Oktoberfest for a good cause
You can feel good about attending Kirkland Oktoberfest because a portion of the proceeds goes to support Eastside nonprofits.
Kirkland Oktoberfest benefits these 501(c)3 nonprofits in our community:
MEOW (Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs)
With respect and compassion for all animal life, MEOW promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home.
MEOW envisions a day when society will be free from the dangers and nuisances of irresponsible pet ownership, when every pet born will be assured loving care all of its natural life and will never suffer due to abuse, neglect or ignorance.
In the early 1990s, a small group of animal-loving friends made a commitment to create a better life for homeless animals. With little more than determination, they started MEOW, a non-profit organization with a no-holds-barred no-kill philosophy. MEOW is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. It's still all about the animals.
MEOW's goal is to help create a "no-kill nation," where people are responsible for their pets, where there are no helpless creatures abandoned in boxes or left to fend for themselves in parking lots, where there is no longer a need for any healthy companion animal to be euthanized. There are many worthy organizations and individuals working toward this end. The rescue network is communicative and non-competitive. Certainly, progress is being made. But there is so very far to go.
- Imagine Housing, dedicated solely to developing affordable rental homes for the very lowest income families in our community and to supporting their efforts to lead more successful lives;
- Sibling House, a network of homes where siblings can live together, as a family, while in foster care; and
- Eastside Timebank is built on the idea that each of us has unique gifts, talents and resources to offer. We all have needs that others can fill, and everyone’s time is equally valued. By facilitating the give-and-take of services, the Eastside Timebank builds a more resilient community, meeting unmet needs, building support circles and thus strengthening our local communities.
- The Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA)
The KDA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization representing the common interests of Kirkland’s downtown business community. KDA members include business owners, property owners, and members of the community who are dedicated to the vibrancy of Downtown Kirkland. They support each other, provide funds and volunteer hours to promote community events which encourage people to visit, shop, live, work, and play in Downtown Kirkland’s unique waterfront setting. The KDA actively supports the City of Kirkland and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce efforts in business recruitment, growth, and development.
- The Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown
We are proud to support the amazing work Rotarians do in our community.