Outreach & Family And Community Engagement


Our Outreach and Family and Community Engagement Program (FACE/Outreach) programs fosters communication and awareness of both the needs and the resources occurring in the greater Issaquah community. By sharing information from organizations like Issaquah Nourishing Network, the PTSA network can easily bring together those who are seeking assistance with those organizations and individuals contributing resources. Be sure to check below for events and programs happening now, as well as ways in which you or your organization can help.


General Resources
Issaquah Resource Guide (Printable Trifold) & Other Helpful Handouts
Issaquah School District Translated Forms & Documents
Cultural Bridges – Issaquah Schools Foundation


Current Programs How You Can Help

Winter Shelters are beginning to open.  Visit the Issaquah Nourishing Network website for latest version.  www.nourishingnetworks.net/networks/issaquah/

ENGLISH FOR WORK – AN ESL PROGRAM through Hopelink. Learn English. Prepare for Work. Free classes starting each quarter http://adulteducation.hope-link.org/what-we-do/esl/

HopeLink is offering Free financial education classes and workshops for Fall/Winter 2016 in Redmond and Bellevue, as well as English For Work classes in Winter 2017.  (flyer)

Free GED Classes Start any time.   Join us twice a week to improve your reading, writing, computer and math skills so you can get a better job and get your GED.  (flyer)

Lunch For The Break coming February 16th ! This year, the program will be open to all schools and families in the Issaquah School District, providing a box of food for all school- aged children.  Families can pick up their boxes at a choice of 3 locations: Our Savior Lutheran Church, Front St. Issaquah; Valley Church, Rte 900 Renton; and Highland Gardens Apts., Klahanie.  Visit www.LunchForTheBreak.com to register, and find more information.

Issaquah Library hosting a new Drop In Resource Fair !  Need help? Single adults, parents, seniors, teens. Drop in and connect to organizations providing essential resources in our community including housing, food, healthcare, transportation, and education.  Wednesdays, 1pm – 4pm.  Feb 22, March 29, April 26, May 31.

Improve your résumé by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification in Word, Excel, or other Office software. Go to www.kcls.org/mos for premium study materials and upcoming test sessions. Over a $150 value per certification test offered free in partnership with the Washington State Library.

OSLC Safe Parking can provide a safe place for Eastside families and single women who are homeless with no place to stay except their cars. No single men, please. Safe Parking times are 9 PM—9 AM. No campers or trailers. This is intended to be a transitional program for families to become stabilized and get into more permanent housing. Intake procedures are required and include criminal records check. Our Savior Lutheran Church 745 Front Street South, Issaquah, WA 98027 Leave Message @ 425-200-0669

Child Care resources: http://childcare.org/family-services/

Issaquah Library Teen Open House (meeting room open for teens to study and hang out).  Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-5 pm

Study Zone at our libraries ! Issaquah, Newcastle, Renton Highlands, and Sammamish libraries offer drop-in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors during the week ! Tutoring begins Tuesday, September 9, 2016.  The Study Zone schedule is updated frequently and occasionally the volunteer tutors may be unavailable for a scheduled session.  Please check for updates at http://kcls.org/study-zone/  or contact your KCLS library before planning to attend a Study Zone session.   

Life After High School Programs offered through KCLS SAT/ACT Math Preparation Tips, The World as Your Classroom, Secrets of College Admissions, Gap Year Study Abroad, College Success for Students with Disabilities, Get a job! The Intelligent Job Search, Your College Planning Checklist and more !    http://kcls.org/teen-subject/life-after-high-school-resources/

Find out if you qualify for a computers and/or free internet access: http://washingtonaccessfund.org/free-and-low-cost-computers/

Issaquah School District students with financial hardship may be eligible for a free computer.  Contact your school office for more details.



Lunch For The Break is coming !  With a goal of 400 boxes, now serving all schools in the Issaquah School District.  Donation drop-off will be Feb 15th, 2017 at 3 locations: Our Savior Lutheran Church Front St., Issaquah; Valley Church, Rte 900 Renton; and Highland Gardens Apts., Klahanie.  Visit www.LunchForTheBreak.com for more details.

HopeFest 2017 is also looking for volunteers to work the Feb 25th event.  Please click on this SignIpGenius for more information.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Tools 4 School Committee is already planning next summer’s event, scheduled for August 19 at Eastridge Church.  Committee leaders are seeking volunteers now to chair or join two major teams:  Communication and Hair Cuts.  For full job descriptions, go to www.healthyyouthinitiative.org and download materials from the homepage.  Each year, Tools 4 School provides up to 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District students in need

Save the date !  Friends of Youth 2017 Annual Luncheon with special guest First Lady Trudi Inslee. March 15, 2017 at Hyatt Hotel, Bellevue, 11:30am – 1:00pm.  RSVP events@friendsofyouth.org, visit website for more information.

Volunteers needed at YWCA Passage Point for elementary and middle school students in reading and math. Contact Darlene at Dweigle@ywcaworks.org  Other volunteer opportunities around gardening, cooking classes and Welcome Baskets.

Together Strong. Together Center’s 3rd Annual Fundraising Breakfast. To register or for more information:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/together-strong-registration-30227000773

Interested in becoming more involved?

Contact:   Kim Weiss at outreach@issaquahptsa.org

From OSPI: New ESSA Resources Available in Top 8 Languages.

OSPI has translated five of our Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) flyers into the Top 8 languages spoken by Washington’s students. Those flyers address some of the biggest pieces of ESSA, including Title I: Federal Programs, Title II: Teacher & Principal Quality, Title III: English Learners, as well as Equity and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. These flyers were created to help readers understand the new federal education law—without first taking a course in legalese. They have been translated into Arabic, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. English-language flyers are available on the ESSA resource page.

Upcoming Outreach & F.A.C.E. Events

(click on an event for details, and event links to websites or fliers for more information)

  • March 15, 2017 11:30 amFriends of Youth Celebration of Youth Luncheon
  • March 24, 2017 7:30 amTogether Center's 3rd annual fundraising breakfast
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