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, Oct 20, 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)

***   EMERGENCY SMOKE SHELTERS 9/11/2020  SoDo shelter   Other shelters  ***

Coronavirus Official Updates & Resources:

  • City of Issaquah
  • City of Sammamish
  • Issaquah School District
    • ISD Family Supports
    • Issaquah School District: Meal Program  Beginning Monday, September 14, the Issaquah School District will begin offering free lunches to all students 18 and under. Beginning the week of September 28, the District will also begin providing breakfast and will add additional meal pickup days and locations.
    • The Issaquah School District, in partnership with Swedish, have our Swedish School Based Health Counselors (SBHC's) available to offer virtual mental health services to students in the Issaquah School District!   With students doing school from home, we are hoping that getting you this information will help our students connect with this resource.  Please share the flyers with your agencies, in your newsletters.  Flyer English  Flyer Chinese  Flyer Spanish  Flyer Korean

    • Laptop and Hotspot Request Form

  • Lake Washington School District 
  • 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
    • 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.
    • COVID-19 Emergency Resource Requests For Organizations and Government Agencies within King County Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and gowns are essential for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Due to the unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) nationwide, PHSKC and KCOEM are working with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to procure PPE and other essential medical supplies. Please see below for more information on how to request supplies.
    • King County Food Bank Home Delivery Ordering Form  United Way of King County is offering weekly food box home delivery in partnership with select King County food banks and DoorDash. Please fill out this form to request a weekly, reoccurring food box order. We will be in contact on a weekly basis to confirm food box deliveries and for the option to opt out/skip deliveries from week to week. Please note that this food may not be sold and is for the sole purpose of personal household use only.   This service is only available for community members residing in King County who have been affected by COVID-19.
    • Free Open Access COVID-19 Testing Locations:  These 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.
    • King County continues to offer community members a safe place to isolate, quarantine and recover from COVID-19. A new video shows what guests can expect.  If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and are awaiting a test result or tested positive for COVID-19 and need a comfortable place to stay, King County’s isolation and quarantine centers are here for you.  To show guests what you can expect during a stay at one of King County’s isolation and quarantine centers, we took a tour and spoke to the team at our Issaquah site about the experience and care they provide.

    • 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.
    • King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program King County has created a new program to assist households economically impacted by the coronavirus due to illness, loss of income or unemployment who have been unable to meet rent obligations and are at risk for eviction.  Flyer here
    • The Virtual Resource Center is open to anyone seeking resources and many providers are offering on the spot services. The resource center will resume twice weekly operations on Tuesday, September 8th. Individuals in North and East King County that are seeking resources can use Zoom or call-in to connect with providers such as Hopelink, Pioneer Human Services, Lake WA Technical College, Shoreline Community College, DSHS, Farestart, King County Public Health and more.  Participants can join using the link https://tinyurl.com/virtualresourcecenter or dial in by telephone at (301) 715-8592. The meeting ID is 930-683-3892 and the password is 459890.

    • King County’s new Local Food Finder, interactive map offers a convenient way for residents to support local farms hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted farmers markets and restaurant sales. Residents can have fresh food and flowers delivered from local farms or place an online order for pick up directly at the farm. 
    • 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 

      September 19 service change coming up

    • 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 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.
  • 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.
    • 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). 
    • On July 31, Gov. Inslee extended the moratorium on service disconnects and late fees through Oct. 15 for all energy, landline telephone, and water utilities.  
    • WA State Employment Security Department COVID-19 information
    • WA Health Benefit Exchange: Individuals who have lost health insurance coverage after March 1, 2020 during the public health emergency will have until September 30, 2020 to sign up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Loss of coverage includes loss of minimum essential coverage (including employer-sponsored health coverage or COBRA) and loss of coverage from short-term limited duration plans or health sharing ministries.  To sign up, customers must call the Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center or contact their local navigator or broker. Customers who sign up by September 15 can get coverage starting October 1. After September 15, coverage starts November 1.   Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center:  Help is available in over 175 languages. Language and disability accommodations are provided at no cost.  Business Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm.   Phone:1-855-923-4633  TTY: 1-855-627-9604
  • CDC

 During Coronavirus Weekly Updates

Events & Opportunities:

ELAP and the Family YMCA are partnering for Welcoming Week with Know Your Rights Immigration Presentations Please visit the website to learn more! https://www.seattleymca.org/diversity-and-inclusion/welcoming-week  September 24th  Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) Presents: Know Your Rights Workshop (Vietnamese)  6:00pm-7:30pm. Join us live on Facebook!  An expert immigration attorney will discuss the current state of immigration law and your rights as a documented or undocumented immigrant. For more information: hSiegelSawma@seattleymca.org

