Hopelink is a social services nonprofit agency that serves north and east King County, Washington with food banks, energy assistance, housing, a family development program, transportation and adult education. Founded in 1971, it is one of the largest nonprofits in the state of Washington, employing more than 250 people with an annual budget of about $55,000,000. With a mission of helping people achieve stability and prepare to exit poverty, Hopelink serves 60,000 people every year through 35 different programs.
In 2011, Hopelink was voted by readers of the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the 10 most recognized and trusted nonprofit brands in Washington, outpacing numerous national nonprofits. That same year, Hopelink was voted by viewers of Evening Magazine as their favorite charity in Western Washington. In 2012 and 2013, the agency was picked by readers of 425 Magazine as their favorite charity.
For 19 years, Hopelink has presented an annual Reaching Out Benefit Luncheon, one of the biggest fundraising events in the state. Past guest speakers have included Tom Colicchio, John Legend, Lisa Ling, Edward James Olmos, Christopher Gardner and Mark Kennedy Shriver. The 2014 luncheon will be held October 20 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, with keynote speaker Donald Driver.
Hopelink's administrative offices are in Redmond, WA.
The President and CEO of Hopelink is Lauren Thomas.
Hopelink Communications Manager is Darrell Bulmer.
Hopelink also has a youth-oriented website called Youthlink. Social media include Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.