Annual Toiletries Drive July 10-21

ICSEW Toiletry Drive 2017

It’s that time again!  Our annual toiletries drive for The Other Bank kicks off on July 10.  Attached is a flyer to help spread the word and encourage our co-workers to join in the effort.

The Other Bank in Olympia provides free personal hygiene products to more than 20,000 local low-income individuals and families annually.  These products are necessary items that cannot be purchased with food benefits and are essential to maintaining optimal health and personal care. More than 95% of their hygiene products come from donors.

Highly Needed Items:
•Laundry Soap
•Dish Soap
•Shaving Cream

Other Items:
•Menstrual Pads and Tampons
•Diaper Wipes
•Paper Towels
•Liquid Hand Soap (no bar soap)
•Travel/Trial Size Hygiene Kits (unopened)

All items must be unused. Partially used products will not be accepted.

The Other Bank can no longer accept the following: cosmetics, hair styling products/tools, perfume/cologne, medicine, contact lens solution, supplements/vitamins, toys, food.

If you are unable to contribute to The Other Bank, but would like to donate to your local YWCA, please visit for a list of local YWCA associations.

As your agency coordinator, I welcome your questions and thank you in advance for your generosity.  In 2016, this drive collected $10,800.00 worth of toiletries to help women and families in Thurston County.  Let us work to make the 2017 drive an even bigger success.

ICSEW Toiletry Drive 2017 Adobe PDF Document

Donation Receipt Adobe PDF Document

2016 Annual Toiletries Drive for Olympia YWCA

This year we are kicking off our annual toiletries drive at Conference!

ICSEW Toiletries Drive August 16 — September 2, 2016

Highly Needed Items

  • Laundry Soap
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper Tissue-Kleenex
  • Paper Towels

Other Items Pull-ups

  • Razors/Shave Cream
  • Tissue – Kleenex
  • Lotions/Moisturizers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Q-Tips
  • Liquid Hand Soap (no bar soap)
  • Toothpaste
  • Dish Soap
  • Travel/Trial Size Hygiene Kits (unopened)

The Other Bank no longer accepts the following donations: cosmetics, hair styling products/tools, perfume/cologne, medicine, contact lens solution, supplements/vitamins, toys, food.

For more information about The Other Bank, please visit


Eastern Washington 2016 Public Service Recognition Event at National Guard Spokane Readiness Center

By Karin LaRue Johnson, WMD

On May 5, 2016 the Washington Military Department (WMD) hosted the 2016 Eastern Washington Public Service Recognition Week Event at the Spokane National Guard Readiness Center. Approximately 275 public servants from various state agencies across the Spokane area attended and had an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of their peers, receive information on benefits and programs, and learn about committees and organizations supported by state employees.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) Honor Guard opened the event, where employees enjoyed a hot dog lunch with all of the fixings as well as dessert. The festivities included a Cake Walk, Chair Massages, a Show and Shine Car Show, Cake Decorating and Best Salsa contests. Several local vendor booths included the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW), the Spokane Empire Football Organization, Spokane School of Massage and the WA State Employees Credit Union (WSECU).

The week was filled with celebrations and events all around the state, with award ceremonies culminating the honors. Mr. Mike Frucci, WA State Department of Transportation Eastern Regional Director, emceed the event and presented the Extra Mile award to the Employment Security Department, WorkSource Spokane WorkFirst team. Congratulations to this very deserving group!

A special thank you to this year’s event sponsors: WSECU, DOC, Costco, Public & Technical Employees Local 17, WSDOT and WMD.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the volunteers from various agencies that came together to make this year’s PSRW event a success!

It’s Women’s Health Week & and TODAY is our Annual Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, May 11th is our Annual Health & Wellness Fair: Stepping Stones to a Healthier You!

Please join us from 11:00-1:00p at Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater.

There will be 48 area vendors hosting information booths where attendees will have access to free health screenings, informative presentations, and great prize giveaways!  Vendors will cover a variety of health and wellness topics including, personal health, family assistance, eye care, financial planning, time management, chair massage, fitness and exercise, nutrition, and garden raised food, just to name a few.

Come and learn how small steps can lead to ‘stepping stones’ for a healthier you!

To view Governor Inslee’s proclamation click here ICSEW health fair flyer



Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016

This week Governor Inslee signed proclamation to celebrate this year’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to support and encourage all state agencies participation on June, 23rd.  Resources are available at

The theme for 2016 is “Sparking AHA! Moments.”

Thank you Governor Inslee for your continued support in this meaningful day.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016