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:  Online meeting, Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020  3:00pm - 4:30pm.  In-person meetings 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:

  • City of Issaquah
  • City of Sammamish
  • Issaquah School District ISD Family Supports
  • Lake Washington School District  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Support during school closure
    • Summer Meals Update Thanks to a waiver that was approved on June 10 by the USDA, we will continue to provide Grab & Go meals at the six middle school sites as well as Limited Meal Delivery through August 7, 2020. The number of Limited Meal Deliver pickup locations is subject to change.
  • City of Seattle Human Services  Covid-19 Seattle-Area Emergency Food Resources

  • United Way: Find your nearest Free Summer Meals site or food bank, or learn how to apply for Basic Food (SNAP) and Pandemic EBT.

  • King County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including Public health resources available in multiple languages
    • King County Department of Community and Human Services
    • King County Regional Donations Connector
    • Free Open Access COVID-19 Testing LocationsThese locations provide free COVID-19 testing – regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider. Most sites are non-profit Community Health Centers.  Language interpretation services are available at most locations at no cost. For more information please call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (open 7 days a week, 8 AM – 7 PM), at 206-477-3977. 
    • Seattle & King County Public Health and SCAN:  Sign up for a free, confidential, at-home test for COVID-19  The SCAN study offers research kits that test for current COVID-19 infection from the comfort of your home. Kits are delivered within 24 hours of enrolling on our site, and results are available online within a few days of returning your test.
    • Looking for support during COVID-19? Call Washington Listens at 1-833-681-0211 for anonymous support. The support line offers a live person to listen and support you during this stressful time.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and weekends 9am-6pm.  Thanks to  Washington State Health Care Authority for making this program available to those throughout Washington.
    • The King County Library System Financial Assistance Navigation Service helps point King County residents to the financial assistance programs they need—such as business loans, unemployment claims, and rent assistance. Residents looking for guidance may visit the website to complete an online form detailing their small business and/or personal financial needs. They’ll receive personalized financial information and referrals from library staff members.  Those without a computer or Internet access may call 800-462-9600 for assistance.

    • King County Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) Pet assistance program  Pet Food Banks, Resources To Rehome Your Pet Responsibly Or Tips to Help Keep Your Pet, Surrendering a Pet

    • King County Metro Alerts Sign Up
    • King County Metro Reduced Schedules
    • ORCA LIFT services are still being provided through remote enrollment and card distribution. Please see flier for more information on remote enrollment and distribute it amongst your community freely.
    • King County Metro Update: Due to reduced revenue, the September change will include cuts and suspensions to routes while maintaining a countywide transit network and its commitments to safety, equity, and sustainability. In the short term, however, Metro will restore some transit service on Monday, June 22 as more industries reopen and restrictions are gradually lifted.
    • King County Mobile medical and dental van schedules  Sites and available services are subject to change due to Mobile Medical’s involvement in the COVID-19 response. Please check daily for the most updated information.
    • Neighborhood Pop-Up: Services have been suspended through at least August 31st and may be extended depending on conditions within King County. King County Metro’s customer service office downtown remains closed for in-person operations and fare collection continues to be suspended through at least June 30th. Metro teams are working on ways to ensure that employees and customers remain safe upon reopening.  Please visit the Metro Matters blog and the Community Partner Toolkit for the most up-to-date Metro information and available in-language resources. 

    • Sound Transit Recovery Fare On July 1st, Sound Transit will resume fares on ST Express bus routes that have returned to front-door boarding with the installation of health barriers and other protections for operator safety. A flat fare of $3.25, regardless of distance travelled, will be implemented system-wide to align with other agencies. Please see Sound Transit’s news release for more information.

    • Small Business Assistance ProgramFor businesses in unincorporated King County: King County is preparing to launch a new program to help small businesses in unincorporated King County that have been hurt by COVID-19. The program includes grant money to help businesses “keep the lights on,” as well as technical and language assistance

  • State of WA Statewide COVID-19 information
    • State of WA Health Care Authority Covid19 Website
    • Eviction moratorium extension:  Inslee also announced an extension of the state’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 15. Details on the extension will be released in the coming days.  In addition to the moratorium, the extension also directs Governor’s Office staff to convene an informal work group of landlords and tenants to discuss potential changes to the order in the short-term and long-term as the pandemic progresses, including the prospect of rent increases
    • Help and Assistance for Washington Homeowners
    • Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order    to Aug. 27 requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).  Insurers also must continue:  1. Allowing a one-time early refill for prescription drugs.  2. Suspending any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19.  3.In addition, if an insurer does not have enough medical providers in its network to provide testing or treatment for COVID-19, it must allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no additional cost.  The extension is effective immediately and applies to all state-regulated health insurance plans and short-term limited duration medical plans until Aug. 27, 2020.
  • CDC

 During Coronavirus Weekly Updates

Events & Opportunities:
Washington Nonprofits:  Black, Indigenous, People of Color Executive Directors Gathering  Monday, August 3, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm  Online through Washington NonprofitsFacilitators: Victoria Santos and Andrea Caupain Sanderson  Healing and Restoration  For BIPOC Executive Directors. A space for deep rest, self-care, and connection.  Thank you for all that you are and all that you do!

ELAP: To hear from some Housing Attorneys and gain more info about the Governor's Extension for the Eviction Moratorium, please join in with Northwest Justice Project for a webinar on Tenant Rights on Tues Aug. 4th from 12 Noon - 1 PM. You can register below:  NJP Webinar on Eviction Moratorium Extension

East King County Mask Distribution Event TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2020 AT 1 PM – 5 PM   Eastgate Assessment and Recovery Site, 13620 SE Eastgate Way Bellevue, WA 98005 Public Health - Seattle & King County Eligibility: You must be a King County resident to be eligible to receive masks at this event.
This is a drive-through pick up event. Interested King County residents can enter at the parking lot entrance, drive up to the Amazon Treasure Truck, tell the staff person the number of individuals in their family, and receive 2 cloth reusable masks per family member, up to 6 family members. The maximum number of masks a vehicle can receive is 12.

