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Volunteer From Home: Crochet Scarves for Charity Homeless People In Need

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.

There are so many ways to give back from the comfort of your own home.  Anyone can crochet a scarf with this simple and basic pattern- it’s easy! Underprivileged and at-risk children, seniors in need, people living on the streets and homeless plus plenty of other people in need will be thrilled with the gift of a scarf you make and donate.

 

SUPPLIES:

  • 100 – 200 yards of a worsted-weight yarn in a color that you find pleasing.  More yarn creates a longer scarf. 
  • A crochet hook that is appropriate for the yarn you have chosen.  Please check the label on the skein of yard, which will likely  recommend a hook size.  Still not sure which size hook to choose?  We recommend size I. 
  • Scissors
  • A plastic crochet needle that will allow you to finish off the end of the scarf. 

 

TIPS:

  • We often get asked what the difference is between crocheting and knitting.  The main difference between crocheting and knitting is that crocheting completes a stitch one at a time whereas knitting keeps many stitches open at once. 
  • Your scarf can be as long or as short as you prefer.  We’ve found that scarves measuring approximately 4 feet in length work well. 

 

HOW TO:

Crochet Pattern for a Simple Scarf

If you are new to crocheting, making a simple scarf is a great way to learn.  This scarf is a great beginner’s project and can be made with a few simple and easy techniques that soon will have you crocheting like a professional.  With this pattern by Scarf Bombardier’s Suzanne Volpe, you only need to know how to do two simple stitches, the chain stitch and the single crochet.

 
Step 1: Getting started
Make the first loop and chain stitch an odd number of stitches.  Suzanne Volpe, the designer of this scarf pattern, recommends  21 or 23 stitches, but it depends on the yarn and size hook you use.
 
Step 2: Creating Row 1
Row 1: Single crochet in the second chain; chain one, skip a stitch, single crochet in next stitch. Continue until last two chains. Single crochet in last two chains. Chain one and turn.
 
Step 3: Creating Row 2
Row 2:  Single crochet in first stitch, chain one, single crochet in chain. Continue to last stitch; single crochet in single crochet. Chain one and turn.
 
Step 4: Keep on Crocheting
Repeat Step 3 until your scarf is at the desired length.  
 
Step 5:  Finishing the Scarf
When your scarf is the length you prefer, cut your yarn from the skein. Pull the yarn tip through the last crochet loop and pull it tight. You can hide this ending piece of yarn by using a crochet needle to hide the yarn tail within the scarf.
 
 
Step 7: Adding Fringe (optional) 
Wind the yarn around a piece of cardboard sized to be the length of the fringe you desire. We’ve found that approximately six inches long works well.  Cut it at one end. Fold the strands of the yarn in half and poke it through the end of the scarf using a crochet hook. Pull the tails through and pull snugly to tighten. Repeat until both ends of the scarf have fringe.

 

DONATING YOUR SCARF:

The scarves you donate do not have to follow the above pattern or even have to be homemade.  Any warm scarf makes a huge difference to people in need. 

Donate Locally in Your Area:

There are quite a few options for getting your scarf into the hands of someone in need in your local community.

  • People living on the streets in your area would likely love your scarf to help them stay warm this winter.  Reach out to the volunteer director at a local homeless shelter for help getting your scarf into the hands of someone in need.
  • Senior daycare centers would also love to pass your handmade scarf to seniors in need. Contact an elder daycare center in your area for more information.
  • Representatives from your area Ronald McDonald House, local food banks, schools, hospitals, community centers, nursing homes, etc. can help place your scarf with someone who needs it. 

Donate Via Mail:

  • Scarf Bombardiers:  Each year, Scarf Bombardiers leave free scarves tied to fences, benches, poles, trees, and other cool places so that the people who need them can find and take them.  If you would like to donate your scarf to a great cause, please send it to: Scarf Bombardiers, 322 Mail Blvd. Box 185, Monroeville, PA 15146.
  • Small Acts Big Change, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, will happily pass your scarf to people in need.  To donate, please send your scarf to:  Share Your Warmth, Small Acts Big Change, PO Box 1374, La Canada, CA 91012.

 

EARN VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR SCHOOL:

Small Acts Big Change can certify your student’s volunteer hours.  Effective April 1, 2021, each handmade scarf measuring a minimum of 4 feet long and 4 1/2 inches wide = 7 hours of volunteer service hour credit.   Please contact us at smallactsbigchange@yahoo.com to learn more.

 

SHARE:

We’d love to see a  picture of your “Crochet for a Cause” scarf .  Please feel free to share pictures at https://www.facebook.com/smallactsbigchangeus.

 

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

 

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES:

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 smallactsbigchange@yahoo.com for more information.

 

THANK YOU:  

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

 

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