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.

Next INN meeting:  On hiatus until restrictions are lifted  (3rd Tues of month, 3:00pm - 4:30pm at the YWCA Family Village, 930 NE High St, Issaquah WA 98029)

Coronavirus Official Updates & Resources:

 Coronavirus Weekly Updates

April 3rd through 17th, the Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will double your donation to these two organizations by providing a match for up to our target of $10,000.  Support Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and Eastside Baby Corner today !

The CERT team (under the Issaquah Citizens Corps – a non-profit volunteer organization) is  “scouring the neighborhood” for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is available to be donated to local first responders (EFR and Issaquah Police Dept).  The types of items needed at this time include new and unused N95, P100 and surgical masks, gloves, booties, disposable gowns, eyewear, disinfectants, and like items.  What I would like to ask of you is to think about what people and organizations you know in the Issaquah area only that might have these types of items to donate. (like dentists, facilities, salons, construction companies, cleaning businesses and others who ordinarily use PPE).  If you have any of these contacts and feel comfortable sharing, please share their contact information with John Rittenhouse, jrittenig@gmail.com.  John will share information with the CERT coordinator to make sure they have not already been contacted.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to John

City of Issaquah: Employment Security – Unemployment Insurance Claim Denials  Have you been denied from Employment Security Department (ESD) for unemployment insurance? There has been some auto-generated denials that are not in line with the updated rules. ESD encourages you to file your weekly claim anyway. If you've been denied or are a gig worker, watch this video https://youtu.be/Qa7dhvJD5j0 to learn more about steps you can take to ensure your unemployment claim moves forward.
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank ** Schedule Change ** Starting the week of March 23rd, all shoppers will receive 2 weeks’ worth of food and diapers (if needed) before shopping hours are changed to an every other week schedule.  Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays,  12:00 - 4:00 p.m. every other week. We will continue to use our drive-up pick-up of pre-packed food boxes for everyone’s safety during this time. The clothing bank will remain closed until the high risk of exposure has passed.
  • New schedule and more information here
  • Financial gifts for purchasing food and other supplies.
  • Online orders of items off our Emergency Needs List to be shipped to us directly from the vendor.
  • Volunteers needed.  Important information here
  • New Service: Do you need delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak?  Please note - this delivery service is separate from our traditional Groceries to Go program and will only take place for the remainder of our COVID-19 emergency operations. All deliveries contain the same food items as the prepacked boxes available for pick up at the food bank.   More information here

Eastside Baby Corner

Issaquah Meals Program continues to provide a free hot meal from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Issaquah Community Hall. We ask guests that have a warm and dry place take their meal to go. The Issaquah  Meals Program is looking for individual volunteers to help on nights that meal groups are not available. We also are looking for donations of to-go boxes, paper plates, plastic ware, and napkins requested. To volunteer or donate, contact Griffin Cole at griffinc@ccsww.org or 425-679-0342

Issaquah Community ServicesICS is making some important changes to our processes to protect everyone from COVID-19.  Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, all requests for financial assistance will be handled over the phone (425-837-3125) or email icsoffice180@gmail.com.  Please do not come to Community  Hall for ICS business as we will not be able to let you in.   Visit website for more information and application.

To our donors:  With the COVID-19 crisis upon us, we anticipate that the need in our community will be more acute than ever.  It is likely that many will face eviction and/or utility shutdown due to loss of employment or inability to go to work.  Please spread the word and help us to help impacted members of our community stay in their homes.      Donate on website or GoFundMe

Friends of Youth As a mission-centered agency, our highest priority is being accessible to our youth. Our Emergency Shelters, Drop-In and Residential facilities remain open to our clients. All other Friends of Youth facilities are closed to the public through April 24, 2020.

