Looking for a worthy project to spend your time on? Check out these charities. Volunteer to help and have fun doing it! Have a charity you'd like to add? Please click here to fill out our form and let us know about it!
Wyoming County (NY) SPCA: NEW! The Wyoming County SPCA is a not for profit animal rescue organization based out of Attica, New York. Founded in 1905, the WC SPCA has placed thousands of orphaned, abandoned, and abused animals in to permanent, qualified homes. The WC SPCA is funded exclusively through fundraising and donations - a great way to raise money with your craft projects.
Yarns of Hope: NEW! Based in McKinney, TX we are a local yarn charity organization that knit and crochet hats, scarves and blankets for cancer patients, orphanages in Africa, hospitals and other people or groups in need of love and support.
Special Olympics Scarf Project: NEW! National and Local Special Olympics Winter Olympians are in need of scarves that show their unity. Any pattern can be used, but scarves are to be 6" wide and 60" long. Red Heart yarn is a sponsor and their yarn is used annually in specific colorways. The colors for 2011 are Turquoise #512 and Blue #886. Information, patterns and mailing information may be found on their website.
Online Angels: NEW! It means so much when someone can reach out and touch a person in need in a very personal, loving way. Whether the person is seriously ill, has been touched by tragedy, needs encouragement or even recognition for a heroic or humanitarian act, we can send them your love in the form of something warm and cozy to wrap around them, like a hug from you.
The Pink Slipper Project: NEW! Warming the hearts and toes of women and children living in shelters by sending warm, handmade slippers.
Daughters of the Nile: NEW! Daughters of the Nile are ladies who help raise funds volunteer and make donations through sewing, monetary or misc items as needed to the Shriner's Hospitals. We are a registered charity and are not only involved with the Shriner's Hospitals but also do charity work within our community.
Hope Mill: NEW! Hope Mill is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Southern California. We distribute backpacks to the homeless. Each CarePack is filled with essential personal care items, food, water, and some clothing items. We are in need of knitted or crocheted items such as hats, scarves, gloves, washcloths, and individual-sized lap blankets to include in the CarePacks. The packs are distributed to men, women and children, so colors/patterns that could be used by either male or female would be greatly appreciated!
Fighting Cancer, Inc: NEW! This charity greets new cancer patients on their first day of chemo with a large bag of small gifts. The gifts are intended to be opened during the next month whenever the patient feels the need for a pick-me-up. Included in the bag there is always an unwrapped blanket (hospitals are chilly places) and a chemo cap/hat/scarf.
Nimble Fingers on the Prairie: NEW! We provide hand knit or crocheted sets of hats, scarves and mittens to children who live in poverty in a nine county area of Western Minnesota. All of our efforts are provided through donations of yarn, cash to purchase yarn and the dedication of those who do the knitting or crocheting.We take nothing for our efforts of administrative costs; 100% of all donations go directly to the children. We have to date provided one thousand sets to children after a little more than one years time.
Hat Box foundation: Different from other organizations, Hat Box foundation only distributes hats that are 100% hand-made. They believe something made by human hands contain a special ingredient. It is this ingredient that makes each hat unique and helps to heal the human spirit. Without the generosity of volunteers, they wouldn’t exist.
Knit-a-Square A South African charity crochet and knitting project to make and send 8" x 8" squares, which will be made into blankets. Every single square that is sent will be used in a blanket to keep an AIDS orphan or abandoned child warm. Soweto Comfort Club, who have taken up this knitting project with great enthusiasm, join and distribute the blankets.
The Handmade Afghans Project (HAP) Members crochet and knit 6x9 rectangles of acrylic yarn and mail them to a central location. About every 3 months, volunteers gather together in Maryland and design afghans at Put Together Events (PTEs). Our rectangle sets are then sent out to members who crochet them together. When returned to Maryland, the competed afghans are washed and wrapped, then delivered to Army and Navy Hospitals where the Red Cross distributes them to our wounded soldiers.
Contagious Hope Ministries Spreading seeds of hope to children in orphanages around the world. Currently in need of baby booties, prayer shawls, hats, mittens, scarfs, quilts/blankets and soft hand made toys.
Afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted afghans and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.
Afghans for Angel Project (AFA Project) is a not for profit, philanthropic organization whose primary program is to construct and distribute comforting, hand-made, afghans to children with life-threatening illnesses. Other projects include blankets, booties, and hat for neo-natal intensive care units, and chemo caps for kids. These items are given to children, usually by the request of a friend or family member at no cost to the child or the child's family. The mission of the AFA Project is to educate, encourage, and promote grass-roots giving programs and philanthropic efforts developed by individuals and groups worldwide. Through the donations of time, energy, and hand-made items from crafters across the globe, and the generous financial support of individuals and businesses worldwide, the AFA Project is able to continue its philanthropic efforts from year to year.
Binky Patrol makes afghans and gives them away to children and teens in need of comfort across the country. Binky Patrol welcomes students and scouts.
Afghans Etc, makes all kinds of crocheted afghans for children ranging from newborns to teenagers. Volunteers make afghans, chemo hats, slippers, tote bags, layette sets, backpacks, and the list goes on.
Mother Bear Project provides comfort and hope to children, primarily those afflicted or affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knitted teddy bears.
Teddies for Tragedies would like to send teddy bears to as many children as possible. Knit or crochet hand made teddies to help them! To date, they have sent over 1000 bears to children in: Mexico, Lebanon, Romania, Costa Rica, Brazil.
Sojourn Bears primary mission is to make cancer bear-able by providing inspiration and comfort to cancer patients through the distribution of original hand-made teddy bears. Its secondary mission is to offer opportunities to others for healing and nurturing through participation in our program.
Bridging People and Places makes hand knit sweaters for teddy bears to be given to kids and other projects.
Save the Children, Knit One, Save One : After Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers 2006 report highlighted simple, low-cost practices that could save newborn lives like warming their heads with a knit or crochet cap Save the Children received numerous calls and e-mails from Americans around the country wanting to organize their friends and family to knit and crochet caps for newborns in developing countries.
Brimming with Love offers monthly baskets of new & home-made hats free of charge to hospitals across the Metroplex area. These hats will be distributed to men & women undergoing cancer therapy.
Head Huggers distributes crochet hats and caps to hospitals, oncology offices, hospices, etc. so that they can more readily be available to those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, etc.
Caps for Kids provides needy children with cozy crochet hats to keep them warm. Nearly one million caps, along with other children's accessories, have been knitted and crocheted by volunteers since the program began. The hats are given to non-profit, non denominational agencies in the communities of the donors.
Newborns in Need : Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501 (c) 3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed.
Stitches From the Heart : We are a non profit organization that sends handmade (crochet, knit or sewn) clothing, blankets, and love to premature babies all across the nation! We also have a senior program that helps seniors help others by donating yarn and supplies. Call us Toll Free: 1-866-472-6903 or Sign up to be a member by e-mailing us at StitchFromHeart@aol.com.
Warm Hearts ~ Warm Babies: We are a group of volunteers who sew, knit, crochet, and quilt for premature infants, and babies in need. We donate to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, foster care, WIC (Women in Crisis) offices, and individuals across much of the state of Colorado. All of our gifts are donated free of charge and 100% of what we receive in donations goes to help the babies. No one in our organization takes a salary.
Project Linus, Providing Security Through Blankets: Project Linus consists of volunteers who crochet, knit and quilt blankets for local seriously ill and traumatized children. They currently donate over 150 blankets per month. Recipients include Loma Linda Children's Hospital, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Royal Family Kids Kamp (for Foster Children), Ronald McDonald House, Schlessinger Foundation (My Stuff Bags), Thessolonika Family Services Home for abused and molested children to our recipient list and Virginia's Home for Abused Women and Children.
Heavenly Angels in Need: Heavenly Angels in Need sends items out to hospitals that have NICU's. NICU's have premature babies, sick babies from mothers who abused drugs and overdue babies. They donate to at-risk Pregnancy centers and are also going to donate to funeral homes that need gowns and items for babies whom passed away.
Angels For Hope: Angels for Hope was originally for chronically ill and terminally ill people and it has grown to "anyone in need of hope or a smile". Help them let people know there are others out there who care.
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