 City of Issaquah: Youth Cultural Panel via Zoom – Sept. 19 @ 3-4PM   Hear the experience of local youth who have immigrated to Issaquah – their backgrounds, challenges and perspectives on what we all can do to be welcoming.   Participate on Zoom  Call-in information: 877-853-5257; ID: 994 6275 5512; Password: 042682

ELAP: LFO Training:  Legal Financial Obligations (LFO's), are the fines, fees, costs and restitution imposed by the court on top of a criminal sentence (ACLU WA Definition). If you are low-income, these fines can be debilitating and interfere with moving past your offense.    We are Living with Conviction, an organization offering FREE trainings to learn how to reduce LFOs.  Sat., Sept 19 11-12:30pm  Wed  Sept 23  6pm - 7:30pm Open to anyone and everyone willing to learn.

Muslim Association of Puget Sound: Join us for the "Facts Over Fear: Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors" webinar series, kicking off this Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4pm PT   We invite faith leaders, community activists, everyday Muslims and allies -- anyone interested in effectively countering anti-Muslim bigotry -- to join us!   Each webinar will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.  Please register
Schedule and Topics: 

  • Sun ,Sept. 20, 4pm PT -- Islam and Peace
  • Sun, Sept. 27, 4pm PT -- Islam and Women
  • Sun, Oct. 4, 4pm PT -- What is Shariah?
  • Sun, Oct. 11, 4pm PT -- Islam and other Faith Traditions

Car Seat Check Up Events at Eastside Baby Corner: Sept 22 and Sept 26 Want help installing your car seat?  Curious about the new Washington State Law that went into effect in January about booster useage and rear-facing age?  Join Certified car seat technicians from Eastside Baby Corner for a Car Seat Check-up event during National Child Passenger Safety Week and learn everything you need to know to ensure your car seat is installed corretly in your car.   Donations benefit Eastside Baby Corner by helping purchase car seats for families who cannot afford them. Suggested donations of $10 per seat checked.   Space is limited and registration is required. To keep everyone safe, we will be employing many precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this event, and we'll need your help and cooperation.  For more information on how to sign up please contact Wanda Yamashita at Wanday@babycorner.org  or Cori Benson at Corib@baycorner.org.

We Were There, Too: Black Disabled Voices in the Disability Revolution: Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020 11:00 am - 12:30 pm   Too often, in the telling of the history of the disability rights movement, the voices and experiences of Black disabled, in particular, have been whitewashed, or even erased. Disability rights activist, Anita Cameron will speak about her 34 years in the disability rights movement and the contributions of Black disabled to the struggle, including Black participation in iconic events, such as the 504 sit-in, the Capitol Crawl and the fight for Medicaid. "Many of the Black disabled folks who fought beside me in the trenches back in the day, are gone, said Cameron. I've made it my mission, indeed, it is my duty, to tell their stories and make sure they aren't forgotten." This presentation is hosted by disability rights activist, Anita Cameron. Anita has been involved in social change activism and community organizing for over 36 years. She is the director Minority Outreach at Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights organization that fights against physician assisted suicide and euthanasia of people with disabilities.

Resiliency Roundtable: Transportation During & Beyond COVID-19 Wednesday September 23rd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM This event will gather stakeholders across King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to discuss prominent themes arising from COVID-19’s impacts on mobility. Pre-registration is required by Friday, September 18th.  Specific updates for COVID impacts and information can be found in RARET’s weekly impact summary, and includes a general resource list which has food resources, funding opportunities, providers who are able to transport COVID-19 positive patients and more.

YMCA  Suicide Prevention Webinar Series Join us throughout September for our Suicide Prevention Webinar Series and learn to see warning signs, find help, and how to support people of all ages as they move toward healing and recovery. Webinars are free, registration required.

  • Suicide Prevention Training   September 17, 7:00-8:30 pm  For: All Age  Presenter: Charlene Ray, MSW, LICSW
  • Stigmas and Misconceptions of Suicide September 22, 7:00-8:30 pm  For: All Ages  Presenter: Ace Bulger, Washington State Health Care Authority
  • NAMI Ending the Silence Teen Talk September 24, 4:00-5:30 pm  For: Teens and young adults  Presenter: Ellen Wastell 
  • Embracing Adversity: Supporting the Development of Health Coping Strategies September 28, 12:00-1:30 pm For: Parents and caregivers of teens and young adults  Presenter: Jerry Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Influence the Choice
  • Continuing the Conversation: Q&A Session September 30, 6:00-7:30 pm  For: Parents and caregivers of teens and young adults  Hosted by: Nate Smith and Melinda Burns

