Issaquah Community Services (ICS) serves residents living within the Issaquah School District.
ICS has made some important changes to our processes to protect everyone from COVID-19.
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To Our Donors
Please help us to help your neighbors impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The need in our community is more acute than ever before. So many residents are experiencing financial hardship and may face eventual eviction and/or utility shutdown due to loss of employment or illness.
From April 1 through May 1, ICS was able to help 417 residents in 127 households. Compare that to the first three months of 2020 during which we helped 302 individuals in 99 households. This surge in assistance was made possible in part by $50,000 in additional funding from the City of Issaquah, which is now fully depleted. We rely on your donations to continue to help as many people as possible.
If you received a stimulus check and you are not financially impacted by COVID-19, please consider giving to help your neighbors. And please, spread the word to friends and family.
NEW: In response to the pandemic, Congress has allowed for all taxpayers to deduct $300 of qualified cash contributions to tax-exempt public charities for 2020. This is an above-the-line deduction, meaning you don’t have to itemize to claim the deduction.
Please give now by clicking the Donate button at the top right of this page. Remember to request a matching contribution from your employer, if applicable.
A big thank you to all who contributed through this year’s GiveBIG campaign!
We made a total of $5300. That represents at least ten additional families who will be able to receive Issaquah Community Services assistance for rent or utilities.
Thank you from the Issaquah Community Services Volunteers!
See the names of just some of our generous donors.
Application Process Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- All requests for financial assistance are being handled electronically. Please see the information and application links to the right. Those without computer/internet access may call the ICS office at 425-837-3125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not come to Community Hall for ICS business.
- When you leave a voice message, please clearly state your name, spell it and leave a phone number. Please repeat the phone number so we get it right. Also, indicate if your request is for emergency rent or utility help. We will return your call or email as soon as we can. Until further notice, we will be unable to help with gas vouchers or bus tickets.
Due to unprecedented demand, our response time may be delayed. We appreciate your patience and understanding and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Please select the tab below for specific instructions, documents needed and application:
Rent & Utility Instructions and Application
Issaquah Community Services (ICS) helps pay rent and utilities for residents of the Issaquah School District who find themselves in a financial emergency. This assistance has prevented many families and individuals from becoming homeless. Payment is made directly to the landlord or vendor on behalf of the client; cash is never given. Volunteers listen to stories of clients and look for ways to help, sometimes with finances, or referrals, or a warm smile.
In April 2018, Kristen* came with her high school daughter to ICS office. They had come from an abusive situation in an east coast state. Our volunteer inquired, what brought you such a far way west? She said her sister invited them because she had a affordable 3 bedroom apartment in Seattle, Yesler area. Shortly after they arrived, her sister’s building was the scheduled for renovation. To replace her own lodging her sister could barely afford a single bedroom, so there was no room for Kristen and her daughter. After sometime in a shelter Kristen, who has a full time night job, was able to get into local housing. Working to get enough funds she was short the damage deposit.Thanks to our generous donors we were able to help them get into a home of their own, finally.
*name changed for privacy.
Make a difference!
Issaquah Community Services (ICS) is a 100% volunteer organization. It takes about 25 dedicated volunteers to train to meet with clients, to listen with a kind heart and to assist with finances when possible. You, too, can help – either with a tax deductible donation or as a volunteer.