LOCAL EASTRIDGE CARES PROJECTS

The people of Eastridge desire to share the love of Christ through practical help in our community and region. Several opportunities are available to those with a heart to serve. Eastridge hosts opportunities and partners with many organizations that provide services to our community; we invite you to help by donating time or resources to these life transforming efforts.

 

SEASONAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

TURKEY & GROCERY GIVEAWAY

This is a great event to our community as we provide bags of groceries, turkey, coats and haircuts. November 18, 2017.

Volunteer by emailing us!

Learn more about the event and how to receive a turkey and bag of groceries.

CHRISTMAS TOY HOUSE

We will wrap and distribute 1,300 toys this Christmas Season. Families will enjoy pictures with Santa and our very own Jingle Jam show.

Issaquah: December 9, 2017

West Seattle: December 17, 2017

Volunteer by emailing us!

BACKPACK GIVEAWAY

Each year we provide backpacks & supplies, haircuts, health and wellness fair and much more.

ISSAQUAH

Giveaway: August 26 from 10am-3pm at the Issaquah Campus
Backpack stuffing: August 23 at 7pm at the Issaquah Campus
Volunteer for the Issaquah giveaway here.

WEST SEATTLE

Giveaway: August 12 from 11am-3pm at Delridge Community Center
Backpack stuffing: August 2 at 7pm at the West Seattle Campus
Volunteer by emailing us!

HIGHLANDS DAY

The Highland Community comes out to celebrate the end of summer. We love to be part of this community on August 26, 2017 from 4-8pm.

Volunteer by emailing us!

BREAD OF LIFE MISSION

Throughout the year we will have opportunities to serve at Bread of Life Mission. This is one of our strategic partnerships.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with Eastridge groups by emailing us!

ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP

Royal Family Kids’ Camp is a one week overnight camp designed for foster children ages 7-11. RFKC campers feel loved, safe, special…and this week of positive memories can last a lifetime. These children enjoy just being kids with their summer days filled with fun activities that include; swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, woodworking, campfires with songs, inflatables, guest speakers and an everyone’s birthday party. Everything at Royal Family Kids’ Camp teaches kids that they are and can be winners! Life may have taught them that they are unloved and unlucky, but we teach them that they can succeed. Even our camp name implies that they are royalty and part of a royal family.

Visit the Royal Family Kids Camp website.

 

TEEN REACH ADVENTURE CAMP (TRAC)

TRAC is a summer camp experience that offers hope and encouragement to foster children who are 12 to 15 years old that may have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. The camp is specifically designed to ensure the success of every foster child who attends camp. Each three-day camp provides a unique ratio of one counselor to every two children, and each camp is single-gender to promote a greater level of comfort between staff and attendees. Through quality time with each child and encouragement, each child leaves camp with a positive outlook on life. Campers explore the wilderness, enjoy a variety of activities and participate in a low-level challenge course that helps the children recognize the importance of self-respect, teamwork and communication while having fun. TRAC offers encouragement and instills in these teenagers that there is hope and a future for their lives.

Visit the TRAC website.

ISSAQUAH FOOD BANK

Summer Meals Program | June 21/22-August 30/31, 2017

Eastridge Church in partnership with the Issaquah Food Bank is helping to provide a Summer Meals Program to families with students and children in our community. According to the US Department of Agriculture more than 17 million, or almost one in four, American children are at risk of hunger. Washington State ranks in the top 10 for child food insecurity in America at 19.2% meaning that they do not always have access or money to be able to supply enough food to each member for a healthy lifestyle. Many food insecure households must make choices between basic needs (including food) and medical, housing, or other bills. Having to make those choices can mean the difference between a child eating and the family falling below the poverty threshold line.

While in school kids, have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch through federal programs like the National School Lunch Program but there is a significant gap in participation for programs that feed children when they are not in school. For this reason Eastridge Church is partnering with the Issaquah Food Bank to offer grocery bags of kid friendly healthy snacks to help supplement a family’s food supply during the week. This program is needed within the community to ensure that kids get the proper nutrition during the summer.

NEED SUPPORT?

When: June 21/22–August 30/31, 2017

Where: Issaqauh Food and Clothing Bank, 179 1st Ave. Se, Issaquah WA, 98027

Who: The Summer Meal Program is open to families in need of support who sign up for the free program at the Issaquah Food Bank and live in the following zip codes 98027, 98029, 98075 and 98059. If your family could use this free program come down and register any Tuesday this summer at the white tents across from the food bank. .

VOLUNTEER!

Click here to see the volunteer calendar and sign up today!

Wednesdays: 1-3 pm to pack the bags of groceries at Issaquah Food Bank (individuals or groups of up to 10 people)

Thursdays: 9am-1:30pm to hand out the bags to families and kids at Issaquah Food Bank

For questions or more information please email us.

 

Lunch for the Break

We are partnering with the Food Bank to give assistance to families who qualify for the low and reduced lunch program Nov. 26-27 & Dec. 21-Jan 1.

Visit the Food Bank’s website.

ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

HOT MEALS PROGRAM & BROWN BAG LUNCHES

Eastridge Church participates in the Issaquah Meals Program, a community program run by Catholic Community Services (CCS). CCS coordinates volunteers who prepare and serve hot meals at the Issaquah Community Hall (map) Monday through Friday throughout the year to people in need. The meal is free and there is no means test or questions asked. Eastridge is one of many churches and volunteer groups who participate. Eastridge provides, prepares and serves hot meals the 2nd and 5th Fridays of each month (16 times a year). Teams of 5-8 volunteers either prepare the food in the Issaquah Campus kitchen and serve it to the patrons. Eastridge also provides brown bag lunches for the patrons the first Friday of each month (Brown bag Lunches program). Here are a couple useful websites:

For more information email Lisette Murrell or contact the church office.

ECHO GLEN CHILDREN’S CENTER

Echo Glen is a Washington State juvenile detention facility and a school operated by the Issaquah School District. There are around 140 kids ages 11-20 years old.  Most have been abused and neglected by their parents. There are several ways to get involved on a monthly basis: birthday cakes, golf clinics, service projects and social events.

Volunteer by emailing us!

DENTAL VAN

Through Medical Teams International’s partnership we are able to provide cleanings, x-rays, fillings and extractions each quarter. Our next dental van will be June 5, 2017.

Volunteer by emailing us!

CLARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

We have adopted Clark Elementary School in Issaquah to give support and assistance throughout the school year. We supply breakfast bars each month and also maintain a Clothes Closet for them.

Volunteer by emailing us!