Angels in wait: Issaquah High School program helps students in need

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.

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Food bank hosts charity breakfast

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.

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Task force tries to answer, ‘What is downtown vitality?’

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

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Fireworks fundraiser raises $21,000 for food bank

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.

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Editorial — Help children succeed with Tools 4 School

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.

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Real estate agent challenges his peers to contribute

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.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah in July fund needs a boost

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.

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Issaquah Women’s Club and Foundation gives more than $7,700 to local organizations

July 16, 2015

By eve’ Martinez-Petrut Jo Simpson meets Gwenna, from the Echo Glen Canine Program. The Issaquah Women’s Club and Foundation gathered last month to distribute more than $7,700 to local organizations. Recipients include the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Issaquah Senior Center, Life Enrichment Options, YWCA Family Village — Highlands, Issaquah Community Services and the Echo Glen Canine Program. Learn more about the club at www.issaquahwomensclub.org.

By eve’ Martinez-Petrut
Jo Simpson meets Gwenna, from the Echo Glen Canine Program. The Issaquah Women’s Club and Foundation gathered last month to distribute more than $7,700 to local organizations. Recipients include the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Issaquah Senior Center, Life Enrichment Options, YWCA Family Village — Highlands, Issaquah Community Services and the Echo Glen Canine Program. Learn more about the club at www.issaquahwomensclub.org.

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

July 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 12, 2015

Learn more about hunger in our community as the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank hosts a behind-the-scenes tour.

Tour the facility and talk to Executive Director Cori Walters about hunger in our own backyard. The tour will help bring to life these food bank statistics:

  • More than 400 households are served each week.
  • 150 Summer Lunch Bags are distributed each week of summer.
  • 40 to 50 Groceries to Go deliveries are made each week.
  • 58 percent of the people served are children and seniors.

Join community members for a tour from 6-7 p.m. July 13 or noon to 1 p.m. July 16. Tours start at the side door in the alley next to the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

RSVP or learn more by emailng Walters cori@issaquahfoodbank.org.

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July fundraiser helps families find a home

July 9, 2015

Imagine an Issaquah winter.

It’s cold, rainy and windy, and snow is certainly not out of the question during this dreary time period.

Now, imagine enduring this winter when the place you call home is just a truck.

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