to work with kids while parents are studying
      Various locations in North and East King County, depending on the quarter and instructor availability and are offered year-round at a variety of times: morning, afternoon, and evening.
      IMPORTANT: Childcare leaders are currently our biggest need. This job is vital to the success of our adult learners; lack of childcare hinders them from attending class and reaching their goals. Please consider this role!
      Minimum age: 16 Commitment: 6 months


      Outreach & Events
      There are often many community-hosted events and drives where representation from Hopelink is requested.  Staff availability is limited due to the high demand.  You can help us to participate in many more of these and spread the word about the good work Hopelink does!
      Activities may include:
      • Dropping off or picking up supplies or donations.
      • Writing receipts for donated food or other supplies.
      • Picking up materials prior to tabling at an event.  At events, Volunteer lays out the materials on the table provided   and passes out brochures and answers questions. Feel free to bring a friend or family member! 
      • Thanking the individual or group for coordinating their event and including Hopelink as a beneficiary.
      Prerequisites: Age 18 + or accompanied by an adult. Attend a brief training on how to answer frequently asked questions, and go over a summary of what we do at Hopelink before signing up for an event.


      Group Opportunity - Prepare and serve monthly dinner:
            Hopelink’s Redmond housing facility is looking for groups to provide dinners on the first Wednesday of every month. The group is responsible to purchase, prepare, and serve a meal to the families at Avondale. We are looking for groups to make an on-going commitment.
            The dinner is offered to all resident families (59 families) and it is usually attended by about 75 people. We offer the Wednesday dinner to help build community between the members at the facility. The volunteers are encouraged to visit with residents and create a comfortable atmosphere. There is the option to prepare and cook food on site, but all of our current groups have found it easiest to prepare at home and bring the food in. We would love to have a group willing to commit for a year. We currently have three churches serving dinner and the groups serving dinner rotate throughout the church members, so it’s not as large a commitment to a few individuals. Groups serving should be between 6-10 people.


      Group Opportunity –
      Adopt an Apartment:
      Supply and set up a standard apartment with the furnishings and household goods needed to welcome a homeless family to our transitional housing program.
      Some of the furnishings needed may be:
      • Complete twin, double, queen beds
      • Nightstand and Lamp, Dressers
      • Small desk, bookshelf
      • Couch or loveseat
      • Living room chairs
      • Towels and sheets
      • Coffee/end tables
      • Flatware/dishes/cookware
      • Kitchen table and chairs
      • NO glass tables, TVs, or computers

        Needs vary with each family. The volunteer group will be contacted with a list of what is required and the items will need to be assembled within one to two weeks’ time. All furniture items must be in excellent condition with no tears or stains and structurally sound. Preferably, the furniture should not be new or excessively elaborate, but at the same time, respectful of our families.
        Groups that participate in this volunteer opportunity will need to have access to a truck to deliver the furnishings and enough volunteers to set up the apartment. The volunteer group must also have a storage space for donated items until they are needed. Some groups choose to have members store their items at their homes until they arrange for a truck to pick them up.


      Hopelink’s Travel Training Programs
      Get people in King County moving! We empower people to change their lives by facilitating access to the community.
      Come teach, learn, and experience what mobility means to the folks in your neighborhood.
      Our Programs
      1. Getting Around Puget Sound: These volunteers provide free one-on-one transportation assistance in community centers, libraries, events, and gathering places.
      2. Travel Ambassadors: Provide travel resources and training to employees of social service agencies, medical providers, and community organizations. Their clients then benefit from staff knowledge.
      3. Ride Around The Sound: Free, guided excursions on public transit for groups unfamiliar with the transportation system. Volunteers help eliminate the “fear factor” and grow the clients’ confidence.
      Who we serve
      We work to increase community members’ independence and mobility. The truth is—everyone has to get from point A to point B, and everyone’s situation is different. We work with low-income communities, immigrant and refugee communities, the youth and elderly, people with disabilities, veterans, and ANYONE who wants to chat with us :)
      Who are YOU?
      • Someone who enjoys education and people.
      • Perhaps a bus rider, carpooler, or bicyclist
      • A person that may have a passion for sustainability or social justice.
      • Someone who knows how to get around! And wants to help bring a source of independence to individuals.
      COME JOIN US!


      Mobility Management - Help Getting Around

      Help Getting Around – The Hopelink Mobility Management team empowers people to change their lives by facilitating access to the community. We provide travel education and resources through three training programs in King County. We also help to facilitate the coordination of special needs transportation to better serve the community..

      For more information, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call 425-943-6760, or follow the links:
      Mobility Management - Help Getting Around


      Hopelink Travel Programs
      Hopelink Travel Programs

      Getting Around Puget Sound (GAPS)

      This program connects King County residents with information about travel options, increasing independence and mobility. GAPS volunteer travel trainers provide one-on-one transportation assistance in community centers, libraries and gathering places. Want to be a Getting Around Puget Sound (GAPS) Volunteer? Register for Hopelink’s comprehensive training by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). GAPS volunteers are asked to make a 6 month commitment for 2-4 hours per month (hours may vary by location). The minimum age is 16. Bilingual volunteers are needed!
      GAPS volunteer contact form.

