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Thank you for reviewing our Volunteer Opportunities. As a community-powered non-profit organization, we value and welcome your involvement. Your donation of time and talent will directly impact the quality of education our students receive.

Please review the Volunteer Committees on the following pages. Check all jobs that interest you and at the bottom of the page, click on the “Submit” button. You will be asked for your name and email and then the appropriate Committee Chair(s) will contact you to follow-up. We do not view the checked box as a commitment, simply an indication of your interest.
All in for Kids Committee

The All in for Kids committee plans and implements the All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, encompassing a large multi-media approach to raising awareness about the Foundation, and culminating in a two day phone-a-thon in November. The Committee meets once or twice a month from June through September and then weekly beginning in October.

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Academic Enrichment Grants Committee

Committee members administer the Kateri Brow and Classroom Enrichment Grants process, hold a Grant Writing Workshop for staff, coordinate the staff recognition, evaluation and stewarding process after they have been awarded and serve as judges for the Classroom Enrichment Grants during February and March. The committee meets as needed, typically from 5-6 pm, September through May with much of the work, including judging, done in February and March.

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Alumni Outreach Committee

The committee will explore ways alumni would like to connect to their high schools including as Future Map career coaches, speakers and by providing internships, job shadow opportunities or company tours.  In addition, the committee will work with parents of alumni to create and fund Opportunity Funds at every high school to remove the barriers that keep students from fully participating in high school.

The committee does not currently have a standing meeting time.  For questions, please contact Jody Mull or Alison Meryweather.

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Corporate Advisory Committee

Thank you for your interest in helping the Issaquah Schools Foundation by giving of your time, talent and energy to the Corporate Advisory Committee. As an all-volunteer organization, we rely greatly on the generosity of community members to do the work that it takes to fund all our programs. This group will meet quarterly throughout the year to provide insight and vision for our Corporate Engagement Opportunities. To get involved, please contact Rachel Auffant.
Cultural Bridges

The Cultural Bridges Program serves as a bridge of communication between the Issaquah School District and parents who were not born in America. Cultural Bridges helps families overcome language and cultural barriers and empowers them to become a part of our community while helping their kids be successful in school through three strategies:

1) Producing the Cultural Bridges magazine, a bilingual printed publication in Spanish and English and an online pdf version in Mandarin and Korean, every three months (4 per school calendar year). This Magazine engages immigrant and communities of color specifically. It is the only magazine of its kind that specifically addresses local education, health, and how to navigate systems and processes within the Issaquah School District and cities of Issaquah, Sammamish, and Renton for non-native families.

2) Providing outreach and serving as mentors to cultural groups to develop support and connection systems.

3) Coordinating translation services for Issaquah School District schools during New Student Enrollment, Curriculum Night, Parent Teacher Conferences, Hearing and Vision Screening and other critical student and parent engagement events.

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Finance Committee

The Finance committee meets monthly and relies on the skills of various committee members to help guide the Foundation. The committee meets monthly. For questions, please contact Jody Pickering or John Gleason.

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As a FutureMap Career Coach, you can share your personal and professional experience and advice with students by answering questions posted to industry-specific discussion boards. You will be identified strictly by username and avatar, and are only notified by email when a student has posted a question to board specific to your area of expertise.  As a FutureMap Career Coach, there is no minimum time requirement or need to meet in person to support a student... just click and reply!

You will also have the option to offer students the opportunity to learn more about your professional industry and/or company by offering work-based learning activities.  These activities include job shadows, company tours, after school internships, and entry-level employment opportunities.  Unable to host students at your place of work?  You can still offer work-based learning value by adding yourself to the Guest Speakers Bureau, which serves as a resource to our district's educators.

Learn more about becoming a FutureMap Career Coach at or contact Valerie Korock.

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Grant Writing Committee

The Grant Writing Committee’s job is to research and maintain a current database of grant opportunities, grant providers, application deadlines and provide grant reporting back to funders. Committee members may also help write grants using existing program templates.

This committee does not have a standing meeting time. For questions, please contact: KayLee Jaech.

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Healthy Youth Initiative Oversight Committee

The Healthy Youth Initiative is one of the Foundation’s newest programs. It oversees numerous activities/initiatives designed to ensure the physical and emotional health of our students.

