Established in 1973, MIYFS is a comprehensive support services organization providing assistance to the Mercer Island community. It is a department of the City of Mercer Island, and works in partnership with the Mercer Island School District. It is funded through public and private sources, though revenue from public sources is more than matched by private contributions and revenue.
With only a small paid staff, volunteers are a crucial component of the success of MIYFS both in terms of staffing and fundraising. This is not limited to MIYFSF board, but extends through the subcommittees for MIYFSF, including fundraising, programs and events, and Thrift Shop management.
The Department website can be found here.