Today I had the pleasure of chatting with an organization that is near and dear to my heart, Hopelink. As a long time contributor to their Pantry Packs Program and attendee of their annual Reaching Out Luncheon, I continue to be in awe of how much they do for the community. CEO Lauren Thomas and Vice President Of Community Services Meghan Altimore are truly passionate about helping families in need.

For over 47 years, Hopelink has helped clients achieve stability through the provision of basic needs, such as shelter and food, without the stresses of homelessness or hunger. They truly are the most beloved non-profit agency’s in the area.

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As you drive through The North and East King County area you wouldn’t think looking at the beautiful area that over 87,000 people can’t meet their needs. One in seven are currently living in poverty. With the help of the community, Hopelink has set up five Eastside food bank locations, along with five housing units. In addition to the grocery store, style food banks they have partnered with Lake Washington School Foundation and set up a “Pantry Pack Program“.  Although kids are able to eat meals during school hours this program offers weekend backpacks to take home so no child will go hungry over the weekend.

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Hopelink goes above and beyond just providing food assistance to families in need. They offer numerous programs providing their clients with tools and skills from financial counseling , coaching, transportation assistance, and so much more. They find the right formula that works for that individual person. Hopelink developed its own Theory of Change, while offering more tools to succeed so they will be equipped to exit poverty for good.

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All of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of the community coming together to not only volunteer but attending their annual events. Hopelink’s Reaching Out Benefit Luncheon is their premiere, largest and most popular event of the year. With over 1,800 people attending, enjoy a one hour and fifteen minute lunch and listen to empowering guest speakers, while raising over million dollars. This year’s luncheon is October 15th, from 12:00 – 1:15 at the Meydenbauer Center, you’ll hear Teraai Trent tell her inspiring story of how she overcame poverty, and turned each dream into reality, and earned her Ph.D.

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Another fantastic event is Hopelink’s Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run & Walk. A festive holiday tradition! The community comes together to support programs that help thousands of their neighbors throughout the winter months. This event brings together more than 1,500 people for a morning of fun and festivities – including an expanded fair at Marina Park with balloon art, costume contests, face painting, photos, giveaways and so much more! This year’s trot takes place on Sunday, November 18th starting at 8:00 am.

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The Turkey Trot, and Reaching Out Luncheon are just two of the many events Hopelink offers each year. If you would like to get involved Hopelink offers several ways you can help. Whether you’d like to donate online, help in the food banks, donate clothing or volunteer at an event Hopelink offers several  ways you can help. With the holidays coming help Hopelink by donating much needed electronics, books, games, clothes, toys and stocking stuffers, as all of their food banks are transformed into holiday wonderlands, Gift Rooms enabling parents and grandparents to shop, at no cost, for their children or grandchildren.

If you would like more information on how you can help Hopelink visit their site. Follow them on Facebook to get updates on upcoming events and more volunteer opportunities.

Cheers,

Nicole