Volunteers needed for food drive

September 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 19, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs volunteers for its Month of Concern Food Drive.

Volunteers are needed from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 21 and 28 and Oct. 12 to help take in and pick up donations, and then organize and put away the donations at the food bank.

If you’re interested, email cori@issaquahfoodbank.org.

 

Issaquah’s oldest church has new location

September 16, 2014

The Community Church of Issaquah, the longest-established church in Issaquah, is moving to Gilman Boulevard.

The first worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, and a grand opening celebration (including a meal to follow) is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 19. The community is invited.

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Fundraiser tops $75,000 for food, clothing bank

September 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s second annual Recipe for Hope Breakfast Sept. 9 raised more than $75,000.

Food bank officials plan to put the donations to good use by growing programs, improving the facility, increasing outreach, ensuring there are no hungry kids in local schools nor hungry seniors alone at home, and leaving no one without a safety net, Executive Director Cori Walters wrote in an email to supporters.

See a video about the needs of the food bank here.

Donations are still being accepted to help fund operations at the food and clothing bank. Give here.

Issaquah Highlands Dental Group helps generate smiles

September 9, 2014

Issaquah Highlands Dental Group participated in Smile Generation Serve Day on Aug. 23.

The annual event brings together Pacific Dental Services-supported dentists and team member volunteers, and provides dental care to patients in need.

Seven patients were seen at the Issaquah Highlands office, receiving more than $12,500 worth of dental care.

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Editorial: 1,200 backpacks needed for students

July 22, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a new backpack for your student and added in the supplies, your receipts probably add up to well more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank feeds kids through summer

July 15, 2014

For the third year in a row, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is running a program to help feed children during summer vacation.

Program Director Rebecca Rayner said the local organization wanted to give kids the meals often provided by the school system during most of the year.

“We just have to have school-aged kids to enter the program,” she said.

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Issaquah Women’s Club gives $5,000 to local organizations

July 15, 2014

The Issaquah Women’s Club gathered June 5 to distribute over $5,000 in donations to local organizations.

The recipients were the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Echo Glen to support its canine program, Life Enrichment Options, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, Issaquah Community Services and Eastside Baby Corner.

Contributed An Echo Glen student works with Oreo, a dog in its canine program. The organization recently received funds from the Issaquah Women’s Club.

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An Echo Glen student works with Oreo, a dog in its canine program. The organization recently received funds from the Issaquah Women’s Club.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary School’s ‘guardian angel’ wins state award

July 1, 2014

Suzie Kuflik receives $500 check from WEA

Suzie Kuflik received statewide recognition May 30 from the Washington Education Association Minority Affairs and Human Rights Committee, for bringing the Angel Program to Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The award came with a $500 check, which Kuflik donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, where she frequently volunteers.

Among her efforts to better the Issaquah community, Kuflik created the Angel Program to pair students in need with “adopted families.”

Those families are given the age, size and gender of their child to provide basic necessities, though many donate additional gifts. The Angel Program’s work has inspired other schools in the Issaquah School District to adapt the program to help more students.

By Rachel Osgood Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

By Rachel Osgood
Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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City weighs needs as 200 bus comes to end of the line

June 24, 2014

As Issaquah’s 200 “freebee” bus faces Metro Transit’s chopping block, city officials are evaluating alternatives.

After the failure of April’s Proposition 1, which would have given King County Metro Transit the necessary funds to avoid service cuts, the regional authority plans to begin phasing out 17 percent of its routes in September. The 200 is among those routes.

“Though it still serves riders, Route 200 is identified as among the lowest performing routes in Metro’s current system,” Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said.

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Recycle electronics, donate computers and food at PC Fix event

June 10, 2014

The PC Fix, in conjunction with One Green Planet, is hosting a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at its Issaquah location, 1320 N.W. Mall St.

The company will accept and dispose of nearly all used electronic gear, and will also coordinate with local businesses to pick up used gear for disposal.

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