Help guide the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCHRA) by applying to serve on the Advisory Committee. As the new authority is stood up, the Seattle/King County Continuum of Care (CoC) is soliciting new members to serve as the Continuum of Care Board, or Advisory Committee.  The deadline to apply to the Advisory Committee has been extended to 11:59 on Sunday, August 9, 2020.  The CoC is a broad coalition of stakeholders dedicated to the mission of the CoC. This includes people with experiences of homelessness, service providers representing various populations and interventions, representatives of culturally specific constituencies, funders, the faith community, researchers and universities, health care providers and others.

Friends of Youth:  Building Healthy Relationships  Tuesday, August 18th | 12:00-1:00pm FOY counselors are hosting online conversations around mental health and wellness for your children. This free resource is a great way to build parenting skills and gain new perspectives on how to support your kids during this strange and unprecedented moment. Ask questions of our Master's level counselors and therapists, and connect with community resources. Our next Counselor Chats webinar is all about building strong health relationships. Register HERE

King County Best Starts Virtual Summit: Save the date (again!) for the first annual Best Starts for Kids Summit: Communities Building Impact. We are going virtual and will gather together online from August 18-21. August 17th is an additional preview day!  If you previously registered for the Best Starts Summit, no need to register again. We will automatically add you to our list for the August event.  With our virtual format, we are able to accommodate more attendees. Please share this invite with your partners, colleagues and friends! Stay tuned for an official invitation and registration link soon. For more information about the Best Starts for Kids Summit email BSKSummit@kingcounty.gov.

YWCA Passage Point: Please Join Us for Our 5th Annual  BACK TO SCHOOL COOKOUT  Friday, August 28th 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  15900 227th Ave SE, Maple Valley, WA (search “Issaquah” for city in google maps)  Bring your game clothes!   RSVP: dburnett@ywcaworks.org

United Way of King County: Days of Caring Organization Resource Guide  Join us as we re-imagine the largest day of volunteering in the state during the time of social distancing. While the COVID-19 pandemic means we cannot mobilize large, in-person volunteer groups as we have in the past, we recognize the community's need for connection and support in these times. We are excited to introduce Days of Caring: 5 days, 5 ways to volunteer, give back and work toward a more equitable community - Sept. 14-18, 2020. Your organization can be part of this great event by registering a project or supply drive. The registration deadline is August 17.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) and Fair Work Center Worker Input Survey: The survey asks a series of questions to get a picture of what your experiences have looked like in the current COVID crisis and as the economy reopens. Fair Work Center is a workers’ rights organization committed to equity and worker empowerment, beginning with knowing your rights on the job. This information will help us work with you and educate you on how to get back to work safely and how to enforce your rights at your job currently. Your responses will be anonymous. We appreciate your participation as your input is crucial to helping all workers in the Seattle area and Washington state.  English  Español 

Washington State Food Security Survey: A new study will evaluate how COVID-19 has impacted food security and food access in the five most affected Washington State counties. The study will provide insights to Washington State agencies trying to respond to rapid-scale alterations in the food system and in food demand, inform Washington State efforts currently under way and led by WSU that are measuring and mapping food bank system needs by County, and be used to model food systems resilience and preparedness for future pandemics or other disaster events.  Take the Washington State Food Security Survey, open to all Washington state residents aged 18 or over through July 31, 2020. Participants may enter a drawing to win one of 50 $50 grocery cards.
501 Commons: Inform the decisions of policymakers and grantmakers  The Nancy Bell Evans Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the University of Washington is conducting a survey to capture the experiences and perspectives of nonprofit leaders as they deal with COVID-19. The results will be used to inform policymakers, government agencies, and philanthropic leaders about how they can best support your work.  

Please complete Nonprofit responses to COVID-19. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes and is completely confidential. All results will be presented only in aggregate form. We recommend taking the survey on a desktop or laptop. Please note that you can take a break from the survey at any time and continue later — your progress is saved automatically. Direct any questions to evans-covid19@uw.edu.

Support for Individuals with Lived Experience of Homelessness: Informing Homelessness Policy The King County Department of Community and Health Services (DCHS) is pleased to release this Request For Proposals (RFP) for a qualified Community-Based Organization (CBO) to provide staffing, financial, and administrative support for, and under the direction of, the Lived Experience Coalition (LEC) for operations of the LECReview RFP here.  The LEC coordinates individuals with lived experience of homelessness in King County including, but not limited to, members of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA)’s Governing Committee, Implementation Board, and Advisory Committee.In order to improve the effectiveness of King County’s approach to homelessness, the voices of individuals who have previously experienced, or are currently experiencing homelessness must be centered. This funding opportunity will provide support for individuals with lived experience of homelessness who serve on committees and boards providing a valued voice to inform public policy and approach to homelessness in King County.  This procurement is open July 29, 2020.

U.S. Census It's Not Too Late You can still complete the census today.  Are you curious about how many people in your community have responded to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with this map of self-response rates from across the United States.
Ways To Help:

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.

