Issaquah Chamber of Commerce seeks business, nonprofit innovators

January 31, 2012

Issaquah businesses and nonprofit organizations continue to innovate, despite a tough economy and other challenges.

In order to recognize local entrepreneurs’ accomplishments, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

The chamber launched the program last year. The initial honorees included Democracy Live, Restorix Health, Applied Precision and the nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner.

Nominate a business or nonprofit for the honor at www.issaquahchamber.com/form/innovation-in-issaquah by 5 p.m. Feb. 6.

Chamber leaders plan to recognize the 2012 honorees at a Feb. 22 luncheon.

Walmart campaign donates to Eastside Baby Corner

December 20, 2011

Issaquah-based nonprofit organization Eastside Baby Corner received a Christmas gift from Walmart 12 days early.

The retail giant donated $5,000 to Eastside Baby Corner through the “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign. Overall, Walmart announced donations of $125,000 to 17 nonprofit groups nationwide. The groups focus on promoting better conditions for children. Walmart announced the awards Dec. 13.

Throughout the 12-day campaign, Walmart plans to award $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“Our Facebook campaign led us to so many organizations that are empowering our next generation this holiday season and year round,” Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation, said in a statement.

Walmart put out a call for nominations in the “12 Days of Giving” campaign on Facebook. The call resulted in more than 5,400 nominations, as Facebook users shared photos and short descriptions of organizations’ impacts on communities.

Then, a panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed submissions and selected organizations focused on providing basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies.

Karen Ridlon, a pediatric nurse practitioner, started Eastside Baby Corner in 1990 to address inadequate care for babies.

Walmart holiday campaign donates to Eastside Baby Corner

December 13, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2011

Issaquah-based nonprofit organization Eastside Baby Corner received a Christmas gift from Walmart 12 days early.

The retail giant donated $5,000 to Eastside Baby Corner through the “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign. Overall, Walmart announced donations of $125,000 to 17 nonprofit groups nationwide. The groups focus on promoting better conditions for children.

Walmart announced the awards Tuesday.

Throughout the 12-day campaign, Walmart plans to award $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“Our Facebook campaign led us to so many organizations that are empowering our next generation this holiday season and year-round,” Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation, said in a statement. “We believe that children are our brightest hope for the future, and the organizations that we are honoring today share that belief.”

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts holiday open houses

December 6, 2011

Eastside Baby Corner is hosting two holiday open houses from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8 and 15.

The open houses are to be held at the organization’s Issaquah-based warehouse at 1510 N.W. Maple St.

Community members are encouraged to stop by for hot cider, cookies and a behind-the-scenes look at the warehouse and distribution center. Learn about what’s advertised as EBC’s unique business model and how the agency helps support virtually all Eastside organizations that assist families.

Learn more about Eastside Baby Corner, including how to make donations or volunteer, on their website, www.babycorner.org.

Issaquah Highlands gets drop-off point for Eastside Baby Corner

November 22, 2011

Starting Dec. 1, Issaquah Highlands Self Storage is donating space to and will be a new drop-off point for Eastside Baby Corner.

Donations can be dropped off seven days a week at 910 N.E. High St. from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 295-2959 or go to www.issaquahhighlandsselfstorage.com.

Items that will be accepted are gently used or new clothing and shoes for children, sizes newborn to 14; gently used or new small toys, 11 inches by 17 inches or less in diameter; and packaged disposable diapers.

Baby Corner accepts donations of highchairs, strollers, port-a-cribs, bicycles and other goods for children at 1510 N.W. Maple St.

Learn more by calling 865-0234 or go to www.babycorner.org.

Who’s News

September 27, 2011

Issaquah residents win ribbons at the Puyallup Fair

The following Issaquah residents won at the Puyallup Fair:

  • 4-H Champion Senior Cavy Judging County Team: Michelle Fredrickson, Margaret Edwards and Katherine Miotke.
  • 4Shelly Rowland, third-place, lemon almond pie recipe
  • Amber Buol, first place, sewing machine-quilted

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts pants collection party

September 6, 2011

Eastside Baby Corner’s second annual Pants Party collection event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the EBC Warehouse, 1510 N.W. Maple St.

To help fill the need for its No. 1 most requested item, Eastside Baby Corner seeks donations of children’s new or gently used pants (sizes 5 to 14) that will directly benefit local children in need. Their goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of pants, especially for boys, for low-income and homeless children for the back-to-school season.

“We had a few hundred pants and a few hundred people last year at our first event, so for the second year we thought we’d bump up the goal,” said Mia Reyes, communicates and development coordinator.

