Volunteering to change the world

Volunteer From Home: Become a Scarf Bomber and a Scarf Bombardier

We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home, but have you thought about the benefits of volunteering from home?  There are plenty of reasons why volunteering can sometimes be difficult despite your best intentions.  Life is busy.  You’re working long hours.  You don’t have easy access to volunteer activities in your community.  We get it, which is why we created this blog, Make a Difference From Home.  Volunteering from home is super fun and  a great way to gather family and friends together to make the world a better place.

Have you heard about scarf bombing?  Scarf bombing is the act of placing scarves all over outside for people in need to take to help them stay warm.  Scarf bombings typically happens in a general area like a park or on a specific street with scarves tied to benches, trees, statues, just about anywhere and everywhere.  The scarves are left for anyone who needs one to help them keep warm. It’s a heartwarming trend and another volunteer opportunity that you can get involved in from home.



According to the Scarf Bombardier founder, Suzanne Volpe,  “It all started with something a friend posted on my Facebook page about 7 or 8 years ago. Someone was putting scarves out for people to take. I shared the post and another friend ran with it and did what she named a scarf bomb in New London, CT.  My thought then was.  ‘Somebody should do that here.’   Then I realized that I was somebody.

The first Harrisburg event was very small – only a few dozen scarves I had made. But it was only the beginning. The next year I had donations from friends, coworkers, and relatives.  And I had help putting them out. It was such a success, I decided to expand and do one in my old (and now new) hometown of Pittsburgh.

Every year the scarf bombs have grown. I started a Facebook page and as a result, made contact with a church group in Harrisburg that had taken on the project.  We’ve also had help from Small Acts Big Change, both in spreading the word and sending scarves. News coverage in Harrisburg was a great help too.

Last year we put out over 1,000 scarves in Pittsburgh and at least 500 in Harrisburg. This year will undoubtedly be even bigger.” 

For more information, as well as uplifting posts, follow Scarf Bombardiers on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/freescarves



Would you like to get involved?  There are several ways you can help:

  • Organize a scarf bombing event like this one by Scarf Bombardiers.


  • Make scarves and donate them.  


  • Buy scarves and donate them.


  • Donate supplies such as yarn, knitting needles, blank tags, and safety pins.


  • Decorate tags for scarves and donate them.



Want to crochet an easy scarf?  Please refer to our easy-to-make scarf pattern for knitting at:


Want to knit an easy scarf? Please refer to our easy-to-make crochet scarf pattern at: 



Make gathering your supplies for this project as easy as possible… and support charity too!  You can buy knitting and crocheting kiys in our 100% charity Etsy shop, Kindness Market.

To learn more about our all-inclusive Volunteer Crochet Kit, please click here.

To learn more about our all-inclusive Volunteer Knit Kit, please click here.


Scarf Bombardiers takes crocheted, knitted, and fleece scarves.  They also take gently used, clean scarves.   If you would like to donate to Scarf Bombardiers, please send scarves to:  

Scarf Bombardiers, Attention Suzanne Volpe, 322 Mall Blvd., Box 185, Monroeville, PA 15146


If you would like to learn about more DIY volunteer from home projects like these, please subscribe to this page, Make a Difference From Home.  

This blog is hosted by Small Acts Big Change, a nonprofit organization helping people volunteer to change the world through kindness and service. 


Would you like to bring this project or another from Make a Difference From Home to a group you are involved with while still practicing social distancing? Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, schools, businesses or other groups, please contact Carolyn  at [email protected] for more information.


Thank you for helping to spread happiness and kindness throughout the world. <3 

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Small Acts Big Change presents Make a Difference From Home. This blog is filled with fun DIY do-good projects to help people of all ages volunteer from the comfort of their own homes. Students can earn service hours on many of our projects. Thanks for making a difference!