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

For one 6th grade student in Bellingham, CIS of Whatcom-Skagit helped her move from chronically absent to thriving in school.

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 […]

AmeriCorps member with student

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 […]

Guests having fun at Mardi Gras

Top left: Guests donned masks and beads to get in the Mardi Gras spirit. // Top right: Our Presenting Sponsor Denali Advanced Integration // Bottom left: Amber and Kileigh Ann from CIS of Federal Way share mission moments. // Bottom right: Raise the Paddle generated $71,500 in support of youth empowerment.  On March 9th, Communities […]

Lakewood students and site coordinators

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 […]