Issaquah NN

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

Upcoming events

Next INN meeting:  August 2018 meeting is cancelled.  See you in Sept !

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

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Summer Lunch Program is every Thursday, June 21 - Aug 30, children will receive grocery bag filled with a week's worth of breakfast, lunch and snacks.  You can support this critical program by donating kid-friendly foods, donate money, donate paper bags, or volunteer to pack or distribute bags.

FREE Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101, Tuesday, August 21st, 1 pm - 5 pm, Kent Memorial Park Building -850 Central Ave N, Kent WA 98032

Description:The training is designed for public school staff and non-profit service providers that work with families and youth experiencing homelessness. This year in addition to the federal rights of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act we are also excited to have experts on the legal issues facing unaccompanied minors, including immigrant youth, and on how to advocate for students with disabilities who have or need Individualized Education Plans (IEP's).  More information and registration on our website,

Tuxes & Tiaras Homecoming is here !  Donations of clothing, shoes and accessories accepted Aug 27 - Sept 11 at 4 locations !  Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Issaquah High School and Liberty High School.  Help Issaquah students start the year off with a fun dance experience !  All Issaquah students welcome to attend the event, Sept 15 & 16, at The Garage, a Teen cafe.  Visit here for more donation and event details.

Treehouse: You are invited to join celebrate Treehouse's 30th Birthday at Taste for Treehouse, a wine, beer, cider and spirits tasting event.  Live music, games, raffle and catering provided by The Catering Company. All proceeds benefit Treehouse programs and youth in foster careThursday, August 23, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 2100 Building Rooftop Deck, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144   Buy tickets here.

You are invited to the YWCA Passage Point Back to School BBQ Fiesta ! Friday  August 31st    2:30 PM until 5:00 PM, YWCA Passage Point 15900 227th Avenue SE (use *Issaquah* for google maps on some phones)   YWCA Passage Point is next to the KC Cedar Hills Land Fill near the intersection of 227th and 228th.  Continue down 227th to the YWCA Gate.  Enjoy :  Carne Asada *  Hamburgers * Hot Dogs & All the trimmings!  Learn about YWCA Passage Point’s reentry and reunification mission.   Call  425.270.6649  for more information

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank: MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2018 Recipe for Hope Breakfast!  Date: Tuesday, September 18th  Location: Eastridge Church, 24205 SE Issaquah-Fall City Road in Issaquah 

Coffee meet and greet will begin at 7:00 AM  Breakfast presentation will run from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  Minimum of $100 contribution requested.  Keynote Speaker: Ron Thiele, Issaquah School District Superintendent

Can't make the breakfast, but want to contribute? You can do so here.

REGISTRATION OPENS IN JULY   For questions, please contact Kelly Schmidt at

IFCB Mayor's Month of Concern:

September brings one of our biggest annual food drives!    Help us make it a big success by spreading the word and encouraging friends to give at their local grocery stores. The food received during this drive helps end our summer food drought and supplies food for local families for months to come. See the schedule and participating stores below. For more information, contact Mike.

9th Annual Congregations for the Homeless Luncheon  Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.

Please join us to discover the work those experiencing homelessness undertake to develop independence and identity beyond their circumstances. There’s no cost to attend the luncheon. However, all guests will be invited to make a gift to support CFH during the luncheon. Suggested minimum donation is $150. Doors at 10:30am, program at 11:30am.

Hopelink's Reaching Out Luncheon Monday, October 15, 2018, 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St. Bellevue

Dr. Tererai Trent is an activist and a dreamer, educator and author, scholar and humanitarian. And on October 15, she will be our very special guest at Hopelink’s 23rd annual Reaching Out Luncheon at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Growing up in a war-torn Zimbabwean village – where boys were allowed to go to school and girls were expected to marry and start families – Tererai chose a different path; ultimately earning her Ph.D. Along the way, she found support in her community; from food and housing, to education and encouragement. Today, Tererai lives the belief that “we are all connected … we are on a sacred journey together.”

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

For the King County Library System, it’s time for Summer Reading and we’re pulling out all the stops. The theme this year, Libraries Rock, includes a line-up of programs and activities to ensure that patrons of all ages come together for a summer of fun and exploration, and to help kids bridge the three-month learning gap commonly known as the “Summer Slide.”

The King County Library is dedicated to helping students read, learn, and grow all summer long. Students can pick up their reading logs starting on June 1, and earn prizes like Seattle Storm vouchers, tickets to Wild Waves and a customizable tote bag, all while building their reading skills and preventing the summer slide.

Ready to Read programs for preschoolers and their parents are wonderful ways to read, talk, sing, write and play together–and to connect with other parents and caregivers—and KCLS Story Times remain popular for young children of all ages.

All you have to do is participate in Teen Summer Reading which is open to teens in grades 6-12 and runs from June 1 through August 31, 2018.

KCLS has Summer Reading programs for adults, too. Now in its third year, the Summer Reading in the Park program was created to draw adults outdoors to read. Held at parks and other venues around the county, adults can lounge in lawn chairs and families can spread out on blankets to enjoy a good book on a warm summer day while a local DJ plays music in the background.

Students can use their student ID number to check out ebooks, movies, music, and more this summer! Elementary, middle, and high school students in the KCLS service area get access to all of the online resources on the KCLS website, even if they don't have a regular library card.

Also, Free Museum Passes with a Library Card!

Summer Meals at Renton Highlands Library!  Mondays, Tuesday & Fridays  12:30-1:30pm, June 25th-August 24th  [No meals on July 2 and 3]

Stop by Renton Highlands Library for FREE lunch for kids and teens this summer! The meals are available to children ages 0-18. There are no restrictions on family income and no registration is required. Come for lunch, the hang out to read, learn and have fun! Brought to you by KCLS, in partnership with the City of Renton and United Way.

Seattle/King County Clinic returns to KeyArena at Seattle Center for a fourth year, Oct. 26 – 29, with an ambitious goal of providing over $3.5 million in free dental, vision and medical services to people in need. To realize this target, the Clinic seeks healthcare professionals and general support volunteers to fill a broad range of functions and shifts. 

The Clinic anticipates the need for 1,000 volunteers each day, and it also seeks volunteers in the days and weeks before and after the four-day event to help in preparation and wrap-up. The number of patients served each Clinic day depends on the number of registered volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals may register at

Eastside Baby Corner's 9th annual Helping Kids THRIVE Luncheon: Friday, November 2nd at 12 pm at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue; click here for details

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      PO Box 2134 Seattle, WA  98111

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

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities / Needs

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 for more information

Eastside Friends of Senior - Volunteer Drivers Needed

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

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs volunteer drivers to pick up food from grocery stores and deliver food to seniors.
Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition needs office help.  Looking for someone who is good at organizing, making phone calls, and knows how to use a computer.  Familiarity with Excel would be a plus.  Call 425 677 8043.  Contact Person: Elizabeth Maupin (425)677-8043

YWCA Passage Point - Needs volunteers to participate in various children's support programs, everything from tutoring to gardening.  Please see flyer for programs currently open for volunteer opportunities !   

Community Agency Newsletters & Upates

FAQ's about Hep A and Flu flyer
Health Care for the Homeless Network, 401 5th Avenue, Suite 1000, Seattle, WA 98104

King County Library Updates

Education and Training Resources Available through KCLS: Step 1: Go to the library website  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. 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  

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 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

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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 for posts to the Issaquah Nourishing Network website.

Date: 3rd Tuesday of every month

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30 pm

Convener: Cori Walters –

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

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