February 23, 2014
NEW — Noon Feb. 23, 2014
Youth Eastside Services, a lifeline for kids and families coping with challenges such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence, will host its annual benefit breakfast March 12.
The Invest in Youth breakfast raises money for the agency’s Lifeline Fund, which supports underfunded prevention and education programs as well as uncompensated care, ensuring no child is turned away for a family’s inability to pay. The agency helps youths in Issaquah.
January 19, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2014
With Fred Meyer’s new Community Rewards Program, you can help earn money for local students and schools each time you shop.
All you have to do is go online to connect your Fred Meyer Reward Card to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The program begins Feb. 3, but you need to register now.
You will still earn your Rewards points, fuel points and rebates. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
Learn more or sign up here. Search for the foundation by its name or nonprofit number — 91119.
January 7, 2014
Merry Christmas Issaquah fund that supports emergency financial assistance for Issaquah families has set a new record in total donations.
Nearly $86,000 has been donated in the past five weeks by 257 donors. That represents a 25 percent increase over last year’s $68,683 from 244 donors. The goal was $75,000.
The fund has been spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 to support the work of the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services.
December 31, 2013
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.
December 29, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 29, 2013
The WAVE Foundation (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Day of Shopping Event last month raised about $1,400.
Ten percent of all purchases at Look’s Unique Home Accents, Gifts and Cards that day went to the WAVE Foundation fundraiser.
Sharon Anderson, WAVE Foundation executive director, said the group has hosted a day-of-shopping event for more than a decade.
December 24, 2013
They see the anguish, the struggle and the heartbreak that comes when clients cannot make ends meet.
As hard as it is to watch that, though, they also get to see the euphoria when a volunteer says, “Yes, I can help you,” making everything worthwhile.
“It’s unbelievably rewarding, it really is. It’s just a very rich experience, I think, for all of our volunteers,” said Jane, an Issaquah Community Services volunteer whose last name is not being printed due to the required anonymity between volunteers and clients.
December 24, 2013
Issaquah High School students have gone above and beyond in their three fundraisers so far this year.
Stuff the Bus was a toy drive for Seattle Children’s. For a week, students stuffed a bus full of toys and books for the children at the hospital. In addition, many took the time to write kind notes to patients.
“Seattle Children’s was very appreciative and they even wrote an article about Issaquah High School’s donation in the magazine they publish,” junior Suzy Emerson, Associated Student Body representative, said.
December 17, 2013
New Issaquah resident Michelle Whitehead’s entire life was tucked away in a Milton storage unit.
It’s where the single mom of two children kept her assets after she lost her job and her Pierce County residence.
“I had my personal belongings there and furniture. The entire house was in there,” she said.
December 17, 2013
Christmas fund keeps giving all year long
Not all Christmas wish lists are created equal.
A single mom just wants to be sure we don’t have another cold spell this winter or the electric bill won’t get paid. An elderly man living on Social Security could sure use a new pair of reading glasses. A young couple with new jobs is doing well with loan payments — but now the car needs repairs to get them to their jobs. One of four kids in a family has medical problems that have overwhelmed the family budget and an eviction notice is in the mail.
December 10, 2013
As a cold freeze covers the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, consider that the only source of heat for Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.
The stove is only effective, though, when it has the pellets, something the 26-year-old veteran could not afford.
Issaquah Community Services gave Wright the benefit of heat by funding the delivery of more than $200 worth of pellets, courtesy of The Grange Supply.
“It meant a great deal,” Wright said. “It kept me from freezing and actually allowed me to move around my house, because I do have fractured bones so when it does get cold in here I can’t really move around.”