  • Summer Lunch registration is now open - click here to register and get all the program details.  Summer Lunch will begin on Friday, June 26 from noon-4pm and run every other Friday through August.  Food distribution will be drive through only, and will include breakfast, lunch and snack options, plus produce and deli items when available.  Questions? Email Erin or call 425-392-4123 x16
  • 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 for general food packing, Farmers Market pick ups, as well as Summer Lunch.  Important information here  Our Covid-19 guidelines mean that we are asking volunteers to pick a day of the week and then only volunteer on that day of the week only.  This is for the safety of volunteers and staff.  Also for safety we have limited the number of volunteers per shift and are providing masks and gloves for all.  Also looking for volunteers to pick up donations from the Issaquah Farmers Market starting on 6/6.  If interested, contact Lisa at lisa@issaquahfoodbank.org  Sign up 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

  • July EBC Collection Event: EBC – Eastside Baby Corner will begin accepting your donations of gently used clothing, toys, baby gear, and other items again in July!   You can print-off a copy of our tax record document  HERE . We will continue accepting donations on Monday evenings 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., no appointment needed, beginning on 7/13
  • Volunteering at EBC  Exciting news! We have added some NEW volunteer shifts!  (Ages 14 and up; limited number of people; masks required)  To learn more and get signed up, click here.
  • Click here to make a donation.
  • Host a remote community drive! Organize your friends, family, or co-workers to donate items kids need right now! It is easy to do an online drive using the EBC Giving Catalog.

Issaquah Schools Foundation: Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing bank to provide new backpacks filled with basic school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial support.

  • Donations - We have begun collecting donations for Tools4School!  You can help by donating a school supply kit, backpack, or both here: https://supplyallkids.com/#/donate/isf.  
  • Participation - If you are in need of a backpack with school supplies, please register at: http://isfdn.org/tools-for-school-registration.  Distribution will take place August 18, 2020 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm at Clark Elementary via curb side pickup

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 ServicesStarting 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, the need in our community is 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

Friends of Echo Glen: Friends of Echo Glen is a 100% volunteer community that exists with the sole purpose of helping the youth at Echo Glen Juvenile Detention Center to rewrite the scripts of their lives. These teens have immense untapped potential.  We help them gain self-esteem by providing essential building blocks for healthy development thus breaking the cycle of neglect and abuse.

  • Wish List During the Pandemic:  Help the staff to keep the residents mentally active. During this time where volunteers are not able to bring the usual variety of activities & attention, staff would truly appreciate your help to keep the youth mentally active & engaged.  New & nearly new items demonstrate to the kids that the community truly does care & value them.  Thank you for your amazing generosity!

  • Drop off donations between 7 AM – 4 PM Mon-Fri.  There is someone at the gate during these times doing wellness checks on arriving staff.   
  • If you cannot deliver your donation(s) -  please email susan@smilepower.org and we can try to organize a pick-up.  There will be weekly deliveries from the Sammamish area to Echo Glen

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 youth. All facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Friends of Youth Coronavirus Response
    • Make a Gift. Your donation allows us to immediately respond to emergent needs.  When you give $250 or more, our board and the Wockner foundation will match your gift!
    • Provide urgently needed supplies.  Purchase items directly through our Amazon Wish List and have them delivered to our Kirkland Youth Service Center.  OR, Pick up items from our list when you shop and drop them off at the Kirkland Youth Service Center.  Donations will be accepted on Fridays between 10am and 4pm at the Kirkland Youth Service Center, 13116 NE 132nd Street, Kirkland WA 98034. Donations can be placed in a receptacle located just outside our front door. Thank you!
    • Expand your impact by volunteering to be an on-call meal donor.  Support our local business community while providing badly needed meals for youth staying in the Landing Shelter. During this time, we ask meal donors to provide ONLY pre-packaged foods or meals from local restaurants. Please contact Teddy@friendsofyouth.org to join our list of on-call meal donors.

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
  • We are looking for strong, active volunteers to assist residents with carrying groceries, strollers, and other items up and down the 3 flights of stairs at our 30Bellevue property. We anticipate two (2) shifts daily: 11 AM to 1 PM and 1 PM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday.  There will be two (2) volunteers per shift. We encourage friends to sign up for shifts together.  We anticipate this opportunity to continue through the month of June and possibly beyond.  DETAILS HERE

Seattle Humane: In partnership with Regional Animal Services of King County, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Auburn Valley Humane Society, and Seattle Animal Shelter, we’re coordinating efforts to raise funds for pet food and deliver the food to low-income families throughout King and Snohomish Counties.  Your support is needed to be sure we have enough food to feed pets through the summer and the pandemic.  Your gift today will help entire communities of people and pets in need, many of whom are unable to leave their homes.  Every $100 we raise will feed three families’ pets for one month!  Please, make a special gift for the Pet Food Bank today.

Eastside Pathways: The East King County Community Fund has launched to support vulnerable workers and families who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Fund was established after community leaders and philanthropists armed with broad community input approached the Seattle Foundation to create a mechanism to easily direct dollars to East King County including Bothell, Bellevue, Carnation, Fall City, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Snoqualmie, Sammamish, and Woodinville.  The new East King County Community Fund complements the region’s broader COVID-19 Response Fund and has adopted the same principles, including using a racial equity lens and providing flexible dollars. An Advisory Group from East King County with strong community ties and expertise will guide the Fund’s grantmaking, working with Seattle Foundation staff to identify gaps that can best be addressed by philanthropy.  The initial goal for this fund is to raise $2 million and then quickly get funds granted. Because the East King County Community Fund is being housed at Seattle Foundation and Seattle Foundation is a participating foundation in the All in Washington campaign, all gifts made now are eligible to be matched, one to one.  

