Sept. 11 attacks spur interfaith group to help Habitat for Humanity

September 6, 2011

“What I’ve learned is that we all believe in one almighty God, that we are all to serve humanity and that’s how we serve God,” said Jawad Khaki, president of IMAN, a Northwest group for Muslims.

Khaki spoke during last year’s Together We Build project in Issaquah for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity of East King County.

Consisting of Muslims, Christians and Jews, Together We Build will hold its 10th annual construction project Sept. 8-10 and the following weekend of Sept. 15-17 at Habitat’s Issaquah Highlands development on Magnolia Street.

The days were specifically planned to bookend the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Together We Build grew in the aftermath of those attacks. Over the past 10 years, the organization has contributed more than $430,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

Learn more at www.togetherwebuild.org.

Habitat for Humanity to dedicate Issaquah homes

August 23, 2011

Join Habitat for Humanity of East King County — plus the Cornejo, Larson, Mateas and Riziki families — to dedicate the Magnolia Village community in the Issaquah Highlands.

Habitat leaders planned a ceremony and a community potluck meal for 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the home sites, 2516 N.E. Magnolia St. Participants can bring a dish to share.

In order to receive the keys to the homes, the families completed 500 hours of sweat equity — some completed almost 700 hours — and completed homebuyer education. The training includes lessons in budgeting, credit repair, disaster preparedness, community governance and homeowner association, intercultural communications and diversity training, “green” living, and home repair and maintenance.

Contact Emily Fortman, Habitat director of family services, at efortman@habitatekc.org or 869-6007, ext. 237, for more information.

Construction on Magnolia Village started in June 2009.

YWCA Family Village at Issaquah opens

August 16, 2011

Lizzie Webb stands aside the railing to top-floor residences at her apartment building looking over the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah and a view of Squak and Cougar mountains. By Greg Farrar

The airy apartment on the top floor at YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, a long-planned affordable housing complex, is a refuge for Lizzie Webb.

The longtime Issaquah resident relocated to the complex before anyone else, in late May, and created a sanctuary from domestic abuse in the cozy space.

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Lakeside Recovery hosts sub-regional tourney

July 19, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team plays the Tacoma Cobras at 4 p.m. July 20 in the opening round of the four-team AAA sub-regional tournament at Bannerwood Park.

The Kennewick Bandits and an entry from Spokane round out the field of teams. Those two teams meet at noon July 20.

The losers of the first two games meet at 7:30 p.m. in a loser-out game. The tournament resumes July 21 with the top two teams advancing to the AAA state tournament July 26 in Selah.

Lakeside Recovery, 20-21, finished its regular season with a pair of victories. On July 16, Lakeside Recovery downed Bellevue Legion, 5-1. Ethan Kalin and Andrew Kemmerer, both of Issaquah High School, hit home runs for Lakeside Recovery. Pitcher Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, picked up his fifth victory of the season. He struck out seven and allowed just one walk.

On July 14, Lakeside Recovery snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery, shut out in two of its three previous games, hit three home runs off Honda pitching. Kalin, Sandefur and Issaquah graduate Mike Paulson all smashed home runs for Lakeside in a five-run second inning. Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one walk.

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Habitat for Humanity store to open soon on Eastside

July 12, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County plans to open a 10,000-square-foot Habitat Store by late summer.

Profits from the store support Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing. The nonprofit organization is in the midst of construction efforts in the Issaquah Highlands and Renton.

In the meantime, the Bellevue store is accepting donations for resale. Call 351-1186 or go to http://habitatekc.org/store to learn about donation options.

“We’ve been planning this store for a year and feel confident about moving forward after the University of Washington’s Leadership MBA Program completed a comprehensive market study last winter,” Tom Granger, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate, said in a news release.

Habitat homes use environmentally friendly materials and follow “green” practices in design and construction.

Eastside Habitat for Humanity Store to open soon

July 9, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 9, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County plans to open a 10,000-square-foot Habitat Store by late summer.

Profits from the store support Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing. The nonprofit organization is in the midst of construction efforts in the Issaquah Highlands and Renton.

In the meantime, the Bellevue store is accepting donations for resale. Call 351-1186 or go to http://habitatekc.org/store to learn about donation options.

“We’ve been planning this store for a year and feel confident about moving forward after the University of Washington’s Leadership MBA Program completed a comprehensive market study last winter,” Tom Granger, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate, said in a news release.

Bellevue-based Chesmore Buck Architecture is designing the build-out of the store.

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Donate to Issaquah organizations during fundraising drive

June 23, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. June 23, 2011

The Seattle Foundation is staging the biggest day of charitable giving in King County history Thursday — and people can donate to numerous Issaquah-based organizations and groups serving local residents.

The foundation’s GiveBIG fundraising effort continues until 11:59 p.m.

GiveBIG invites people to make donations to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations, including the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Village TheatreFriends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Habitat for Humanity of East King CountyThe Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Together Center.

The donations can then be stretched further using funds from a $500,000 “stretch pool” provided by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG supporters.

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Habitat for Humanity uses vehicle donations to fund homes

June 21, 2011

Donating a car, truck, boat or recreational vehicle can help Habitat for Humanity build homes.

The nonprofit organization’s Cars for Homes national vehicle donation program is meant to specifically assist Habitat affiliates by generating funds from the sale of donated vehicles.

Funding is then distributed to affiliates based on the donor’s ZIP code. The local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of East King County, has received $116,949.54 through the program.

The program started in Washington as a pilot program in November 2003. Habitat for Humanity International made the effort a national program in 2005.

“The contributions we have received through the Cars for Homes program have increased every year, allowing us to build more houses and serve more families in need of an affordable home,” Mary Martin, Habitat for Humanity of East King County resource development director, said in a news release.

The organization is building homes at Magnolia Village in the Issaquah Highlands. Habitat has built dozens of homes for Eastside residents in recent years.

Call 877-277-4344 toll free or go the program’s website, www.carsforhomes.org, to donate a vehicle to Cars for Homes.

In addition, donations may be eligible for a tax deduction.

Habitat for Humanity uses vehicle donations to fund homes

June 18, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2011

Donating a car, truck, boat or recreational vehicle can help Habitat for Humanity build homes.

The nonprofit organization’s Cars for Homes national vehicle donation program is meant to specifically assist Habitat affiliates by generating funds from the sale of donated vehicles.

Funding is then distributed to affiliates based on the donor’s ZIP code. The local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of East King County, has received  $116,949.54 through the program.

The program started in Washington as a pilot program in November 2003. Habitat for Humanity International made the effort a national program in 2005.

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Habitat for Humanity hosts AmeriCorps volunteers to build community

May 14, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 14, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County is joining another Habitat affiliate to host more than 60 AmeriCorps members to build homes near Issaquah and elsewhere.

During the weeklong event, 42 Habitat for Humanity International AmeriCorps members participate in construction and community surveying at the La Fortuna construction site. In addition, 25 AmeriCorps members plan to assist at a Habitat site in Seattle. The effort runs from May 16-20.

The event marks the first time Habitat for Humanity International has chosen the Northwest for the annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.

“We are excited to be a 2011 Habitat for Humanity Build-a-Thon host,” Tom Granger, Habitat for Humanity of East King County executive director, said in a release.  “The national service members make a difference every day in the communities they serve, and their work is going to have a lasting impact for affordable homeownership in King County.”

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