August 31, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2014
Join Eastside Baby Corner in its fifth year of making sure children in need have clothes and shoes that fit as they head back to school.
This year’s Pants Party is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at the EBC Hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St. There will be free entertainment, including activities by KidsQuest Children’s Museum and a performance by Debbie Hansen, the Science Lady.
Kids can touch a fire truck and police car, go on pony rides and get their faces painted. There will also be games, giveaways and hub tours. There will also be food and a raffle for great prizes.
August 26, 2014
On Tuesday, parents across the Issaquah School District will walk their children to the school bus or to school for the start of a new school year.
Finally, a bit of free time for a second cup of coffee.
But wait, your school needs you. The volunteer jobs at school are endless. The playground needs monitors, the library can use assistance, the front office might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s office is often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.
August 26, 2014
Issaquah schools are great — there’s no doubt about it. Our district is consistently ranked as one of the top in the state and our students’ test scores are among the best in the nation. Ask any real estate agent and he or she will regale you with tales of parents who relocated just so their kids can get an Issaquah education.
What is less apparent is how our schools continue to be world-class centers for learning. Much credit goes to our teaching staff and fiscally savvy administration. An equal measure belongs to the community — parents, residents and businesses who donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation, join our PTSAs and volunteer in our schools.
August 18, 2014
NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2014
With spawning season coming up, it’s a good time to volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
The hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year.
FISH relies on a committed team of docents to provide tours and educate visitors about the salmon in Issaquah Creek. Adult volunteers are needed from September to mid-November.
Distinction for Dedication — 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards celebrates extraordinary community service
May 27, 2014
Robin Callahan and Ava Frisinger were the big winners during the 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held the event at the Hilton Garden Inn in a room full of city leaders and passionate citizens May 22. The yearly program aims to honor dedication to Issaquah and longtime volunteers for their service to the community.
Fourteen awards were given, celebrating multiple facets of how people improve Issaquah.
May 6, 2014
The city wants nominations for outstanding citizens for the 2014 Issaquah Hall of Fame.
Each spring, the mayor and the City Council president choose a person to honor for making a lasting contribution to the community. The selection process will evaluate nominees’ provision of inspiration, service, leadership, civic-mindedness, activity drawing positive attention, fundraising efforts and length of service.
May 6, 2014
Life Enrichment Options, AtWork! and the Tavon Center invite the community to nominate a volunteer who dedicates him or herself to supporting those with developmental disabilities for a “Caring Community Award,” as part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Community Volunteer Awards.
Awards will be presented at the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet on May 22, where Issaquah’s service clubs celebrate and honor those volunteers dedicated to making a difference.
Deadline for nominations is May 14. Submit a nomination at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.
May 2, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 2, 2014
Eastside Baby Corner will open its doors to visitors May 5 to show the community how its nearly-all-volunteer team fills more than 1,000 individual orders, helping more than 500 kids, each week.
The 5:30-7:30 p.m. open house is a day before GiveBIG, the Seattle Foundation’s annual fundraising event for Puget Sound-area nonprofits.
April 22, 2014
Issaquah is a naturally beautiful place, but it could be cleaner. Litter — beer cans, gum wrappers — are often found along streets and sidewalks amid the landscaping.
It takes a community to care about keeping Issaquah beautiful, which is why volunteers begin litter patrol in the second annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday morning.
The event is hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, but more than 200 volunteers from clubs, organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, have signed up to tackle a segment of town and give it a clean sweep. Girl Scouts will plant flowers to add some spring color to key locations.
April 22, 2014
The Issaquah Valley Grange No. 581 will honor Joyce Adams as its Community Service Volunteer of the Year at 7:30 p.m. April 28.
The public is invited to celebrate Adams and be entertained by The Roving Fiddlers. The celebration will be in the Masonic Hall, third floor (there is an elevator), across Sunset Way from the Issaquah Library parking lot. There will be refreshments after the program.
The Issaquah Valley Grange is a fraternal organization that supports local agriculture. It also emphasizes community service, including support for other Issaquah organizations like the fish hatchery, VFW and local schools. For 11 years, the organization has given a dictionary to every third-grade student in the Issaquah schools in the Words for Thirds program.