Tatters Once Again Donates a Portion of All December Sales to MIYFS

Tatters once again is donating a portion of all sales proceeds during the month of December to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS).

Tatters boutique owner Michele Tesler has a history of spreading the season’s spirit of giving to benefit the community’s premier human services and family assistance provider. She has run the December campaign for the last three years and has participated as a business partner during the organizations Giving from the Heart campaign each February.

“Once again, MIYFS will benefit through the generosity of Tatters,” says Cindy Goodwin, Director of MIYFS. “We are lucky to have business owners like Michele on the Island that look to benefit the community as a whole.”

Tatters features unique women’s clothing from international designers. has created a casual friendly store, where customers are given individual attention to help create a look of sophistication. The boutique is located at 7605 SE 27th Street, Suite 105 with business hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Customers can help the effort by shopping in the store any day in December.

2012 MIYFS Annual Appeal

Please look for the 2012 Mercer Island Youth and Families mailer in your mailbox the first week of December. This annual campaign funds critical MIYFS programs including emergency assistance, senior outreach and school-based services.

If you are able, please consider  a donation to MIYFS in your year-end giving plans. You can use the  envelope in the mailer or donate online here.

YogaBliss Practices of Gratitude Event Supports MIYFS on T-Day

Local business, Yogabliss will be hosting a special Thanksgiving Day event on Thanksgiving morning. The Practices of Gratitude event will give proceeds of two classes to the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services.

The vinyasa yoga classes are $20, but participants can donate more.The first class run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. by Auryel van Gemert and the second is 10 to 11:15 a.m. taught by Elizabeth McElveen. To register for the classes visit this site. Yogabliss is located at 7803 S.E. 27th Street #174 on Mercer Island.

Letter from Mayor Addresses Marijuana Legalization

Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett sent a letter to the community addressing the recent statewide vote to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults (Initiative 502). The letter addresses possible health and safety ramifications and reminds parents to discuss the issue with their children.

Click here for the full text of Initiative Measure 502.

In the letter, the Mayor cites community resources available for residents seeking additional information:

Mercer Island Police Department — 206.275.7610
Department of Youth and Family Services — 206.275.7611

Communities That Care Coalition Wins State Prevention Award

The Mercer Island Communities That Care Coalition (CTC) received an exemplary service award at the 2012 Washington State Prevention Summit on November 5 for work to reduce underage drug and alcohol use in the community.

The award was issued by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and presented by Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen. CTC was nominated for recognition in the category of Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention. Specific mention was made of the Mercer Island Underage Drinking Ordinance supported by the coalition–the first ordinance of its kind enacted in the state.

The effectiveness of CTC depends upon volunteers from all sectors of the community coming together to prevent harm to youth from drugs and alcohol.

“This award is really a recognition of the efforts of all CTC members and those City leaders who worked on the ordinance including Police Chief Ed Holmes, Police Operations Commander David Jokinen, City Attorney Katie Knight, and the City Council–special mention goes to Deputy Mayor Dan Grausz who was instrumental in bringing the idea of an underage drinking ordinance back to the table,” says CTC Project Director Derek Franklin.

For additional information on CTC or to get involved with drug and alcohol prevention efforts on the Island, visit the CTC web sitehttp://www.mercerisland-ctc.com/.

Call for Holiday Assistance Program Sponsors Closes November 27th

The City of Mercer Island Youth and Family Service Department (YFS) is recruiting sponsors for its annual holiday assistance program that provides gift cards to Island children and families in need.

Sponsors are confidentially matched with a qualified Island family and asked to provide one gift card per child to help brighten the holiday season.

“The need for family support on the Island remains high as many families continue to struggle with the fallout from the economic downturn,” says YFS Family Assistance Coordinator, Cheryl Manriquez.

YFS focuses exclusively on providing services to the Mercer Island community and touches the lives of all Islanders through counselors in the schools, senior services, affordable family counseling, family assistance, the Food Pantry, and a thriving thrift shop.

Those interested in becoming a holiday sponsor can contact Manriquez at 206.275.7869 or cheryl.manriquez@mercergov.org. Donations accepted until November 27, 2012.

Glass Pumpkins are Back!

The annual Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) glass pumpkin fundraiser has begun.

The pumpkins are made by local glass artists and currently on sale at locations across the Island including the Mercer Island Community Center, Mercer Island Florist, Aljoya, and Au Courant.

Part of the proceeds from sales of the decorative glass pumpkins support MIYFS services. MIYFS makes professional and affordable human services available to all Island residents.

For additional information, including the location of all points of sale, contact MIYFS Administrative Coordinator, Kim Richards at 206.275.7611 or kimberly.richards@mercergov.org. “They’re selling like hotcakes,” says Richards.