Communities Rise: Day of Caring: FREE Legal Clinic for Nonprofits and Microenterprises:  Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Time: 1-hour appointments available between 3:00pm and 7:45pm  Over zoom or conference call   Cost: Free!  Communities Rise is partnering with United Way of King County and Ventures to offer free business law consultations to microenterprises and nonprofits.  Sign up to meet with a lawyer, at no cost, and ask them your legal questions about your business or nonprofit.  There will be attorneys with expertise in the following areas (including but not limited to):  1. Starting up your business or nonprofit (in Washington State only):  Which type of legal entity should you become? Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Corporation, Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Nonprofit, Social Purpose Corporation, C-Corporation   Incorporation  Obtaining 501c3 tax-exemption for Nonprofits  2. Employment Law  3. Real Estate    4. Intellectual Property (Trademark, Copyright)  Please register by completing our google form online:  To register as a nonprofit click here.  To register as a microenterprise click here..

KCLS: Online: Construction Trade Training Information  Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:00PM – 2:00PM  For 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.

East King County Race and Equity Summit Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Anti-Racism Efforts in East King County - What will connect, sustain, and guide us into our next chapter?  Join us for an East King County virtual community summit to explore historical legacies and learn about local anti-racism efforts.

UW Medicine: Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Inspiring Change Tuesday & Wednesday, September 29-30, 2020  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Connect with others who share your passion for raising dementia awareness, challenging stigma, and empowering people with memory loss to remain active and connected within the community  Register here

KCLS: Online: Rent Smart - Repair Issues Wednesday, September 30, 2020 2:00PM – 4:00PM  For adults.  How to handle issues with: Repairs * Mold * Landlord duties * Deposits.  In addition to the Solid Ground Tenant Counselors, a visiting attorney from the Tenant Law Center will be on hand to help with answering questions.Please register by 1pm on September 30. You will receive a Zoom link at around 1pm on the day of the event.  Space is limited to 25.

Eastside For All:  Eastside Renters in Crisis September 30, 2020 3:30-5pm. Eastside families are in urgent need of solutions and action to prevent an overwhelming rise in homelessness and crushing debt. Beyond the short-term crisis, our neighbors who are disproportionately impacted are at high risk of falling deeper into crisis and possibly never recovering.  Please register here to receive the Zoom link. Join us for an update on WA State advocacy efforts and an interview with Burien Deputy Mayor Krystal Marx to learn about measures that Burien has taken to protect renters. We invite East King County city councilmembers, state legislators, and other elected officials to hear from local community members and service providers. All are welcome. 

Increase Well-being with Mindfulness 4 week Free Online Course FOR YOUTH Weekly 75 minute class with optional 15 minute zoom breakout session Sat (Sep 26 - Oct 17, 2020; 9:00AM - 10:15 AM PST)  class is free for 6-8 committed students.  A second series starting Oct 31st

Public Health – Seattle & King County Community Health Worker (CHW) Asthma Training Program: Asthma Training Program Virtual Listening Session: September 28th from 9-11am. The purpose is to hear from CHWs and patients with Asthma in the King County region to learn more about their experiences.  The session will be held virtually over Zoom and participants will receive a $30 gift card. To sign up CHWs and patients should email Nuha at nelkugia@kingcounty.gov

Stop Telling Me I'm Pretty for a Girl in a Wheelchair: How Your Words Contribute to Domestic Violence Against Women with Disabilities Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:00 pm1:30 pm   Women with disabilities have a 40% greater chance of experiencing intimate partner violence than women without disabilities. Disabled people are three times as likely to be sexually assaulted in their lifetime than nondisabled people, and 50% of women who have been assaulted were assaulted more than ten times. Additionally, research shows that women with disabilities experience more frequent and more severe acts of violence. In her discussion, Disability Rights attorney and activist Stephanie Woodward explains how disabled women encounter many barriers to seeking support, including societal attitudes about disability contribute to the domestic violence and sexual assault that disabled women experience and how we, as a society, can and must change.

Public Health Free Drive-Thru Childhood Immunization Clinics at the ShoWare Center  In partnership with Seattle Visiting Nurse Association. Walk-ups welcome too!  Wednesday, October 7, 12pm-5pm AND Saturday, October 10, 10am-4pm  Located at accesso ShoWare Center: 625 W James St, Kent, WA 98032  Offering all vaccinations required for K-12 school plus flu vaccine. Free for children, no insurance required. Open to all King County students, ages 4-18.  If possible, bring your child’s vaccination records. Please wear short sleeves, and make sure everyone age 2 and older has a face covering.  Adult flu vaccine available from the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association. Free with insurance, all insurances accepted. Uninsured clients may incur a fee. Registration required for adult flu vaccinations: schedule.seattlevna.com (please note: registration begins mid September).  Need ADA accommodations? Write to Gail Gustavson, Public Health Program Manager, at ggustavson@kingcounty.gov

Stepping Stone Pediatrics Free Childhood Immunization Clinics  By appointment: every Wednesday, 2pm-5pm and every Saturday, 10am-2pm  Located at 15710 NE 24th St, Suite A, Bellevue, WA 98008  Offering recommended vaccines to all 0-18 year olds. No insurance required.  Check availability and schedule an appointment on Stepping Stone Pediatrics' website.

