Only one week left for Merry Christmas fund
December 31, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
After a week in which a flurry of donations came in to support Issaquah Community Services, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is less than $2,000 away from its $75,000 goal.
Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.
Volunteers at the nonprofit organization see families at their most dire hour of need. These are people that could lose their home or go without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t step in with the next payment.
Merry Christmas Issaquah is the organization’s most important fundraiser all year. Organizers set a $75,000 goal for 2013.
The fundraiser — spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 — set a record for the number of donors last year with 244, but fell short of its $75,000 goal, raising $68,683.
The holiday fundraising drive accounts for about 80 percent of Issaquah Community Services’ annual budget.
2013 goal: $75,000
To date: $73,505
Issaquah Community Services receives about 500 requests for emergency aid each year. The organization currently has an annual budget of just more than $100,000.
The nonprofit is maintained by a team of 25 volunteers, allowing nearly every penny donated to go directly to the families in need.
The fund has received more than $800,000 in donations since its inception.