Imagine Housing:

  • If you could make a gift of $25, $50 or $100 today, could you make that same commitment for the next four months to help us through the COVID-19 crisis?  Donate here
  • If you’re not in the position to make a four-month commitment today, please consider making a one time donation.  Donate here
  • If you’re feeling especially generous, we have a vital need for basic needs and gift cards to grocery stores for families, seniors, and veterans living in Imagine Housing communities.   Donate here

Issaquah Senior Center is finding more ways to stay connected with our seniors:

  • Monday to Friday Lunch To Go, 12-1 pm with $4.50 suggested contribution for seniors 60 and older. Find updated menus on our website issaquahwa.gov/seniors.
  • Mindfulness gatherings via conference call and Zoom web conferencing – Contact Katharine for more info – katharinew@issaquahwa.gov – Find more info in our April newsletter Check out our April Newsletter
  • We continue to offer Wisdom Café now remotely and every Friday at 1 pm. Join a KCLS librarian for weekly conversations on topics such as listening, aging creatively, gratitude and life purpose. Contact Katharine for more info.
  • For March 7 - April 2020: Private Phone Calls with Rebecca, Social Worker:  Rebecca can help you navigate local resources and help tackle a wide variety of issues and obstacles you may be facing. She helps seniors get groceries delivered, sign up for affordable housing, and more. No income restrictions; anyone can talk with Rebecca. No appointments; just call Rebecca directly —206-395-9149

The Garage: Free virtual counseling sessions available for high school students age 13-18 years old.  Meet with one of the Garage Counselors while maintaining Social Distancing !  Appointments available Mondays and Tuesdays.  Sign up for a private, confidential session here

Downtown Issaquah Association: Issaquah Job Resources Local Job Openings During COVID-19  During this unprecedented time the following “essential” organizations are hiring and actively seeking support.

City of Issaquah Grant Deadlines extended:

  • Human Services Funding Collaborative Grant: The application for 2021-2022 human services funding is now open. The City of Issaquah recognizes the need to support agencies that meet basic human service needs and welcomes applications from agencies that provide such services to Issaquah residents. All applications are due May 5, 2020 by 4:30 PM, Pacific Time and must be submitted online through www.share1app.org. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Outreach & Case Management Services Grant:  The City of Issaquah is seeking a Community Service Provider to help provide Outreach and Case Management Services for individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Issaquah. Request For Proposals (RFP) will be accepted through May 15th, 2020.    View the complete RFP conditions and requirements
  • Grassroots Grants:   The City of Issaquah offers Grassroots Grants that support small community-based and culture-based organizations who may be under-represented and may not have the infrastructure in place to apply for and manage the full range of current grant requirements.  Applications for the Grassroots Grants will be accepted through May 15th, 2020. Up to four (4) grants will be awarded for the 2021-2022 funding cycle.

Community Living Connections Partners:  Looking for food resources in King County? The attached food resource list was created for professionals working with adults and older adults to have a quick reference guide to food resources. This is a point-in-time list and information should be verified as things are quickly changing.

During COVID-19 Youth Eastside Services is continuing to provide services through HIPPA-compliant web-based technology.   Click here for more information.  Youth Eastside Services (YES) is the leading behavioral health services provider for children and youth, ages birth to 22, and their families in East King County. We provide evidence-based mental health counseling, substance use and co-occurring disorders counseling and treatment, early childhood behavioral health services, psychiatric services, and education and prevention programs. We help children and youth with depression, grief, trauma, cultural, gender, and sexual orientation, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, self-harming, and other challenges.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program:   ELAP is still open! This means that we are continuing to provide FREE legal services to low-income clients throughout King County. We are providing phone consultations each week in the areas of Family Law, Domestic Violence, Immigration, Debt & Bankruptcy, and General Law.  We offer interpretive services, so language will not be a barrier. We are also starting to present webinars about various legal topics, please stay tuned as next week we'll have one on current Tenant Rights during Covid-19.    Please have clients give us a call at 425-747-7274. Be sure to tell clients to leave a voicemail if we're on the other line

Eastside Legal Assistance Program and Housing Justice Project: Concerned about your legal rights as a tenant during this time?  Webinar from April 1, 2020 available here. ELAP and HJP Tenants Rights 

Further Info/Resources:

  • WA Emergency Housing Protections - Edmund mentioned this document during the presentation that lists the Housing Protections for cities throughout King County.
  • Preservation Database AND/OR WA Housing Finance Commission - If you need to see if your housing is federally funded or a tax-credit property, go to these websites.
  • WA Attorney General's Office - The WA Attorney General's office is officially enforcing the moratorium and tenants and advocates can fill out a form on their website (linked above), email them at civilrights@atg.wa.gov, or contact them via phone at (833) 660-4877 and leave a general message by selecting Option 1. 
  • Eastside for All - A wonderful non-profit that does a ton of work in East King County and has put together a great list of resources for East King County.
  • United Way of King County - They have an amazing list of current resources in King County.
  • Vine Maple Place - Single-parent families in South King County can call Vine Maple Place at 425-432-2119 for rent assistance, employment coaching and budgeting help.
  • Financial Resources - From the WA Dept. of Financial Institutions, a list of financial resources for those affected by Covid-19.
  • Working Washington - Working WA has a list of resources for Workers during this time.

