Submitted by Stan Mack 


Kingston Cares is a group of concerned citizens, including several Kingston North Kitsap Rotary members, which has formed to address the problems of marginalized youth, homelessness, food security, and poverty in North Kitsap.

Kingston Care's mission is "to partner to create opportunities by identifying needs, expanding resources, facilitating connections and educating the community."

   Their first project has been accomplished by working with Kitsap County Parks and Recreation to build and erect a community bulletin board at Billie Johnson Skatepark.  Information about existing social services which are available to homeless and low income Kingston residents including shelter, food, housing, and employment assistance will be posted.  The other side of the board is available for community announcements.

    Kingston Cares is also supporting the Community Forums organized by Leadership Kitsap to inform the public and support bringing the Youth Services of Coffee Oasis to Kingston.  

    The third project is to provide a Severe Weather Shelter. This type shelter is operated under the auspices of the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (DEM).  DEM would open the shelter under specified severe weather conditions, but the shelter would be staffed over night by trained volunteers.   

    Kingston Cares is in the process of organizing as a non profit corporation in Washington State, approving bylaws, and electing a board of directors.  Kingston Cares can be contacted through the website at

The next meeting of Kingston Cares is Thursday, April 10 at 9:30 AM at the Kingston Financial Center. The meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in the mission of Kingston Cares.