September 30, 2015
NEW — 5:17 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
While council members have admitted the money won’t do much by itself, on Sept. 21, the City Council approved setting aside $965,000 for affordable housing projects in Issaquah.
Actually, the council returned the money to the cause of affordable housing after an effort to create a human services campus in the city ended in August. That effort started in 2006; the council approved moving $1 million in affordable housing funds to support the campus effort in 2008.
Saying they simply had exhausted every feasible possibility, officials of the Redmond-based Together Center called a halt to the effort to build a combined social services center in Issaquah. Center officials said they simply could not find affordable property and called a halt to the search. At the Sept. 21 meeting, various council members expressed disappointment the plan did not come to fruition. Councilman Joshua Schaer expressed a hope the money set aside for the center eventually would be put to some other significant use. Minus $35,000 spent on a city-approved feasibility study, the money earmarked for the Together Center became available again. Read more
September 10, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2015
All around the Eastside, communities and local volunteers are gearing up for a monthlong food drive, the Eastside’s Month of Concern staged by the Emergency Feeding Program.
In Issaquah and Sammamish, as in many local cities, local mayors will get involved with a special Mayor’s Day of Concern Food Drive set for Sept. 19, according to Tim Larson, Sammamish communications director.
The kickoff event is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, said Keith Madsen, pastor of the Community Church of Issaquah.
August 27, 2015
NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015
It can be unsettling for a high-school student who can’t afford functional clothing, prom attire or the fees to participate in certain classes, clubs and sports.
Issaquah High School began addressing those issues three years ago when its PTSA formed an Angel Program that collects a wide range of items and distributes them anonymously to students and families.
August 25, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2015
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank presents the Recipe for Hope breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Eastridge Church, 24025 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.
Doors open at 7 a.m.
The suggested minimum individual donation is $100, with proceeds going to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
Table captains and participants can register online at http://bit.ly/1Jz6OMV.
Learn more by calling 392-4123, ext. 12.
August 22, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015
For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.
They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.
“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.
Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.
Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking. Read more
July 31, 2015
NEW — 8 p.m. July 31, 2015
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is in line for a cool upgrade.
The nonprofit will get a central heating and cooling system for its building, after a Fourth of July fundraiser raised more than $21,700 to help with the capital project improvement.
John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor, of Windermere Real Estate Bellevue South, annually organize the Fourth of July fireworks above Lake Sammamish, and ask attendees to give back to the community through a matching program.
July 29, 2015
NEW — 11:13 a.m. July 29, 2015
Before you know it, summer will be over and children will head back to school.
And although it’s an exciting time for the many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.
That’s where Tools 4 School comes in.
July 23, 2015
Local real estate broker Karl Lindor is stepping up to the plate.
Lindor showed he cares about keeping a roof over families’ heads with a $500 donation to the Merry Christmas Issaquah in July fundraiser.
Now, he’s challenging his peers in the real estate community to match it, and show their dedication to helping Issaquah residents at their lowest.
July 16, 2015
With just two weeks left in the month, the Merry Christmas Issaquah in July fundraising drive is well short of its ultimate goal.
The monetary goal of $25,000 goes a long way in ensuring Issaquah families keep a roof over their heads.
July 16, 2015