Legal Organization Webinars:

  • There are also many different organizations doing work throughout King County with webinars on different areas of law. I'd encourage you to check them out as well. 2 of the main ones that come to mind are:
  • Workers' Rights During Covid-19 - Casa Latina in conjunction with Fair Work Center has an ongoing Spanish Webinar on Wednesday Evenings that starts at 7 - 8 PM on Facebook Live 
  • Unemployment Questions - Unemployment Law Project has webinars on its website that address questions about Unemployment. 

NAMI Eastside: COVID-19 INFORMATION:  UPDATED 3/25/2020 You are part of our NAMI Eastide family and your health and safety is very important to us. Although our office is now closed to walk-ins, please know that we continue to take phone calls at 425-885-6264 between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm Monday through Thursday. You can also email us at info@nami-eastside.org.

WorkSource Employers who are Hiring in South King County area  Dated 3.25.2020  Apply for jobs at www.worksourcewa.com or visit websites in flyer.

Civil Legal Aid Resources: The pandemic has created many new civil legal needs in Washington. Legal aid programs are ready to help low-income people and displaced workers affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Find free resources to address your legal issue here

WA State Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance: COVID-19 Translated Resources Directory This directory is a list of translated COVID-19 health education resources (fact sheets, flyers, posters, audio recordings, videos, etc.), organized in alphabetical order by language. The translated materials are from United States government entities, International non-government agencies, community based organizations, and selective countries outside the United States.

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County: Extended Programming Offered During Coronavirus Situation  Select Boys & Girls Clubs of King County will be open Friday, March 20. All athletic programs are postponed until further notice.   New! Additional support through extended programming benefits for those in the trenches caring for the community now available. Occupation workers who have no alternatives for youth care during the CV-19 health crisis in the Greater Seattle area can attend any of our open Clubs for a joining fee of $50. We are waiving the daily cost of $25 per person for these workers until school districts reopen. Locations and other information HERE

King County Property Tax Update:   In response to the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, individual King County property taxpayers will have extra time to make their first-half property tax payments in 2020. King County extended the first-half property tax deadline to June 1 for individual taxpayers; specifically, the order applies only to individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves. Banks and other financial institutions that pay property taxes on behalf of their customers must still meet the April 30 deadline. Taxpayers with questions about their property tax bill or payment options can contact King County Treasury at propertytax.customerservice@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-2890..  More information here
HopeLink Energy Assistance Program flyer

State of WA Health Care Authority Alien Emergency Medical COVID-19 Coverage Expansion

KCLS: K-12 Educator, Parent, and Caregiver Support  Resources: Community Resources,  Streaming Story Times, Drawing, and Songs,  Additional Educational Resources

United Way: Tax help  Please visit FreeTaxExperts.org  Still Need Tax Help? File your taxes online free with United Way’s filing tool at www.MyFreeTaxes.com  This link will take you away from uwkc.org  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!  Download our tax flyer:  Español   中文  Tagalog  tiếng Việt  ру́сский язы́к  አማርኛ  English

Washington Nonprofits: Navigating CARES Act Assistance Programs   Applications to start this Friday April 3, 2020The CARES Act passed by the US Congress last week includes relief for nonprofits. We are working with partners to ensure that nonprofits in Washington get the timeline information they need to access these benefits. 

Seattle Foundation: The COVID-19 Response Fund is rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis.  Housed at Seattle Foundation, the Fund makes grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with emergency assistance, such as financial support, healthcare, and childcare.

COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund: ArtsFund created the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund to help stabilize the sector with immediate relief grants for arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. Arts organizations are bracing for worst case scenarios which could include closure, bankruptcy and insolvency. The goal of ArtsFund’s COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund is to enable arts and cultural organizations to maintain essential functions and retain core staff throughout the current public health crisis so that they are positioned to reopen when possible.

