Issaquah is a wonderful place to live. On warm summer days you can watch hundreds of paragliders jump from the top of Poo Poo Point. In the fall, Salmon Days brings the community together to celebrate the return of the salmon. Year round you can catch great shows at The Village Theatre.
But I love living in Issaquah because of the kind and generous people around me who are so willing to give to a cause that supports all children, especially those living right here with us. When my friends, neighbors and fellow parents at Issaquah Valley Elementary and Issaquah Middle School heard about Imagine Housing’s Summer Program at the Mine Hill/Johnson Hill and Rose Crest Apartments, and that counselors were hoping to collect some snack foods for kids who arrived at camp hungry, they immediately pitched in. Within days of my request, my porch and the porches of two other friends in nearby neighborhoods were overflowing with pretzels, granola bars and other non-perishable items to donate to the program. Many of these generous people also serve kids in need at Issaquah Valley and Issaquah Middle School as “Angels”…anonymous donors paired to help with monetary, clothing and school supply donations throughout the school year. Some work in these schools as one-on-one mentors, helping at-risk kids for one hour a week. Most are active in the PTSA and in their neighborhoods, churches and sports groups. All, of them have kind and generous spirits that make it a true blessing to live here. Each person who stopped by was so happy to have been asked and glad to be able to serve our kids in this way.
Thank you so much to Imagine Housing for offering a free summer camp for kids in need in our area!
~Kristen Allen-Bentsen, Community Volunteer
Enjoy a few pictures from Summer Camps this year: