Unboxing new WiFi access points at the Northeast Community Center

At Communities In Schools® (CISTM), we help build communities that surround students for life success. Partnerships bring a rich array of community resources into schools, where students can easily access them. Across the state, CIS affiliates work with over 600 organizations and businesses to serve 84,500 students. Whether CIS is connecting students with school supplies, […]

All Points North Foundation

To support students in navigating a challenging academic year, the Washington state office of Communities In Schools® (CISTM) and the All Points North Foundation partnered to address social-emotional development in two rural middle schools with a program assisting 47 students in navigating social-emotional learning challenges in school and life. Despite the increased isolation brought on […]

Erin McCallum

We’re excited to welcome Erin McCallum as our new State Director! Erin comes to us with over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and fund development. About Erin During her career, Erin has led and consulted for organizations with missions spanning healthcare, arts and culture, legislative advocacy, and education. In her most recent position […]

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 initial total $600,000 provided to statewide CBOs, we were thrilled to […]

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 […]

students Saif and Elaf hold up new laptops from CIS

When Saif and Elaf immigrated to the U.S., they had to learn English on top of completing schoolwork and learning a new culture. With support from CIS of Tacoma, they’re now pursuing dental hygiene and computer science!

high school student Alyma poses with her new CIS-issued laptop

Alyma will be the first in her family to go to college, and CIS of Lakewood is supporting her with technology to help her reach her post-secondary goals.