Lifewire For most of us home is the place where we feel safest, especially during these uncertain times. But home isn't a safe place for everyone.  Right now is a particularity difficult time for survivors of domestic violence. Survivors who are sheltering in place with an abusive partner are in serious danger of escalating violence. Other survivors are struggling to meet their basic needs because of the COVID-19 crisis. Those who have left abusive partners worry that the loss of income will leave them with no choice but to return to their abusers, especially if they have children. Calls to our helpline and our advocates are increasing and the need is rising exponentially.  As an extra incentive we are excited to announce that our amazing community partner Symetra Financial will match gifts of $1,000 or more up to a total of $80,000. Double your gift today!  Donate here

India Association of Western WA: IAWW has launched a fundraising campaign and invites you to participate very generously and donate to this matching gift campaign donate now .  IAWW is committed to addressing the needs generated by the pandemic crises on the communities around us. It is our intent for 2020 and 2021 to support the impacted achieve health, wellbeing and stability. As COVID-19 continues to unfold, we are working hard to provide services and support for the needs being brought to our attention. These services are intended but not limited to serve our ageing adults, elder care homes, under privileged families, small businesses, healthcare facilities, health care workers and the shelters negatively impacted by COVID-19.  All donations received from now to October 2020 will be earmarked for our COVID Response Efforts.


Offering Assistance or Services:

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

  • July 2020 newsletter
  • Encompass Grandparents Raising Grandkids Kinship Support Group meets every Wednesday from 1-2pm on Zoom! Are you raising a child that is a relative or friend? The Kinship program at Encompass is open! Please join in for support, resources, information and great conversation. Contact Laura Lewis at 425.443.4175 or laura.lewis@encompassnw.org
  • 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.    and here
  • Panera Bread is Back on Tuesdays! Drop by during lunch hours, 12-1pm, to pick up your free Panera Bread!
  • 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

Eastside Friends of Seniors is accepting new clients !  Our beloved Seniors are the most vulnerable population in this pandemic, and we are doing everything we can to help them remain healthy and self-sufficient. While we are following the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” guidelines we want you to know:

  • We are still open for business, serving seniors in Issaquah and Sammamish.
  • For the safety of everyone involved, we are limiting face-to-face interactions.
  • We are providing volunteer transportation only to critical medical appointments and assistance accessing food and supplies during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Our volunteers and staff are routinely checking in on our clients so we can be sure to meet their needs during this challenging time.

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 !  .  Sign up for a private, confidential session here  Appointments available:
    • Mondays, 11am - 4pm
    • Tuesdays, 11am - 4pm
    • Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm
    • Fridays, 3pm - 5pm
  • Virtual Hangouts! We're staying connected with our Garage teens through virtual hangouts!  ​​Using this link, join us at the following times:  Everyday Monday - Friday at 1:00-4:00 p.m.​
  • PARTIAL RE-OPENING: ​As King County moves into Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee's "Safe Start Plan", the Garage will be complying with safety guidelines in order to open under limited circumstances.  During our Partial Re-Opening, you must sign-up to visit the Garage. Do this by clicking the "Sign-Up to Visit " button at the top of our homepage.  Click here for a detailed look at our Partial Re-Opening procedures.

City of Issaquah: See if You Qualify: Utility Rebate  Did you know that low-income households in Issaquah can apply for a yearly $100 utility rebate check?  Here’s the process:   1. See if you qualify.  2. Apply to Puget Sound Energy’s HELP program.  3.Once approved, fill out the City’s application.  Don’t delay! Applications (once you are accepted to PSE’s HELP program) must be submitted to the City of Issaquah by Sept. 30, 2020.

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.

New Meal program in Bellevue:  Mobile Meal Alliance  Fund a Truck, Feed a Community  With assistance from the City of Bellevue, the Washington State Food Truck Association has partnered with Nourishing Networks, the Redmond-based non-profit organization, to provide a voucher meal food truck program.  

The program: Printed meal vouchers are distributed to local non-profits, or to individuals and families in need of food support. The voucher contains all the information needed for people to visit a food truck (parked at a church, school or other business) and receive food without cost to them. The church (or other business entity) then pays the food truck for all the meals redeemed at the end of the week, via donations made. On behalf of Nourishing Networks, Overlake Park Presbyterian Church will take in donations and equally disburse these funds designated for the “Food Truck Program”, to any church, school or other business who wants to host a food truck in their community.

Click here to donate to this program.

Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness weekly update on shelters here

Hopelink Remote Resume Review is a FREE service for job seekers who has been impacted by COVID-19. Job seekers receive a one-time resume review session over phone, email or video.  Your enrollment process starts with an intake appointment to determine program eligibility. This Service Includes: * -One-time resume review * -Information on benefits and community resources during this time of need * -Access to additional job coaching services (for those who qualify). 

HopeLink Energy Assistance Program flyer

Hopelink Mobile Market Schedule: July – September 2020  With new procedures in place to help ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy, we will be operating on a Tuesday through Thursday schedule – the same days that Hopelink food banks are distributing food – and including some new late afternoon events. In order to limit potential exposure for clients and staff, the food at both the Mobile Market and all Hopelink centers will be provided only at clearly marked entry points in pre-packed boxes. Each household will be able to pick up enough food for at least 21 meals per visit.  Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accept any donations or returned products. Thank you for your generosity and understanding during this challenging time.  Please find the mobile market calendars for July through September at  Hopelink Mobile Market websiteAug 2020 Calendar

Eastside Cities Launch COVID-19 Business Support.  The cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Renton today launched (re)STARTUP425, a collaborative effort to connect Eastside small business owners, nonprofit leaders and sole proprietors with available business support resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Eastside’s economy doesn’t recognize borders.  So we’re working together to connect businesses and nonprofits to resources, provide one-on-one financial technical assistance, and share your ongoing business operations with the community.

