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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.

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Classroom Enrichment Grants

Committee members/Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for Classroom Erichment Grants and assist with announcing grants January - May. To get involved, please contact Carolyn Kramer.

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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 events and offering 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.

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the school year.  To get involved, please contact Marisol Visser.

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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: Liz Swanson.

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Healthy Youth Initiative

HYI-Drug Prevention Alliance
The Drug Prevention Alliance focuses on preventing and reducing youth alcohol, marijuana and
prescription drug abuse.

Note: The DPA requires a membership application and orientation for those interested in joining. Contact Carolyn Kennedy 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 Issaquah Middle School. For more information, please contact Sarah Dochow .

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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 Issaquah Trails House. Tools4School is a once a year event in August that distributes 1000 backpacks to students who need them.  Volunteers are needed to serve on the Tools4School planning committee (October - August) and at the event itself. For more information, please contact Kim Weiss.

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Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee is focused on ensuring that the Foundation 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 Foundation Office. For questions, please contact Lawrie Robertson.

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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 Ingrid Jarvis.

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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 about 6 times total (leading up to the Luncheon and Breakfast) and 1 time 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: Liz Swanson.

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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 Katie Milne.

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School Based Program Ambassador

School Based Program Ambassador’s act as a link between schools and the Issaquah Schools Foundation by helping to raise awareness about Foundation campaigns and grants and to listen for: the needs of your school, and collect stories about Foundation funded programs in your school. This job can be handled by one person at each school, or a team. It is also possible for one person or a team to work with multiple schools. For questions, please contact May Gauvin.

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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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