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:  Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 3:00 - 4:30pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Issaquah

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:

Here is the link in our blog that provides you information on the technical assistance available:

Here is a link in out blog that provides you a general sense of what applications may look like:

Resource Talk has a list of shelter information at this link

Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness  update on shelters is: Feb. 16, 2018 here

Tent City 4  hot dinner meals sign up.  Please  call 206 618 3901 for more information.  Tent City 4 has moved to Mary Queen of Peace, Sammamish as of Dec 23, 2017.    Amazon wish list
Eastside Legal Assistance Program hosting Safety Plan Workshop on Feb. 24, 11:30am - 3:00pm, St. Louise Parish,  141 156th SE  Bellevue, WA 98007.   To register, please call (425) 747-7274

Common Questions.... Is it safe to go to DOL to renew your license? 

I think it is best for people to go to DOL to renew their licenses.  While I cannot guarantee that all of the problems with DOL have been completely fixed, I think the risk of going without a license and that leading to problems is higher than any remaining risk of information sharing with ICE.  So yes, I think people should go to DOL to renew.

What should people do if they are approached by ICE, like in this scenario?
This same thing happened to another parent last week who I believe is now being detained in Tacoma.  (scenario: a couple of people have been approached by ICE as they were leaving their apartments for work)

The most important thing is to not answer any questions, even their name. If the person is not driving, they do not have to provide any information or answer a question.  They can respectfully say, I do not want to answer any questions.  If they persist, the person can say "Am I under arrest?" or "Am I free to go?"  Whatever they say, they should not answer questions about place of birth, or immigration status.  You can find more info here.

Now, ICE may already have information about a particular person and that seems to be the case here (i.e. they were specifically looking for her).  In that case, the community member could be detained even if they do not say anything (because immigration may already have info that gives them a basis to arrest them). They should still not answer questions and try to contact legal help as soon as possible.

Free Tax Help: Hopelink is working with United Way of King County to provide support for people who would like help filing their tax returns. The service is free for households that make less than $64,000, with tax returns that do not involve business taxes, rental income, or sale of property or stock. The service does not prepare complex forms, such as out-of-sate returns.  The service will be available at Hopelink’s Bellevue service center from January 12 through to April 20.  Thursdays 3:00pm - 9:00pm * Fridays 12:00pm - 4:00pm * Saturdays 9:00am - 4:00pm * Sundays 11:00am - 3:00pm.  Appointments are not necessary but you will need to bring REQUIRED materials. Visit website for list.

The United Way Clinics are also available at 26 other locations. Visit United Way of King County Tax Help for more details and to find your nearest center.

Hope Festival 2018 Saturday, March 3, 12pm - 9pm  Highland Community Center 14224 Bel Red Rd, Bellevue, Washington 98007  Together, more than 300 volunteers will serve 1,000 in need individuals with necesities like clothing, groceries, and hygiene supplies as well as books, toys, refreshments, free haircuts/massages, and a day of hope.  Contact Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank for admission tickets.

You Are Invited!  Friends of Youth 13th Annual Celebration of Youth Luncheon  March 9, 2018 11:30-1:00pm, Hyatt Regency Bellevue 900 Bellevue Way NE  Bellevue  Each year Friends of Youth provides support, shelter, homes, and help to more than 6,000 youth and young adults. Our annual Celebration of Youth luncheon celebrates youth and the power of their stories, all while raising funds to ensure every young person has the support and opportunity they need to succeed.   To sign up as Table Captain or for more information, please call 425.869.6490 x308 or email

You Are Invited To Be Inspired !  Treehouse Champions for Foster Kids Luncheon March 15 11:30am - 1:00pm Sheraton Seattle, 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101  Through powerful personal stories, learn how Treehouse is changing outcomes for youth in foster care so they can succeed in school and in life.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to be a champion for youth in foster care, you can make your donation now. Thanks to an early investment by our Superhero Challenge Pool donors, gifts over $300 will be matched 100% and gifts over $1,000 will be matched 200%.

Together Center's Annual Breakfast March 22, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am Hyatt Regency Bellevue 900 Bellevue Way NE. Together Center makes lives better by helping people find the assistance they need. Please join us for stories of our impact and critical work. Register here or email  For questions or to become a Table Captain contact Rae at 425.869.6699

Please join us for this important forum! Finding Space To Solve Homelessness  REGISTER HERESaturday, April 14, 2018  Seattle University School of Law  How can we use public, private, and religious land to mitigate the homelessness crisis? The Finding Space forum will discuss ideas, solutions, and challenges around land use issues and homelessness. We will explore social, legal, and policy issues related to many private and city-based approaches to tackling homelessness, such as safe parking lots, authorized encampments, shelters, and accessory dwelling units in residential backyards. The Finding Space forum aims not only to stimulate thought, discussion, and scholarship, but ideally, to empower participants to more confidently pursue and support more progressive uses of public, private, and faith-based property to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.  Hosted by:  Seattle University School of Law, SU Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, and Seattle Journal for Social Justice

Save The Dates !  Issaquah Schools Foundation's Nourish Every Mind events:  20th Annual Luncheon will be Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Meydenbauer Center 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue and 5th Annual Breakfast will be Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Eastridge Church Issaquah.

YWCA Inspire Luncheon: King County 30th Anniversary  May 15, 2018  Our Luncheons bring people together to strengthen communities. Join us in 2018 as we celebrate 30 years of empowering women and building community in King County. Your generosity and support ensures that YWCA programs and services continue to change the lives of women and families in our community. Can’t wait to see you there!  Date & Time: May 15, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  Location: Washington State Convention Center  705 Pike St, Seattle, WA  Seattle, WA 98101

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.  If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brynnen Bailey-Lewis @ or call 425-395-4357.

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

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank will be introducing an additional client service time starting on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 to help meet the growing needs in our community.   We're looking for volunteers to work Wednesday nights (4:30 pm to 7:15 pm.) in both the food and clothing bank.  We need your help to make this happen.  If you're interested in volunteering on Wednesday nights, please sign up online using the volunteer dashboard. HERE is the link to log in and sign-up.
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

Take Action for the Environment!  Tilth Alliance Trains Community Volunteers this Spring to Protect Natural Resources in Seattle and King County.  Are you concerned about threats to our land and water? Do you feel that more needs to be done to prevent climate change? You are not alone! Many people are wondering what they can do locally to make the world a better place right now. Tilth Alliance offers two different sustainability trainings this spring to empower community members to take action to protect the environment – get involved!

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   Next quarter January 4 –March 22

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  Holiday break, no classes until January 3rd 

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.

Upcoming programs at the Issaquah Library !

Upcoming Events at the Sammamish Library !


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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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