Unemployment Law Project:  Recurring Webinar:  

During COVID-19 Youth Eastside Services is continuing to provide Telehealth services through HIPAA-compliant web-based technology, AND we now also have the capacity to provide in-person services with social distancing measures in place.  Click here for available services.  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.

MAPS-MCRC Free Medical Clinic  In response to COVID-19 and in conformance to Public Health guidelines, the MCRC medical clinic has moved online.  The MAPS-MCRC Clinic will be providing telehealth services (free of charge) for those in need of healthcare during this time. This includes wellness exams and prescription refills. We will be providing primary care services for adults and children as well as out-patient neurology services. Please note that we will not be providing lab or radiology services at this time.  Scheduling an appointment is easy: please register here and you will receive a confirmation email from us.  For COVID-19 related inquiries, please call your Primary Care Physician or the King County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 call center between 8 AM to 7 PM at 206-477-3977

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  If you're interested in previous webinars (including 2 recent ones on Tenant Rights and Immigration Rights), please feel free to check out our website - www.elap.org/webinars

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. Two 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:  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.   To protect you during this time of social distancing, our support groups are now online.  Find groups hereYou can also email us at info@nami-eastside.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County 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


The Regional Alliance for Resilient and Equitable Transportation (RARET) workgroup is continuing to compile weekly newsletters with updated information about transportation providers’ level of operations, the community’s needs, how transportation providers may be able to assist, and other resources such as funding opportunities and food sources. The most recent RARET COVID-19 Impact Summary newsletter can be found at this link

King County Masks and Sanitizers to Community Partners:  As of Thursday, July 9th, King County has halted new mask orders for community and faith-based organizations due to high demand. If you have any questions, please reach out to Calli Knight at cknight@kingcounty.gov or Michael Padilla Ocampo at mpadillaocampo@kingcounty.gov  Please fill out this form if you are a Community-Based Organization, Non-Profit, Labor Union, or Religious Institution in order to place an order for cloth and disposable masks, as well as hand sanitizers. To find additional King County resources for food, PPE, funding, or other general needs, visit King County’s Emergency Management webpag


King County Emergency food access resources  This page contains information about food access programs and services to help support King County residents during this difficult time. We will continue updating this page as more resources develop. Please continue to look out for one another and check-in with your neighbors during this challenging time.
King County Senior property tax exemption: Did you know that seniors in King County may qualify for a property tax exemption?  Basic qualifications are that you own the home you live in, are at least 61 years of age (or are a veteran with a service-connected disability or disabled), and had a maximum income of $58,423 in 2019.  If you have already applied, please be patient as the Assessor’s Office is working through a backlog of paper applications due to COVID-19 and the manual processing required. In just the first quarter of this year, they received more applications than they typically get in an entire year!  If you have yet to apply, please be sure to do so online at taxrelief.kingcounty.gov

King County has committed $2.2 million to provide child care, free of charge, for essential workers who live or work in the County. The funding will pay for a slot at select child care providers across the county through at least June. Additional information and instructions on how to apply here and available in multiple languages here.    Child Care COVID Communications, Response and Referral Center information here  Translated versions of this flyer can also be found here.

Emergency Vanpool Formation: King County Metro is offering frontline essential workers the opportunity to form temporary Vanpools with reduced ridership requirements during the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Typically Vanpools need five or more riders to commute. These temporary reduced-ridership Vanpool groups allow for social distancing and provide essential workers rideshare options where other transit options are unavailable or unfeasible.  Essential workers can email vanpool@kingcounty.gov with Emergency Vanpool Formation in the subject line to get started or for more information.

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Zero Youth Detention Initiative: Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) is opening an RFP to provide community-based supports for youth on Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) and their families. All youth in King County deserve to grow into happy, healthy adults. Youth placed on EHM have a better chance of avoiding engagement with the juvenile legal system in the future and having positive experiences when they are paired with community-based supports and appropriate therapeutic interventions. ZYD calls for partnering with youth, families, employees, and communities and building on their strengths so that communities are safe, and all youth have the opportunity to be happy, healthy, and thriving.  RFP proposals are due Thursday, August 13th, 12pm pst. For questions, contact Chris D’Abreau at cdabreau@kingcounty.gov.

ZYD will host two information sessions for interested applicants:

  • Monday, July 20— via Skype at 3pm pst. Click here to join online or by phone at 206.263.8114 (conference ID: 8529040).   
  • Wednesday, July 22— via Zoom at 9am pst. Click here to join online or by phone at 253.215.8782 (Meeting ID: 911 7923 6034 & password: 706486).


