Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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

Volunteer opportunities at Hopelink:

For information about ongoing service opportunities in our food banks, adult education programs, mobility management or housing, please contact Lisa Budell, Volunteer Program Coordinator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 425.869.6066.

For information on hosting a food drive, please contact Emily at 425.897.3710 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

OPPORTUNITY LOCATION
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
Must be age 12+ and supervised by an adult if under 16.
Able to lift at least 25 lbs. Ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly preferred.
Commitment: 3 months
Bellevue:M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for 2-4 hours
Shoreline: W 10-12:30pm
Carnation: 2nd & 4th W 5 – 7 p.m.; 1st & 3rd Thu 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; M – Th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Redmond: 1st & 3rd W 5:30 – 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th T 2:30 – 4 p.m.; 2nd & 4th W 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kirkland/Northshore: T 5-6:30 p.m. check in; W 1-5 p.m.; Th 3 - 5 p.m check in.; F 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. receiving
Food Donation Pick-Up Driver - **BIG NEED!**
  • Pick up food donations from grocery stores weekday mornings, 2-3 hours/week & deliver to food banks
  • Must have a larger vehicle
  • Able to lift at least 25 lbs
  • 18+ with valid WA State driver's license & insurance
  • Food Worker's certification preferred
Commitment: 6 months
Bellevue: Shifts available:
   M,T 9-11a.m.
Carnation (Sno Valley Center):
   T, W Th IGA Carnation
   On-Call Drivers M T W Th
Kirkland/Northshore:
  Tues a.m.
Redmond: On-Call backup drivers
   M QFC Bella Botega 9 – 10 a.m.
Shoreline: On-Call backup drivers
  M-W 10-11:30 a.m. North City Safeway
  Tu, W 8:30-10 a.m. Richmond Beach QFC
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 & insurance
Commitment: 6 months
All sites: On-call backup drivers
Bellevue: Drivers can schedule delivery days.
Shoreline:
  Alternating Tu or W mid-day
Clothing bank volunteer
Sort donations, hang clothes, maintain display racks & keep area organized.
Carnation (Sno Valley Center):
  During food bank: 1st & 3rd Th 12-1:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th W 5-7 p.m.
Front Desk Volunteer Refer callers, greet walk-in guests, type, computer data-entry. Must be 18+, fluent in reading, writing & spoken English. Bi- lingual skills desired. Screening interview & pre-service training required.
Commitment: 6 months, 4-5 hours/wk
Bellevue Center: M-F 9am-5pm
Willows Admin Office: Back Up Volunteers Needed M - F 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hopelink Travel Programs @ Bellevue College:
Provide one-on-one transit assistance to Bellevue College students at various sites on campus, with a focus on offering assistance to low-income individuals, students with disabilities or Limited English Proficiency, immigrants, and veterans.

Hopelink Mobility Management staff provides training, support, and resource materials.

*Bi-lingual skills desired, but not required. But good communication and basic internet search skills are a must!
Minimum age: 16.

*Commitment: 1-2 times per week for the first two weeks fo the quarter. Average length of shift: 2 hours.

Next training dates will be in March 2014.
Volunteer opportunities will start April 7th for Spring Quarter 2014.

*Specific dates depend on volunteer availability.

Housing – Moving assistance
Deliver & assemble furniture & other household items for residents.
Can lift at least 25 lbs
Valid WA State driver's license & insurance. Minimum age of 18.
Heritage Park - Bothell
Avondale Park - Redmond
Duvall Place - Duvall

On-call volunteer needed
Truck or adequate transportation & building skills required.
Housing – Childcare
Provide enrichment opportunities & supervision for children in Hopelink Housing.
Screening interview & pre-service training required.
Minimum age: 16
Commitment: 6 months
Duvall Place, Duvall
4th Wednesday of each month 6-7:30 p.m.
Outreach – Tabling Bureau
Interested in helping us spread the word about what Hopelink does and how people can get involved? Help out at community events on weekdays, evenings, and weekends where we have been asked to send a representative from Hopelink.

Prior to the event, volunteer will stop by our Administrative Office to pick up a Hopelink tablecloth and informational pieces about Hopelink. At the event, volunteer lays out materials on the table provided and passes out brochures and answers questions. Feel free to bring a friend or family member!

Commitment: On-call, as-needed position depending on community requests.

Prerequisites: Age 16+ 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.
Sno-Valley Harvest Volunteer Opportunities
Gleaner/Harvester
Harvest surplus produce donated by area farms for distribution at local food banks. No experience required.
Able to lift at least 25 pounds. Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly preferred.
Commitment: 3 months, most gleaning occurs during summer and autumn months, however there is some opportunity for gleaning in the off-season.
Events occur at local farms around the Snoqualmie Valley during daylight hours.
Events are 2-3 hours long.

Sign up for a regularly scheduled weekly gleaning crew or the on-call list.
Primarily summer and fall, with limited opportunities in winter and spring.

Gleaning Driver
Assist with transportation of gleaned produce donated by area farms to local food banks.
  • Valid WA State driver's license and insurance; minimum age of 18.
  • Must have larger vehicle; truck preferred.
  • Able to lift at least 25 pounds. Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly preferred.
Commitment: 3 months, most gleaning occurs during summer and autumn months, however there is some opportunity for gleaning in the off-season.
Carnation (Sno-Valley Center)
Pick up gleaning equipment at Center and transport to gleaning site, assist with loading of produce into vehicle, return equipment and produce to Sno-Valley Center for processing.

Sign up for regularly scheduled weekly gleans, or as part of the on-call list.

Primarily summer and fall, with limited opportunities in winter and spring.

Food Profile Writers
Assist with research and writing for educational hand-outs that contain recipes, fun facts, and nutritional information using established template.

Access to computer and email required.

Background in nutrition and cooking helpful, but not required.
Commitment: 3 months

Work From Home
Schedule is flexible. Research and write the profiles at home on your own computer and communicate with Gleaning Coordinator and other volunteers via email and phone. Multi-lingual is a plus.

Immediate need for reviewer of Chinese and Vietnamese Food Profiles.

Group Opportunities
Group Opportunity:
Prepare and serve monthly dinner:
Avondale Park 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 Avondale 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 Avondale. 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 & Lamp, Dressers
  • Small desk, bookshelf
  • Couch or loveseat
  • Living room chairs
  • Towels & 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.
... PLUS more!
Employment Readiness
  • Additional interview and training required
  • Must be age 18+
Housing Homework Help
  • Additional interview and training required
  • Must be age 18+
Financial Literacy
  • Additional interview and training required
  • Must be age 18+
Hopelink Travel Training Programs
  • Getting Around Puget Sound Community-Based Outreach; additional interview and training required; must be age 16+
  • Ride Around the Sound Excursion Assistance; additional intervie wand training required; must be age 16+