      Travel Ambassadors

      Hopelink partners with social services agencies and community organizations to provide travel training and resources to employees who work with clients. Increase client independence and mobility through reliable transportation information and education about options “beyond the bus.” Want to provide this resource to your staff and clients?

      Register your staff for Hopelink’s free comprehensive training. Trip planning tools, bus schedules, permit & pass options, service animals and mobility devices are addressed in the training session. Attendees receive a transportation reference manual, brochures, and other materials to assist clients. Hopelink provides on-going support to keep staff up to date as programs and transportation options change. To schedule a training for your site, contact 425.943.6760 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      Ride Around The Sound (RAS)

      The Hopelink Travel Program provides Ride Around the Sound (RAS) excursions to groups on public transportation in King County. This program increases independence and mobility through guided trips to cultural, educational, or service locations or outdoor events and sites. Pre-trip instruction is included and bus/transit fares are provided by King County Metro and Sound Transit. Please note that entrance fees are not provided, but agencies may determine the trip destination.

      For additional information about volunteering, to schedule a training for your site, or book a future excursion, contact 425.943.6760 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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      Special Needs Transportation Policy Coordination
      Special Needs Transportation Policy Coordination
      Hopelink provides grant-funded staff support to the King County Mobility Coalition and three sub-regional mobility coalitions in King County. At the regional level, Hopelink is a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Special Needs Transportation Committee. Follow the links below for more information.

      image metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/kccsnt/
      image www.eastsideeasyrider.org/
      image  www.nuhsa.org/mobility
      image S. King Co. Mobility Coalition Flyer.pdf
       image www.psrc.org/about/advisory/snc/

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      Find Accessible Transportation in Your Neighborhood!

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      • Hyde Shuttle: 206-727-6262, toll-free 1-800-282-5815,
        TTY 206-296-3701
      • Metro Transit
        • Access Transportation: 206-263-3113, TTY 711
        • Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART): 866-261-3278, TTY 800-246-1646
        • Rideshare Operations: 888-814-1300, TTY 800-833-6388, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        • Taxi Scrip Program: 206-553-3060, TTY 206-684-2029
      • Northshore Senior Center Transportation: 425-286-1026
      • Regional Reduced Fare Permit: 206-553-3000 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
      • Senior Volunteer Transportation: 206-448-5740, (toll-free) 800-282-5815
      • Snoqualmie Valley Transportation: 425-888-7001 or 425-333-5554
      • Sound Transit: 888-889-6368, TTY 711
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      Community Partners

      If you are in need of services and are outside of Hopelink's service area, please contact one of our community partners serving your area.

      Seattle
      Centerstone (formerly Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP))
      722 18th Avenue
      206.812.4940
      www.centerstone.org

      El Centro de la Raza
      2524 16th Ave S
      206.329.9442
      www.elcentrodelaraza.com

      Neighborhood House
      905 Spruce Street
      206.461.8430
      www.nhwa.org

      Seattle Conservation Corp
      7400 Sandpoint Way NE
      206.684.0101
      www.seattle.gov/parks/scc/

      Multi-Service Center
      1200 South 336th St, Federal Way
      800.422.1384
      www.multi-servicecenter.com

      Media Center

      Relevant Articles

      Hopelink provides this list of articles and reports to offer information about issues affecting families in need in our community, statewide, and nationwide.

      Areas of Service

      Hopelink provides social services in North and East King County, Washington between the I-90 corridor to the Seattle city limits and the Snohomish County line, and from the shores of Lake Washington to the crest of the Cascades, an area of 800 square miles.

      Hopelink's transportation contracts cover King and Snohomish counties.

      If you require assistance, but live in Seattle or South King County, please review our list of community partners to find an organization that serves your area.

      Additionally you can contact the statewide assistance line by dialing 2-1-1 on your phone. More information is available at win211.org

      View the list of Hopelink centers.

      Click a center on the map to get locations details or go to the locations page.

      Privacy Policy

      Your privacy is important. We will never give your name or contact information to any person or organization outside of Hopelink, without your explicit permission. We will not assume we have your permission unless we have individual contact with you, either by phone, email, post, or in-person meeting.

      We do not sell, rent or share our mailing lists with any non-Hopelink person or organization. Hopelink does track website visitors through Google Analytics, but no data collected is only used to improve website performance, and this data is not shared outside of Hopelink.

      If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy regarding contact with Hopelink, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      Hopelink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To view the our most recent Tax-Form 990 please visit our nonprofit status page.
      Federal ID #: 91-0982116

      Policy of Nondiscrimination: Hopelink is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any Hopelink-sponsored program or activity on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259). Hopelink further assures that every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.

