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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received $379,800 in AmeriCorps funding through Serve Washington and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). With this grant, 25 AmeriCorps members will serve students at risk of dropout through Communities In Schools of Federal Way, Puyallup, Lakewood, Whatcom-Skagit and Spokane County. During the 2019-20 school year, members […]

We’re excited to announce that Ballmer Group has awarded Communities In Schools of Washington $2.1 million to support students at risk of dropout in Washington state. Over the next three years, funds will expand services to new school districts and communities, providing wraparound supports to about 25,000 students. “This generous investment from Ballmer Group will […]

We’re excited to welcome our two newest board members, Donna Clark (Hanson Consulting) and James Payne (U.S. Bank). Donna comes to us with 30 years of experience in the finance, business, and project management sectors. She currently works at Hanson Consulting and has previously held leadership positions at Microsoft and Darigold. As an alumna of […]

We’re proud to be 1 of 10 organizations to share in $9.25 million from AT&T Aspire this year. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is the company’s initiative to help provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. “High school completion, college and workforce readiness is the priority for AT&T […]