Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Last year, more than 3,526 Hopelink volunteers donated over 63,298 hours to help people in need. Please join us!

Hopelink volunteers have the opportunity to assist before, during, or after food bank hours in one or more of the following locations and roles:

Provide administrative support to further the goals of the Adult Education & Employment programs.

  • General clerical, phone, data entry, scheduling
  • Conduct followup phone calls to complete adult education enrollment or exit information and phone interviews to screen employment referrals for program eligibility.
  • Communicate respectfully with people of all cultures, languages, ages, genders, gender preferences, races, physical and intellectual abilities, ethnic backgrounds, and religions.
  • Perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, scanning, uploading electronic files, assembling, and filing.
  • Support staff in assigned project-based work.
  • Maintain hard-copy and electronic filing system.
  • Maintain a professional and positive working relationship with clients, vendors, volunteers, donors, and fellow staff and adhere to the Hopelink Standards of Conduct.
  • Other duties as assigned
Requirements:
  • Ability to speak in a clear and friendly manner over the phone.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Basic arithmetic skills.
  • Low-intermediate skills in MS Office (depending on projects)
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds on occasion
  • Ability to start and complete a task with minimal supervision is strongly desired.
  • Some ability to speak Spanish or other languages (Vietnamese, Russian) is helpful and strongly desired.

Administrative Assistant volunteers for the Adult Education and Employment Program work out of the Kirkland/Northshore Hopelink Centers.

Work schedules vary and are dependent on the current program need.

 

Adult Education Volunteers work in a variety of roles in our ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED (high school equivalency) programs. Our ESL program is called English for Work. Students learn job skills while learning English. Our GED program prepares students to pass the Science, Social Studies, Math, and Reasoning through Language Arts exams.

Volunteers have the opportunity to serve in the following roles:

  • Grading-support tutors for the online portions of our ESL classes
  • Family support volunteers who work with kids while parents are studying
  • One-on-one tutors for math, reading, and writing
  • One-on-one advisers who help students set education and career goals and develop resumes
  • Mock interviewers who help students prepare for employment
  • Orientation/Testing volunteers who help students register for classes, identify learning needs and strengths, and learn about pathways to college and careers
  • Outreach volunteers to set up tables in local stores or at community events to pass out program flyers

Current Needs:

  • Lead-teach GED class in Redmond—Curriculum and lessons provided
  • Grading-support tutors for the online portions of our ESL classes—can be performed remotely at any time
  • Outreach throughout King County
  • One-on-one advisers for English-for-Work
  • Mock interviewers for English-for-Work classes (two times per quarter)
  • Family support volunteers for Shoreline ESL
  • Orientation/Testing volunteers for GED
  • Volunteer willing to take a leadership role to begin and lead a GED class in Shoreline
  • One-on-one tutors to work with English-for-Work students who are pre-literate
Requirements:
  • Phone screen, face-to-face interview and training are required
  • Commitment: 6 months

 

Work in a team of people to support GED and ESL students and their kids with 3-4 kids at a time, ages 1 ½ to 4, providing meaningful activities (fun and educational) while single parents study in GED and ESL class in the same building.

  • Hopelink supplies toys, snacks, and early literacy kits to foster the development of kids’ literacy skills.
  • Two volunteers must be present with the kids at all times.
  • Training is provided.
  • Commitment: 1-2 days per week for 6 months.
  • Minimum age: 16

Volunteers in this position have the opportunity to make a huge difference in someone’s life! Our student population includes single parents who are facing all sorts of obstacles. Improving English language skills and earning a GED is the key to building a new life.

Time and locations throughout North and East King County vary and are dependent on the current need.

 

Sort donations, hang clothes, maintain display racks and keep area organized.

This position works out of the Carnation/Sno-Valley Hopelink Center.

 

Pick up food from grocery stores weekday mornings and deliver to food banks.

Requirements:
  • 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

 

Refer callers, greet walk-in guests, type, and computer data-entry.

Requirements:
  • Must be 18+
  • Fluent in reading, writing and spoken English
  • Bilingual skills desired
  • Screening interview and pre-service training required.
  • Commitment: 6 months, 4-5 hours/week

 

  • 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
Requirements:
  • Must be age 12+ and supervised by an adult if under 16.
  • Age 7-11 may volunteer behind the scenes sorting donations, as well as other various tasks.
  • Able to lift at least 35 lbs, preferably 50 lbs repeatedly.
  • Commitment: 3 months

Strong individuals who possess the ability to move heavy cases and crates of food are always needed.

 

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 furnishing 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 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.

 

Deliver food to home-bound clients.

Requirements:
  • Able to lift at least 25 lbs.
  • 18+ with valid WA state driver's license and insurance.
  • Food Worker's certification preferred
  • Commitment: 6 months

 

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.

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.

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.

If you are a bus rider, carpooler, cyclist and have a passion for education, sustainability, social justice or simply just know how to get around your local community, please consider lending your services to help bring independence to individuals.

 

Provide childcare during monthly community meetings, as well as enrichment opportunities and supervision for children in Duvall Hopelink Housing.

Requirements:
  • Screening interview and pre-service training required
  • Minimum age: 16
  • Commitment: 6 months

 

Provide supervision and tutoring for after-school homework help at Duvall Place Hopelink housing.

Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Commitment: 9 months

 

Deliver and assemble furniture and other household items for residents.

Requirements:
  • Able to lift at least 25 lbs
  • 18+ with valid WA state driver's license and insurance.

 

There are often many community-hosted events and drives where representation from Hopelink is requested. Staff availability is limited due to the high demand. However, you can help us to participate in many more of these and spread the word about the good work Hopelink does in the following ways:

  • 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.
Requirements:
  • 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.