To the Editor

October 7, 2014


Give generously to help cover gap in education funding

With the calendar officially turned to fall, many of us are back into the daily comfort of our children’s school routine. There are morning buses to catch, lunches to pack, shoes to tie and backpacks to fasten.

School is a tie that binds us, and our neighborhoods, together. School and its activities are like a quilt that we all wrap around ourselves. But without our local Issaquah Schools Foundation, this quilt would be tattered and threadbare.

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Issaquah Women’s Club hosts scholarship fundraiser

September 23, 2014

When Issaquah resident Lorena Kott moved to the city two years ago, she sought an outlet that would both help her meet people and give back to her new community.

She found it in the Issaquah Women’s Club, a social and philanthropic organization that has been bringing Issaquah women together since 1983.

“I loved the duality of the social aspect and the helping aspect,” Kott, the club’s marketing chairwoman, said. “You can have fun, help others and make friends. What more could you want from a club?”

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Volunteers needed for food drive

September 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 19, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs volunteers for its Month of Concern Food Drive.

Volunteers are needed from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 21 and 28 and Oct. 12 to help take in and pick up donations, and then organize and put away the donations at the food bank.

If you’re interested, email


Participate in Do Something Great drive

September 16, 2014

Macaroni Kid is promoting the annual Do Something Great drive to get people involved in their community.

The organization is sponsoring:

Sept. 18: Bounce to Benefit Animals, 4-6 p.m., Kidz Bounce, 8178 304th Ave S.E., Issaquah. A percent of proceeds will go to the Seattle Humane Society. Families are encouraged to donate needed items. Children can also visit the MaxMobile, an adoption bus filled with adoptable animals.

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Fundraiser tops $75,000 for food, clothing bank

September 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s second annual Recipe for Hope Breakfast Sept. 9 raised more than $75,000.

Food bank officials plan to put the donations to good use by growing programs, improving the facility, increasing outreach, ensuring there are no hungry kids in local schools nor hungry seniors alone at home, and leaving no one without a safety net, Executive Director Cori Walters wrote in an email to supporters.

See a video about the needs of the food bank here.

Donations are still being accepted to help fund operations at the food and clothing bank. Give here.

Food, football add appeal to All in for Kids fundraiser

September 2, 2014

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is partnering with area businesses for its All in for Kids annual fund campaign Sept. 5-10.

Funds will support advancing academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and connect students to their futures.

Sept. 5 — Battle of the Fans in the Stands — Issaquah vs. Skyline football game, Issaquah High School, 7:30 p.m.
It’s the district’s rivalry game of the year. Dress in school colors and feed the jar with $1 or $5 contributions in support of your favorite team upon entrance. All who donate receive a Battle of the Fans gift. The winning side will win the coveted Battle of the Fans trophy for their school and bragging rights for a year.

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Help Eastside Baby Corner clothe children for school

August 31, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2014

Join Eastside Baby Corner in its fifth year of making sure children in need have clothes and shoes that fit as they head back to school.

This year’s Pants Party is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at the EBC Hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St. There will be free entertainment, including activities by KidsQuest Children’s Museum and a performance by Debbie Hansen, the Science Lady.

Kids can touch a fire truck and police car, go on pony rides and get their faces painted. There will also be games, giveaways and hub tours. There will also be food and a raffle for great prizes.

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Eastside Baby Corner sends more than 13,000 items to wildfire victims

August 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 9, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner’s one-day emergency drive July 25 netted 11,000 wipes and nearly 3,000 diapers for children impacted by the fires in Eastern Washington.

The nonprofit organization received a call from relief organizers in Wenatchee asking for assistance with diapers, wipes and pull-ups.

However, EBC did not have enough pull-ups or wipes to contribute, and decided to ask for help collecting the items. Relief organizers, needing the supplies immediately, came to pick up the donations Saturday morning, leaving donors just one day to get their contributions to EBC.

The 13,000 diapers, wipes and pull-ups (the combination of donated and EBC-supplied diapers) should be enough to keep 100 children in diapers for a month.

Walgreens stores are accepting wildfire donations

July 28, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. July 28, 2014

Responding to wildfires devastating portions of the state, Walgreens is accepting cash donations from customers looking for ways to support those whose lives or property were disrupted.

Make check-out counter cash donations in amounts of $1, $5 and $10 and the donations will go to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the western wildfires.

The Red Cross is providing shelter and has provided more than 3,200 meals and snacks to those affected by the fires. The organization is also providing health and mental health services, and is distributing trash bags, gloves and masks to people throughout the area.

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Donate today, tomorrow to Eastside Baby Corner to help children affected by Western Washington fires

July 25, 2014

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 25, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner is holding an emergency drive today and tomorrow to collect diapers to send to Western Washington communities impacted by the still-burning fires.

Those interested in helping are asked to bring, very specifically, pull-ups in sizes 2T to 4T and baby wipes to the EBC Hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St., in Issaquah, through 3 p.m. today, and between 9 and 10 a.m. tomorrow.

EBC received a call from a relief organizer in Wenatchee asking for assistance with diapers, wipes and pull-ups. EBC had sufficient diapers in stock and was able to commit 10,000 to the relief effort.

However, EBC does not have enough pull-ups or wipes to contribute, and is asking supporters and the local community to help.

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