Issaquah NN

We are a group of nonprofits, businesses, government and concerned citizens that have come together to address food security issues in the Issaquah School District area. We know if we work together sharing resources and ideas we can better support our community needs.


Upcoming events

Next INN meeting:  *** SCHEDULE CHANGE ***  Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018  3:00pm - 4:30pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Front St. Issaquah


Resource Talk has a list of shelter information at this link              Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness shelter update here

Friends of Youth Street Outreach Mobile Drop-In Resources, connecting young adults (15-24) who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to the resources they need.  Schedule and more information here.


Tent City 4  hot dinner meals sign up.  Please  call 206 618 3901 for more information.  Tent City 4 has moved back to High Point as of May 2018.    Exit 20 on I-90 East Bound, Issaquah, WA   Amazon wish list.  Gas cards are needed.


Announcing Change A Life !  The YMCA of Greater Seattle and Friends of Youth have launched a program that will efficiently and effectively house homeless youth. Host Homes connects homeless youth with supportive families in the community that have a spare room and are willing to provide a safe space to work towards a plan of independence.

The Host Homes King County program matches young adults (ages 12–24) who are at risk of becoming homeless with a caring host family within their community. Hosts provide safe, short-term housing and support to young people as they work toward becoming stable and self-sufficient

For more information on the Host Homes King County program, contact Kimberly Turner at kimberlyturner@seattleymca.org or 206-458-8971.

Qualifications of Host Family:  21 years or older • Own or leases a home • Has a spare bedroom • Lives within King County


Kiwanis Club - Winter Clothing Drive  Fred Meyer (E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy)  Saturday, November 17th  9:30 - 3:30 pm

Give the gift of warm and dry this season by donating winter clothing, hats, gloves, shoes and boots.  Kiwanis will be at Fred Meyer Nov 17th; they will also continue collecting items during November at drop box locations throughout Issaquah.


HopeLink's 18th Annual Turkey Trot !  Sunday, November 18 Fun Begins @ 8:00a.m.  Marina Park  25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland

Hopelink’s Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run & Walk is a festive holiday tradition! Join us as our community comes together to support programs that help thousands of our neighbors throughout the winter months. This event brings together more than 1,500 people for a morning of fun and festivities – including an expanded fair at Marina Park with balloon art, costume contests, face painting, photos, giveaways and so much more! Walkers, runners, pets and kids in strollers are welcome


The Issaquah Turkey Trot is a fun & casual run, walk or trot Thanksgiving morning downtown Issaquah benefiting the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.  The purpose is to come together as a community during the Thanksgiving holiday and help those in need.  All ages are welcome! We encourage Thanksgiving costumes & accessories!  Register by Sunday, Nov 4th ​to guarantee a T-shirt

  • When: Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, 2018 at 9:00am
  • Who: Everyone of all ages is invited to join in the fun! This is a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition for your entire family. 
  • Cost: Participants 11 and older is $30 (includes performance t-shirt)
  • Participants 10 and younger is $15 (includes cotton t-shirt, gobble wobble punch card & prize at the finish line). 
  • You only need to register Infants & Toddlers if they want a t-shirt/prize

Eastside Fire & Rescue "Fill The Truck" Food Drive, Friday, November 23rd - Sunday, November 25th Each year, Eastside Fire & Rescue holds a massive food drive in front of the Issaquah Fred Meyer over the Thanksgiving weekend. Firefighters literally fill a moving truck with food, toiletries, and cold weather gear collected for local families in need. Fill the Truck traditionally brings in about 50,000 lbs. of donations.

Sorting crews are needed the week after Thanksgiving. This is a great volunteer project for corporate groups and larger teams.  Interested in getting involved?  Contact megan@issaquahfoodbank.org to get your team scheduled


Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank's Holiday Gift Barn is comingHoliday Gift Barn serves 1,500 children in the Issaquah School District each year. We turn Pickering Barn into a huge toy store where parents can choose gifts and stocking stuffers for each of their children. We also have a wrapping station and child care.

Donors: Interested in donating to the Holiday Gift Barn? Register today or check out our donor toolkit for all the details. Questions about donating? Email Bonnie or call her at 425-392-4123 x14.  All gifts should be delivered to the Pickering Barn on Dec. 3 or 4 from 1-7pm

Volunteers: We need your help at the Holiday Gift Barn with nearly 100 volunteers needed each dayVolunteer registration opens in early November, so check back here for the registration link. Volunteer questions? Email Megan or call her at 425-392-4123 x10

Families: Do you need some extra help this holiday season? We would love to see you at the Holiday Gift Barn! Holiday Gift Barn is a true shopping experience, with all the brand new toys and gifts for free.  Registration will be open Nov. 1-30. Late registrations may not be accepted.  Questions about registration or your shopping time? Email Erin or call her at 425-392-4123 x16.  Families will shop on Dec 5 or 6, 1pm - 7pm.