      Hopelink is registered with GuideStar, an online database of nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) by the IRS. GuideStar data is collected directly from the organizations and from the IRS.
      GuideStar is a project of Philanthropic Research, Inc. (PRI), a nonprofit organization providing information to support better donor decision-making, greater nonprofit operating effectiveness, and a more efficient allocation of resources to and within the nonprofit sector. To this end, PRI works to provide the public with a database of quality information about the programs and finances of U.S. nonprofit organizations.

      Hopelink is registered with the State of Washington Secretary of State’s Charitable Solicitations Program, and is in full compliance with the State of Washington Charitable Solicitations Act.  (Secretary of State’s Charities Hotline: 800.332.GIVE.)

      Non-Profit Status

      Hopelink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, Hopelink is registered with GuideStar, an online database of nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) by the IRS. GuideStar data is collected directly from the organizations and from the IRS.

      GuideStar is a project of Philanthropic Research, Inc. (PRI), a nonprofit organization providing information to support better donor decision-making, greater nonprofit operating effectiveness, and a more efficient allocation of resources to and within the nonprofit sector. To this end, PRI works to provide the public with a database of quality information about the programs and finances of U.S. nonprofit organizations.

      Hopelink is registered with the State of Washington Secretary of State’s Charitable Solicitations Program, and is in full compliance with the State of Washington Charitable Solicitations Act.  (Secretary of State’s Charities Hotline: 800.332.GIVE.)

      To view our most recent Tax-Form 990 (pdf file), please click here.

      Federal ID #: 91-0982116

      Contact Us

      Hopelink Contact Information

      Hopelink Administration includes our Administrative, Finance, Human Resources, Development and Communications departments. It is the home base for Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas.

      If you want general information about Hopelink, or are not sure where to call, try our administrative office: 425.869.6000.
      You may also choose to contact us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      Address:
      10675 Willows Road NE
      Willows Creek Corporate Center
      Suite 275
      Redmond, WA 98052

      Or

      P.O. Box 3577
      Redmond, WA 98073-3577

      Media Contacts

      Darrell Bulmer
      Communications Manager
      Redmond, Washington
      .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
      425-869-6025
      Cell: 425-412-0924

      Kris Betker
      Hopelink Public Relations Specialist
      Redmond, Washington
      .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
      425-869-2440
      Cell: 206-605-6843

      Press Releases

      News/Press

      Application Help

      If you are having problems applying for a job on our job site, please try the following steps.

      Be sure your resume document is closed when you try to upload it.

      Your application process is four steps long:

      • Page 1 - Posting and basic information
      • Page 2 - Upload your resume
      • Page 3 - Cut and paste your cover letter
      • Page 4 - Confirm your information and print if desired; then click finished
      Problem Steps to Try
      I can’t move on from the posting and basic information page when I click Next. User error information is displayed at the very top of the page, above the job description. If you have made errors, left out information, or used your browser’s back button, the web page will tell you what you need to do to correct it.
      I'm stuck on a page and can't move forward.
      • Close out your web browser program and re-launch it.
      • Restart your computer, then relaunch the browser.
      I can’t upload my resume. Try accessing the link using a different web browser. Hidden conflicts between your computer’s software and web browsers sometimes cause problems. Some common choices are:
      • Google Chrome
      • Mozilla Firefox
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer
      Try saving your resume in a different format, like PDF.
      • Make sure your file format is on the list of acceptable formats (right column, this page).
      Try saving your resume in a different location - on a flash drive, on your desk top, etc., and upload from there.

      Energy Assistance

      The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists low income renters and homeowners with their winter heating bills and the Puget Sound Energy HELP Program (PSE HELP) assists low income renters and homeowners with their PSE bills.

      The LIHEAP Program runs from October through June, or as funds remain available. PSE HELP operates from October through September (year-round), or as funds remain available.

      To apply for assistance, please call our Energy Assistance line: toll-free 800.348.7144 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are required, and are located at all Hopelink food bank sites, as well as the Issaquah Senior Center and the Mt. SI Senior Center (North Bend). Calling this toll-free number is the only way to make an appointment.

      Find more resources and information about saving energy at: http://energysesm.hope-link.org.

      You must be in a zip code served by Hopelink to receive assistance. See our zipcode chart on the right.

      View the LIHEAP Income Eligibility Guidelines.

      View the PSE Income Eligibility Guidelines.

      View required documents and forms.

      Service Area

      Hopelink provides social services in north and east King County, Washington between the I-90 corridor to the Seattle city limits and the Snohomish County line, and from the shores of Lake Washington to the crest of the Cascades, an area of 800 square miles.

      Hopelink's transportation contracts cover King and Snohomish counties. Also, Hopelink's Transportation program serves some clients outside of King County for specific issues.

      Hopelink Service Area

      Click a center on the map to get locations details or go to the locations page.

      If you require assistance, but live in Seattle or South King County, please review our list of community partners to find an organization that serves your area.