Communities Rise: Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit - Offered in English and Spanish This training is designed for board, volunteers and staff of smaller organizations. A daylong workshop for leaders of small, all or mostly volunteer organizations wanting to learn the basics on how to deliver on your mission  Tuesdays from October 20 - November 3, 2020  Time: 10:00 - 11:30am  Location: Online through Washington Nonprofits   Cost: Varies

Community Transit is currently accepting applications through September 30th for their Van GO program, a project that takes vehicles earmarked for surplus action and grants them to non-profit agencies. All non-profit organizations and agencies with 501(c)3 status, who primarily serve residents of the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA), are eligible. The PTBA serves all incorporated cities and towns in Snohomish County with the exception of the City of Everett.  For more information on selection criteria, rules and how to apply please visit Community Transit’s website.

NAMI Eastside: Investing in the Development of Clinical Resilience: Helping Folks Not Feel Broken October 20th, 7 p.m.  Part of NAMI Eastside's Evergreen Health Education Forum   (Registration available soon)

KCLS:  During the COVID-19 pandemic, online Rent Smart workshops will be held twice a month and will cover a variety of topics. Workshops are in English unless otherwise noted.  Please visit kcls.org and check our calendar to register for a workshop.  Registration is limited to 25 people per workshopWednesdays, 2-4pm

  • October 14 - Domestic Violence: Protections to break lease without liability, making a report with a qualified 3rd party, orders of limited dissemination, deposits
  • October 28 - Domestic Violence: Protections to break lease without liability, making a report with a qualified 3rd party, orders of limited dissemination, deposits (Spanish)
  • November 18 - General Information: Move-in Process, tenant screening, overcoming barriers to housing, how does your credit report affect move-in?
  • December 9 - Lease Terms: Rental Agreements, Illegal Actions of Landlords, Landlord Entries, Discrimination, Harassment, Lockouts (Spanish)

Washington Nonprofits:  Make Your Virtual Event Accessible and Inclusive  Wednesday, November 4, 2020  12:00PM - 1:00PM (Pacific Time)  Online via Washington Nonprofits   Virtual accessibility is critical for the sustainability of nonprofits in ensuring inclusion for everyone. This means incorporating accessibility and inclusion strategies into the foundation of every nonprofit's model.  This virtual workshop, for all nonprofit staff and volunteers, will not only include the why behind access and inclusion for the disability community but real life examples of how to implement these important building blocks into your nonprofit business structure. This training will specifically address how to make your nonprofit's virtual experiences more accessible, especially during this time of COVID.

Take the survey: mapping prevention of gender-based violence: With funding from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy, the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence is leading a project to engage people across King County to better understand how communities can prevent domestic, sexual, and family violence outside of systems of policing and punishment.  Mapping Prevention 2020, a short-term participatory action research project, aims to create and share community data on existing efforts to prevent violence, as well as opportunities for strategic expansion and future visioning with a focus on strategies that address racism and its intersections with sexism and other forms of oppression.

WA State Dept of Health: State and local health officials have a new survey to assess the behavioral, economic, social and emotional impacts as well as the needs of communities across the state as a result of the #COVID19 outbreak, Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment (CORONA)  . To access the survey, go to www.wacoronasurvey.com. To take the survey by phone, call 855-530-5787 —interpreters are available to assist.

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 

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.

King County Road Services is preparing an Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan to improve accessibility on existing sidewalks, curb ramps and street crossings on unincorporated King County roads. These roads are located outside of city limits and do not include highways. The plan will identify and prioritize accessibility improvements to unincorporated King County road pedestrian facilities.  Please take our brief survey to helps us learn more about the communities served by the King County road system and their accessibility needs. Visit www.kingcounty.gov/RoadsADAPlan to learn more.  If you have questions or need to make a reasonable accommodation request, please contact John Vander Sluis at 206-263-0621 TTY Relay: 711 or email jvandersluis@kingcounty.gov.

