Look Online to Find Local Sewing Charity Projects
It’s not always easy to know where help is needed. If you feel like sewing for a cause, especially during the holiday season, it’s a great way to find local groups that need your help.
VolunteerMatch.org matches volunteers’ interests and skills with location-based opportunities. Just put in your ZIP code and enter a keyword (sewing, mentoring… etc.) and the website generates a list of openings.
Here are just three calls for volunteers with sewing knowledge that came up for “sewing” in VolunteerMatch.org‘s opportunity finder:
- We are looking for a volunteer who is passionate about sewing and can use a sewing machine … who can assist people with developmental disabilities to use a sewing machine for simple sewing projects.
- We have over three hundred students in our school and every year we have a dance festival … every child’s costume is hand-made and originally designed. We need people who are familiar with sewing and costume design to assist us in this large effort.
- We are seeking energetic, enthusiastic and motivated individuals to develop and conduct a weely Basic Sewing Class for our lively seniors who are interested in learning how to use a sewing machine and learn the basics.
I realize that in rural areas, you won’t see the same number or diversity of calls for help – but you never know until you give it a try.
If you do live in the New York City area, those three opportunities are for:
- a volunteer sewing instructor with AHRC Nassau;
- a volunteer costume designer and maker for the children at the Brighton Ballet Theater / School of Russian American Ballet;
- and a basic sewing volunteer instructor for the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens,
If you’re part of a group or cause making things better through sewing, tell us what you’re working on and how to contact you in a comment on this post.
Please check out http://www.comfortkerchief.org! My goal is to get Comfort Kerchief patterns for chemotherapy head-covers in as many hands of willing sewers as possible. You can donate your sewn Comfort Kerchiefs in your local area. Both adult and child size patterns are sent with your request. Thank you in advance, Gaye