Yesterday I shared how you can volunteer virtually from home for nonprofits and charities yet still make an impact, either locally or anywhere in the world. With a computer, internet, or smartphone, there are opportunities everywhere.
But can you volunteer from home when your passion is for arts and crafts? Is there a way to use your creativity to make a difference?
Yes, there is!
Now more than ever, crafters are needed for charities whose full support is for the product that only crafters can provide!
5 Organizations needing crafters who sew, knit, and crochet.
Enchanted Makeovers have projects and programs designed to inspire and empower women and children in shelters and the entire village that supports them. They believe that “beauty heals,” and their mission is to transform the physical environment of safe shelters. With a beautiful place in which to live, it sends the message that “you matter and you are worthy.”
Within their six programs are opportunities for crafters to donate quilts, pillowcases, handmade soft furnishings, dolls, and more. Projects are categorized by difficulty level, so you can find the right project that fits your skill set. Visit their volunteer page to explore their programs, then click “Explore & Volunteer” for a particular program to get more information about contributions.
Warm Up, America! Foundation is a national nonprofit that provides hand-knitted and crocheted blankets, clothing, and accessories made by volunteers across the country and donated to people in need. They need volunteers who can donate their time to crochet and knit one or more 7″ by 9″ sections or entire blankets and accessories. Check their volunteer page to determine their current needs and how you can participate.
The Anti-Cruelty Society works to raise awareness about the needs of animals, promoting responsible pet ownership and working together to help animals find peace, comfort, and happiness. They provide rehabilitation and treatment, classes and programs from pet loss to pet first aid, and a free behavior helpline to provide access to information about pet care. They invite anyone to utilize their online collection of craft tutorials to create enrichment items to donate to shelter pets, such as cat wands, dog tug toys, and no-sew pet beds.
Share kindness with handmade cards for charity.
My crafting obsession is making handmade greeting cards. I volunteer by making handmade greeting cards and sending them to Scrapbook.com’s Cards for Kindness campaign. Handmade cards are organized and distributed to cancer foundations, hospitals, shelters, retirement homes, children’s homes, and other organizations in need. (See the Cards for Kindness website for their partner organizations list.)
The cards are used by staff members, counselors, parents, and volunteers who add handwritten messages before giving them to patients, children, and others who need encouragement. A well-crafted, handmade card will become very special mementos to cherish for years to come.
These 3 organizations need volunteers to write handwritten messages of encouragement.
6 things to remember when donating your crafted items:
- Ensure you meet all the organization’s requirements for volunteers before applying, including any age or time commitments.
- Only select projects on our current skills level and completely follow the organization’s directions for the specific items they are requesting.
- Only donate your best work; give something you would love to receive. Items should be completely finished with new, clean materials. Don’t recycle your projects that have mistakes.
- Be courteous of the future recipient – ensure your items are clean and free of smoke, fragrance, and pet dander. (Paper items can also collect the smell of smoke) Consider creating a smoke- and pet-free space in your home when creating your projects.
- Remember that even as a volunteer, you are an essential member a nonprofit depends on for good work and what is promised.
- Don’t forget to be an advocate of the organization’s mission within your own network.