      Employment Program

      The Hopelink Employment Program (HEP) offers a unique opportunity for clients to prepare for and work towards their short and long term career goals. The program is driven by the client’s independent choices and employment outcomes. HEP offers both one-on-one assistance with career development and a weekly workshop series for job readiness skills.

      One-on-one assistance with career development includes:

      • Setting Career Goals
      • Career & Education Research
      • Career Assessments
      • Community Referrals
      • Post-Employment Support
      Job readiness workshops include:
      • Resumes
      • Cover Letters
      • Job Applications
      • Job Search Methods
      • Interview Preparation
      • Workplace Etiquette

      We follow our clients’ employment and education success for up to 12 months after placement to provide them with additional support in achieving their career goals.

      Please contact the Hopelink Employment Program at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

      Please note: this is a training program for clients to help them increase their job skills.

      For a list of current openings at Hopelink please visit our career opportunities page.

      Financial Help

      Emergency rental assistance, bus fare to get to a job interview: Hopelink can help with needs that often fall through the cracks of other available assistance.

      Rent
      Our Eviction Prevention program can help a family stay in their home in times of financial crisis by providing a portion of the funds required. And our First Month’s Rent program is there to support families who are getting back on their feet, assisting with a portion of the high costs of setting up a new home.  To apply for assistance, contact the Hopelink center nearest you.

      Emergency Financial Assistance
      On a case-by-case basis, Hopelink can often help with those costs which might make the difference between a family going hungry or homeless, and the family surviving.  To apply for assistance, contact the Hopelink center nearest you.

      All Hopelink sites serve as community resources, providing information and referrals to thousands seeking help with medical care, employment, housing, counseling and other critical needs.

      Tax Preparation
      Through the United Way, low-income working individuals and families who file a federal income tax return may be able to receive money back from the government through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  If you meet the requirements, the Earned Income Tax Credit can help you and your family keep more of what you earn. See more information on the United Way of King County website.

      Food

      When a family doesn't have enough food - the most basic human need - stability in other areas is impossible. Hopelink provides food for survival and nutrition education for self-sufficiency.

      At each of our five centers, Hopelink food banks offer food from every nutritional group, as well as baby items and personal care products. Please call the food bank in your specific service area (see below) so that we can schedule an appointment for you to register for food bank.There are special distribution times for seniors and people with disabilities, and evening hours for working families.  We make weekly deliveries to clients who are homebound. Hopelink center contact information.

      Hopelink also has an Emergency Feeding Services program.

      Bellevue
      Days of Operation Start Time End Time
      1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mondays 10:00am 2:00pm
      1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays 3:00pm 7:00pm
      1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays 10:00am 2:00pm
      1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Thursdays 10:00am 2:00pm

       

      Kirkland/Northshore
      Days of Operation Start Time End Time
      Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am 4:00 pm
      Tuesday & Thursday noon 6:30 pm
      Clients may come in any open hours during their assigned weeks.
      Please note: One week each quarter is a "fifth" week where there will be no foodbank; the week might span the end of one month and the beginning of the next. If in doubt, call the foodbank to make sure they will be open. 425.889.7880

       

      Redmond
        Days of Operation Start Time End Time
      Disabled and Seniors 1st and 3rd Thursdays 10:30 am noon
      Regular Food Bank 2nd and 4th Thursdays 10:30 am noon
      2nd and 4th Wednesdays 11:30 am 1:00 pm
      2nd and 4th Tuesdays 2:30 pm 4:00 pm
      Evening Foodbank 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

       

      Shoreline
      Days of Operation Start Time End Time
      1st and 3rd Tuesdays 10:00 am 1:00 pm
      2nd and 4th Tuesdays 5:00 pm 7:45 pm
      2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10:30 am 1:00 pm

       

      Sno-Valley
        Days of Operation Start Time End Time
      Regular 1st and 3rd Thursdays noon 1:30 pm
      Evening 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 5:30 pm 6:45 pm

       

      Northlake Foodbank
      Days of Operation Start Time End Time
      2nd and 4th Tuesdays 4:30pm 6:30 pm
      Contact the Kirkland Northshore Center at 425-889-7880 to make a registration appointment

      Note: The above schedules are based on the center’s business days. If a holiday falls during the week, it may affect the food bank schedule (i.e. Memorial Day or Fourth of July). Call your local center if you have any questions.


      Education
      While our food banks help families in crisis, we also believe in helping families to make lasting change by learning about nutrition, safe food handling, and budgeting for groceries.

      Housing

      Families can become homeless for many reasons. Domestic violence, sudden lay-offs, unaffordable rent increases, the high cost of medical care for an unforeseen illness or injury; these are just some of the crises that sometimes leave families without a roof over their heads. Every family needs a safe, stable home base; it is especially important for children. Hopelink works on many levels to help families find or stay in safe, affordable housing.

