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“I not only learned more about myself, but also realized how much of an impact one person could make by donating a couple hours of their time to give back to their community.”

Jazmin – 2015 HOPE Intern

In 2015, more than 450 Hope volunteers served more than 2,202 hours to help make our community healthier! Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and share your passion for a good cause, plus it’s good for your heart! The Hope strongly relies on the support of our volunteers & interns to expand the impact of our education programs. Interested in getting involved with the Hope? Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • Community Health Education
  • Prevention Science Research
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising & Special Events
  • University Outreach Committees
  • High School Clubs
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Summer and or school year internships

As a volunteer, you are helping to reduce cardiovascular disease in Washington State.  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers whose time, energy and passion are making a difference in our community…volunteers are truly the heart of The Hope!

To get involved, please visit our website www.hopeheart.org.


Volunteer Profile: Shaun Hamilton

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Heart disease education is a cause that is personal to Shaun Hamilton.  Having lost his father to a heart attack, Shaun generously donates his time and talent to The Hope to help educate and inspire others.  Shaun has been a Hope volunteer for nearly 4 years and has helped at our family health and fitness nights, the on Wings of Hope gala and has dressed up as our beloved Captain Cardio mascot at local events.  Most recently Shaun used his digital talents to product a men’s health public service announcement for Men’s Health Awareness Month. Thank you, Shaun, for all that you do for The Hope and for your community!

Helping Others & Yourself!

 Rainbow Health FairVolunteering makes an immense difference in the lives of others, but did you know that you can also help yourself by helping others? From reducing stress levels to boosting self-esteem, volunteering offers many health benefits—now is the time to reap the rewards of volunteering!

  1. Decrease your risk of depression. Volunteering with and for others increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common commitment and interests—both of which have been shown to decrease depression.
  2. Enjoy a sense of purpose and fulfillment—and increase your self-confidence while you’re at it!
  3. Stay physically and mentally active. A study released by Johns Hopkins University in 2009 revealed that volunteers actually increased their brain functioning. Volunteer activities get you moving and thinking at the same time.
  4. Reduce stress levels. By savoring your time spent in service to others, you’ll feel a sense of meaning and appreciation—both given and received—which can be calming.
  5. Experience “The Happiness Effect.” You know that feel-good sense you get after a vigorous workout? It comes from a release of dopamine in the brain. Helping others has that exact same effect—so the more you volunteer, the happier you become!
  6. Live longer. In 2002, doctors studied more than 6,300 retired persons over 65 and found that the volunteers among them had less than half the risk of dying compared with non-volunteers. Give back and enjoy a longer, more fulfilled life!

*Source: Createthegood.org

Give BigGive Big - May 3, 2016

The big day is almost here! The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

Save the date of May 3 and make giving history in the Pacific Northwest.  Make a gift to The Hope on May 3 and change the course of cardiovascular disease and build a healthier community!



seattle-runningMother’s Day ½ Marathon, May 8, 2016

The Hope is the beneficiary of the Eastside Subaru Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk event on May 8, 2016 at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland.

The event is a fun and healthy way to celebrate moms everywhere and everyone can participate!  Register now!

happy hour bannerHope Happy Hour, May 17, 2016

It’s Game On at this sports themed fundraising Happy Hour! Come join emcee Chris Daniels from KING5 and local sports personalities to score the win against cardiovascular disease. Walk on as an individual, or form a Team with friends, family and/or colleagues. It will be a sell out - make reservations now!

Save the Date!

Jean Ennerson and AllisonTake Heart Luncheon, October 18, 2016
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
For events information and reservations, please visit www.hopeheart.org/events or phone 425.456.8767



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