Current Opportunities

Best Start For Kids Due Date Extension for Expanding Help Me Grow RFP !  Because of COVID-19, our community is having to change and to be flexible.  As we all work to adapt, we’re adjusting the RFP, Expanding Help Me Grow King County, so that it is still accessible to our community partners.  The due date for applications has been extended to May 8, 2020 11:59 pm in ZoomGrants. The Expanding Help Me Grow King County: Partnerships to Support Families with Young Children funding opportunity is now open. This request for proposals (RFP) seeks to expand solutions developed by community organizations in partnership with families and fully integrate those into the fabric of King County’s social and health services to make sure families have access to supports in their language that reflect their culture.  Click here to learn more and apply. 
Influence The Choice is sponsoring our 8th annual video contest to inspire youth to POSITIVELY influence each other by producing 2 minutes public service announcements. Youth can POSITIVELY influence and encourage each other to stay mentally and emotionally grounded to deal with the pressures to use alcohol or other drugs in their community.  While the majority of students don’t abuse drugs/alcohol, almost every student is confronted with a choice at some time during their school years. How can students best communicate ways to resist the temptation, or to promote mental wellness to their peers?  Visit our website for details.  * High school details here *  Middle school details here * Submission deadline EXTENDED: April 17, 2020

Upcoming Events: Dates Updated Each Week

The Sophia Way 101:  The Sophia Way 101 is your opportunity to learn about our mission to end homelessness for women and how you can get involved as an episodic or regular volunteer, meal donor, and supporter.  Currently we are holding this as a virtual event.  In view of the current situation, TSW101 will be held as a virtual meeting. Details will be emailed to all participants by April 14.  Please join us online, to: * learn about homelessness in our community * know more about how you can support us as a donor or volunteer * understand how you can engage as an advocate *hear stories of impact
Every third Tuesday, 4 – 5 PM.  REGISTER FOR THE NEXT TSW101   When: Tuesday, April 21; 4 – 5 PM   Questions? Email info@sophiaway.org
 Save the dates for EBC's 6th annual Diaper Derby: May 1st - June 5th, 2020! Registration is now open for businesses and organizations, click here to get signed up.  Join the community in participating in EBC's largest diaper drive of the year - we need your help!  The Diaper Derby is a competitive race to collect diapers for babies living in poverty or crisis. Join EBC in helping kids beat the odds by giving them what they need for a healthy start in life, and parents what they need to take care of their family.
2020 Encompass Rise & Thrive Breakfast  Tuesday May 19, 2020, 7:30 am - 9:00 am, at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, The Encompass Rise & Thrive Breakfast is an annual event that features an engaging keynote speaker complemented by a delicious breakfast, and will bring together over 250 community leaders, educators, local businesses, and parents to help engage in our vision to create a community where ALL children thrive.  We serve the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah, Sammamish and greater Eastside from our three convenient locations, which are easily accessible from I-90.

There is no financial commitment or ticket fee required to attend – just our hope that you will consider making a pledge of $100 or more at the conclusion of the breakfast program, in support of Encompass and the vital programs & services we offer to local children and families.

Washington State Nonprofit Conference:  Washington Nonprofits and our partners are excited to offer the Power of Participation Virtual Conference! Please reserve May 19 and 20 all day for this groundbreaking event, which will include sessions offered in new, creative, and interactive ways. We are committed to making sure you and your organization get opportunities for connection, sharing, and finding answers to your most pressing questions. Please return to this site often, as we’ll be updating it regularly. 

Friends of Echo Glen Social Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM Join us in encouraging the youth in making cards & painting t-shirts for impoverished youth in Uganda. These socials allow the kids to experience empathy for others-in-need and to spend time with caring and listening adults like you. More info https://www.echoglen.org/socials/

Imagine Housing holds quarterly Lunch & Learn, open to the community, for anyone who wants to learn more about our organization, our approach to affordable housing, and how to get involved.  As a bonus, you get to see one of our affordable apartment buildings. We would love to have you join us, whether you’re just curious about what we do or you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community. Lunch is provided.  Please contact Aubrey White at (425) 576-5190 ext. 23 or aubreyw@imaginehousing.org with any questions.  11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Velocity Apartments Rooftop Terrace Room 10711 NE 37th Ct, Kirkland, WA 98033    Upcoming dates: May 28, 2020 *  July 30, 2020  *  October 22, 2020    Register here

Kindering: 26th Annual Auction Gala  May 30, 2020 @ 6:00pm – 11:00pm The Westin Seattle 1900 5th Ave Seattle WA Kindering’s Got Game!  The 2020 theme is vintage board games, so follow the Candyland trail and go directly to The Westin Seattle for an evening of fun – and don’t be SORRY! when you outbid everyone else for our great auction items!

