Last Update - 19 August 2020
Our Commitment to Our Community Service
Our chapter like a lot of other chapters nationwide are committed to helping in our community. We take seriously the idea that many hands can make light work. We have held a free “Sew Camp” to teach kids the art and fun of sewing. We also work with other non-profits to ensure that donated sewing supplies are put to good use when the original owner no longer needs them. We sew clothing and other items to give to organizations that help those less fortunate than ourselves. We have lots of fun and it’s such a joy to sew for others.
Every year new projects are found and some fall by the wayside but are never forgotten. We try to do as much as we can to help our community. This year we have a list of projects (see below) that we are working on and you may want to help as well. As always if you need or want more information regarding the above projects, want to donate fabric/notions, or if you have a project you would like us to consider, please do not hesitate to contact us at CommProjects@asgsanjose.org
Family Support Housing From Family Support Housing website, “Family support services are community-based services that assist and support parents in their role as caregivers. Such services can take many different forms depending on the strengths and needs of the family, but their overarching goal is to help parents enhance skills and resolve problems to promote optimal child development. All families can benefit from support in some way; the principles of family support should be incorporated into casework across the child welfare service continuum.”
We support the program by making stuffed animals, pillowcases, totes, zippered bags and holiday items.
Alzheimer’s Activity Center The goal of this Center is to create a supportive environment for those with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. The Center services about 60 clients daily. Most clients need assistance with eating and frequently spill food on their clothes. Maintaining dignity is an important part of the Center’s values so how the clients look is important. Adult bib patterns tend to be whimsical and somewhat childish. When an adult is wearing a “Shib”, it looks very much like they have on a normal shirt. We have developed instructions for turning a shirt into a Shib. Members, please go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SJASG/info for the instructions.
Grateful Garment Project ensures that every victim of a sexual crime who contacts a Sexual Assault Response Team facility or who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with new clothing, and other miscellaneous items. Our chapter provides elastic waist pants for adult victims of sexual assault. All sizes of soft and comfortable pants are needed.
El Camino Hospital Many patients need the support of a small soft pillow to provide comfort after surgery. Our chapter has donated fabric and we have stitched the pillow bodies. This project is especially great because you don't need to sew anything and it will help to reduce your stash of small and even miss-matched fabric. Here's the description of the project: El Camino Hospital already has a pool of sewing volunteers who make and distribute the pillows to the surgical units. All we need to do is provide the pillow bodies. The fabric can be cotton or cotton blend. Each pillow consists of two 9" x 14" rectangles or one 18" x 14" rectangle. The two sides do not need to match. If you have some leftover fabric sitting in a corner, please cut it to size and contact Victoria at CommProjects@asgsanjose.org.
My New Red Shoes. My New Red Shoes helps homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes and by rallying youth and adults around this effort through volunteer and educational opportunities for individuals, families, schools, corporations, and community groups. Our chapter provides fabric shoes bags. Members, please go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SJASG/info for instructions on how to make the bags.
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On Going Service Projects
American Cancer Society We sew chemo hats/scarves/turbans, heart shaped pillows and “ouch pouches”.
Humane Society of Silicon Valley We have stitched up kitty sleeping pads to line the kitties sleeping areas.
U. S. Military We have proudly made drawstring bags and cool ties.
If you have any questions regarding Community Service, please contact us for more information. We gladly accept any items year round and welcome any new ideas that you may have, or know of any group that is in need of specific items.
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