Meetings are held quarterly on the first Monday of the month in October, January and May; there is also an annual retreat in August/September. For questions, please contact Barb de Michele.

HYI-Drug Free Community Coalition

The DFCC focuses on preventing and reducing youth alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse.

Note: The DFCC requires a membership application and orientation for those interested in joining. Contact Pat Castillo, for more information.

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HYI-B.E.S.T. (Building Emotional Strength Together)

This committee focuses on supporting student mental health and reducing student suicides. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front Street North, across the street from the Village Theatre. For more information, please contact Barb de Michele.

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HYI-Basic Student Needs

This committee focuses on supporting students in need so they can achieve academically. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month, 1:00 p.m., at the ISF Conference Room. For more information, please contact Barb de Michele.

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HYI-Best Practices

This committee ensures that HYI programs and activities are based in research and evaluated for effectiveness. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at various locations. For more information, please contact Barb de Michele,

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Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee is focused on ensuring that ISF is a competitive Eastside nonprofit employer. They work on HR policies, compensation and benefits, and other workplace issues. This committee meets as needed, usually from 6:00-7:00 pm at the ISF Office. For questions, please contact Sally Brunette.

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Major Gifts

The Major Gifts team works with the tier of donors giving $1,000 or more on an annual basis. They plan donor outreach events including the Annual Leadership Circle Reception, Dinner of Champions, Don’t Miss the Bus Tour and House Parties. The Committee also plans and executes the Foundation’s Planned Giving Efforts. For questions, please contact Rachel Auffant.

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Marketing Panel

The Schools Foundation wants to hear from the community it serves. The Marketing Panel offers opportunity for community and profession input on key questions.  The insight on current market trends and strategy from those outside the organization is extremely valuable to the Foundation staff.  The meetings take place approximately every 6-weeks, and does not require a time commitment outside those meeting times.  The Panel is ideal voice for those connected in the community, business and marketing professionals. Approximately  16 hour/year commitment, this makes for a wonderful way for those with limited time to get involved with the organization.  Opportunities to help with Salmon Days, Highlands day and 4th of July Parade are also available and very rewarding experiences.   For more information, please contact Lida Buckner or Rod Putney. Panel Meetings: every 6-weeks, 5pm-6:30pm, Lida Buckner's home.

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Nourish Every Mind Committee Member

Committee members help to plan and implement the Nourish Every Mind Luncheon and Breakfast in early to mid-May. Planning begins approximately 9 months prior to the events with a high concentration of time commitment in the three months prior to the events. The entire committee meets weekly for approximately 12 weeks (leading up to the Luncheon and Breakfast and 2 weeks after). Volunteers who do not wish to chair an individual committee are welcome to assist with a variety of committee efforts. For questions, please contact: Carolyn Kennedy.

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(Most jobs performed in concert with NEM Chair and Foundation staff)

Office Assistance & Outreach

Foundation staff relies heavily on volunteers for assistance and welcomes you to join us in either regularly scheduled or one time project- based work. For questions please contact Lisa Small

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Programs Committee Member

The Programs Committee oversees the program investments of the Foundation. Members of this committee serve as liaisons to each of the Foundation-funded programs.  Committee members (liaisons) will visit schools to see programs in action, collect data, assist with outcome and program analysis, collect photos, stories and anecdotes for marketing use. The committee meets on the third Monday of the month from 1-2 pm. For questions, please contact Carolyn Kennedy.

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VOICE Mentor

VOICE (Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education) is an in-school mentor program that matches community volunteers with students identified by teachers and counselors as needing extra support. The mentors and the students meet for one hour per week under the direction of the teacher at the school. These volunteer mentors are carefully matched with the students based upon mentors’ academic and grade level interest, time of day availability and choice of school. The mentors go through a training, orientation and also have the opportunity to meet with the teacher before the mentoring initially begins. Each school has a Site Coordinator for the VOICE Program. The Site Coordinator and the VOICE Director work collaboratively to make the best match for student and mentor. VOICE Mentors are valued for their time and commitment to our students. One hour a week can make a difference in the life and academics of a student. For more information, please contact

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