Volunteer Needed - Crossroads Connect Video Production: The Bellevue Network on Aging is working with the City of Bellevue to create a stand-alone video that will demonstrate how to use the Crossroads Connect service to schedule a ride and to generate awareness and interest in the new service. They are looking for a volunteer from the Crossroads neighborhood to “star” in the video to demonstrate getting on/off the van at the Crossroads Connect pick-up/drop-off location, riding in the van, speaking on camera, and getting on/off the van at a different location (TBA) in the neighborhood. For more information, contact Dan Lassiter at 425-452-4470 or Franz Loewenherz at FLoewenherz@bellevuewa.gov

RARET Seeking New Coordinator:  Our team is currently seeking a new coordinator for the Regional Alliance for Resilient and Equitable Transportation (RARET). The position provides staff support to key mobility management projects and initiatives and mobility coalitions as well as assists in the education and outreach of transportation resources. The Mobility Coordinator advocates for those who need transportation, facilitates discussion, teaches, connects and partners with organizations to champion transportation solutions.  The ideal candidate will be resourceful, self-motivated, and possess an enterprising spirit and passion for making an impact in the local community.  Please feel free to forward to your networks.

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.

2020 Census Service-Based Enumeration Needs: The Census is working hard to count numbers of community members who are experiencing homelessness, but they are finding it difficult to come in contact with organizations serving these populations. If your organization works with individuals experiencing homelessness and has not yet been contacted by the Census Bureau you are encouraged to fill out the following Google Doc to help United Way of King County track these organizations.


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.

  • ONE-TIME DONATION DROP-OFFS:  IFCB invites donors and supporters to join us in a collaborative and strategic food drive program!  If you'd like to do a one-time donation drop-off, please bring your food and personal care items from our Emergency Needs List to our warehouse ONLY during these days and times (if you need additional assistance, email Rebecca):   Warehouse location: AtWork (930 7th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)  Donation drop off dates/times:
    • October 10th: 10:30am-12:30pm
    • October 14th: 4:00-6:00pm
    • December 12th: 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 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 and 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.  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

Issaquah Sammamish Food Project  Sharing Food. Building Community.   A Simple System That Really Works EVERY 2 MONTHS—on the second Saturday of every even month—our Neighborhood Coordinators pick up bags of healthy nonperishable food that neighbors have left outside their front doors. They leave empty green bags for next time, and take all the food to local Food Banks. It’s that easy!

Eastside Baby Corner
  • EBC just launched a new way to show your support for children in our community!  Purchase a shirt to show that YOU are a HERO for local children living in poverty or crisis. Shirts come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. Click here for details and to purchase your shirt.

  • 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.  Donation information here
  • Volunteering at EBC  Exciting news! We have added some NEW volunteer shifts!  (Ages 14 and up; limited number of people; masks required) 
  • 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 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

New Breakfast Program in Sept & Oct! GRAB 'N GO A FREE, HOT, AND FRESH BREAKFAST FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Breakfast it is served! Issaquah Community Hall - 180 E Sunset Way Monday Mornings at 9:30 AM | Limited Dates Only September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 28 First come, First served

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

City of Sammamish: Community Van is recruiting volunteer drivers! Are you interested in helping your community? Are you at lower risk for COVID-19 (under the age of, not pregnant, and free of underlying health conditions)? Please sign up today to be a neighborhood hero! Information here

Issaquah Schools Foundation:  Step Up for Kids this Fall At the Issaquah Schools Foundation, we raise funds to create opportunities that inspire students on their personal path to success. Your generous gifts help students reach the promise of their potential.   Donations to the Foundation fund STEM clubs; art instruction;  robotics; teacher professional development; mentoring; after-school homework help; food aid; band, choir and orchestra—and much more. These programs impact more than 21,000 students in our communities of Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton.

Step Up for Kids Fall Fitness Challenge: We are thrilled to introduce the NEW Fall Fitness Challenge! Take a break from your screens, reconnect with friends, win prizes, and support local students by accepting the challenge to be active every day from September 8 through October 8. All ages, abilities, and activities are welcome.

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
    • Join our counselors and staff every Wednesday at 3pm in our new “Under the Umbrella” support group for LGBTQIA+ youth! We’ll explore gender and sexual identity, as well as ways to improve self-confidence, develop healthy coping skills, and foster a sense of community, hope, and resilience. Register today, or learn more by emailing clientservices@friendsofyouth.org.
    • Friends of Youth meal donation  Please drop off your dinner donation at The Landing, Friends of Youth's emergency shelter, from 8:00PM - 8:15PM. Due to COVID 19 restrictions volunteers are asked to just drop off food, and not serve at this time. Meals should serve 25 - 30 hungry young adults. Looking for ideas? https://www.allrecipes.com/ has great ideas and there's an easy to use tool for adjusting the number of people who are eating.
    • 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.  

