9Issaquah 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.

Next INN meeting:  Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019  3:00pm - 4:30pm  at our new location, YWCA Family Village, the Village Commons.

The address: Village Commons is 949 NE Ingram Way, Issaquah WA 98029. For first timers at our location, recommend people check in at the front desk and be directed to the Village Commons. The front desk address is 930 NE High St. Suite 101 Issaquah, WA 98029. The Village Commons is the stand alone building in the middle of our campus.

Parking: Across from the office (Main office address 930 NE High St. Suite 101 Issaquah) or in the Regal Cinema Parking Lot (940 NE Park Dr Issaquah). Another option is the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride (1755 Highlands DR NE Issaquah)

Winter Shelter Resources and Information:

Resource Talk has a list of shelter information at this link              Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness shelter updated weekly 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.

Update: King County shelter and day center openings schedule. King County will open a new day center at 4th Avenue and Jefferson Street by the end of January.Enhanced 24/7 shelter will open in the West Wing of the King County Correctional Facility in March, along with modular dorms at a former Metro parking lot in SODO.King County involved community advocates and people who have experienced homelessness to help develop programs and services at these locations.

 Upcoming events

Issaquah Community Services Annual Fundraiser ! We have a way to go to reach our goal. You can help.   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.

Kiwanis of Issaquah: Everybody deserves a hug! Join us to collect warm clothing for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.    Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019  Issaquah Fred Meyer  9:30am - 3:30pm

Donations of  Hats  Underwear  Gloves  Scarves.  All ages, All sizes. 

KCLS IssaquahWorking with Refugee Children: Hope for the Future  Saturday, January 19, 2019  1:00PM – 3:00PM Presented by Beryl Cheal, .Adults only.

What happens to make children refugees and how do traumatic experiences such as war, violence and dislocation affect their lives? Design strategies to mitigate possible inappropriate behaviors and other normal negative responses when working with refugee children in the child care or school environment. Understand the importance of refugee parents in the education and care of their children.

Provides (2) STARS credit hours in Child Growth and Development. Participants must bring their STARS/MERIT numbers for credit.  Registration begins two weeks before the program.

Support Veterans and Families !  Everyone For Veterans is hosting a blood drive Blood drive Jan 21, 2019 12pm - 6pm  RAM Restaurant & Brewhouse 965 NE Park Dr Issaquah. Every donor will receive $10 off any food purchase of $30 or more.  Walk-ins welcome around scheduled donors Signup here

All Home is now seeking volunteers for Count Us In 2019, our annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness. The Count will be conducted in the early hours of the morning of January 25, 2019 from 2am-6am.

Volunteers will be asked to work in teams of 2-4 to conduct a visual count of individuals experiencing homelessness across King County. Teams are comprised of community volunteers and expert guides (individuals currently/previously experiencing homelessness), who will walk/drive all over their assigned routes. Volunteers are expected to have a cell phone, and to walk approximately 2-3 miles if necessary. Volunteers with cars will be asked to help transport their team members on the day of the count.

To sign up to participate as a volunteer, please fill out this registration form  Please note that expert guides will be recruited separately through a different process. If you have been recruited as a guide, do not complete this form

The Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative (EERC), which is a mobility coalition for the Eastside, is meeting on Tuesday, January 29th, 1pm-2:30pm at Kirkland City Hall (Peter Kirk Room). Everyone is welcome! At this meeting we will have a presentation from Sound Transit about the Bus Rapid Transit system that will be built on the Eastside. With any questions, contact Anna at aloffing@hopelink.org or 425-943-6771.

City of Issaquah Police Department holding a course to empower parents, starting Feb. 7, 2019. Parent Project is a 10-week course created specifically for parents with difficult adolescents.  Open to all families in the Issaquah District, no qualifications to register.  Financial assistance available at registration.

Parents learn and practice specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors - from truancy, alcohol and other drug use, gangs and other criminal behavior, running away, to violence and suicide. Parents are self-referred or can be referred to Parent Project classes by school officials.  This is a nationally recognized program designed for raising children in these challenging times.  If you are interested in participating, register now.

Lunch For The Break for Mid Winter Break is coming soon !  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 Break is working to make sure all Issaquah School District students have enough to eat, even 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.

Donors drop off boxes on Wednesday, Feb 13th at a choice of 3 locations.

Families pick up boxes on Thursday, Feb 14th, at a choice of 3 locations.

