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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 22, 2011
The cutting-edge technology to help scientists decipher AIDS, cancer and other diseases is manufactured in Issaquah.
The biomedical imaging systems company Applied Precision supplies high-end and high-tech microscopes and other equipment to pharmaceutical giants, medical research institutes and universities, including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
Applied Precision relies on about 130 employees to churn out breakthrough after breakthrough from a little more than 50,000 square feet along 12th Avenue Northwest in the business district.
“We think it’s really important for the U.S. not just to be a service industry,” Joe Victor, president and CEO — and a longtime employee — said late last week. “We need to be designers and manufacturers of things as well. We’re proud to be a designer and manufacturer of equipment, half of which is exported around the world.”
Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders singled out in the company in the recent Innovation in Issaquah contest.
February 15, 2011
Mention hyperbaric chambers, and most people start thinking about pressurized rooms where scuba divers afflicted with the bends go to recover.
But the chambers can be used for much more, and Issaquah’s Restorix Health plans to participate in hyperbaric treatment and research to find other medical uses for the pressurized chambers.
“We think there is great potential nationwide for what they’re doing and what they started in Issaquah,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott said, congratulating it for receiving one of the chamber’s three Innovation in Issaquah awards.
Restorix Health, which opened in Issaquah in December, has grand ambitions for its comprehensive health care delivery system. With six hyperbaric chambers, it has the largest collection of large monoplace chambers in the country. The chambers deliver oxygen with an increased atmospheric pressure, and can help heal patients with diverse maladies, including diabetic patients who have dying tissue deprived of its regular dose of oxygen.
“By putting your whole body under pressure, we dissolve oxygen into the liquid part of your body,” Medical Director Tommy Love said.
Increased oxygen levels can stimulate different responses in the body, including faster healing and increased stem cells, Medical Director Latisha Smith said.
February 1, 2011
Innovative companies create community pride
Innovation is alive and well in the Issaquah business community. The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the top three nominees from a field of 23 companies and nonprofit organizations at its monthly luncheon last week to kick off its Innovation in Issaquah program, celebrating businesses that demonstrate innovative strategies in services, products or practices.
The winners are relatively unknown businesses in Issaquah, yet all three are making a difference globally. All three will elevate Issaquah as a great place to do business, well beyond the storefront.
December 7, 2010
It is time to overcome hardship with giving
Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. Government budget cuts in 2011 are going to hurt the people who need the most help. With the federal, state, county and city dealing with huge revenue deficits — just when layoffs, furloughs and medical cost hikes are hurting most — the shredded social safety net is going to fail a lot of folks.
That’s why it is so important, in fact imperative, that this Christmas season we try to keep our local charities uppermost in our giving impulses. It’s the worst hardships those in need in the next calendar year will face that we need to anticipate and head off here and now.
In case a memory refresher will do some good, these are a few local places that can use our spirit of generosity:
Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah provides for children in need from birth to age 12 throughout the Eastside. To quote their website, “What you give, we give, to Eastside families struggling with job loss, homelessness, medical crisis and poverty.”
December 7, 2010
Sydney Weber, Kirsten Dovey, Michelle Fredrickson and Malori Yates (from left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, present Jim Dever, of KING-5 TV, with the 2010 Friend of 4-H award for his showcasing of 4-H when he hosted “Evening Magazine” from the 2010 King County Fair.
4-H club donates food to senior citizens’ pets
Members of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club pose with their donation of more than 200 pounds of dog and cat food for Issaquah-area senior citizens.
Aircraft union donates toys to Eastside Baby Corner
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 14 and the Washington Chapter of the March of Dimes donated about 500 new toys, valued at more than $8,000, to the Eastside Baby Corner Dec. 6.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft-oriented, independent aviation union.
November 9, 2010
For the first time in its 20-year history, Eastside Baby Corner is having a fundraiser for itself.
Karen Ridlon, a pediatric nurse, founded the nonprofit organization in 1990, using her house as a donation bank. The baby clothes, toys, shoes and bikes soon overtook her kitchen and dining room. Rowley Properties helped her acquire a facility, and the community has kept her awash in donations for children up to age 12 in the 20 years since.
But some donations were harder to come by, like car seats, cribs, beds, diapers, baby formula and baby food. When the Eastside Baby Corner board approved its three-year plan in 2008, it determined that the organization needed to find adequate and sustainable funding sources to buy the supplies that were in constant demand.
Through much planning, the board decided to start an annual luncheon to raise money and awareness for Eastside Baby Corner.
The free luncheon and fundraiser will feature Bill Grace, a social justice activist and traveling teacher who founded the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle. Grace directs Common Good Works and speaks at seminars across the world.
The nonprofit has set a goal of raising $50,000, director of development and community relations Helen Banks Routon said.
She thanked the luncheon’s four sponsors: Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center and Clark Nuber, a Bellevue accounting and consulting business.
Last year, Eastside Baby Corner distributed more than 40,000 items amounting to almost $3 million worth of goods.
Every week, “about 500 kids are positively impacted,” Routon said.
The nonprofit does not work directly with families, but with 120 provider partners. Each week, the provider can request up to 20 items, which it can then give to local families. Eastside Baby Corner also works with food banks, including the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
Donations from the luncheon will pay for supplies.
“It’s a great way to mark our 20 years,” Routon said. “It’s a great way to build our resources so we can meet the needs of the children in our community.”
If you go
Eastside Baby Corner luncheon
- 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15
- Hilton Bellevue
- 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue
- To register, e-mail email@example.com or go to www.babycorner.org by Nov. 10. The website also accepts tax-deductible donations.
- To donate new or gently used items, go to Eastside Baby Corner, 1510 N.W. Maple St., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Thursdays or 9 – noon Saturdays.
Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.