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:

  • Sept 2020 Newsletter and Lunch Menu
  • 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.
  • Volunteer Driver (must be 21 years to transport seniors)  Door-through-the-door services from the senior’s home into the health care provider’s office and safely back home again. This is our greatest need at this time. As nonemergency medical appointments are starting to be rescheduled, we are experiencing an increase in demand for drivers. For more information, please visit our website - www.eastsidefriendsofseniors.org or Volunteer Eastside Friends of Seniors  
  • Do you have extra disinfectant wipes in your stash? We are putting together COVID care packages for seniors in our community and they continue to be one of the most difficult items to acquire any quantity of!  In addition to the practical items the seniors will receive, we want to be able to include an item or two to provide some diversion while they remain “safe at home”❣️ If you would like to help our seniors, you may order from our Amazon wish list, or purchase from the retailer of your choice. Contact Alicia@EastsideFriendsofSeniors.org with any questions.
  • 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 
  • FALL HOURS & REMOTE LEARNING  Starting Friday, Sept. 11th, you can sign-up to do your Remote Learning at the Garage!  Limit of 5 students at a time.   ​Sign-Up by clicking the "Sign-Up to Visit" button at the top of our homepage.

    MONDAY         8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    TUESDAY         1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    WEDNESDAY  12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    THURSDAY     1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    FRIDAY            8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.​

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.

Issaquah Schoolhouse Rec! Launches Sept. 8  With online school beginning this Fall, Issaquah Parks & Community Services is excited to announce our new full-day program to help with online learning called Schoolhouse Rec!  Schoolhouse Rec! is available for students in grades K-5 and will be assigned to a classroom cohort based on their grade. Each cohort will have a dedicated classroom and staff team to help ensure a healthy learning environment. The school day and program calendar will follow the Issaquah School District plan. Health and Safety plans are in place.    Online registration

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

The Hopelink Employment Program has created a new and free service to assist those whose employment may have been impacted by COVID-19. To assist in navigating the current job market,  Hopelink is offering a one-time Remote Resume Review service by phone, e-mail or video conference.   This service includes a comprehensive assessment of one’s current resume by an Employment Specialist. Information on community resources, benefits and access to additional job coaching services are available for those who qualify. The Employment Specialist will review the resume, suggest possible changes, (if needed), and help turn a client’s resume into a memorable, stand-out document that will demonstrate to recruiters the many reasons why they should be interviewed for the job in which they applied.   To sign up, please visit our website www.hopelink.org/need-help/employment  and fill out the “Remote Resume Review Sign-up” form.  You will then be asked to submit your resume. Their request will be reviewed within two business days.   The Hopelink Employment Program provides one-on-one job coaching and meets with participants weekly. We can help with resumes, cover letters, job search strategies, career assessments and much more. Together, we will help with their employment goals.    If your clients do not have a resume and/or would like to enroll in our job coaching program, please e-mail HEP@hopelink.org or call 425-250-3030 to see if they qualify for Hopelink’s Employment Program.  

HopeLink Open Services 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 websiteSept 2020 Calendar

Hopelink centers to help with Census, voter registration: To help ensure that all members of our community are represented in the 2020 Census and will have their voices heard in this year’s election, Hopelink staff will be available at our centers in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and Shoreline during a number of September dates to help community members complete the census and register to vote. Following all CDC protocol with sanitized surfaces and tablets, masks and social distancing, staff also will provide information and mail-in ballot applications at designated tables.

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.  Youth Eastside Services: Counseling, Mental Health & Well-being  Understanding, Accessing, and Connecting event in Chinese, Hindi, and Spanish

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.

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 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.

To support our community members during the COVID-19 crises, the King County Veterans Program (KCVP), supported with Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) funds, is now offering housing stabilization assistance for veterans and their family members who have been affected by COVID-19.  Available funds will help support veterans and their families who have fallen behind on housing costs, including both rent and mortgage costs.   Funds received by veterans and their families will be based on documented amounts owed with a maximum award of $1,500.  Veterans who have received rental or mortgage assistance from KCVP in the past 12 months for reasons other than impacts of COVID-19 may also be eligible for COVID-19 housing stabilization funds.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) has funds to provide financial assistance to eligible Veterans at risk of experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak. Veterans must meet the following criteria and be able to provide verification to qualify for assistance.  Flyer here

KCVP staff provide a physical presence each week at the Maple Valley Food Bank, the Auburn Senior Center and the Auburn Veterans of Foreign Wars. KCVP staff are out in communities (following safe social distancing guidelines), meeting veterans where they are, to connect veterans to services who might not otherwise know that help is available.

