KCIT staff craft for equity 

Pictured: KCIT employees in the Rainbow Circle.

Doing good by being creative—now that’s pretty crafty. It’s all possible at the weekly Tuesday lunch gatherings of the Rainbow Circle in the Chinook Building. 

The Rainbow Circle founded by Jennifer Broadus, the lead of the King County Information Technology (KCIT) Equity and Social Justice events team. It grew out of her desire to bond with other knitters while helping the community in an intentional way by creating projects to support organizations in the Employee Giving Program. 

“We pick different nonprofits with an equity lens,” Jennifer explains. “That might include helping kids with cancer or homeless youth, and supporting them through our efforts.” The group is currently supporting LGBTQ+ nonprofits in celebration of June Pride Month. 

Soon after starting the group as a knitting circle, it quickly became apparent other crafters were a natural to join their efforts, Jennifer says. As such, anyone with a passion, say, for felting to crochet to quilting, is encouraged to join the Rainbow Circle.  

In the fall, the Rainbow Circle will shift gears and use their time to make kits for folks experiencing homelessness. The kits contain useful, small items for those without permanent housing, Jennifer says, including toiletries, shampoo, wet wipes, resource pamphlets and information. 

Interested in starting a similar group in your building? Jennifer Broadus can send you the charter for the Rainbow Circle. She can be reached at jbroadus@kingcounty.gov. 

The Rainbow Circle schedule for the next few months is: 

  • 6/25 – CNK 119  
  • 7/2 – CNK 118 
  • 7/9 – CNK 121 
  • 7/16 – CNK 126 
  • 7/23 – CNK 126 
  • 7/30 – CNK 126 
  • 8/6 – CNK 120 
  • 8/13 – CNK 126  
  • 8/20 – CNK 124 
  • 8/27 – CNK 126