YWCA INSPIRE LUNCHEON: KING COUNTY 2020 Thursday, Sept 10, 2020 12:00PM - 1:30PM  The Westin Seattle  Doors open at 11:30AM; Program begins at noon.  YWCA’s luncheons bring together thousands of community leaders, top local and international businesses, and government representatives each year in support of women and girls in our community. We hope you’ll help us impact positive change for the more than 11,000 people we serve each year.  Keynote Speaker:  Valerie B. Jarrett Author, Former Senior White House Advisor, and civic leader

Eastside Legal Assistance Program's 10th Annual Breakfast For Justice Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 7am - 8:30am Meydenbauer Center Bellevue Featured Speaker: Professor Sara Rankin, founder and Director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP) in the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at the Seattle University School of Law.  The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides high-quality, no-cost civil legal aid to low-income residents of East King County, Washington. We also provide legal aid to survivors of domestic violence throughout all of King County.  Registration open here

Mark your calendars! The 2020 Imagine Gala & Auction has been rescheduled to  Saturday October 3, 2020  5:30pm – 9:30pm, at Meyedenbauer Center in Bellevue..  Imagine Housing’s Imagine Gala & Auction brings together more than 450 community members each spring for an evening of dining, fun company, and competitive giving in support of affordable housing. The event includes both a silent and live auction, raising over $500,000 to support our mission: to develop affordable housing, build welcoming communities, and foster vibrant futures.  Tickets are on sale now!  REGISTER NOW

Ongoing Programs and Resources

 Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness weekly update on shelters here

** See top of page for phone conversatioin option during Covid19 restrictions ** New Service at Issaquah Senior Center in 2020 ! Meet Privately with a local Social Worker   In a brand new partnership between the Issaquah Senior Center and Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, there will be a social worker one day a week at the Senior Center helping seniors navigate local resources! The social worker can help tackle a wide variety of issues and obstacles.  Rebecca can help seniors access transportation, get groceries delivered, sign up for affordable housing, connect to Volunteer Chore services and more.  Weekly 10am-2pm, Thursdays except for the third Thursday, which will be Monday.  Sign up at the front desk for your private, thirty minute appointment.   If you can't make an in person appointment, please feel free to call Rebecca at 425-392-4123 x11 or email  rebecca@issaquahfoodbank.org.  

One-stop services for at risk and homeless Veterans !  VA Puget Sound Health Care System officially opened the doors to its Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) December 2019.  The CRRC team offers needed resources to help to Veterans overcome barriers they may be experiencing.  Contact Us! 305 S. Lucile St. Seattle, WA  98108 206-764-5149 Open Monday to Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

WISe/Wraparound is a team based planning process for youth with complex needs and their families designed to help produce better outcomes for youth so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.  A team of individuals who are relevant to the well-being of a youth (family members, service providers, school staff, community members, and natural supports) will be developed;  This team will collaboratively develop and implement an individualized plan of care, monitor the efficacy of the plan, and work towards success over time.  Search for Community Behavioral Health providers for Medicaid eligible youth here, as well as eligibility information

CarePoint  - is hosting Medical Teams International to bring a Mobile Dental Clinic to Snoqualmie Valley for qualifying patients.  For more information or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with the mobile dental clinic, contact CarePoint at 425 478 6627

NAMI EASTSIDE CALENDAR ** Phone calls available until restrictions lifted ** 425-885-6264 between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm Monday through Thursday. You can also email us at info@nami-eastside.org. Peer Support Groups, as well as Events.  Peer Support Groups in Issaquah, Redmond, Woodinville, Bothell  NAMI Eastside Peer Support Groups are confidential and safe support groups for adults living with mental illness.  These groups meet weekly and are led by trained individuals with lived experience of mental illness.   All groups are confidential and are provided free of charge.  No RSVP required.