King County: Connecting more veterans, service members and their families to support services with specially trained Pathfinders and Navigators. The community-based Pathfinders and Navigators will reach out to veterans, servicemembers, and their families throughout King County, focusing on those who face the greatest barriers, including veterans who are women, transgender, Native Americans, people of color, veterans who are experiencing homelessness, and their families. In addition to services, the Pathfinders and Navigators will connect veterans who experience isolation to supportive communities.

Outreach to Veterans of Color
El Centro de la Raza
Riishaar Baker | rbaker@elecentrodelaraza.com | 206-957-4610 (North & Central KC)
Laura Aguilar | laguilar@elcentrodelaraza.com | 253-329-6965 (South King County)

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Monica Brass | mbrass@urbanleague.org | 206-741-2452

Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation
Kenneth Johnson | kjohnson@valleycities.org | 425-757-7875

Pathfinder Coordinator
FOB Hope
Monique Brown | mbrown@fobhope.org | 253-970-4431

Outreach to Transgender Veterans
Ingersoll Gender Center
So’le Celestial | so’le@ingersollgendercenter.org | 253-604-8751

Outreach to Women Veterans
Minority Veterans of America
Melissa Margain | mmargain@minorityvets.org | 706-294-1638
Also, see their Assistance Page and COVID response page: http://www.minorityvets.org/covid19/

Outreach to Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
Therapeutic Health Services
Jamica Jenkins | jamicaj@ths-wa.org | 253-632-8434

Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs
Kelsey McGarry | kelsey.mcgarry@dva.wa.gov | 206-900-4785

Outreach to Native American Veterans
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Mike Tulee | mtulee@unitedindians.org |206-829-2214

Outreach to Military Families
Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs
Cathi Geisler | cathi.geisler@dva.wa.gov | 206-641-6865

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.
  • Drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots at King County libraries:  The King County Library System has teamed up with the Washington State Broadband Office to increase access to Wi-Fi hotspots in our region!  Thanks to this partnership, Wi-Fi is now available in the parking lots of the following King County libraries: Carnation, Fall City, North Bend, and Muckleshoot.The Wi-Fi name is “HomeworkHub” and you do not need a password or library card to access the network.  Learn more about this effort by clicking here..

  • Get schoolwork support from Tutor.com  Get one-on-one, real-time tutoring. Submit an essay or math problem for review. For students in grades K-12, entry-level college and adult learners. Available through chat and audio. Live tutoring is available from 2pm-12am daily.

  • 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.
  • Fall quarter registration for ELL/ESL classes: In partnership with the King County Library System, Green River College will be resuming their English classes virtually for English Language Learners (ELL). Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays starting September 21.   Registration begins Wednesday, September 2

  • The Welcoming Center: For immigrants, refugees and new arrivals. Connect to the people and resources in the area you live.  Are you an immigrant, refugee or new to the community and need help finding resources? Connect with a Welcoming Ambassador, a friendly person who can help you find information and services.

  • 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
  • KCLS is partnering with the Seattle Public Library on a new program called Your Next Job. This service provides free one-on-one help to those who are finding and preparing for jobs.  Do you need support learning technology, finding employment resources or getting started with unemployment? Would you like to have your resume reviewed or learn about funding for job training? Your Next Job can answer these questions and more! Appointments are available online or by phone.
  • 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.

  • Services at the King County Library System (KCLS) during COVID

  • KCLS Adult Learner Programs

  • KCLS Senior Outreach Newsletter

  • KCLS Check Out Washington Discover Pass We mail the pass directly to you, with a stamped return envelope to send it back. The pass can be used for park visits for up to 7 days. The pass checks out for 14 days (includes mailing time)

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.

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

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. Application deadline EXTENDED: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:30pm PT 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.  Learn more here for next grancy cycle

  • Eradicating Anti-Blackness &  COVID-19 Recovery grant. 2 year grant of $15,000/year for a total of $30,000.  IWith 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 for next grant cycle

COO Invites Proposals for Black-led Systems and Policy Change: Communities of Opportunity (COO) commits $725,000 to system and policy change projects led by and for Black communities in King County. Eligible partnerships of Black-led (including African descent and diaspora) organizations working on systems and policy change in the Black community may apply for funding through this Request for Proposal. Organizations must apply in partnerships of two or more working towards a common outcome. Applicants are eligible for up to $145,000 for work taking place in 2021. COO has a total of $725,000 to award. All grant resources must be spent down by December 31, 2021.     PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 27

King County: Digital equity for adults with barriers to access and services: A new funding opportunity A new King County funding opportunity is available for organizations to help provide digital access through technology, internet connectivity, and/or digital literacy support to adults who are seniors, limited-English proficient, unemployed, or experiencing homelessness and who face barriers to accessing digital services. Applications due: September 22, 2020 at 5:00pm 

2021 CSA Grants Program  Information about, and applications for, the 2021 Community Service Area Grants program will be posted to the King County Local Services website (see under the Grants tab) this month. A total of $90,000 will be available to fund projects in unincorporated areas.  This year's grant application deadline is 5:00PM on November 16, 2020.

