This holiday season surprise your loved ones with a gift that is truly meaningful. At the KIN Alternative Giving Fair you can make a donation in the name of your recipient to wonderful local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. How does it work? You make a donation that can purchase a new window for a house being built by Habitat for Humanity, or that can pay for the training of a Hero Rat for landmine removal, or a night in a shelter for a homeless family.
You will receive a lovely card to give to your recipient explaining the donation that was made in their honor. No malls, no lines, no wrapping, and no wondering if it is the right size and color. Best of all it is a gift you give twice as it will bless someone in our community, nation, or world that is in need.
Join us at Holy Family Catholic Church in the Perish hall on Saturday November 4th from 9AM to 4PM or on Sunday the 5th from Noon to 2PM. The address is 7045 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033. We Ho, Ho, Hope to see you there!
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Wednesday, June7 7:00 PM
Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
Come join us for a presentation and discussion with a representative from the Eastside affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Mental illness is not a weakness. It is biological in nature. Currently, one out of five people live with some form of mental illness. Who do you know or love who struggles with depression? Anxiety? Addiction? These are only three of the many types of mental illness that significantly affect our family and friends.
Our speaker is part of NAMI’s FaithNet, which strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions. It encourages the exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.
Come with your questions and learn about resources, classes, outreach to teens, support groups, etc.
Care Day is a day devoted to connecting our neighbors in the Northshore area with immediate access to the services and resources they need. Attendees enjoy a hot meal and have access to free health services, groceries, haircuts, housing, public benefits, referrals to employment training, and much more.
Care Day 2017 is on June 29th, 10am-3pm at Northshore Junior High, 12101 NE 160th St, Bothell.
For more information, visit the Care Day website.
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church screens a “Meaningful Movie” on the third Friday of each month. On May 19, 2017, the film will be “The Long Night”. Set in Seattle, the feature documentary film gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives are forever changed by domestic minor sex trafficking. The showing starts at 7PM at NUUC. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more information, visit https://meaningfulmovies.org/neighborhoods/kirkland-meaningful-movies/ and https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/the-long-night-2/.
At the KIN Meeting in May, we learned that Imagine Housing is planning now for the grand opening of Athene, the new affordable senior housing project in Totem Lake. They expect to open at the end of November and be filled by the end of December. There will be 91 units, 20 of which are reserved for seniors who had been homeless.
Imagine Housing will be looking for in-kind donations such as welcome baskets (household items and gift cards), snacks during move-in time, kitchen equipment, and community meals at Athene. They will also have a Christmas gift program for new residents, which will need to ramp up soon after opening. And since many of their new residents will have been previously homeless, they will be looking for donations of gently-used furniture to help people get started in their new homes.
Individuals and congregations who are interested in helping can contact Amanda Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org. KIN will also be working on coordinated efforts!
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the many migrants fleeing war-torn regions such as Syria. To support UMCOR in this cause, please donate to UMCOR Global Refugee/Migration Advance #3022144. More information about the United Methodist Committee on Relief and its many projects can be found at www.umcor.org.
Are you or someone you know struggling to pay the electric bill? Hopelink’s energy assistance program may be able to help. Call the appointment line at 1-800-348-7144. The best time to call the line is Monday through Thursday at 9AM.
Have you ever wanted to volunteer but were not sure where to get started? At JustServe.org you can find out about numerous ways to serve your community. JustServe.org matches volunteers with organizations who need them. They notify you of opportunities that match your interests. You show up to help when and where you wish and fits into your busy schedule. This is a service provided try The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to foster relationships in the community to get needs met. Visit them today! www.JustServe.org.