Ways to Help
Community Involvement's long-range goal is to increase congregational awareness of and involvement in local community social ministry activities. We conduct the following activities in the community during the year and are always in need of volunteers to help with coordinating and conducting the projects:
HSLC is home to the Community Supper every Tuesday which provides a hearty, nutritious meal for needy families in our community. We also take responsibility to provide the meal on the second Tuesday of October, January, April, and July, 5-7pm. Help is needed on those 4 dates to provide food, serve, and clean up. Opportunities are also available every Tuesday through Attain Housing to assist with after-school tutoring, cooking classes, and other support for their clientele.
HSLC provides baskets with food for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to families in need in our community. Volunteers are needed to sort, pack, and distribute these holiday dinner baskets for families residing in transitional housing while they get back on their feet.
We support the Kirkland Interfaith Network’s (KIN) Alternative Giving Fair and also offer alternative giving for Christmas at HSLC. This involves purchasing a small gift or card that explains to the recipient that you have made a donation to an organization that will use the funds to purchase a flock of chickens for someone in a third world country, a window for a unit of affordable housing, a blanket to warm a refugee, tools for building shelters, etc. Volunteers are needed to staff the booths at the KIN Holiday Fair and to take orders at HSLC.
We host Giving Trees each Advent season to collect Christmas gifts. These gifts are donated to needy children through Hopelink and low-income seniors through the The Gardens of Juanita Bay.
Where We Donate
The Social Justice Team manages HSLC’s budget for local benevolence, determining which organizations in our community are to receive a portion of the money our church sets aside for this. Each of these organizations also has a continuing need for volunteers to help with their missions. Organizations that we support include:
- Compass Housing Alliance (formerly Compass Center)
- Lifewire (formerly Eastside Domestic Violence Program)
- Eastside Habitat for Humanity
- Holden Village
- Kirkland Interfaith Network
- Attain Housing
- Camp Lutherwood
- Lutheran Community Services Northwest
- Lutheran Counseling Network
- Operation Nightwatch
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Faith Action Network (formerly Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington)
- The Sophia Way
- Tent City 4
- Pastor's Caring Fund
We invite you to join us is in service to our community and the world! Look for information in the Sunday bulletins and monthly newsletters on opportunities to get involved.