About Issaquah Community Services (ICS)
Issaquah Community Services began serving the greater Issaquah community in 1973. It was a unique combination of local churches and businesses with concern for the welfare of those needing financial help that spurred the establishment of Issaquah Community Services. It was chartered State of Washington.
From its inception the goal of ICS has been to give emergency financial aid to local families when an emergency arises. Aid is given in the form a payment (or partial payment) going directly to a landlord or utility company, although over the years there have been other situations like dental care, prescription help or bus tickets when help has been given. Initially funds were collected by businesses, churches and The Issaquah Press through its annual fund drive, Merry Christmas Issaquah. Today that fund provides about 65% of the annual budget with donations from individuals, grants, churches, businesses and other organizations making up the balance. ICS has a budget of over $130,000 and directs nearly 97% of donations directly to clients who need a helping hand.
ICS has always been a nonprofit operated by volunteers, led by a board of directors. Current board president is Lori Birrell. In January 2013, Issaquah Community Services began a working partnership with the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank to distribute financial aid with one primary object: keep families in their homes. ICS shares office space with a caseworker from the Issaquah Food at Clothing Bank in Issaquah Community Hall on Sunset Way. The office is open five mornings a week and one evening to accommodate one-on-one meetings with the 500+ clients it serves each year.
ICS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, tax ID #91-1499522
Help by donating using PayPal or send a check to ICS, P.O. Box 669, Issaquah WA 98027