  • Barring any major announcements from King County Public Health, Curbside to Go will begin July 1 at 17 locations. Curbside to Go allows KCLS to provide patrons with a safe, contact-free way to pick up books and other materials while continuing to adhere to public health guidelines on physical distancing
  • Teens ages 13-18 can join the new Teen Creative Society. Wednesdays, 6pm - 7pm. Tap into your creative energy this summer and make cool stuff using simple household supplies. Separate registration is required for each weekly session. 
  • The Early Literacy Parties in Spanish program, also known as Fiestas helps children and their families to get ready for school. The workshops are free and entirely offered in Spanish.  We invite preschool-age children, their parents, caregivers and families to attend.  Workshops will take place through the Zoom online meeting platform.  English/Spanish Flyer here.   Please register no later than 9am on the day of each Fiesta.  Each week, we will have songs, Story Times, craft activities connected to eight different topics.
  • K-12 Educator, Parent, and Caregiver Support  Resources: Community Resources,  Streaming Story Times, Drawing, and Songs,  Additional Educational Resources
  • Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps you learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve your personal and professional goals at your own pace.You can use Lynda.com for free with your KCLS Library Card.
  • KCLS has a wide variety of resources to support learning at home. Visit our Educational Home Access page to find academic movies, homework support and activities to make home learning fun.
  • Online: Join Talk Time Classes  Practice speaking English with other English language learners online!    Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world, while connecting from home! Register with your email and we will send you the link to join the Zoom meeting.
  • Online: Free Citizenship Classes  For adults.  International Rescue Committee is offering free Citizenship Classes every Wednesday online. Registration required. Please register with your email and you will be sent the Zoom link or phone number a few days prior to the session.   For more information, email John.Simpson@Rescue.org or call 206.623.2105.
  • Construction Trade Training Information Online event,  Event is every Thursday, 2pm - 3pmFor adults.  ANEW offers free training for anyone interested in getting into a career in  construction, starting at $20-$30+/hour. Attend information sessions to learn more about programs and enroll.  Information sessions and enrollment in ANEW programs are now offered online!   Online information sessions can be joined from ANEW's events page: https://anewaop.org/events/  Pre-recorded sessions can also be viewed anytime from their events page.  For more information, contact simone@anewaop.org or call 425.390.7711
  • Free Small Business Webinars from StartUp 425 Foundations:  Startup 425 Foundations brings together innovators, business advisors, and entrepreneurs. Get a broad overview of the startup process. Learn how to make a business plan, get financing, market your business, and network.This program series is brought to you in partnership by Startup 425, SCORE,, and the King County Library System. For more help navigating your small business through COVID-19, visit the Startup425 website.

  • Phone: Neighborhood Legal Clinic: Mondays,  The King County Bar Association provides free 30-minute consultations with volunteer attorneys to any King County resident with civil legal issues. Attorneys cannot represent clients but can refer to other assistance. To request a consult, call 206.267.7070 and press 1 to leave a message with your name, number, and a brief description of your legal issue or fill out an online client intake form at www.kcba.org/nlc for a faster turn around time. Leaving a message does not guarantee an appointment. We are currently prioritizing housing, family and employment discrimination issues. Appointments will be scheduled no further than 7 days out.

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.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program Get help buying groceries while schools are closed. Applications for P-EBT must be completed by August 31st or before the start of the 2020-2021 school year– whichever is later.  If you need help understanding your eligibility or how to apply for benefits, see the Frequently Asked Questions at k12.wa.us/PEBT or call Department of Social and Health Services at 877-501-2233.  This is applicable to children who receive free or reduced-price meals or families enrolled in Basic Food Benefits. The resource is separate from the Summer meals programs or current school meals program. Families are eligible for both.

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE?  Students going to a K-12 school that offers a school lunch program during the school year; AND • Is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals; OR • Is attending a school where meals are free for all students
  • CAN IMMIGRANT HOUSEHOLDS APPLY? Yes. Using P-EBT benefits does not count as a public charge. P-EBT does not change a parent or child’s immigration status. P-EBT replaces school meals and are for all families that receive free and reduced price school meals.
  • WHAT IS THE BENEFIT? For children who received free or reduced price meals when schools closed in March, each family will get $399 per child. For families that enrolled in Basic Food or applied for school meal benefits after schools closed, each child will get less than that. The value depends on when you applied for food assistance.

COVID-19 Related Changes to Work Requirements for Food Assistance.  Work requirements have been temporarily lifted due to COVID, so it’s a great opportunity for people to potentially access assistance even if they were previously denied.  DSHS will temporarily remove participation requirements for Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependent (ABAWD) clients due to COVID-19 related restrictions. ABAWD clients whose cases closed for not meeting work requirements may reapply for food assistance again.  Please direct any questions to our Director of Public Policy, Christina Wong: christinaw@northwestharvest.org

WIC services are open for you and your family!  WIC has been identified as an essential service and staff are providing services by phone to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Given recent employment changes and layoffs, many families are seeking WIC services for the first time – but even families that have participated in WIC in the past can re-enroll anytime.  WIC services are available by phone.  To verify eligibility, WIC staff have multiple remote options to show proof of income and residency such as text and email. Contact your WIC clinic to find out how they’re offering services or call 206-263-9300 to find out more information about the WIC program.

Puget Sound Energy will make funds available to help customers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Crisis-Affected Customer Assistance Program (CACAP). This includes customers who recently became unemployed, partially unemployed, or cannot work. The $11 million are carry-over funds under PSE’s Low Income Program. With approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, PSE made revisions to its program to make these funds available to a broader group of customers.    Funds are also available in PSE’s other assistance programs, including the Warm Home Fund, PSE Home Energy Lifeline Program and Weatherization Assistance Program for income-eligible customers.

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

Free or low-cost Apple Health is available year-round and a special enrollment is available for the uninsured who have life changes as a result of COVID-19.   If you are not eligible for free or low-cost Apple Health or a Special Enrollment through a qualifying life event, you can request a COVID-19 Special Enrollment through May 8th if you are uninsured.   How to request a COVID-19 Special Enrollment :  Get virtual help from an insurance expert  /  Contact customer support 

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

To help millions of people, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return.   IRS Newsroom New Tool   Info is in English and Spanish

The Shopper Next Door matches people who are higher-risk during the COVID-19 pandemic or who just need an extra hand with local volunteers to provide help with errands like grocery delivery, prescription pick up, and more!   ​If you need help, call (425) 522-2674‬ 

Communities Rise: Announcing a new Lease Amendment Toolkit for small businesses and nonprofits Created in collaboration with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development and Perkins Coie The Lease Amendment Toolkit is designed to give small businesses and nonprofits information and template documents so they can successfully negotiate payment plans with their landlords before the moratoriums are lifted.