Join Friends of Echo Glen at their next Career & Continuing Education Fair on Feb. 20, 2019  1pm - 3:15pm.   Panelists are invited to share their work experiences with the youth at Echo Glen, inspiring and educating them for their future plans.   Please contact Susan for more information, and to regsiter !  susan@smilepower.org

Best Start For Kids: Applications Open for Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline Community Supports - due March 11

Best Starts for Kids Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline strategy area is now accepting applications to further fund community supports that primarily focus on young women of color between the ages of 12-24 years who are at-risk, currently, or were involved in the criminal legal system, face challenges staying in school, completing high school, gaining access to higher education and employment opportunities. In addition, this funding focuses on Latinx and Indigenous youth and young adults. This includes programming that supports their families, positive cultural identity growth, and their connection to education and attainment of future employment. Programming may include cultivation of anti-sexism for young men that promotes honor and respect for women.  Apply here

Disaster Skills Training - Learn How to Make It Through by King County Emergency Management: King County is prone to many hazards, and when one happens many services we rely on will be overwhelmed. It may be difficult for residents to travel or communicate. Residents need to be prepared to be self-sufficient during these times. Understanding of disaster skills is critical to being prepared.   Information and registration HERE

This FREE workshop will provide an overview on hazards and the certain skills needed after a disaster. We will cover topics related to: local hazards, utility control, water storage/purification, emergency sanitation, creating emergency plans and ways to make it through events that might disrupt your normal daily routine.

Each training is the same presentation however is circulating throughout the County to be able to provide this critical information to all residents of King County. Please check back as more classes will be added as they are scheduled throughout the year.

Thursday, January 31 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM); Carnation - KC Library Meeting Room; 4804 Tolt Ave, Carnation
Thursday, February 7 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM); North Bend - KC Library Meeting Room; 115 4th St., North Bend
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM); White Center - KC Library Meeting Room; 1409 SW 107th St., Seattle
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (6:30 to 8:00 PM); Newcastle - KC Library Meeting Room; 12901 Newcastle way, Newcastle
Monday, March 4th, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM); Kenmore - Northshore Fire station 51; 7220 NE 181st St., Kenmore
Monday, March 11th, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM); Issaquah - KC Library Meeting Room; 10 W Sunset Way, Issaquah

All participants are welcome. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Sophia Lopez at slopez@kingcounty.gov or 206-205-6545 (Requests should be made at least 14 calendar days prior to the workshop.)

Friends of Youth: Celebration of Youth 2019  Join us for our 14th annual Celebration of Youth Luncheon where we celebrate the success stories of our children, youth, young adults, and families.

 Join us for lunch and hear inspirational stories on Friday, March 1st, 2019 for the Celebration of Youth Luncheon  Registration: 11:30AM  - 12:00PM  Luncheon: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Hyatt Regency Bellevue  900 Bellevue Way NE  Bellevue, WA 98004   RSVP HERE

Youth Eastside Services: Registration is now open for this year's Invest in Youth Breakfast, and you won't want to miss out on this one!  Join your friends, colleagues, civic and business leaders who share your passion for helping children, youth and families who are in crisis.  Wednesday, March 20, 2019  7:30am - 8:45am, The Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Hear from keynote speaker Nic Sheff whose heartbreaking struggle with substance use disorder is the story behind the recent major motion picture Beautiful Boy and from young YES clients who have overcome the odds. Help families in your community heal by supporting low/no-cost mental healthcare and substance use treatment. The breakfast is free but we do suggest a minimum donation of $200. See you there! https://www.youtheastsideservices.org/get-involv…/breakfast/

Together Center:  Join with the Eastside and register today for Together Center's 5th Annual BreakfastFriday, March 22, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.

How Do You Empower Others To Thrive ?  How do you create access to needed services? How do you build a stronger Eastside, where all are welcome?  At Together Center, we seek answers to our community's toughest questions through collaboration and co-location. Our new CEO Kim Sarnecki will highlight our best practices and share our vision for growth. Join us at our 5th annual breakfast and gather with the Eastside.  Complimentary parking will be available.

Issaquah Senior Center in partnership with Issaquah Library will be hosting a retirement planning event on March 31, 2019, 1pm - 5pm.   Stay tuned for details !

Sammamish Rotary Community Service Grant Applications are now open !  Apply on-line by April 1, 2019.  Applications, eligibility requirements, and more information can be found hereAreas of Focus for Funding Priority:  Underserved children (0-18) and seniors (55+); Families in need – food, shelter, and jobs; Homelessness, Persons with mental and physical disabilities

Save The Date !  Tavon Learning Center's  Annual Auction will be held on May 11, 2019 at the Bellevue Westin supporting their mission of providing active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community skills for living better

Ongoing Programs and Resources

United Way of King CountyTax help is available in your neighborhood and in your language from IRS-certified volunteers. Our tax sites will help you get all the credits you qualify for and file your return electronically, so you’ll get your refund fast. The best news: No appointment needed and no fees to pay.  More information about qualifying, locations and times can be found here

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 seniorsAppointments are required, and can be made by calling 425.747.7274 Mon - Fri  10am - 1pm

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

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

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.

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

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

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, find 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.

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: YWCA Family Village, Village Commons Bldg. 949 NE Ingram Way, Issaquah WA 98029

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