Lunch For The Break is coming !  School breaks are an exciting time for most children.  But for some children, school breaks are a time when their family doesn't have enough food. Many children in our community struggle with food insecurity when school is not in session.

Lunch for the Beak provides a free box of grocery items for each student in the family that can be used to make breakfast, lunch and snacks. Each box is filled according to a specific shopping list, so all boxes are the same.  Register your donation here

Would you rather buy pre-made Lunch for the Break boxes online and have them delivered for youClick here to donate pre-made boxes via our partner Supply All Kids

  • Donors drop off boxes on Monday, Dec 17th, 2pm - 7pm.  Choice of 3 locations.
  • Families pick up boxes on Tuesday, Dec 18, 2pm - 7pmChoice of 3 locations.

Issaquah Community Services Annual Fundraiser !  Issaquah Community Services (ICS) helps families with emergency aid to prevent homelessness with rent assistance.  It may help pay utility bills, bus tickets and other miscellaneous expenses. Residents of the Issaquah School District are eligible. Issaquah Community Services (ICS) is a 100% volunteer organization.


At The Sophia Way, we make it a special season for the women in our programs – at our Day Center, Sophia’s Place, Holly House and those who have moved into their own home. Decorating the shelters with holly and trimmings is just one part of raising their spirits. A bigger effort goes into creating a gift bag for every woman and their happiness as they receive it is our joy!  Please consider donating from their wish list here

Please donate new items by Monday, December 11 at The Sophia Way Administrative Office at Bellevue First Congregational Church, 11061 NE 2nd St #223, Bellevue, WA 98004.  Questions?  Please email our Holiday Coordinator, Banu Lakshmi or call her on (425) 605-2233 / (408) 569-6492 (mobile).


Upcoming Events from Issaquah Senior Center !

Social Dance Party:       EAST COAST SWING           FOX TROT          WALTZ

We are starting a 4-week social dance party in November. A dance party is a social affair where people dance to a variety of music with different partners to different dances. There is a 45 minute lesson with social dancing for 1 hour to follow. Dance lessons will be taught by an experienced instructor. The registration fee for this four week party is $40.00.   Tentative Dates are November 6, 13, 20, 27, 1-3pm.


Friends of Youth Now Offering Free GED Prep Classes !  Ages 16-21 who are residents of King County and not currently enrolled in school are eligible !  Students receive assessment, individualized instruction and assistance in preparation for passing the GED exam.  Locations at Redmond Youth Service Center, Mon-Thurs 10am-11:30am,  and Kirkland Youth Service Center, Mon-Thurs 3:30pm-5:00pm.

Friends of Youth Now Offering Healthy Start provides free evidence based parenting support for families. Home visits on your schedule to promote Health and family well-being.  Child Development information and health Screenings.   Fun monthly group events  Confidentiality and cultural awareness.  FREE basic supplies and access to local resources for families


Wayfind - Attorneys Supporting Communities: We are a nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in Washington by providing free legal services for nonprofits and microenterprises.  Wayfind:   1-866-288-9695     contact@wayfindlegal.org      PO Box 2134 Seattle, WA  98111  wayfindlegla.org


HopeLink offers free adult education in locations around the eastside.  Find out more about their GED and English For Work classes here. Free GED Classes Start any time.   Join us twice a week to improve your reading, writing, computer and math skills so you can get a better job and get your GED


Issaquah Power Packs is seeking sponsors !  Help end weekend hunger in the Issaquah School District with a financial or an in-kind donation to this new program, partnered with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.  Learn more about how you or your organization can help here.

City of Sammamish - Has newly updated their website and had tons of resources for seniors, human services and the government, city and residents..


Volunteer Opportunities / Needs


Issaquah Senior Center: Volunteers are needed for lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Catholic Community Services provides lunch, and the cook needs kitchen help and serving. Contact Courtenay Garcia at 425.392.2381


VOICE mentors needed !  Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (VOICE) is an in-school volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with Issaquah School District students.  VOICE volunteers work with students as one-to-one mentors one hour per week throughout the school year. Volunteers may choose to work as mentors supporting social skills and setting positive goals or as academic mentors with students on specifc subject matter.  All students benefit from your commitment.


Echo Glen Childrens Center has many ongoing volunteer opportunities.  Check out website here for more information on how you can help.


YWCA Family Village in Issaquah  is seeking volunteer instructors for dance, art, coding, cooking, photography and more !  Contact Victoria at vthai@ywcaworks.org for more information


Eastside Friends of Senior - Volunteer Drivers Needed


Compassion House Vounteers Needed - If you feel compelled or called to volunteer, please visit our website www.compassion-house.org and click on the volunteer tab at the top of the page. 

