Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.

Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more

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Teen group Dream Catchers volunteer at Angela House

January 6, 2015

So you are a teenager and have free time on the weekend; what do you do with the time? Watch sports? Go to the movies? Play video games?

Contributed Members of the Dream Catchers sit down to play a game of Monopoly with residents of Life Enrichment Options’ Angela House, which is home to residents with disabilities.

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Members of the Dream Catchers sit down to play a game of Monopoly with residents of Life Enrichment Options’ Angela House, which is home to residents with disabilities.

How about volunteering to interact with young adults with disabilities or do household chores for senior citizens? That’s what a group of Issaquah High School seniors called Dream Catchers does with its time.

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New Eastside Friends of Seniors director sees vision come true

March 25, 2014

Retired transportation economist and Redmond City Councilman Hank Myers is the new director of the volunteer organization Eastside Friends of Seniors.

He was doing volunteer work in his community when he proposed the idea of creating a nonprofit organization to help seniors maintain their independence by providing essential services that allow them to remain in their own homes.

“My friend said that agency already exists,” Myers recalled. “That’s when she told me about Eastside Friends of Seniors.”

The organization operates out of offices in the basement of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Nonprofit seeks new executive director

January 14, 2014

Eastside Friends of Seniors has begun the search for a new administrator to lead the nonprofit organization that was founded in 1997 to provide assistance to older residents of the community to maintain their independence.

The board posted the vacancy on its website after accepting the resignation of Executive Director Claire Petersky, who has guided the growth and fundraising activities for the nonprofit group for the past five years.

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Meteorologist hosts annual Eastside Friends of Seniors luncheon

October 1, 2013

Jeff Renner, of KING 5 news, hosts the second annual Gathering for Seniors at noon Oct. 11 at the Bellevue Hilton to benefit the activities of Eastside Friends of Seniors.

Eastside Friends of Seniors is a nonprofit organization that began serving seniors in Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau in 1997 as Faith in Action. The group changed its name in 2011 to reflect its mission and has expanded its free services into Bellevue and the Snoqualmie Valley.

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Organizations unite to makeover home on Tiger Mountain

July 9, 2013

More than a dozen volunteers from the Eastside gave up the first sunny Saturday of the summer to provide some much needed safety upgrades on the singlewide mobile home occupied by an elderly woman who lives on Tiger Mountain.

Contributed Leila Forbeck (center) inspects the work being done by volunteers who added a wheelchair ramp and other safety improvements for the senior citizen who lives in a singlewide trailer on Tiger Mountain.

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Leila Forbeck (center) inspects the work being done by volunteers who added a wheelchair ramp and other safety improvements for the senior citizen who lives in a singlewide trailer on Tiger Mountain.

Members of the I-90 Church in Issaquah teamed with volunteers from Eastside Friends of Seniors to install a wheelchair ramp to the outside deck, and repaired rotted boards on the porch where Leila Forbeck fell and broke her leg in 20 places in September. The unpaid workers also replaced and painted drywall that had been damaged when the water heater in the tiny trailer failed several months ago.

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