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 Volunteer

Volunteering & COVID-19

In response to the arrival of COVID-19 in our community, and in an effort to reduce transmission of the Coronavirus, Hopelink has temporarily closed public access to all Centers, a closure which extends to volunteers. At this time we are asking all volunteers to stay home. We appreciate your commitment to this community and we can’t wait to work with you again once the public health crisis has abated. Meanwhile, if you want to help Hopelink during this challenging time, click here.

Last year, 4,034 volunteers donated 63,037 hours to help our community. Please join us!

Ready to Volunteer? Here's How:

 
  • Fill out our online volunteer application, once we have processed your background check we will invite you to attend a volunteer orientation. Please allow for up to three weeks to process your application.
  • Register for the required volunteer orientation session (once the background check has been completed, you will be invited to orientation).

Age requirements: Adult guardian/chaperone(s) are required for volunteers ages 7-15. The minimum age to volunteer is 7 years old and some jobs may require volunteers to be at least 16 or 18.

Please contact the Volunteer Program with any questions regarding individual or community service volunteering, volunteerwithus@hopelink.org or (425)869-6066.

  • Community service volunteers who meet all requirements are welcome.
  • Please note, community service volunteers must commit to a minimum of 20 hours (even if the court mandate or school requirement is less) and should have at least 3 months before your hours are due.  Hopelink will not provide confirmation of volunteer service until you have completed at least 20 hours of volunteering.  A letter informing schools and courts that you are in the process of completing your hours is available.

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 20 hours commitment (even if the court mandate or school requirement is less) and a minimum 3 month commitment. Confirmation of service hours will not be provided until you complete 20 hours.

Ready to volunteer?
Fill out our online volunteer application, once we have processed your background check we will invite you to attend a volunteer orientation.

Are you part of a group (5-20 volunteers) looking for one-time opportunities? Please contact us for more information, mfinch@hopelink.org or (425)869-2440.

Age requirement: All groups with volunteers 15 and under must have at least two adults with them, regardless of their size. The minimum age to volunteer is 7 years old.

 

 

Hopelink Harvest

Growing Connections to Fresh Food

Hopelink Harvest is the hub of Hopelink’s efforts to increase access to healthy food. Through partnerships with local farms, farmers markets, community gardens, and individual growers, the Hopelink Harvest program collects donations of surplus produce for distribution at Hopelink food banks. Together, we are growing a healthier community for everyone!

What We Do

  • Local Farm Gleaning – During the harvest season (July through October), Hopelink Harvest volunteers harvest fruits and vegetables (i.e. glean) from local farms for Hopelink food banks. Through the generosity of our farm partners (see list of participating farms below), more than 20,000 pounds of fresh produce were gleaned in 2018.
  • Food Bank Gardens – The Bellevue, Carnation, Kirkland, and Redmond Hopelink locations have onsite gardens in which the most requested and culturally-relevant vegetables are grown for Hopelink clients. In Carnation, clients are given garden space and training to grow their own food, in support of their journey out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.
  • Healthy Cooking Demonstrations – Volunteers conduct over 50 hours of cooking demonstrations each month, preparing and handing out samples of healthy recipes that are budget-friendly and feature fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Why Healthy Food Matters

The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” In Washington, 14.6 percent of households experienced food insecurity, with 6.1 percent of households falling within the “very low food security” category. Food insecurity is associated with poor dietary intake among seniors and younger adults, and has a variety of negative impacts, particularly related to health and the ability for children to learn in school. By providing a consistent and direct source of fresh and locally grown produce, the Hopelink Harvest program is a critical component of ensuring that all members of our community have access to healthy food.

Get Involved

Volunteers have fun and learn about food and farming while serving their community.

We welcome new volunteers for the following positions:
  • Gleaning Volunteer – Volunteer on a weekly basis, or for a one-time event. Shifts are 2-hours in Carnation, Duvall, Redmond and Snohomish. Community and business groups welcome.
  • Farmers Market Tabling – Share the impact of Hopelink Harvest with the community and recruit volunteers. Shifts are typically 2-hours at Farmer’s Markets in Redmond, Carnation, Bellevue, Shoreline.
  • Cooking Demo Volunteer – Volunteer at Hopelink food banks sampling and demonstrating easy, healthy recipe ideas. Shifts are 2-hours at all Hopelink sites.
  • Garden Volunteer – Volunteer in Hopelink food bank gardens, weeding and harvesting fresh produce. Shifts are 2-hours at Bellevue, Carnation, Kirkland.
  • Donating Produce – Home and community gardeners are welcome to donate their surplus produce to any Hopelink location during business hours.

Click here for a list of our farm and community partners.

 

 
 
 

 

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

All Hopelink volunteers are placed based on the individual or group's availability and Hopelink's needs.

 

Hopelink’s
Services

  •   Service Center
  •   Housing

Hopelink Housing

  • Duvall Place - Duvall 8 Units
  • Avondale Park - Redmond 61 Units
  • Hopelink Place - Bellevue 20 Units
  • Kenmore Family Shelter - Kenmore 9 Units
  • Heritage Park - Bothell 15 Units