Winter Volunteer Opporunties

*Make sure you check our fall page for events in Sept., Oct. and Nov. Check back often for updates.

Dec. 2nd – STVM Cheer Service Project – Decorating Miller Community House for the holidays

Dec. 16th – Selfless Elf Walk/Run for the Akron Canton Food Bank. This will be our third year participating. It’s fun to dress up and see the creative costumes everyone comes up with and we always go out to breakfast together afterward :). This event does require pre-registration.

Dec. 17th –  1pm Cookie/candy making for SOS – we are going to make individual cookie plates at my house and wrap them for homeless teens to pick up when they stop at the shelter. My mom will deliver the plates on the 20th.

Dec. 22nd – 3pm at  my house. Often the holidays are an especially difficult time for those without a home. To help raise their spirits and spread holiday cheer, help wrap donated holiday gifts for the residents of Miller Community House.

Jan. 13th – Date we will hang scarves, hats and gloves on the bridge in Akron for the homeless. We are hoping to collect articles that have been purchased, or better yet, are handmade – anything is greatly appreciated. If you know anyone who likes to knit, please let them know about this opportunity to give back. Each item will be placed in a Ziploc bag and include a kind note before being hung. Here is a link to see how Akron Snow Angels started this project. They are now inviting any group to “decorate” the bridge.

Jan. 27th –  Make sack lunches for SOS. We’ll meet at my house at 10am to assemble the lunches and then anyone wishing to go with us, can help drop off the food in Akron at Street Outreach Services.

Feb. 4th – Get together at my house at 1pm to work on dog tug toys and blankets for Dog Days of Summer. We’ll watch a movie and have some snacks while we work.

Feb. 25th – Come to my house at 1pm for a pizza lunch and to write letters to send to our troops.

*Ongoing project – Each summer Dog Days is held in downtown Kent to raise money for the Madonio Family Animal Welfare Trust. The tentative date for next year is August 18th and the event will run from 11-4pm. We have offered to sell no sew fleece dog blankets and dog tug toys. The event is always fun and there will be tons of kids there our age. If you would like to work at the booth, we are asking that over the next almost 10 months, you make 10 blankets and 10 toys. The only way to have enough to sell is if we all work together. All sales will benefit the Madonio charity.

Dog Tug Toys – Watch this video for directions. Each toy can be made with one old t-shirt. I made a couple and I think they look better if you combine strips of fabric from different colored t-shirts, rather than making the whole toy the same color, but either way is fine.

No-Sew Blankets. There are tons of tutorials for these online. We are going to use two pieces of fleece for each blanket – usually one patterned for the front and one plain for the back. We found Jo Ann’s has better prices than Hobby Lobby on fleece. We have collected some fleece donations, so if you contact me, I can get fleece to you to use or you can go to the store and pick out your own. The sizes are listed below. If you buy one-yard cuts, the dimensions work out easily because you keep cutting the one-yard in half to create the different sizes.

Large:                 36×60 (whole one yard opened up) 1 yard makes 1 blanket

Medium:            36×30  (one yard cut in half once)   1 yard makes 2 blankets

Small:                18×30   (one yard cut in half twice)   1 yard makes 4 blankets

(One yard meaning one yard of each fabric. Two fabrics per blanket.)

 

 

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