What is the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)?
Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), founded in 1996, is a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith, strictly non-partisan, District-wide citizens’ power organization, rooted in local congregations and associations. WIN is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders, to addressing community issues, and to holding elected and corporate officials accountable in Washington, DC. WIN’s 48 dues-paying members represent 25,000 families in every section of the District and reflect its theological, racial, geographic, and economic diversity.
WIN seeks to create long-term power: a broad and united front of organized institutions—organized people and organized money–acting consistently and persistently for change on multiple issues at the local and city-wide levels. WIN engages leaders across the divides of race, culture, income, faith, and/or neighborhood to initiate public action on their issues (e.g. affordable housing, public safety, youth, etc.) and to partner with and hold the government and corporate sectors accountable for addressing these issues.
You can find out more about WIN at http://www.windc-iaf.org.
What is WIN at All Souls?
WIN at All Souls is our congregation’s local chapter of the citywide organization. We support the citywide WIN action agenda and help to make WIN actions successful. But it doesn’t stop there. To be an effective citywide partner, we have to have a strong local chapter that organizes around issues that matter to our church, our neighborhood, and our immediate community. In other words, the stronger our local WIN chapter is, the more we can contribute to moving the citywide priorities forward.
Why should I get involved in WIN at All Souls?
You should get involved in WIN At All Souls if you want to:
- Make positive changes in our neighborhood and our city around affordable housing, jobs, youth homelessness and other issues
- Meet other activists in our church community by attending rallies and other direct actions
- Put a special skill or interest to good use. Are you a graphic designer? Have expertise in a specific issue or policy area? Love connecting with people on social media? Great at painting signs and banners to use at rallies? Do you speak another language that would help us connect with people in our neighborhood who aren’t comfortable speaking English? Make the most of those skills by putting them to use in the service of justice!
- Build ties among the many other social justice initiatives at All Souls. There are all sorts of great social justice groups at All Souls. Sometimes our work overlaps, and by joining forces we can multiply our power. Think that partnering with WIN could help make one of your group’s projects even better? Drop us a note at ____________.
How can I get involved in WIN at All Souls?
There are all kinds of ways that you can get take the first step:
- Join the WIN At All Souls Facebook page at ______________.
- Get on the WIN contact list.
- Send an e-mail to _______________ and include your name, address, preferred phone number, best time to call, the issue areas you are most interested in, and anything else you think we should know about you (special skills, languages spoken, etc.).
- Go to the “Get Involved” page at our web site (www.______________.org).
- Not a computer person? Leave a note in the church office addressed to _________- with your name, address, preferred phone number, best time to call, and anything else you think we should know about you (special skills, languages spoken, etc.).
- Come to WIN events. Events will be announced on this web site, on the Facebook page, and in the weekly church bulletin.
- Look for the WIN Table in Pierce Hall after many services.
- Attend an informational meeting. Keep your eye on the bulletin for periodic informational sessions throughout the year that allow you to meet some of the people involved in WIN At All Souls and a
- Stop by the WIN booth at the Find Your Own Ministry Fair.