Edgar Martinez now swings a hammer

March 29, 2011

Local resident is passionate about giving back

To say Frank Perry is a busy man is quite an understatement.

Frank Perry (left) and Edgar Martinez pause in the middle of work to wave while building a home in February with other Habitat for Humanity of East King County volunteers in Puerto Rico. Contributed

Between volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, The Martinez Foundation, The Moyer Foundation, the College Success Foundation, Washington State Mentoring and Zion Preparatory Academy, Perry is always busy with something. And to top it all off, Perry serves on the boards of a couple of those organizations.

Did I mention he also he does human resource consulting on the side?

“The days and the weeks just fly by with activities,” Perry recently said with a laugh.

Yes, Perry — a former senior vice president of human resources at Lanoga/ProBuild — is a busy person, but that didn’t stop him from taking five days off to help build a house for a low-income family in Puerto Rico.

The East King County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity organized the trip, which took place Feb. 14-18.

The trip was special not only for the work that the group was able to accomplish, but also for one of the members who joined them: Seattle Mariners legend and Puerto Rico native Edgar Martinez.

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Mentors receive $100,000 in grants from Issaquah nonprofit

December 21, 2010

Washington State Mentors is helping at-risk youths by helping those who mentor them.

The Issaquah-based nonprofit organization gave $100,000 to 17 mentoring organizations. The grants were made possible by a federal grant to Washington State Mentors from the U.S. Department of Justice, with assistance from the offices of U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott and Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. Read more

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Who’s News

November 9, 2010

Trivia champions crowned

Trivia Champions of Issaquah

Issaquah Rotary Trivia Night on Oct. 26 at Malarkey’s raised $1,600 for the Issaquah Friends of Youth At Risk program.

The top three teams donated their prize money to the charity. The winning team crowned “Trivia Champions of Issaquah” included members Christine and Charles Chi and Shannon and Richard McVay. Read more

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College Success Foundation reports results

June 15, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. June 15, 2010

Issaquah-based College Success Foundation is making a real impact in students’ lives.

The program — funded largely by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — provides programs, scholarships, advocacy and mentorship programs to help underserved, low-income students finish high school and pursue post secondary schooling at college and universities across the nation. The program serves students in Washington and Washington, D.C.

In 10 years, the organization has awarded more than 6,500 scholarships worth $110 million to College Success Foundation Scholars.

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