Give and Grow

Become a better neighbor everyday.


2023 VOICE/SVP Registration is Canceled!
Programs that provide structured group community service opportunities to Mercer Island middle and high-school age youth. Each summer, three hundred Island youth provide over 10,000 volunteer hours to 50+ local non-profit organizations.


Sources of Strength Student Leadership program is focused on supporting the IMS community. Sources of Strength uses the power of peer social networks to provide messages of Hope, Help and Strength. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.


Mercer Island’s Healthy Youth Initiative (HYI) organizes action plans to help reduce the harmful effects of underage drinking and other drug use among Mercer Island youth.


The Mercer Island Thrift Shop is a revenue-generating business that provides over 50% of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services funding. All revenues from the sale of donations goes directly to support MIYFS programs.


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Learn more about all the Growth services provided by MIYFS

Frequently Asked Questions

MIYFS has served Island residents since 1973. It became a City Department in 1976. In 1989, the MIYFS Foundation was established to raise private funding to augment the services funded by the City of Mercer Island.

MIYFS Foundation funding is critical to the breadth and quality of services MIYFS can deliver. It provided about 10% of the funding for the MIYFS social services operating budget in 2018, as well as special project funding in the amount of $119,165.

All Thrift Shop sales directly support only MIYFS programs. Shop revenues are the largest source of funding for Youth and Family Services and gross sales for 2018 were close to 1.6 million dollars. The Thrift Shop continues to grow and is slated to remain the largest source of funds for the Department in coming two biennia.

Each summer, seven days a week, VOICE participants and staff gather at the brick building in Luther Burbank park as they prepare to load into vans and head out to service projects. Groups leave throughout the day, to accommodate the different needs of our nonprofit partners and provide additional scheduling flexibility to our volunteers. Prior to heading to the project site, staff review with Island youth the respective project’s work along with background of the organization’s work. Staff work alongside youth ensuring they are available for questions and supervision. Debriefing occurs after the project, often on the way home in the van.

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Islanders count on the services provided by MIYFS. MIYFS counts on the funds raised by the MIYFS Foundation. The MIYFS Foundation counts on the generosity of islanders.