City joins Toys for Troops holiday drive

November 26, 2013

Make the holiday season brighter for military families in need.

The local nonprofit organization Operation Bald Eagle’s holiday gift drive Toys for Troops is joined this year by the Issaquah Police Department to collect toys and clothes for military families in need.

Donate new, unopened toys and clothes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the records window at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way, through Dec. 10.

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Creekside Elementary School goes all out for Operation Bald Eagle

February 7, 2012

Creekside Elementary School kindergartners Reagan Mitchell, Caden Culver and Ethan Ball (clockwise from bottom) show off pictures and decorated collection boxes going to Operation Bald Eagle. Contributed

There probably is no doubt that the Sammamish-based organization Operation Bald Eagle has inspired plenty of people to help United States troops and their families here and overseas.

Operation Bald Eagle has definitely touched the students and staff at Creekside Elementary School.

“At Creekside, a goal is to help each child realize that they are a leader and to encourage them to make a positive, meaningful difference in their community,” Creekside teacher Michelle Blake said.

According to both Blake and fellow instructor Katie Tasa, the school has numerous Student Leadership Clubs. Tasa and Blake are the faculty advisors to the clubs. Principles from the well-known book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” are taught at the school, Blake added.

Blake noted that her kindergarten class just happens to include Reagan Mitchell, the son of Operation Bald Eagle president and founder Jeff Mitchell.

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Operation Bald Eagle seeks fan support at Eastlake homecoming

October 11, 2011

If you’re headed to watch the Issaquah High School Eagles take on the Eastlake High School Wolves on Oct. 14, be sure to look out for members of the Army and Marines in their Humvees.

The service members will be at the game to help garner support for Operation Bald Eagle, a Sammamish-based organization that supports military families and those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.

Jeff Mitchell, the founder, and Dr. Mark Nelson’s Sammamish office staff will collect basic school supplies for military families, as well as general supplies for care packages, which they will send to troops overseas. Operation Bald Eagle will also conduct a raffle for a chance to win an iPad.

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Find a niche at Issaquah Hobby & Volunteer Expo

May 3, 2011

Looking for a quilting club? How about a hiking group or a nonprofit that helps veterans?

Hobby hunters and volunteer enthusiasts need look no further than the 12th annual Hobby & Volunteer Expo, held at the same time as the Issaquah Farmers Market May 7 at Pickering Barn.

“It has just been a fantastic tradition, an annual event, in which community programs and hobby groups can get together and, one, network with each other, and two, put the word out that they exist and they are looking for members,” Issaquah Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones said.

The expo targets a number of people: youths looking for volunteer opportunities; Issaquah newcomers looking for groups to join; empty nesters or recent retirees searching for new outlets; and just about anybody in need of a new venture.

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Volunteer, hobby expo returns bigger than ever

April 20, 2010

Whether you’re brand new to the community or have lived here your whole life, possibilities abound for getting involved with your neighbors and other like-minded individuals or groups. The trick is finding them.

Luckily, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department gathers more than 30 organizations at one convenient location each year — the Hobby & Volunteer Expo.

“It’s for all ages,” organizer Cathy Jones said. “It’s especially great for parents to find different groups for their children.”

Now in its 11th year, this year’s show is geared more toward hobby and volunteer opportunities for adults and high school students, Jones said.

“There are some great opportunities for retirees and empty nesters,” she added.

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