History with Hopelink Snoqualmie Valley

19 Jan 2022, by Admin in History

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History with Hopelink Snoqualmie Valley

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Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Hopelink’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community by helping people make lasting change. Hopelink has five emergency service centers located in Bellevue, Kirkland/Northshore, Redmond, Shoreline, and Sno-Valley. See areas of service.

Hopelink is funded by diverse sources including public and private foundations, United Way, government support, and by donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations in the community. Hopelink runs efficiently by keeping expenses low. With administrative costs at only eight percent of the budget, a full 92% of financial support goes directly to helping families in crisis and preventing homelessness. As a Community Action Agency, Hopelink is governed by a board of directors.

The Sno-Valley Harvest program, as a collaboration between Harvest Against Hunger (formally Rotary First Harvest), Hopelink, and AmeriCorps VISTA program was established in November 2011 and continued through November 2014.  In each of the three years, an AmeriCorps member was placed at Hopelink’s Carnation center in the Snoqualmie Valley. During the three years of the program, over 109,000 lb of produce was collected and distributed to Hopelink’s five food banks, located in Carnation, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, and Shoreline, and shared with other local area food banks.  The program has developed relationships with 25 farms that provided donations through field and farmers market gleans, and/or pick-up or drop-off donations of harvested produce, and direct purchases from the farms.