King County Property Tax Relief  State law provides two tax benefit programs for senior citizens and the disabled: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals.  Senior Citizens/Disabled Exemption: 2020 Income Limit Change (based on 2019 earnings)  The Legislature has made major changes in the senior citizens, disabled persons, and veterans exemption and deferral programs. These changes will take effect for taxes collected in 2020.  The income limit is now indexed to 65% of the median household income in King County. The new limit is $58,423 rather than set at a fixed amount.

Car Seat Inspection locations in Washington State by Washington State Booster Seat Coalition

Eastside Legal Assistance Program holds a free legal advice clinic at the Issaquah Senior Center every other Wednesday.  This clinic is open to everyone, not just seniors.  Appointments are required, and can be made by calling 425.747.7274 Mon - Fri  10am - 4pm

KCLS Issaquah presents Citizenship, learn how to become a US citizen and study for Naturalization test.  Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm

KCLS Issaquah presents Talk Time, practice speaking English, learn about American culture and make friends. Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8pm

The YMCA Host HomesThe Host Homes King County program matches young people (ages 12-24) with hosts in the community who can provide the space and opportunity for young people to build independent living skills, gain stability, and focus on goal attainment. This program, run in partnership with Friends of Youth, provides much-needed stability for young people who are "almost there" -- many are already working and close to obtaining housing, and just need an extra boost to make sustainable change in their lives.

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.  Flyer in Spanish   Referral Information Form

Friends of Youth Homeless Youth Services: Outreach * Safe Place * Emergency Shelters: New Ground Transitional Living, New Ground Sand Point, New Ground Bothell, New Ground Kirkland, New Ground Everett, New Ground Totem Lake, New Ground Avondale Park * Supportive Housing Program * Host Homes Program

HopeLink offers free adult education in locations around the eastside.  Find out more about their GED and English For Work classes.

Family Development Program, this aims to create a long-term, step-by-step plan of action for the future, working with a Case Manager, clients can create an action plan tailored to their family’s needs (education, employment, health, housing stability, parenting, financial).  Phone screening call 425 883 4744 or complete the online form.

South & East King County Cultural Navigator Program: designed to ensure that all members of the community can get help for their family. The CNP offers free, confidential navigation and information assistance to individuals and families who have limited English language skills. This program serves people living in East King County by helping them to navigate systems, find resources, learn about programs, and connect to their community. The no-cost-to-clients program is funded through partners including the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Redmond, and Sammamish and CISC.  Services are offered at: 

  • Bellevue Mini City Hall, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue Phone: 425-452-2800  Languages: Russian (Monday-Friday) and Spanish (Tuesday-Thursday)
  • Together Center:  16225 NE 87th Street, Suite A8, Redmond, Phone: 425-624-7703  Language: Spanish  By Appointment Only: Mondays & Fridays

MAPS - MCRC Free Community Clinic is held every 3rd Sunday, 10am - 1pm, providing culturally competent healthcare for individuals and families who lack access to basic health services.  Our services include the following:  General primary care (adults and children), Cardiology/Pulmonary care, Endocrinology, .Chiropractor.  To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please email us at mapsmcrcclinic@gmail.com We highly recommend scheduling an appointment, although we will do our best to accommodate everyone. As always, all are welcome. Location:  17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond

Issaquah Power Packs is seeking donations !  Help end weekend hunger in the Issaquah School District with a financial or an in-kind donation to this new program with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

Communities Rise - Communities Rise fosters movements to build power in communities impacted by systemic oppression.To create an equitable system, we pursue cross-sector collaboration, and provide capacity building and legal services for community organizations and microenterprises.

Volunteer Opportunities / Needs

Imagine Housing is seeking basic need delivery and community meal volunteers! Check out our website and sign-up today!

Everyone For Veterans is seeking volunteers for their Wingman program.  Through the Wingman program, low income combat veterans are served by donors fulfilling specific, individual requests.  The program matches a volunteer with one veteran per year.   More information and to sign up, click here

Join Sammamish Rotary for Rotary First Harvest work party !  Rotarians, guests, potential new members, and family members- everyone is invited to join a work party. RFH Work Parties – 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.  Visit here for more information and to sign up

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.  Current need is for volunteers with speakers, cooks and gardenening vegetables.