Communities Rise launches new Covid-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic: This is a new virtual clinic designed to help small businesses and nonprofits navigate the legal issues they are experiencing due to Covid-19.  Small businesses and nonprofits will get to meet with a lawyer for a free 60-minute legal consultation by phone or video conference (client preference).   Clinic appointments are scheduled at a time that is convenient for the client and attorney.  After you apply for services, we will match you with a lawyer, and the lawyer will call you to schedule your appointment.  Interpretation is available in a variety of languages.    Register for a clinic here

Washington Nonprofits: Navigating CARES Act Assistance Programs   The 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. 

Social Justice Fund NW 2020 Grant Opportunities

  • Black Led Organizing grant. 2 year grant of $15,000/year for a total of $30,000.  This grant will support Black led groups that are working to dismantle anti-Black racism and organizing towards Black Liberation across the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West. For this grant, we will be considering organizations led by members who are descendants of the African Diaspora (Black, African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean etc). Through this grant, we will support the dismantling of anti-Black systems as well as the building of new, imaginative systems that help achieve a world where Black communities are protected, honored, and thriving.   Learn more here

  • Forced Migration and Displacement grant. 2 year grant of $15,000/year for a total of $30,000.  This grant will support organizations working to stop forced migration and displacement due to gentrification, colonialism, anti-immigration policies, eviction & foreclosure, environmental racism, and climate change. Marginalized people are constantly pushed out of their homes and communities through heterosexist and cis-sexist policies and practices, anti-immigrant legislation and xenophobia, racism, and gentrification. This contributes to the houselessness crisis and prevents people from accessing stable, safe housing. Organizations who apply must have leadership bodies representing the communities most impacted and centering people who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Through this grant, we will support organizers working to build a world where immigrants, LGBTQIA folks, people who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color have safe housing, political power, and economic investment in their neighborhoods.  Learn more here

  • Eradicating Anti-Blackness &  COVID-19 Recovery grant. 2 year grant of $15,000/year for a total of $30,000.  In the past four months, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter uprising have exposed even more plainly the many places where society is failing Black, Indigenous and other people of color. The pandemic has been especially catastrophic for trans folks, people with disabilities, low-income and essential workers, and people living in areas with less access to life-saving resources, many of whom have risen up to fill these gaps with their limited resources. With the effects of COVID-19 setting in, grassroots organizers are thinking and planning beyond this moment to address the long-term impacts on their communities. Learn more here

King County: DCHS VSHSL - Reentry Spanning Supports RFP: The King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is pleased to release this Request for Proposal for Reentry Spanning Supports with funding from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services (VSHSL) and guidance from the VSHSL Implementation Plan.   This request seeks an entity or entities to help implement VSHSL Strategy SE1C -- to provide community-based services that support the reentry of formerly incarcerated persons in King County. Services provided are intended to help mitigate the consequences of incarceration, in order to reduce the long-term negative effects of system involvement on reentering individuals. This program shall aim to provide equitable access to funded services in convenient locations to formerly incarcerated persons and their family members living throughout King County.

King County:  DCHS is pleased to release this RFP from DDECSD for CIOR services in King County.  CIOR services seek to ensure individuals with I/DD, delays and their families can access the information, skills, and supports they need to live and participate in the community. CIOR services include information and referral services, outreach and engagement activities, systems navigation supports, skill building and educational activities, civic engagement efforts and events.   The RFP aligns with the County’s goal to ensure all people, regardless of who they are, or where they live, can thrive, with full and equal access to opportunities, power, and resources.  View more information, and apply here

King County: Kinship Care Supports:   A new funding opportunity is available from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) to provide supports to senior kinship caregivers who are 55 and older living in King County to help them be successful in their roles.  The Kinship Care Supports strategy seeks to provide supports through one or more of the following three primary services: kinship mentoring, flexible funding, and/or training to increase kinship caregivers’ ability to maintain good health and well-being while providing for the children in their care.

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.

  • Phase 2 for the COVID-19 Response Fund, hosted by Seattle Foundation is now live. Totaling $6,000,000, 3 distinct tracks of funding will support:
    • Childcare grants ($1,500,000) – curated process- There is not an open application for this track of funding. If you wish, you may email them to make sure they are aware of your organization’s work supporting access to childcare for vulnerable workers and families.
    • Mental and Behavioral Health ($1,500,000)– curated- There is not an open application for this track of funding. If you wish, you may email them to make sure they are aware of your organization’s work supporting behavioral health.
    • Financial assistance ($3,000,000) - application- deadline May 29, 2020
    •  Additional information here

InterConnection: Computer grants are awarded to organizations that deliver necessary and valuable services to underserved communities like technology training, health care, education, and job training, but need upgraded computers to better manage their organization and improve their capacity to deliver those valuable services. Interconnection reviews nonprofit grant applications 4 times a year. Please read the eligibility information to make sure your organization is eligible.  APPLICATION DEADLINES:  February 28, May 31, August 31, and November 30

501 Commons: Free help getting PPP loans forgiven and applying for a PPP loan

  • So you made it through the process of securing a PPP loan. Whew! Watch this presentation to learn how to set yourself up to account for these funds so that you can maximize the amount of the loan to be forgiven.
  • Specific rules for the process of applying for loan forgiveness are still emerging, so it is important to stay informed as new guidance is released. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.
  • PPP loans are available again until August 8 ($130 billion remains). The rules about rehiring employees have changed as well as the amount you have to spend on payroll, benefits, utilities, and rent. If you or your board decided not to apply – please reconsider. We can help!