Reyes expects turnout to triple this year. Festivities are free, and include cupcakes from Cupcake D’Lish, arts and crafts booths from Macaroni Kid, and kid-friendly entertainment by the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Now in its 21st year, Eastside Baby Corner gives children what they need to thrive by distributing almost everything kids, birth to age 12, through a network of family-assistance agencies. Learn more at www.babycorner.org.

Highlands Brownie troop organizes pajama drive

May 3, 2011

Issaquah Highlands Brownie Troop 41151, a group of third-grade girls from Grand Ridge Elementary School, is organizing a pajama drive to collect new and gently used pajamas.

The girls from Brownie Troop 41151 hold up pajamas they’re donating to the pajama drive they are holding in Issaquah in May. By Shanna Petersen

All collections will be donated to Eastside Baby Corner, an Issaquah-based nonprofit organization that distributes supplies for children, from birth to age 12, through a network of community partners throughout the area.

The Brownies thought of the idea for the drive last fall, when they were filling gift bags for homeless and low-income children at Eastside Baby Corner. The girls noticed there was a shortage of pajamas for at-risk children, and they decided they would address the problem with a community drive.

“I think they could relate to it because they were girls their own age,” troop leader Kim Foster said. “Everybody wants warm pajamas and cute pajamas.”

The troop asked that people donate pajamas sizes newborn to 14. The following businesses will have donation boxes during the month of May: Agave Cocina; Alice’s Beauty Salon; Allstate Insurance; Ben and Jerry’s; Blakely Hall; Caffe Ladro; Highlands Dentistry; Issaquah Highlands Chiropractic; Kumon; Le Chic Pet; Occhio! Vision Care – Issaquah and Sammamish locations; Ricenroll; Sorella Salon & Spa; Zeeks Pizza; Lakeside Montessori and Highlands Cleaners.

Supporters outline future for human services campus

April 5, 2011

The push to select a location and raise dollars to build a long-planned human services campus in Issaquah — envisioned as a clearinghouse for employment assistance, food aid, health care and more — should start in earnest this spring and summer after years spent on discussions and studies.

Organizers plan to launch a fundraising campaign for the campus, identify anchor tenants and, most critically, select property or a building to house the facility.

John Rittenhouse

The result could resemble the nonprofit Together Center, a similar campus in Redmond. In 2007, Issaquah leaders and the Together Center — then called the Family Resource Center — partnered to spearhead a feasibility study for a campus in Issaquah.

Together Center Executive Director Pam Mauk and John Rittenhouse, a former Issaquah councilman and a Together Center board member, presented the study to City Council members March 29.

“So, what does the study conclude?” Rittenhouse asked. “It concludes that a human services campus being sited in Issaquah is feasible. Under all scenarios that were studied by the consultants, a campus is doable in Issaquah.”

Plans for the campus hinge on the location, and whether organizers opt to build a campus or lease space in existing structures.

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Off the Press

March 22, 2011

Bill Gates and I finally have something in common. Neither one of us is at the top of Forbes magazine’s  list of the world’s richest people.

The fact that I’m not on the top of the list probably isn’t a huge surprise to most readers. But becoming a millionaire, or a billionaire, has never been one of my goals. Thus far, I’m doing a good job of avoiding it. However, there are Power Ball and Mega Millions lotteries coming up this week, so who knows? If I won a jackpot, after getting resuscitated, I would donate millions to charities.

Gates has a net worth of $56 billion. Yes, that ranked the chairman of Microsoft second on the list. Why? Gates has a generous spirit. His charitable contributions prevented him from being No. 1.

Bob Taylor        Press sports editor

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the world. In 2007, the couple contributed $28 billion to charities. The foundation contributes money to combat hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy around the world. Gates has made huge donations to improve education in the United States, too.

I admire a person like Gates who is willing to give and give and give to make our world better.

Giving is something else that I have in common with Gates. Over the years, I have made contributions to many charities although not on the same scale. In recent times, however, my contributions haven’t been as frequent because of medical expenditures. My pockets are not quite as deep as they once were because of my battle with cancer.

Fortunately, my son David has taken over the role of being the family philanthropist. He has a very generous spirit, making donations to a variety of charities each month.

David is quite a success story. He has overcome a physical disability. He graduated from the University of Washington cum laude and later earned a master’s degree. He has a steady job with a good company. No father could be more proud. I’m especially proud of his giving spirit. David, like his dad, has no ambitions to become wealthy, either.

For many people, this is the giving time of the year. There is, after all, “the infernal revenue service” where some of us will again make a donation to Uncle Sam.

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