Hallelujah! Sing & Play Along Messiah! returns

December 11, 2012

Christmas revelers can create a joyful noise and benefit Issaquah Community Services as St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church hosts Sing & Play Along Messiah! — a concert to aid people in need throughout the community.

Proceeds from the event go to Issaquah Community Services’ Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.

“The real intent behind ‘Messiah’ was and still is to benefit the needs of the local community,” said Jason Anderson, associate for liturgical arts and youth formation at the downtown Issaquah church.

George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah” in 1741 to illustrate scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. “Messiah” ranks among the best-known musical works from the Baroque period, and the piece is especially popular around Christmas

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Volunteers inspire Merry Christmas Issaquah success

December 4, 2012

The nonprofit organization Issaquah Community Services encounters clients in times of need.

Sometimes, a landlord is threatening eviction, or a utility is about to turn off electricity. In some cases, assistance is needed to fund unexpected medical or repair expenses.

Milicent Savage, Issaquah Community Services president, said the organization’s volunteers fill a critical role. The organization relies on a trained team to assist people in need — especially if the person requesting assistance is embarrassed or reluctant.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps families in need

November 27, 2012

Soon after a pipe burst, a deluge of generosity descended on Judith Tetzlaff’s home.

In early November, a pipe burst in the bathroom at the Tiger Mountain mobile home Tetzlaff and her sister share. The estimated repair expense from the unexpected problem strained the sisters’ limited incomes.

“If you have any kind of unexpected expense, there goes either the repair or the groceries,” Tetzlaff said.

So, the sisters turned to Issaquah Community Services for assistance.

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Issaquah Community Services needs donations to meet summer demand

July 17, 2012

The nonprofit organization Issaquah Community Services is facing increased demand for aid — so great the organization shut down for more than a week in June after exhausting funds for the month.

The organization since reopened to clients, but demand remains high, and leaders asked the public to consider donations in order for Issaquah Community Services to continue providing aid.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah donations set record

January 10, 2012

End of the year donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah sent the fund drive well beyond its $65,000 goal. With $77,362 total donations, the fund drive set a new record, 16 percent ahead of last year. There were 231 donors, also a new record.

The donations ranged from a few dollars to dual donations of $10,000. The proceeds will ensure that Issaquah Community Services has adequate funding to meet the growing needs for emergency financial assistance. During 2011, more than $88,000 in assistance was provided to local families facing eviction or utility shut-off, or just needing a bus ticket.

Merry Christmas Issaquah was first initiated by The Issaquah Press in 1981 when about $1,000 was donated. Over the past three decades, more than $785,000 has been collected to fund ICS in the nonprofit organization’s mission of providing emergency financial aid.

The fund drive is closed for the year, but donations can be sent any time to ICS, P.O. Box 669, Issaquah, WA 98027. ICS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Learn more or volunteer by emailing info@issaquahcommunityservices.com.

Merry Christmas Issaquah needs help to reach goal

December 27, 2011

The team at Issaquah Community Services — 22 trained volunteers — opens the nonprofit organization’s office each week to offer a hand to people in need, but the volunteers might not be able to serve as many people next year if more donations do not arrive soon.

Issaquah Community Services is the all-volunteer nonprofit organization responsible for dispersing donations to families living inside Issaquah School District boundaries.

Merry Christmas Issaquah is the organization’s most important fundraiser of the year. But the fund is more than $20,000 shy of its goal for the year, and organizers need the dollars to offer rent assistance if eviction is imminent, help with utility bills if the provider is threatening shutoff or emergency transportation.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah benefits diverse clientele

December 20, 2011

Issaquah Community Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in need, has seen a change in clients in recent years.

Clients at Issaquah Community Services included a local veteran of the Iraq conflict. The organization helped the man — a husband and father facing post-traumatic stress disorder and combat-related injuries in addition to financial troubles — pay rent for the family.

Military benefits did not cover the family’s everyday expenses. Ongoing searches for jobs — for the veteran and his wife — also created financial strain.

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Press Editorial

December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas Issaquah fosters giving spirit

Like the old adage goes, ’tis better to give than receive.

The holiday season is the peak time for giving, as some donors catch the Christmas spirit and others seek to make a donation before the year ends.

Readers face many choices to donate hard-earned dollars to each holiday season, but Issaquah Community Services is the organization many local residents turn to for help to pay the rent or keep the lights on. The organization’s annual Merry Christmas Issaquah fund drive is essential.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah demand continues to grow

December 13, 2011

Sudden hardships can expose people reeling from the effects of a down economy to even more risk — financial ruin and, in extreme cases, homelessness.

Darryl Zewe experienced such a hardship earlier in the year, after relocating from Pennsylvania to Washington. Soon after the move, he turned to Issaquah Community Services for assistance as Puget Sound Energy prepared to shut down the electricity at Zewe’s Issaquah apartment.

“They were so kind and they went way out of their way to provide some money for me,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting that. I was expecting the worst.”

Issaquah Community Services President Marilyn Taylor said the organization started to experience increased demand for assistance after the economy weakened late in the past decade.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah inspires giving

December 6, 2011

Sometimes asking for help is difficult.

Alison Yi learned as much as childcare, housing and transportation expenses mounted.

The recent Issaquah transplant logged hours on the road each weekday, shuttling her young children to preschool in Shoreline and then heading to work in the Renton School District. The constant commuting put a strain on a tight budget.

“It was really hard for me to decide, should I really go and get help from somebody who I don’t know?” she said. “I did, and I’m happy that I did. I learned something. There’s a place that you can get help, and have the person who needs help proceed with their goal and their life and be successful.”

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