About Issaquah Community Services (ICS)

Issaquah Community Services began serving the greater Issaquah community in 1973. A unique combination of local churches and businesses with concern for the welfare of local residents needing financial helped spur it’s establishment. Issaquah Community Services is chartered in the State of Washington as a non-profit. It is led by a board of directors and operated by an all-volunteer staff.

From its inception, the goal of ICS has been to provide financial aid to local families when a financial emergency arises. Assistance is given in the form a payment going directly to a landlord or utility company. Over the years there have been other situations like dental care, prescriptions or bus tickets for which help has been given. Initially, funding was provided by local businesses, churches and The Issaquah Press through its annual fund drive, Merry Christmas Issaquah. Today the Neighbors Helping Neighbors annual fundraiser 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 $175,000 and directs nearly 97% of donations to the 500+ clients served every year.

The Board and volunteers of Issaquah Community Services stand with the African-American community and Black Lives Matter and all people of color in their struggle against racism and social injustice. We acknowledge that racism, both overt and tacit, is sewn into the fabric of our society and institutions.  We commit to continued self-examination of our decision-making, policies, and procedures to avoid racial bias. Issaquah Community Service is dedicated to the equitable treatment of all clients and to making this an inclusive society where all humans are treated with respect and dignity.

Issaquah Community Services is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, tax ID #91-1499522.

Issaquah Community Services has a sustained working partnership with the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank to distribute financial aid with one primary object: keep families fed, clothed and in their homes. ICS occupies office space in Issaquah Community Hall on Sunset Way. The ICS office is open for telephone and online communications five mornings each week to serve clients.  Clients are not being seen in person during the COVID pandemic.

The all volunteer board of directors meets the first Thursday of every month.  Board members are Lori Birrell, President; Carol Schneider, Vice President; Pat Randall, Treasurer; Cris Wilkinson, Secretary; Mary Pat Edelman, Volunteer Recruitment; Susan Spinella, Website and Social Media Manager;  Marie Frauenheim, Scheduling; David Bleiweiss and Elaine Davis.

You can donate to ICS using PayPal or send a check to ICS, P.O. Box 669, Issaquah WA 98027