      Hopelink has a new way to access housing information by phone.  Please call 211 with any questions regarding access to Hopelink’s housing program. The 211 program is a statewide assistance line. More information at: win211.org

      Eviction Prevention
      When a family is in danger of losing its home in a crisis, Hopelink offers a program that can help to provide a portion of the funds needed to prevent eviction. Preventing homelessness costs at least five times less than helping a family regain stable housing after it is lost.  Please contact the closest Hopelink emergency service center to find out more about this service and how Hopelink may be able to assist. 
      Contact your nearest Hopelink emergency service center.

      First Month’s Rent
      When a low income family is establishing a new home - often for the first time - Hopelink offers a program that can help to pay a portion of the high costs of settling into a new apartment. This kind of assistance can make the difference for a family on the verge of self-sufficiency. To learn more, please contact the closest Hopelink emergency service center. 
      Contact your nearest Hopelink emergency service center.

      Emergency Family Shelter
      Our shelter is a short-term home base, providing support for homeless families while they look for more permanent housing. Trained case managers help families determine a realistic plan of action and get the support and resources they need. Call 211 for assistance.

      Transitional Housing
      Hopelink’s Transitional Housing Program is a comprehensive system to help families move from crisis to stability to self-sufficiency. Our transitional housing facilities in Bellevue, Redmond and Bothell provide a secure home for up to two years. During their time with us, each family works one on one with a trained case manager to determine their strengths, overcome obstacles, and set and meet goals.

      With Hopelink’s support, families in our transitional housing achieve such successes as repairing their credit, learning to budget and manage finances, writing a resume, finding a job, learning parenting skills, and finding permanent housing. Since the program’s beginning in 1989, nearly every family that has participated in the Hopelink Transitional Housing Program has gone on to find and retain permanent housing. Call 211 for assistance.

      Transportation & DART

      From critical trips to kidney dialysis and chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients, to daily trips to Children’s Hospital and for seniors who must have routine medical visits to avoid nursing homes, transportation can make the crucial difference between being homebound and isolated, or healthy and active.

      SNOHOMISH COUNTY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION NUMBERS:
      Reservation Number: 1-855-766-7433
      Reservation Fax: 425-644-9447
      TDD/TTY Line: 800-246-1646
      My Ride Line: 1-888-913-2172 (Cancel ride or check on status of ride)
      Hours, requirements and more information
      Download or view info sheet (pdf)
      Transportation brochures (pdf): English, Spanish, Russian

      KING COUNTY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION NUMBERS:
      Reservation Number: 1-800-923-7433
      Reservation Fax: 425-644-9447
      TDD/TTY Line: 800-246-1646
      My Ride Line: 1-800-595-2172 (Cancel ride or check on status of ride)
      Hours, requirements and more information
      Transportation brochures (pdf): English, Russian, Spanish

      If you are with a facility calling to request an interpreter, you will need to contact CTS Language Link. You can reach them at 1-800-535-7358 or you can go online to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      Medicaid Transportation -- In partnership with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Hopelink coordinates transportation to and from medical appointments for low income residents on Medicaid assistance. Hopelink arranges the most appropriate, least costly method of transportation.

      DART -- Hopelink operates Dial-a-Ride Transit (DART) under a contract with King County Metro. DART offers variable routing in some areas within King County. It operates on a fixed schedule with more flexibility than regular Metro Transit buses. Request a DART pick-up

      VETS-GO Veterans Transportation -- VETS-GO.com is an online resource for veterans, service members, and their families to find the right transportation options to fit their individual needs.

      The VETS-GO website is designed to serve as a ‘one-click’ or single web destination for veterans, service members, their families to access the available transportation options in King County. VETS-GO aggregates a number of transportation services- from public transit, community shuttles, paratranist/access vehicles, airport shuttles, VA shuttles, trains, veteran service organization vans, ferries, and taxis- into a single website allowing users to find the best transportation option for their needs.

      The site also features links to third party travel tools including regional trip planners, travel training programs, and a real-time traffic map. In addition, VETS-GO includes a Veterans Resources page that serves as a resource guide to connect site users to government agencies and veteran-focused community-based organizations that provide support in several areas such as housing, financial assistance, employment, legal assistance, education, and mental health. http://vets-go.com/

      Hopelink Transportation also offers the following services:

      • Mobility Management - Help Getting Around. Tools for social service professionals to provide transit options information for their clients.
      • Schedulers at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to arrange non-emergency patient and staff transportation and package delivery.
      • Schedulers at Seattle Children's Hospital arrange non-emergency patient transportation.
      • Brokering transportation for clients of contracting school districts, social service and healthcare agencies throughout King County.
      • Technical assistance, such as driver training and vehicle acquisition, to other organizations developing and operating transportation services.
      Contact information:
      • General transportation information: 425.943.6789
      • Metro DART reservations: 866.261.3278
      Useful documents and links:

      Adult Education

      The Adult Education Department provides free basic skills training to adult residents of north and east King County. Our programs serve Hopelink’s mission to promote self-sufficiency for community members through literacy programs focused on the world of work or on preparing for a high school equivalency credential.

