Letters to the Editor, Jan. 2, 2019

Thanks from YFS

Thankful for support

Dear Mercer Island Community,

As we approach the New Year, we wish to offer our collective gratitude to everyone for their support during 2018, both in volunteerism and in donations. Let us take time to reflect on our blessings and the positive facets this Mercer Island community has provided:

• Volunteering and shopping at our Christmas tree lot

• Hosting numerous food drives, sponsoring holiday gifts and meals, making donations at recycle events and at New Seasons Market, staffing our water stations for the Rotary Run

• Supporting our Thrift Shop through volunteerism, donations and purchases

• Increased giving at our annual foundation breakfast and incredible volunteer effort in planning and implementation

• Giving to our school counselor and end-of-year letter appeals

• Providing local business, family foundation and organization support, faith community support, and school community support in countless ways.

These are just a few examples of the many ways our Mercer Island community positively influences people’s lives. When we hear about all of the ways you serve others, we are filled with gratitude.

Happy New Year,

Jody A. Kris, MIYFS Foundation president

Cynthia C. Goodwin, Youth & Family Services director

More in Opinion

Improving safety in Aubrey Davis Park with bike lane projects | Guest Opinion

A local guest opinion regarding planning for bike traffic increases.

More than the right to vote | Windows and Mirrors

What does it mean to become a U.S. citizen?

Waste reduction in your home through recycling | Sustainable Sustainability

An Islander’s guide to sustainable living.

We’re better than this | Windows and Mirrors

The effects Trump’s words can have on us.

Reporter publishes new letters policy | EDITORIAL

Letters policy is meant to provide direction and transparency.

We can prevent climate catastrophe | Guest Opinion

C. F. Baumgartner is a Mercer Island resident.

Coffee convo highlights opportunities for Reporter

Event provided genuine conversations aimed at improving the Reporter.

The importance of being counted | Windows and Mirrors

The 2020 Census is coming and that can greatly affect everything from government representation and federal funding.

Proud to be themselves | Windows and Mirrors

June is Pride month and PFLAG Bellevue Eastside has been supporting the local LGBTQ+ community since 1996.

Coffee with the editor, July 11

Beginning at 10 a.m. at Convivial Cafe.

Governor’s watch: timing is everything

Inslee, possible candidates eye 2020 race

Closing the margins | Windows and Mirrors

How a program at Mercer Island High School is helping students affect social change.