Crafting for a reason – a fun volunteer effort!

I am a fan of volunteering.  So many charities and groups ask for money ~ but a few ask for time.  I put those groups at the head of my list for any sort of contribution, time or money!  I can respect an organization that asks for my time, as I know it helps keep their costs down where they can.  Of course, some groups need specialized, trained help for some efforts.  But they still have office positions and opportunities for people to help where they can as well.

One of my favorites here in town is at the Bernina Connection on Indian School in Phoenix.  I’ve been to some at a few other stores too, if you want to find a sewing group that’s crafting for a cause then check with your local fabric store or sewing machine store.  Bernina Connection has three community groups that I know of.   When I can crochet I enjoy making squares for Warm Up America.  Project Linus helps get blankets for babies – and they are sooo cute!  And did you know that almost every state does a winter olympics for Special Olympics?  They do – and you can make scarves for the participants to use.

I’m not a great seamstress – I often end up ironing fabric or stuffing the little hearts.  It needs doing, and there are so many different tasks at each skill level.  I have a friend who can’t crochet, but she sits with some of us every couple of weeks as we play with our yarn, and talks and visits and shares ideas and encouragement with us.  You don’t have to be an expert to help, a willing spirit and a smile can go much farther!

Breast Cancer Comfort Hearts

Join Cecile, DiAnn and friends in making heart shaped pillows for breast cancer survivors that will be distributed to hospitals and doctors offices throughout the Valley. These pillows are given to women at the time of surgery and will be utilized as a part of their recovery. We need people of all ages and expertise to cut, stitch, stuff, and attach labels. Since May 2004, over 3400 hearts have been made with materials donated by friends. Tina’s Treasures at Virginia Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Shea Healthcare, St Joseph’s Hospital and the Wellness Community receive and distribute these hearts. Hearts are always available at BC for those who need them. Won’t you come help with this project? A little of your time or resources can really make a difference for someone experiencing breast cancer. Call to let us know that you are coming and if you are bringing your sewing machine so we can plan for machines, work stations and fabric. Working kids are welcome!

Pillowcase Party

We’re making pillowcases for 1 MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE and giving them to local charities!Bernina Connection is proud to be an official participant in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge that calls to action quilters, sewers and crafters of all experience levels to create and donate one million pillowcases to local charities.
Join us for a day of cutting, sewing and finishing pillowcases. Bring your machine or use one of ours. Donated fabric is appreciated.
BC has great pillowcase kits available for purchase and offers a class on how to make pillowcases. If you choose to make them at home, we are happy to take your donations and deliver them to a local charity.
As BC collects pillowcases, we update the pillowcase counter at www/, which tracks nationwide progress toward the goal of one million pillowcases
Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:00 am
Instructor: BC Staff

Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor is a wartime quilt made to honor our war wounded. It is a tangible way to say: “Thank you for your services, sacrifice and valor to our country”.Bernina Connection celebrates our soldiers by assembling quilts to be sent to the Quilts of Valor Project. Bring your own quilt pattern and fabrics or assemble a predetermined quilt pattern and pre-cut fabric. Like hand sewing? we have a few quilts that need to be finished with binding and a label before sending.

Quilt tops will be completed to send to the project. We will have machines set up in the classroom and you are welcome to bring your machine. Please RSVP so we can plan. You are welcome to spend the whole day or come and go.

Thanks for your support!

Im also a fan of Warm up america.

What is Warm Up America! (WUA!)

Welcome to Warm Up America! the charity that has warmed peoples’ lives since 1991. It started in a small Wisconsin town with neighbors knitting and crocheting afghans for neighbors in need. Thanks to the creativity of founder Evie Rosen who came up with the idea of having volunteers knit or crochet small sections and then others join them together, the idea quickly caught on. Today Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country.

And I like Project Linus as well.


Vital Statistics (as of Mar 31, 2011)Thank you for visiting the Project Linus National Headquarters web site! We are glad you are here and hope you take some time to explore.

One of our most popular areas is our “Patterns / Links” page. Here you will find many free patterns for making blankets and quilts. You will also find links to other websites that feature items of interest for the quilter or “blanketeer” (blanket maker).

Be sure to also check our “Chapter Listings” page to locate a chapter in your area where you can donate blankets and/or other resources.

The Project Linus Mission

Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission which is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Together we have distributed over three million blankets to children in need since our inception in 1995.

And there is one more I really like:

Welcome to the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project!

The official colors are now posted here, along with further tools for you to use under the Stitcher Resources tab.

We will be announcing all of the participating Programs on Monday, May 23, 2011 – but we encourage you to gather your yarn and plan your knitting and crocheting – you can always choose which Program or Programs to support come May 23rd!

Handmade scarves donated as a result of the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project will be a symbol of unity, support, compassion and empowerment, as the Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters wear them with pride in knowing they have become part of the Special Olympics family.

The idea for a scarf project resulted from an opportunity to provide a gift of welcome for the athletes of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho. A call went out for 5,000 Red Heart delft blue & white scarves, and by Games time nearly 60,000 scarves had arrived from every state in the U.S. and from 12 countries around the world. (watch the video)

Special Olympics Idaho, then, carried on the tradition with their own state scarf project in 2010, and again the knitting and crocheting communities opened their hearts and put their needles and hooks to work. Over 2,100 Red Heart cherry red and grey heather scarves arrived from 48 states in just five weeks for the Idaho State Winter Games, and the celebration of unity began as they were presented to the athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters during the Opening Ceremony – for all to wear throughout the Games.

In 2011, the Special Olympics USA Scarf Project spread its wings and went national! Thirty-five Special Olympics Programs participated, and by the conclusion of the project in March 2011, we had received over 26,000 scarves and contributed to an unprecedented sense of unity, support and community for the athletes and the Special Olympics Movement as a whole.

For more information on official colors, deadlines and participating Special Olympics Programs, visit the Scarf Project Guidelines page, or please refer to Frequently Asked Questions.


~ by Kim on May 2, 2011.

3 Responses to “Crafting for a reason – a fun volunteer effort!”

  1. Awesome, Kim! Using what you have to give to others is such a rewarding experience. I like the ideas you have listed… I am looking forward to making a scarf or two for the Special Olympics. If you start a mailing list or group for this, please let me know… take care…

  2. Kim- this looks great!!! Very impressive

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