      Detailed program information and schedules are available at adulteducation.hope-link.org. Please also visit the Hopelink GED Facebook page!

      Our two flagship programs are:

      English for Work (ESL)

      This one-quarter course offers immigrant job seekers oral and written English skill training so that they may find a job on their own or be ready to work with an employment specialist. Active job seekers at an intermediate/advanced English level will acquire the language ability to speak and write about their skills and experience in the context of job-seeking.

      Classes meet twice a week at various locations in north and east King County and include online homework and one-on-one coaching on career goals, resumes and interview skills. The course trains students on navigation of U.S. work culture and how to communicate with coworkers and supervisors. Co-enrollment with Hopelink’s Employment program is encouraged. For information contact Marci at 425-250-3007.

      GED Classes

      GED stands for General Educational Development. When you pass the GED exam you earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Hopelink offers GED in Redmond, Kirkland/Northshore and Bellevue. Classes provide staff-guided, individualized instruction in the basic literacy skills required to pass the battery of GED tests. Our adult students include teens aged 16-19 who have exited the public school system. Classes run 10 weeks per quarter. Students may continue in class as long as they meet participation requirements and are progressing. Students attend class at least twice a week to progress towards GED certificate completion. Please see our current class schedule.

      To be able to join a class you must first sign up for and attend a GED Orientation Session. To sign up call 425-250-3030.

      Other types of classes are offered periodically.

      Get Help

      Hopelink clients have access to all of Hopelink's services and other community services through every Hopelink center or program. Upon entering a Hopelink program, clients go through an intake interview and are referred to all programs and services necessary to work toward self-sufficiency and end the cycle of homelessness.

      Services include:

      In-Kind Donations

      Hopelink food banks depend on food donations from individuals and groups (businesses, schools, churches, service clubs) to serve more than 3,000 families each week. We can't do it without you!

      These are the items currently most needed year-round at our foodbanks (items in bold are most needed):

      • Canned Meals
      • Canned Meat
      • Cereal
      • Dry Beans
      • Fruit (Canned or Fresh)
      • Pasta
      • Peanut Butter
      • Rice
      • Soup
      • Tomato Products
      • Vegetables (Canned or Fresh)

      Suggested non-food items - year round need

      • Baby items: including, size 3-6 diapers, wipes and formula, etc
      • Hygiene Items: toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo/soap, deodorant, razors, combs, brushes, etc
      • Paper items: toilet paper, paper towels, foil, ziplocks, etc.
      • Household and cleaning items: dish or dishwasher soap, Windex or other cleaning products, laundry soap

      These items can be brought to any of our five Emergency Service Centers.  Please call first to confirm hours of operation.

      Hopelink also appreciates donations of fresh produce, including fruits and vegetables grown by family gardeners.  Donations of fresh produce should be newly harvested and in excellent consumable condition. To ensure that your produce donation can be provided to families in need while it is still fresh, please contact your nearest Hopelink food bank to find out when to deliver your donation of fresh produce. You may provide your donation to one of Hopelink's food banks in Bellevue, Carnation, Kirkland/Northshore, Shoreline or Redmond.

      Please note: Hopelink is unable to accept the donations of alcohol and medications (including vitamins).

      Phone numbers and addresses of Hopelink food banks are listed here.

      Clothing Banks
      The Sno-Valley Center in Carnation is the only Hopelink center that accepts clothing. 

      When we are accepting donations we welcome clothing that is clean and in good condition.  The Hopelink Sno-Valley Center is grateful for the generous donations of clothing, shoes and bedding that community members supply to the Hopelink clothing bank in Carnation. We are able to distribute these items to low-income families across the Snoqualmie Valley due to your generosity.

      Furnishings for Transitional Housing
      Hopelink accepts gently used furnishings that are in excellent condition. Most needed are complete queen and twin beds, kitchen tables and chairs, dressers, small couches, lamps, small tables and bookshelves. Items should not have any tears or stains and be structurally sound. We cannot accept glass topped tables or shelving. We do not have the ability to pick up donations, but if you are able to deliver your items, please call Jeanne at 425-885-0043x104.

      Vehicle Donations
      Hopelink partners with Volunteers of America to benefit from your vehicle donation. If you have a car, boat or other vehicle you would like to donate (running or not), please call 1-877-CAR-4-VOA (1-877-227-4862). They will coordinate pickup of the vehicle and all paperwork. Please mention Hopelink when calling to make sure we receive the proceeds of the donation.

      Careers

      Hopelink is an organization that prides itself on teamwork. Hopelink staff are dedicated to our mission and to supporting the people we serve. Enjoy a friendly work environment among highly capable co-workers, with the rewards of helping families in need! Hopelink employs about 275 people among our multiple sites. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer highly committed to workplace diversity, we offer great benefits, and we'd love to hear from you!

      How We Help

      Hopelink offers an integrated array of programs that enable families in crisis to make progress toward and achieve self-sufficiency.