Eastside Friends of Senior - Volunteer Drivers Needed
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs volunteer drivers to pick up food from grocery stores and deliver food to seniors.

Community Agency Newsletters & Upates

 US Census: In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.  2020 Census QuestionsEnglish PDF   *    Spanish/Español PDF 

Language Support: We want to make sure that everyone can respond to the 2020 Census.  To help you answer the census, the U.S. Census Bureau provides translated web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in braille and large print.

2020 Census Materials & Presentation:  Census 101 * 2020 Census Overview (37 slides) * Counting Young Children * Washington Funding * How 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond * Partners Assisting with Self Response * 2020 Confidentiality Fact Sheet * Why We Ask Fact Sheet

Everyone For Veterans update: Exciting News: University of Washington Collaboration!  Read more here
Healthy Youth Survey 2018 Results Now AvailableLast fall, Issaquah School District 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students took the state's Healthy Youth Survey. The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) provides important information about the health of adolescents in Washington. Survey results for ISD students are now available on the Issaquah School District website and Issaquah Schools Foundation websites and statewide results are available on the Healthy Youth Survey website.

Issaquah Senior Center Newsletter:   issaquahwa.gov/newsletter 

King County Library System

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  

7. Get Certified at Your Library  Learn, practice, and prepare to get a certification at the King County Library System (KCLS). A certification is a great way to prove your skills in school or at work.  All learning resources, exam inventory, and exam sessions are free to KCLS patrons. You will need your KCLS library card number and PIN to access some resources. If you don’t have one, get a KCLS Library card.  Certifications include:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others offered.
  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)   Photoshop, InDesign, and others offered.

  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)  Python, Azure, HTML5, and others offered.

  • And Quickbooks Online Certification, Computing Fundamentals-IC3 Certification, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Certification

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

Upcoming Events at the Issaquah Library

Upcoming Events at the Sammamish Library

Upcoming Events at the Newcastle Library

Meeting Minutes

Feb 2020

Jan 2020 "What You Need To Know About Immigration Law presentation", Karol Brown, World One Law Group   PDF Format

Nov 2019

Oct 2019  View Kiwanis Healthy Youth forum here and summary notes here   .

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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:

March 2018

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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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Resources & Websites

Issaquah Resource Guide Aug 2018 in English  in Spanish

Update: FindARide  contact their Transportation Resources Line at 425-943-6760 extension 2, or mobility@hopelink.org

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American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

ARCH  A Regional Coalition For Housing

Assistance League of the Eastside

Bridge Ministries

Catholic Community Services

City of Issaquah Human Services

City of Issaquah Office of Sustainability

Communities Rise

Community Living Connections

Compassion House

Congregations For The Homeless

Eastside Baby Corner

Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative

Eastside For All

Eastside Friends of Seniors

Eastside Human Services Forum

Eastside Legal Assistance Program

Eastside Race & Leadership Coalition

Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition


Everyone For Veterans

FindARide  contact their Transportation Resources Line at 425-943-6760 extension 2, or mobility@hopelink.org

Friends of Youth and Amazon Wish List

The Garage, Teen Cafe

Habitat For Humanity Seattle/King County


Housing Justice Project

Imagine Housing

Influence The Choice

Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness

Issaquah Community Services

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

Issaquah Schools Foundation


King County Bar Pro Bono Services

King County Housing Authority

King County Housing and Community Development

King County Homeless Housing Program

King County Mobile Medical Program

Kiwanis Club of Issaquah

Life Enrichment Options

Muslim Association Resource Center

Muslim Association of Puget Sound

NAMI Eastside

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Plateaupians for Peace

Real Change

Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH)

Resource Talk

City of Sammamish - updated their website, seniors, health & human services and Government & Residential Services, and more

Sammamish Kiwanis

Sammamish Rotary

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

Seattle Works


Sophia's Way and Amazon Wish List and Providing Meals

Sound Generations

State of WA Dept. Of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth

State of WA Health Care Authority

The Tavon Learning Center

Together Center

United Way of King County

Washington Nonprofits

Wayfind is now Communities Rise

We Speak Medicare

WorkSource Washington

YMCA Host Home Program

Youth Eastside Services

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