Upcoming Events: Dates Updated Each Week

 The Sophia Way 101:  Attend the TSW101  Currently, we are holding this as a virtual event.  Held on the third Tuesday of the month, 4 – 5 PM.  To help you get started, fill in the volunteer paperwork and email it to volunteer@sophiaway.org.   Sign up   August 18    Join us to know:  about our mission to end homelessness for women  * how you can get involved as a volunteer, meal donor, supporter * about volunteering opportunities for you and your family, friends, coworkers, community groups

Imagine Housing holds quarterly Lunch & Learn (Virtually!) These quarterly events are open to the community and are for anyone who wants to learn more about our organization, our approach to affordable housing, and how to get involved.   Whether you’re just curious about what we do or if you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community, grab your lunch, or a coffee, and bring any questions for this informative and interactive hour presented by Villette Nolon, Imagine Housing CEO.   Please register.   You will be sent your participation link after you register.  11:45 AM – 1:00 PM  Upcoming dates:  July 30, 2020  *  October 22, 2020

YWCA INSPIRE LUNCHEON: KING COUNTY 2020 Thursday, Sept 10, 2020 12:00PM - 1:30PM  LIVE EVENT LINK WILL BE SENT TO REGISTRANTS  Show: 12:00PM - 12:45PM  VIP Q&A Room: 1:00-1:30pm Keynote Speaker:   Valerie B. Jarrett  Author, Former Senior White House Advisor, and Civic Leader  Valerie B. Jarrett is a longtime champion of equality, chairing the White House Council on Women & Girls and the United State of Women, as well as authoring the recent New York Times bestseller, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward. 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. This year’s live online event will be a chance to celebrate our community’s strength, deepen our bonds and commitment, and work together to eliminate racism and empower women.

AtWork!  CHAMPIONS OF INCLUSION! AtWork!'s 14th Annual Fundraising Event:  Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 10am We're going virtual! Come be a Champion of Inclusion as we honor champions in our field at our Annual Celebratory Fundraising event!  You can also join a watch party! Inquire with your table captain about gathering together to watch the event! The event will premiere at 10:00am and will be available online throughout the day to accommodate these parties.

The Sophia Way: Sheltering From The Storm Virtual Fall Fundraiser Join us on September 15, 2020 to supportThe Sophia Way’s mission.  Our first-ever virtual event will raise essential funds to help more than 1,000 women find shelter, safety and stability.  What will this look like? You still have the opportunity to connect with friends, network with the amazing community that surrounds The Sophia Way, and show your support for the women experiencing homelessness!  Zoom Meet Up at 11:45am  Share issues close to all of our hearts and reconnect with friends from the community.  Fundraising Program at 12:15pm Hear inspiring messages from a plethora of people who believe in our lifesaving mission

Join Congregations for the Homeless’ 11th Annual Fall Fundraising Event!  A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER!  Join Us for an Unforgettable Virtual Luncheon Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:00PM – 12:30PM  Settle in for what promises to be an uplifting experience in the comfort of your home, office – or maybe even outside on your patio or deck (weather permitting).  This is a great opportunity to Be inspired by one man’s journey from homelessness to stability, and Join CFH and our community on an adventure as we peek into our Eastside future

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 re-imagined  We're going virtual!!!  The auction will run from Saturday, September 26th through Oct 3rd, and will culminate with a livestream grand finale on October 3rd from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.  Over 100 items to bid on! Register for free NOW

Ongoing Programs and Resources

 * 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.

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

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.

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

AllHome Count Us In Final Report 2020

King County: Updated for 2020, our homelessness data dashboards have a new location on the Regional Homelessness Authority website. Expanded dashboards now offer new breakdowns and features to enhance our understanding of equity in both the experience of homelessness and our system’s performance.

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 

Issaquah School District Dept of Student Interventions:  The Issaquah School District, Student Interventions-Compliance would appreciate your help in hanging the attached posters at your community sites as you open up and have visitors. We would normally come around and drop them off but with COVID-19 and safety measures we haven't been able to do so. The McKinney-Vento Act supports students and families who might be considered homeless. With the conversation at the last INN meeting and concerns about housing and rent I thought the timing of this would be helpful. One poster is for youth (1 in English, 1 in Spanish) and the other for parents (1 in English, 1 in Spanish) , they describe certain rights and protections under the McKinney-Vento Act if the student and/or family qualifies. Contact information is on the poster. If you are able to hang up the poster, please let Stacey Zachau (zachaus@issaquah.wednet.edu) know so her team can track and make sure we are getting the information out in the community, if you need a poster dropped off once you are open and able to have visitors also let Stacey know and if possible her team can drop off a poster to your site  Student English Student Spanish Adult English Adult Spanish

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

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

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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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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

The Arc of King County

ARCH  A Regional Coalition For Housing

Assistance League of the Eastside


Bridge Ministries

Catholic Community Services

Chinese Information and Service Center

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

Emergency Feeding Program


Everyone For Veterans

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


Friends of Echo Glen

Friends of Youth and Amazon Wish List

The Garage, Teen Cafe

Habitat For Humanity Seattle/King County


Housing Justice Project


Imagine Housing

India Association of Western Washington

Influence The Choice


Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness

International Community Health Services

Issaquah Community Services

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

Issaquah Sammamish Food Project

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

Lavender Rights Project

Life Enrichment Options


Muslim Association Resource Center

Muslim Association of Puget Sound

NAMI Eastside

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

PFLAG Bellevue Eastside

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


Social Justice Fund Northwest

Sophia's Way and Amazon Wish List and Providing Meals

Sound Generations

St. Vincent de Paul Issaquah

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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