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.

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  September 22  |  October 20  | November 17  |  December 15     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
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

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank:  Recipe for Hope 2020 - Compassion in Action  Join us for an inspiring VIRTUAL experience this year!  Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 You won't want to miss our engaging, fast-paced 1/2 hour program and even enjoy some mingling at virtual tables before and after if you'd like. Our theme this year - Compassion in Action - exemplifies how the compassion of others is the driving force behind everything we do. It is the compassion of our community that makes all of our work possible, positively impacting the lives of nearly 5,000 people each year.  REGISTER TODAY for our Tuesday, September 29th Breakfast or Lunch event!

Eastside Legal Assistance Program's 10th Annual Breakfast For Justice Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 8am  At ELAP we believe that everyone in our community should have access to legal advice and services. We are dedicated to working with people facing domestic violence, housing, financial, healthcare, immigration, and other issues that need a legal solution. We work for free to solve legal issues and provide resources for our community members because not everyone can afford a lawyer. Join us at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 for our virtual Breakfast for Justice streaming event!

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

Everyone For Veterans: Save the date!  E4V Reception 2020 Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 Virtual doors open at 5:15pm, Program starts at 5:30pm.  Presented virtually through Zoom and Livestream  Hear from veterans, volunteers, and Costco Founder Jim Sinegal to learn how your donations make an impact.  More information and registration coming soon!

Life Enrichment Options:  Join us October 11th – 16th for LEO’s first ever Virtual Week of Giving!  Thank you for joining us in work to create affordable housing for adults in King County with developmental disabilities.  In place of our annual fall luncheon, LEO is going virtual for 2020 with a week-long fundraiser! Join us Sunday, October 11th through Friday, October 16th on our website (here) for an incredible opportunity to learn more about LEO. We will share daily video updates, including messages from residents, resident family members, and even give you a tour of one of our homes!

Hopelink's 25th annual Reaching Out Luncheon set for October 19!  Join us as we kick off Hopelink’s 50th year for a discussion about how we can all help change inequitable systems that drive multi-generational poverty across our region and disproportionately affect Black, indigenous and other communities of color. The arrival of COVID-19 has since highlighted and amplified the impact of such disparities.  Our panelists include award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, NBC contributor Brittany Packnett Cunningham and United Way of King County CEO Gordon A. McHenry, Jr.

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. Upcoming dates:   12:00 – 1:00, October 22, 2020

Lifewire Join us online at our World of Hope Virtual Gala and Auction to support survivors of domestic violence in our community. October 20: Online auction opens  October 24:  Virtual Happy Hour starts at 6 P.M. PST  Gala starts at 7 P.M. PST  There is no cost to attend, register to receive information about our auction and live stream events.

Athletes For Kids  Beneath the Same Sky Virtual Auction  Thursday, November 12, 2020   Event attendance is free this year - and your early RSVP automatically enters your email into our special prize drawing!  Special prize drawing will be held on the night of the event - one RSVP per email address, please.  Athletes for Kids is focused upon building supportive, mentoring relationships between high school athletes and children who have disabilities and special needs of all kinds. 

Save the Date for THRIVE 2020, EBC’s 30th Anniversary Event!  Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 at 4pm.  Experience the power of joining with others to build a stronger foundation for all our children. Together we can lift lives, giving kids what they need to reach their full potential.  THRIVE 2020 is EBC’s signature event, marking three decades dedicated to helping kids. We will raise a toast to our past as we look to the future.

Conversation & Connection Cocktail Time 4 pm
Live-streamed Event 4:30
Conversation and Connection Time 5:15

Ongoing Programs and Resources

 Communities of Opportunity is a growing network of community members and partners that aims to create greater health, social, economic, and racial equity in King County so that all people thrive, regardless of their race or the place they live. Subscribe to their newsletter, , the SCOOP, to stay up to date with all things COO!

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 Servicesvolunteering

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

 Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Issaquah Nourishing Network.   Email Cori Walters or just show up!

Do you have events, programs, resources, volunteer opportunities or other information to share with the Network ?   Email Kim Weiss at kim@squidgey.com for posts to the Issaquah Nourishing Network website.

Date: 3rd Tuesday of every month

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30 pm

Convener: Cori Walters – cori@issaquahfoodbank.org

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

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