Registration is now open for Hopelink’s English for Work summer session. Sites in Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. Contact Marci at 425-250-3007 or

More info here.

Medicine for Hate: An interactive conversation hosted by the Wellness Professionals Network and presented by Pam Orbach.

Friday, June 2, 10:45-1:00

Redmond Library, meeting room 2: 15590 Ne 85th St. Redmond, WA

  • Do you feel powerless when you hear hate speech, or witness acts of hate?
  • Are you struggling to find a way to engage with the current political polarization at the dinner table?
  • Is there disconnection from people you care about, because their views are difficult to hear?

Learn how Non-Violence Communication tools can support your ability to be a more effective advocate and ally.

RSVP here.



A supportive community is vital to a healthy society. Community Matters gatherings are opportunities for people of all cultures, races, faiths, and gender identities to connect and converse about wellness and everything that entails; personal wellness, family wellness, and wellness in the world. How do we foster a vision of a wellness community that cares for all, with an understanding of our deep and profound connection to each other? Our intention is to create a forum for real-talk, in-person conversations in a space that is safe and respectful.

Together, we can make the difference within ourselves that we wish to see in the world, by taking responsibility and showing up, one conversation at a time. It is through direct, willing engagement that we heal ourselves and the world. 

Bellevue Police just released a video in English and Spanish reiterating their stance on enforcement of immigration law — they don’t do it.

Please share widely throughout the community!

Next ERIC connection is Tuesday, June 6 from 11:00 to 12:30 at the KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way, Issaquah. Don’t forget to bring info and announcements to share – and some food as well!

The RESILIENCE FUND supports and strengthens community organizations that are working to increase the protections and resilience of vulnerable residents in King County. This fund is similar to rapid response funds developed around the nation by other communities and organizations to address increasing needs and concerns.

Developed by Seattle Foundation in partnership with King County, and support from Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation and Emerald Fund, the Resilience Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to community-based nonprofits. In 2017, there will be two grant cycles, with deadlines of June 26 and September 29.

A Q&A session will be held on Wednesday, June 7, at 6-7:30pm in the Large Meeting Room at Kent Library (212 2nd Ave. N., Kent, WA 98032). RSVP here.

WANT TO APPLY? We’ll be discussing the Resilience Fund at our next ERIC meeting on June 6th (11-12:30 at the KCLS Issaquah Service Center, Boardroom: 960 Newport Way, Issaquah, WA). There are several Eastside organizations that have been providing high quality, critical services to immigrants and refugees and other vulnerable populations for many years. Especially if you’re proposing a new resource or service for this funding opportunity, please consider attending the meeting or emailing the ERIC Director, so we can ensure that multiple proposals aren’t submitted for the same types of projects in the same geographic areas. ERIC is working to support a collaborative approach where members participate in joint decision making about the community’s needs and the best resources to meet those needs. As a coalition, we support all our members to thrive in providing the services they are uniquely qualified to provide.

ERIC will be offering limited technical assistance to the Eastside organizations applying for funding, particularly to smaller organizations that do not have fund development staff and/or who have not yet secured sustainable funding. More information will be shared at the meeting, or feel free to contact Debbie Lacy, the ERIC Director.

For questions or assistance about the Resilience Fund, please contact:
Jonathan Cunningham
Seattle Foundation



The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is offering free dental screenings at the KidsQuest Museum on Friday, July 7. You must make an appointment, so call now! Free admission to the museum also included!

To report and collect information centrally information on immigration activity and situations in which community members have been detained by immigration agents anywhere in Washington, call this new hotline number to staffed by a live volunteer 7 days a week, from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

More info here in English and Spanish.

Our Welcoming 101 event is on May 31st from 11-1:30 at Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room. The event is filling up, so please be sure to register. We look forward to seeing you!

— Overview of the Welcoming Framework

–Breakout groups will review effective Welcoming America strategies from across the U.S.

–Share ideas for Welcoming Week (Sept. 15-24)

Lunch served. Feel free to bring information for the resource table.

The India Association of Western Washington is hosting some great events on May 18th.

The Career Fair for Women takes place 1:30-4:00. Meet recruiters, potential employers, training institutes and discover opportunities to train, work, and volunteer. Mock interview session as well.

Women’s Rummage Sale, 1:30-6:00pm. New or nearly new work clothing for women at affordable prices. Professional stylists will be available to offer consultation.

Location for both events: North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA

IAWW is the longest serving Indian organization in the Pacific Northwest. Pan-Indian, secular, and volunteer-driven. Serving youth, adults, and seniors.

One of the significant disparities our community faces is in the area of academic achievement. Schools are addressing this issue and some are seeing progress. The following East King County schools recently received the Washington State Achievement Award for Closing the Achievement Gap. The reward recognizes a significant achievement gap reduction of at least 10%.

CALL to ACTION: Please consider emailing one or more Principals. Let them know that this award matters to you and you’re glad they’re working on this important issue. A minute of your time goes a long way, showing we’re paying attention to their progress and we appreciate their efforts. Thank you!

Bellevue School District

Clyde Hill Elementary (English Language Learners) | Principal: Mary Olin

Highland Middle School (Black students) | Principal: Katie Klug

Somerset Elementary (English Language Learners) | Principal: Tara Gray

Issaquah School District

Apollo Elementary (students with disabilities) | Principal: Jane Harris

Maywood Middle School (English Language Learners) | Principal: Jason Morse

Pacific Cascade Middle School (English Language Learners) | Principal: Dana Bailey

Lake Washington School District

Bell Elementary (Latino students) | Principal: Heidi Paul

Peter Kirk Elementary (students with disabilities) | Principal: Monica Garcia

Interested in strategies for closing the achievement gap? Read this list from the National Education Association.