It’s Christmas in July for Issaquah Community Services fundraiser

July 2, 2015

Issaquah Community Services comes to the aid of individuals and families when they need it most.

The nonprofit is there to intervene right before the power goes out, the eviction notice becomes real and the water is turned off.

ICS 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.

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To the Editor — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

Candidates

Tim Flood for City Council

I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to talk to Tim Flood about issues in the city and his candidacy for Issaquah City Council. I am interested in the way Tim desires to represent the citizens of Issaquah. He wants to bring balance to development and transportation improvements to protect citizens from further traffic congestion.

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Rotary’s Grape Escape returns bigger than ever

March 17, 2015

For the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s ninth annual Grape Escape, organizers didn’t see any need to fix what wasn’t broken.

“We’ve taken a proven formula and just reapplied it,” co-chairman Scott McKorkle said.

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To the Editor

January 20, 2015

More people donated to Merry Christmas Issaquah than ever

Issaquah Community Services volunteers would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and sincere gratitude to the numerous donors who have made it possible, through the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund, to support those in our community who have fallen on hard times.

Our volunteers have the humbling privilege of administering donated funds to those in need. With more than $80,000 raised, we can continue to provide emergency assistance to the families and individuals that live in the Issaquah School District that cannot meet their basic needs from month to month. Having a roof over one’s head, running water, lights and a warm home can now be possible for almost 500 families.

We especially would like to recognize the hard-working team at The Issaquah Press, as they have been a major supporter of this service to our community since 1981. In total, they have helped us raise more than $1 million since 1981. Read more

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Time remains to donate to Merry Christmas Issaquah

January 13, 2015

Fund has record number of donors

When The Issaquah Press began its 2014 Merry Christmas Issaquah series more than two months ago, readers met Michelle Curtis.

Curtis is exactly the type of person Issaquah Community Services seeks to assist. She is a survivor, a fighter and, most of all, a mother intent on seeking a better life for her family.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund inches closer to goal

January 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 10, 2015

After a flood of donations cascaded into the Issaquah Community Services office last week, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is now less than $25,000 away from its ultimate goal.

Every penny matters as we gather donations to keep needy Issaquah families sheltered and warm during the year.

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.

“Helping nearly 500 families get by every single year is the sole reason why we exist,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is stuck at half-way point

January 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 2, 2015

This holiday season, we introduced you to several Issaquah families that needed a little help.

You met Marty Wright, a disabled veteran who struggled to keep the heat on in his Issaquah home. You read Cynthia Jackson’s story about strife and loss, as the single mother was forced to pick up the pieces after losing everything.

New Issaquah resident Shannon Winkler told you how an illness kept her from working, making it difficult to support her family. And finally, you saw the strength exuding from domestic violence survivor Michelle Curtis’ words as she described the path she and her four children took to settle down in Issaquah.

Each of these stories included notes of pain and struggle, but thanks to the generosity of Issaquah Community Services, all of them had a happy ending.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is only about halfway to goal

December 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 24, 2014

With just two weeks left, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is almost halfway to its $100,000 goal.

That total is less that half of what will be needed to meet Issaquah Community Services’ client demands in 2015.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout; they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps new resident get on her feet

December 16, 2014

Shannon Winkler has called Issaquah home for only a few weeks, but already, she knows it’s a special place.

It’s a place filled with people and nonprofit organizations that take care of their own through good times and bad.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah offers hope

December 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2014

Issaquah Community Services comes into a family’s life when they need it most.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout, they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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