Volunteer, hobby expo returns bigger than ever

April 20, 2010

By David Hayes

Whether you’re brand new to the community or have lived here your whole life, possibilities abound for getting involved with your neighbors and other like-minded individuals or groups. The trick is finding them.

Luckily, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department gathers more than 30 organizations at one convenient location each year — the Hobby & Volunteer Expo.

“It’s for all ages,” organizer Cathy Jones said. “It’s especially great for parents to find different groups for their children.”

Now in its 11th year, this year’s show is geared more toward hobby and volunteer opportunities for adults and high school students, Jones said.

“There are some great opportunities for retirees and empty nesters,” she added.

The 32 booths set up this year feature all organizations or clubs that are from or serve the Issaquah area. Jones said last year’s event was their biggest ever and hopes to top that. The numbers could be boosted because organizers tied the event in to the weekly Issaquah Farmers Market.

“Piggy backing with the farmers market has been a great partnership,” she said.

Returning are expo regulars Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouts of America, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Eastside Camera Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, to name a few.

Joining in on the festivities are several first timers, including Block Party Quilters, International Smile Power, Wild West History Association and the Eastside Domestic Violence Program.

Jones said in addition to bringing together like-minded community members, the expo is also a great way for students to find an organization to serve to fulfill their community service hours.

She added that it’s also not too late for other interested organizations to sign up to join the expo. Just give her a call at 837-3317 for more information.

David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, dhayes@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Participating organizations

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

AARP – Driver Safety Program

Block Party Quilters

Boy Scouts of America –

Boy/Cub Scouts

Camp Fire USA

Cascade Treasure Club

DownTown Issaquah Association

Eastside Camera Club

Eastside Domestic Violence Program

Eastside Genealogical Society

Eastside Needlers

Elder & Adult Day Services

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Friends of the Trail

International Smile Power

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce

Issaquah Environmental Council

Issaquah Parks & Recreation

Issaquah Quilters

Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club

Issaquah Women’s Club

Kiwanis Club of Issaquah

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Operation Bald Eagle

Optimist Club of Issaquah

Providence Point PFLAG

Seattle Children’s – Issaquah Guild

St. Andrew’s Housing Group

The ARAS Foundation

Volunteer Chore Services/Issaquah Meals

Wild West History Association

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2 Responses to “Volunteer, hobby expo returns bigger than ever”

  1. Joel Estey on April 23rd, 2010 6:00 am

    When is the hobby expo? You trying to keep it a secret? Couldn’t find it anywhere.

    Joel 206-612-2816-c

  2. Administrator on April 23rd, 2010 3:12 pm

    Sorry! It was in the community spotlight, but inadvertently got cut from the story. It’s from 9 a.m – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

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