A diverse group of three students smiling at each other

The numbers are in! We’re excited to share that together with you, we raised $354,851 at our spring event this year. This outcome blew away all of our event goals, and we’re absolutely astounded! You have all shown us how much you care about students and families and the strength of our CIS network. THANK […]

map of washington state

We’re very proud to be a grantee of the 2020 Community-Based Organizations Grants facilitated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). These grants distributed $8.1 million in federal emergency funds to 41 community-based organizations serving students in Washington. Out of the total $600,000 provided to statewide CBOs, we were thrilled to receive […]

a compass pointing north

That was the question we found ourselves asking in March 2020. When school buildings closed, student and family needs swelled to a scale we’d never seen before—almost overnight—and our affiliate network was facing hard questions. At the state office, we didn’t have all the answers… but we did have a network of people with strong […]

All Points North Foundation

During a typical school year, Site Coordinator Maria connects with students in her office at North Pines Middle School. These types of check-ins now happen virtually while schools are remote, but they are no less important to students’ social-emotional wellbeing. Photo credit: CIS of Spokane County. Students have been through a lot this year, and […]

Kids and their CIS site coordinator at 2020's snowboarding trip to Snoqualmie

For kids at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle, snowboarding is more than an outdoor adventure—it’s a chance to develop leadership skills and character.

Ari Wright standing with a student who now loves coming to school

For one 6th grade student in Bellingham, Communities In Schools helped her move from chronically absent to thriving in school. Although school staff had tried to contact the student’s family multiple times, they could not reach a family member, and the student was about to be referred to truancy court. It was then that the student met Ari Wright, an AmeriCorps member serving as a Site Coordinator with CIS of Whatcom-Skagit.

Ray speaking at CIS of Tacoma event

When Ray first came to CIS of Tacoma, he was struggling to get to where he needed to be academically. He quickly formed a connection with his Site Coordinator, and gradually, his entire outlook on life changed.

Lara and students at Harbor Heights Elementary

We’re excited to announce that Lara Unger, Site Coordinator with Communities In Schools of Peninsula, recently won the prestigious All In For Students Award from CIS National. Lara is all ‘heart’ when it comes to the kids she works with. She is passionate about equalizing opportunities for students on her caseload despite the challenges they […]

Over 100 volunteers helped collect, sort, count, and package supplies to go to kids in need across WA state

Fun facts from this year’s State Fair School Supply Drive: We collected and sorted over $39,000 worth of school supplies Fairgoers and community partners donated over 19,500 individual items All the supplies weighed in at 5,700 pounds–that’s the same as one hippopotamus! On September 6th and 7th, over 100 volunteers collected, sorted, counted, and packaged […]

Georjina with her site coordinator Leah Livingston

Georjina first came to Communities In Schools of Lakewood in elementary school for help with math and reading. Leah Livingston, CIS Site Coordinator, also worked with her to become more comfortable speaking in a group. Through afterschool CIS programs, Georjina began to build up her confidence and find ways to express herself to others.