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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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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Off The Press — Big goals can be achieved in small steps

January 6, 2015

It’s good to set big goals. Yes, if you set one that is too large you might not get there. But think about how much further you’ll get if you go for broke.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

With that in mind, we set this year’s goal for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund at $100,000. That money helps your neighbors and friends, and also people you may never meet. But one day you might be in need yourself. Isn’t it nice to know there is a fund that helps everyone it possibly can, all year long?

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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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Editorial — Merry Christmas drive goal is $100,000

December 3, 2014

It’s the time of year when people really think about giving: buying presents for various holidays and making charitable contributions before the end of the year so they can count them on their taxes.

So, it’s the perfect time to think about the people every week needing help who walk through the doors of Issaquah Community Services.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is off to good start

November 25, 2014

The only source of heat in Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

Without the wood pellets, though, the stove is nothing more than decoration, and a reminder of the cold nights ahead.

Last year, Issaquah Community Services kept Wright’s fire on with a donation of wood pellets, as the disabled veteran without an income waited approval for disability benefits, while receiving services for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah supports important need

November 11, 2014

By all outward appearances, Issaquah and its surroundings seem quite affluent.

Yet, there are still lines at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, and a steady stream of aid requests coming into local organizations.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah kicks off with $100,000 goal

November 4, 2014

September 2014 represented a new beginning for Issaquah resident Michelle Curtis.

It’s when, after living in a domestic violence shelter for the past two years, the single mother of four moved into permanent housing.

That Talus apartment represented security, freedom and most of all stability, as Curtis worked tooth and nail to overcome abuse and the resulting health issues to make a home for her family.

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Christmas fund sets new donation record

January 7, 2014

Merry Christmas Issaquah fund that supports emergency financial assistance for Issaquah families has set a new record in total donations.

Nearly $86,000 has been donated in the past five weeks by 257 donors. That represents a 25 percent increase over last year’s $68,683 from 244 donors. The goal was $75,000.

The fund has been spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 to support the work of the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services.

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