About Kirkland Interfaith Network
Kirkland Interfaith Network (KIN) is a group of individuals and faith-based communities who work for those in need in and around Kirkland, Washington, and the world.
KIN is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization registered with the Charities division of the Washington Secretary of State’s office. Every dollar donated to our projects is used to help poor and needy individuals and families; our low overhead expenses are paid by the dues of our member congregations. Our congregations and the community at-large provide the resources we need for the work we do. KIN does not receive any government funding, and we do not use paid fundraisers.
KIN Mission Statement
“Coordinate, strengthen and inspire local congregational work for justice and compassion in the community and the world.”
Beliefs and Practices
- Our faith traditions tell us to use the gifts of our time, energy, creativity and money to be a blessing to others.
- We match untapped resources with unaddressed needs.
- By serving, our eyes are opened to the need for change in the world.
- Together we can do more than any one of us can do alone.
- We serve with joy as well as compassion.
- All faith traditions are to be valued and respected.
KIN is governed by a Board of Directors made up primarily of representatives of member congregations. The KIN board may, at its discretion, include individual Kirkland residents as members at large, as well as representatives of social service organizations serving a significant number of Kirkland residents. KIN board meetings are held the first Saturday of almost every month (we sometimes skip summer months) and are open to anyone who wishes to attend.
KIN Organizational Membership
Any faith-based community in Kirkland or whose members live in Kirkland may join KIN. KIN member congregations agree to:
- Send at least one representative to the regular meetings of the KIN board;
- Make an annual donation to support the work of KIN itself (copying, postage, etc.);
- Commit to publicize and support the projects that KIN sponsors, as time and resources in the congregation permit; and,
- Respect the faith traditions of the other KIN member congregations.
The level of commitment (time and energy) for each KIN representative varies with the individual and congregation. Some things the KIN representative will be asked to do are:
- Attend the regular meetings of the KIN board, or find a substitute to do so;
- Provide a conduit for information between KIN and the congregation in order to publicize KIN projects;
- Be aware of what’s happening in your own congregation and stay in touch with those involved in projects that may be of interest to KIN or supported by other KIN congregations; and,
- Organize volunteers to support KIN projects.
In addition, KIN representatives may:
- Bring new ideas for projects for KIN to consider;
- Provide leadership and support for the operation of KIN projects; or,
- Provide leadership for KIN itself.