Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) PO Box 134, Mercer Island, WA98040 The Mercer Island Visual Arts League is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local artists and art…More education. The founding members of the Mercer Island Summer Celebration, MIVAL holds several shows a year including the popular Junior Arts Show and the Holiday Arts Show at the Community Center at Mercer View. MIVAL volunteers also staff the organization's full-time art gallery in downtown Mercer Island. The membership is a collection of local emerging artists, enthusiasts and professionals.
Senior Foundation of Mercer Island P.O. Box 51, Mercer Island, WA98040 Senior Foundation of Mercer Island develops non-profit programs that enhance the health, safety and well-being of Mercer…More Island's seniors. The organization offers many volunteer opportunities and sponsors fundraisers and forums related to aging issues.
The Friends of Mercer Island Library is a popular non-profit organization on the Island which seeks to support and…More improve library services at the King County Library System-affiliated branch. Members also volunteer regularly at the library as staff assistants.
The non-profit is well known for their Fall Book Sale and Silent Auction events, from which all proceeds are reinvested in librarian services and library materials and media.
The Mercer Island Education Association is a non-profit organization representing and advocating the interests of…More teachers and education professionals working for the Mercer Island School District.
The teacher's union is part of the WEA-Sammamish UniServ Council, a regional organization primarily of Eastside teachers and organized under the Washington Education Association.
President Tani Lindquist leads the MIEA and was elected in 2010 to a 1-year term.
The Mercer Island Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving education in…More Mercer Island public schools.
The Foundation holds several community fundraisers a year to support the schools, such as the annual Phone-a-Thon Campaign and the Breakfast of Champions event in April. Money raised from those events are invested in hiring more educators for the school district, investing in a new curriculum, buying new textbooks, classroom materials and supporting classroom enrichment and professional development. Last year, the popular Bridge the Gap campaign raised more than $850,000.
Mercer Island Youth and Family Services is a unique public/private partnership with the City of Mercer Island to…More provide human services and assistance to residents and families in need. The organization is largely supported by a non-profit foundation and proceeds from sales at the Mercer Island Thrift Shop.
Formerly the site of a the Boys Parental boarding school, the MIYFS is based inside the Luther Burbank Building. Many classes and services are provided here or at the Island's public schools. Community-based services include loss and grief counseling, alcohol and drug prevention and youth development. MIYFS also contracts with other providers to help with domestic violence, sexual abuse and other legal aid. Emergency services, such as a food bank and rent assistance, are also available.
MIYFS also provides student counseling services inside Mercer Island's public schools.
Mercer Island Sister City Association 7613 SE 27th St, Mercer Island, WA98040 The Mercer Island Sister City Association (MISCSA) is a member of Sister Cities International, a non-profit…More organization that promotes partnerships and cooperation between U.S. and international cities. Throughout the years, Mercer Island Sister City and Thonon les Bains, which is located on the south shore of Lake Geneva in the Haute Savoie region of France, have partnered to organize student and cultural exchanges. The MISCSA also holds various French related events and has an annual Soiree a Thonon fundraiser where guests enjoy desserts, wine and cheese.
American Alliance of Jews & Christians (AAJC) PO Box 58, Mercer Island, WA98040 Founded by local Rabbi Daniel Lapin, American Alliance of Jews & Christians is a non-profit educational organization…More that fosters dialogue and connections between Christians and Jews. The organization supports "traditional Judeo-Christian values" and distributes promotional CDs and e-mails.
Emmanuel Day School 4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA98040 Emmanuel Day School is a non-profit, non-religious preschool (despite its location) next to the Emmanuel Episcopal…More Church. It offers four programs for preschool youngsters that stress social skills, writing, problem solving and math. It has aligned itself with the goals of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Emmanuel Day School fills enrolment quickly so parents are advised to apply for positions for their children early in the year.
The Mercer Island Farmers Market, a non-profit corporation, is dedicated to healthy living, offering fresh locally…More grown produce, organic and sustainable foods, and ready to eat foods. In its commitment to help support local farmers, this producer/grower only market is open seasonally each Sunday from 11am to 3pm at Mercerdale Park.
Full Circle Farms from Carnation (organic fruits and vegetables), Crown S Ranch from Winthrop (grass-fed cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys), Rockridge Orchards & Cidery of Enumclaw and the Sweet As Can Be Honey Farm from Bellevue are a sampling of vendors who make up this vibrant market.
Each Sunday the market features a different activity--chef demonstrations, cookbook authors or music entertainers. There is always a children's table with some enticing activity, such as Berry Ink or Slug Traps. The market exists with the help of many volunteers and has a zero waste policy--anything consumed is recycled or composted. A pre-Thanksgiving harvest market is scheduled for the Sunday before Thanksgiving - 11/21/2010, 11am - 3pm.