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs volunteer drivers to pick up food from grocery stores and deliver food to seniors.


http://www.facebook.com/IssaquahSammamishInterfaithCoalition
Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition needs office help.  Looking for someone who is good at organizing, making phone calls, and knows how to use a computer.  Familiarity with Excel would be a plus.  Call 425 677 8043.  Contact Person: Elizabeth Maupin (425)677-8043 eli410maupin@gmail.com


YWCA Passage Point - Needs volunteers to participate in various children's support programs, everything from tutoring to gardening. 


Community Agency Newsletters & Upates


Issaquah Senior Center Newsletter:   issaquahwa.gov/newsletter


King County Library Updates

Education and Training Resources Available through KCLS: Step 1: Go to the library website www.kcls.org  Step 2: Click Online Library  Step 3: Select Education and Training under subjects (You may also choose A-Z Resources to see a list of all available online resources on the subject of continuing education and training).  Access to all KCLS resources is always free. To access from home, you will need your library card number and pin number. Students in the Issaquah School District can use their student ID and last 4 digits of Student ID number as pin. Teachers and ISD District Staff can use Skyward login and last 4 digits of Skyward login as the password. Some resources require the creation of an account in addition to library card or student ID.

Highlighted Resources:

1. Tutor.com Adult Education and Career Center. One-on-one, real-time assistance with professional tutors covering resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, or document proofing. Includes sample resumes, templates, and guidelines. Available daily, 2 pm - midnight.

2. Testing and Education Resource Center. Test preparation (eBooks and interactive practice for civil service, military, and academic admissions exams), school search, career exploration tools, and resume builder.

3. Lynda Video tutorials for software and computers skills

4. Mango and Dualingo for Language Learning: Language learning lessons with reading/writing/listening components. Many libraries also offer Citizenship, ESL and Talk Time classes. See Citizenship, Talk Time and ESL brochure for individual times and locations.

5. HS 21 program Earn your official High School Diploma. Must be at least 21 years old.  Call to be added to the waiting list 425-369-3443. Bellevue Library / Computer Lab, Room 6 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–11am

6. Earn your official elementary and/or middle school diploma at Bellevue library.   FREE program in Spanish for adults of all nationalities. • You can study at your own pace. This is an individualized program. • Get your official elementary and or middle school Diploma by the SEP  (Mexican Secretary of Public Education) Come to any of these drop-in classes: Mondays, 10am–1pm Wednesdays, 5:30–8:30pm Saturdays, 10am–1pm For more information 425.369.3443 or email espanol@kcls.org  

Spanish Literature Club at Newcastle Library

Family Book Club in Spanish   A reading program in Spanish for children ages 5 – 10 accompanied by their families. Learn through discussion and fun activities. Every fourth Tuesday of each month.   Lake Hills Library. Tuesday, January 23, 5:30pm

Also homework help and feedback for student papers. In person tutors are also available in most KCLS libraries for K-12 students. Visit https://kcls.org/study-zone/ for a complete list of tutors, locations and subject specialties.

Free ESL Citizenship and Talk Time Classes at Issaquah Library !  Citizenship: Learn how to become a US citizen and study for naturalization test, Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 6:00pm   Talk Time: Practice speaking English, learn about American culture, and make friends, Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Information about Villages for Seniors: The bigger problem as we age is being isolated, lonely and feeling helpless. Villages are very attuned to bringing everyone into the community to address these issues. When you are part of a village you are included and invited to all activities that interest you.   Village Resources:  Village main website   Pasadena Village video how to create a village  Pasadena Village website:    Ellen’s Village website:

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Links from Jan. 16 meeting, with King County presenting Best Starts for Kids funding opportunities. King County is hoping more eastside cities and nonprofits apply for funding. They are interested in supporting smaller organizations and programs.

Helpful Flyers: Best Starts For Kids Overview      Best Starts For Kids Data Information    Best Starts For Kids Prenatal - Age 5 Program Information

Information from Blog:   https://beststartsblog.com

Here is the link in our blog that provides you information on the technical assistance available:  https://beststartsblog.com/2017/10/12/technical-assistance/

Here is a link in out blog that provides you a general sense of what applications may look like: https://beststartsblog.com/2017/10/20/applications-open-for-stopping-the-school-to-prison-pipeline-due-november-20/

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 Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Issaquah Nourishing Network.   Email Cori Walters or just show up!

Do you have events, programs, resources, volunteer opportunities or other information to share with the Network ?   Email Kim Weiss at kim@squidgey.com for posts to the Issaquah Nourishing Network website.

Date: 3rd Tuesday of every month

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30 pm

Convener: Cori Walters – cori@issaquahfoodbank.org

Location: Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St S, Issaquah, WA 98027

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