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The City takes an active role in addressing human services needs in the local and regional community by supporting organizations in establishing programs and services aimed at enhancing health and well-being in Issaquah.
The Human Services Commission is an official entity whose primarily function is to advise the Mayor and City Council on matters concerning human services planning and funding. The Commission is comprised of Issaquah resident-volunteers who are appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City Council.
The Human Services Commission is comprised of seven regular members, with four-year terms; and two alternates, with two-year terms. Recruitment for boards and commissions is advertised on the city’s website each January.
The Human Services Grants are provided by the City for organizations who have a 501c3 status and are working to solve pressing human services needs in our community. Grants are awarded on a biennial basis and the next application period will open in March of 2020.
You can learn more about how to apply here.
The selection process is led by the Human Services Commission and follows a rigorous scoring criterion that involves demonstration of need, level and quality of service provided, accessibility and partnerships.
The City maintains a list of resources available for the community members. They can be found here.
Residents may be involved by serving on the Human Services Commission or by volunteering with one of the Human Services Organizations. Occasionally the City is recruiting for interns or volunteers for special occasion. Paid opportunities are advertised through our jobs webpage.