      Food
      Hopelink's five centers each offer food banks, plus food deliveries to elderly and disabled individuals who are homebound. Related programs include education and seasonal activities. Hopelink also offers an Emergency Feeding Service, which delivers bags of food to schools, religious institutions, and community centers to provide to families in need.
      Learn more about Hopelink's food programs.

      Housing
      Eviction prevention support can help families avoid homelessness. Our Emergency Family Shelter provides a temporary home base for homeless families. Hopelink Transitional Housing offers up to two years of housing and ongoing case-management support. The First Month's Rent program helps families get started in more permanent homes.
      Learn more about Hopelink's housing programs.

      Family Development
      The Family Development Program works with families at risk of homelessness, to help the family stay in their home and move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Family Development Specialists work one-on-one with the family, helping them assess their strengths, connect with community resources, and set and meet goals.
      Learn more about Hopelink's Family Development Program.

      Adult Education
      Hopelink's Adult Education Department is committed to providing a diverse selection of educational services to clients which meet their needs, build self-sufficiency and a habit of lifelong learning. The Adult Education programs address literacy and lifelong learning.
      Learn more about Hopelink's Adult Education Program.

      Financial Education
      Money Smart classes educate individuals with the tools and skills necessary to be financially stable. Students will build knowledge, develop confidence, learn how to effectively use banks, and manage money.
      Learn more about Hopelink's Financial Education programs.

      Transportation
      Access to services can make the difference between being homebound and isolated, or healthy and active. Hopelink's TransportationBrokerage provides an essential link to the community for King County residents on Medicaid assistance, and to low income families and children. Our drivers and dispatchers also provide all of the Metro DART service in King County.
      Learn more about Hopelink's transportation program.

      Energy Assistance
      The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Puget Sound Energy Home Energy Lifeline Program (PSE HELP) assist with the high cost of heating and energy bills.
      Learn more about Hopelink's Energy Assistance program.

      Emergency Financial Assistance
      On a case-by-case basis, Hopelink can often help with those costs which might make the difference between a family going hungry or homeless, and the family surviving. In addition, we can often help with rent and other emergency needs that "fall through the cracks" of other available assistance. To apply for assistance, contact the Hopelink center nearest you.
      Learn more about Hopelink's Financial Assistance program.

      Part of the Solution

      Please consider the benefits of having Hopelink in your community and join us in becoming Part of The Solution

      Part of the Solution Gift Levels

      Changing Lives - $50,000 will seed a pilot-project to test new, innovative approaches in human services.

      Building Dreams - $25,000 will house five families and provide one-on-one case-management support for one year.

      Lifting Up - $10,000 will provide literacy and ESL tutoring for 65 students for one year.

      Reaching Out - $5,000 will prevent three to five families from becoming homeless by providing eviction prevention and emergency support services.

      Finding Hope - $2,500 will provide 1,140 households with fresh produce for one week.

      Helping People - $1,000 will provide 70 seniors with transportation to Hopelink food banks for one year.

      For more information please contact Hopelink at 425-869-7835. You are also eligible for membership in the Part of the Solution Philanthropist Circle if you choose to donate online at one of the levels listed above. You may also wish to review information about planned giving.

      Grants

      Private and corporate foundations are an invaluable source of support to Hopelink programs and services. With generous grant awards from many foundations, Hopelink is able to continue helping families move from crisis to increased self-sufficiency.

      Hopelink could not provide the services it does without the generosity and support of grants from businesses, family foundations and organizations. We would like to recognize and thank the following organizations for their continued grant support:

      2013 Grantors

      • The City of Bellevue
      • The City of Bothell
      • The City of Issaquah
      • The City of Kenmore
      • The City of Kirkland
      • The City of Redmond
      • The City of Shoreline
      • The City of Snoqualmie
      • The City of Woodinville
      • Aven Foundation
      • Bacon Family Foundation
      • BNSF Railroad Foundation
      • Brown Family Foundation
      • Byron and Alice Lockwood Foundation
      • Charis Fund
      • Charles Maxfield and Gloria Parrish Foundation
      • Cooper Levy Trust
      • Cooper-MacGrath Foundation
      • Crane Fund for Widows and Children
      • David McKinlay Trust
      • Duvall Civic Club
      • Eastside Community Aid Thrift
      • Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Company
      • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
      • Fletcher Bay Foundation
      • Harvest Foundation
      • Jones Family Foundation
      • Horizons Foundation
      • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
      • Kirkland Firefighters Benevolent Association
      • Kirkland Rotary Foundation
      • Knossos Foundation
      • Looking Out Foundation
      • Medina Foundation
      • Microsoft Corporation Community Affairs
      • Moccasin Lake Foundation
      • Norcliffe Foundation
      • Nordstrom
      • Outerwall
      • Paul Allen Family Foundation
      • RealNetworks Foundation
      • Redmond Rotary Foundation
      • Safeco Insurance Foundation
      • Schiff Foundation
      • Snoqualmie Tribe Fund
      • Summit Family Foundation
      • The Boeing Company
      • The Foster Foundation
      • The Bradley Family Foundation
      • The lookout Foundation
      • The Seattle Foundation
      • TJX Foundation
      • Tulalip Tribes
      • Turner Foundation
      • United Way of King County
      • U.S. Bancorp Foundation
      • Walmart Foundation
      • Wells Fargo Foundation
      • Wellworth Foundation
      • Wyman Youth Trust

      Business Relations

      The goal of the Hopelink Business Alliance is to raise the profile of business partners within our community, while also raising much needed funds and in-kind donations to help low-income families break the cycle of poverty and make lasting change in their lives.

      In the past two years, more than 900 businesses have partnered with Hopelink to support activities ranging from employee food drives to event sponsorships and grant funding.  By joining the Hopelink Business Alliance, your company can align its community philanthropy investments with your business values.  Whether your company is a large, international corporation or a small, family-run business, consider joining the Hopelink Business Alliance.

      How can I partner with Hopelink?

      • Event and Campaign Sponsorships: Link your business with Hopelink as a sponsor of our tremendously successful events and community campaigns.
      • Employee Engagement: Connect your employees and co-workers with direct hands-on community drives or activities.
      • Contributions and Grants: Many companies, small and large, have formed corporate foundations to channel their giving through formal, tax-deductible cash contributions and grants.

      How do I get more information? We would love to talk with you about how your business can make a difference and improve our community. Call or email to join or learn more: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 425-869-6000.

      Donate

      Right here in our neighborhoods, people are struggling to get by. Families lose their homes. Children go hungry. Elderly men and women are stranded without support and resources.

      Hopelink works hard to provide food, shelter, transportation, family support and hope to north and east King County families in crisis. We can’t do it without the support of the communities we serve. If you would like to make a donation to Hopelink, there are the following ways:

      1. Donate online - You will be directed to Hopelink's secure donation page.

      2. Donate online with Paypal.

      3. To donate by check, please make your check out to Hopelink and mail it to:
        Hopelink
        10675 Willows Road NE
        Suite 275
        Redmond, WA 98052

      4. Donate by telephone or email. Please call Jason Puz at 425-869-7835 or email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      5. Does your company make matching gifts? Contact your HR department to find out.

      6. Make a gift of stock or other securities
        Here are some important tips for ensuring that your gift is received and processed according to your wishes:
        • Please notify us when you are prepared to make your gift. Let us know what stock you are sending, when you expect the gift to be made and if there is a particular program you wish to benefit. To ensure a proper tax receipt, it is important that you notify us.
        • Ask your broker or bank to include your name in the transaction description.
        • For Information about Stock Transfers click here (pdf file) You can also call 425-869-7835 or email Jason at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
      7. See other ways of giving through in-kind donations or food and fund drives.

      8. See our events listing page for campaigns and events that benefit Hopelink.

      9. Help support our End Summer Hunger campaign. Click here for more information or to view the downloadable ESH Food Drive Kit..

      Hopelink is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Tax ID number: 91-0982116.

      You can help. You can invest in a better future for your community, and for generations to come.

      Volunteer

      Last year 4,128 volunteers donated 69,523 hours to help people in need. Please join us!

      Ready to volunteer? Here's how:

      • Create an online volunteer profile, pass a background check and review volunteer opportunities: https://community.hope-link.org/volunteer.
      • Register for the required volunteer orientation session (once the background check has been cleared, you will receive the link to sign up.)
      • Age requirements:
        Adult guardian/chaperone(s) are required for volunteers ages 15 and under. At least two adults must volunteer with every group regardless of the size of the group. For larger groups, there must be at least one adult guardian/chaperone per every five volunteers ages 15 and under. Due to the nature of our agency and the services we provide, the minimum age for volunteers is 7. Some jobs may require a minimum age requirement of 16 or 18.

        Adult guardians/chaperone(s) are expected to act as positive role models and to help their young volunteers participate in a safe and constructive way. Adults are expected to participate fully in the program, demonstrate safety guidelines, work politely with others, and provide motivation and encouragement.

      • Community service volunteers are welcome provided they meet the requirements.
      • Part of a group looking for one-time opportunities and special events? Contact the Volunteer Program at 425.897.3721 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
      • All Hopelink volunteers are placed based on the individual or group’s availability and Hopelink’s needs.
      View our volunter FAQ page.

      Most of our volunteer opportunities occur Monday – Friday during regular business hours

      Please note: Due to high demand from local school districts, we are currently not able to guarantee volunteer opportunities for students who need hours to complete Senior Projects for the 2014-2015 school year.

      If you have created an on-line volunteer profile, and passed the background check, you will receive the link to sign up for the date of your choice.
      On-going volunteer opportunities at Hopelink.

      **Please note: Volunteer orientations are offered approximately every two months.
      And you may volunteer at any Hopelink Center, no matter where you attended orientation.


      January orientations are full. Please check back in February for the schedule of the next round.

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