February 9, 2010
Yes, Tent City 4 can use your help
There is no doubt that the people of Issaquah care.
Last week, Issaquah Press reporters spent the night at Tent City 4 to help readers understand just how lonely life in a tent on a cold winter night can be. And they introduced readers to some of the people who live there, and why.
Readers have been calling. How can they help? Lists of needed supplies were published earlier and many of those needs have been filled. But now that the faces behind the tent flaps feel more like neighbors, here’s an update.
Hot meals have been taken care of for every one of the 90 nights Tent City 4 will be staying here. The need for ropes and tarps are taken care of. Ditto on the hand sanitizer.
The top items still needed are laundry soap and dryer sheets, thermal underwear, creamer and sugar. Further down the list are socks, underwear and undershirts; and paper picnic supplies — paper towels, napkins, plates and especially bowls. Just drop them off at Tent City, or here at the Press office, 45 Front St. S.
Giving money is important, too. It costs about $4,500/month to keep Tent City 4 going. That may seem like a lot, but not when you realize it is only about $50 per person.
The nonprofit group SHARE provides bus passes, portable toilets and garbage pickup. Make a tax-deductible contribution at www.sharewheel.org.
In addition to hosting Tent City 4, the small congregation of Community Church of Issaquah is picking up the tab for water, electricity and cable. Send contributions to the church at 205 Mountain Park Blvd, Issaquah 98027.
Community Church is also going to bring in a dental van to provide examinations and other work. It will take another $400 to make this a reality. Can you help with that?
Do you like organizing events? Help with fundraising events, educational events and just some fun things for camp residents would be welcome. Contact Brian Blank at Brian.Blank@protiviti.com.
Last but not least, some Tent City 4 residents need jobs, full-time to odd jobs welcome. Currently in camp, they have a journeyman plumber, electrician, some handymen, some with financial management experience and many levels of computer expertise. Let job opportunities be known by e-mailing Elizabeth Maupin at email@example.com.