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Creighton University

In January, 2000, the crochet and knit group was organized at Creighton University by Joleen Richwine of the Political Science and International Relations Department. The group meets several times a year to share lunch, talk and work on our latest projects.

There are no dues, and the group is open to any member of the Creighton University community. Faculty, staff members and students, male and female are all a part of the group. Members are encouraged to work on projects at home during their free time or during their lunch hour at work.

Members share patterns, teach new learners the art of crochet or knit, learn new techniques and stitches, and plan future events. The group hosted a "Crochet and Knit Show" in the fall of 2000, and a booth at the Creighton University Health Fair in the fall of 2003.

The group decided to share their talents by giving back to the community by doing service projects at its inception. Click here to see a list of all the volunteer opportunities and agencies we have supplied handmade knitted and crochet items to.

As of May, 2004, 1116 items have been donated to charities, organizations and agencies throughout the metro area!

All completed items for charity are returned to Joleen (Political Science Office, Admin. Bldg., Room 430). The group is keeping track the number and what agencies all the items are donated to. Several members of the group have volunteered to deliver the donated items to the different charities that we support.

Yarn has been donated to the group by individuals and organizations for our charity work. Please contact Joleen (joleen@creighton.edu) to see the donated yarn and take some home to use in our charity work. The donation of the FREE yarn makes this a truly affordable hobby and and easy way to do charity work. If you have yarn, supplies or patterns you would like to donate to the group, please contact Joleen at 280-2836 or at joleen@creighton.edu.

Members of the group may and do purchase their own yarn for their charity projects. A favorite yarn they purchase is Lion Brand Homespun yarn, due to the texture and colors available. Members also like to you Lion Brand varigated yarn for hats and scarves for school children as the kids love it.

The group welcomes new members and encourages YOU to join us in our work. Together we can make a difference in our community!

The group has been noted in the Council Bluffs Nonpareil where a group of nursing home residents were featured with lap robes that were made and donated by our group. The Crochet Knit group was also recognized by the United Way of the Midland, Volunteer Resource Center as one of the 2001 Outstanding Volunteer Awardees. The group has been noted in the Newsletter from the Fuzzy Fingers/Retired and Senior Volunteer Program/American Red Cross, in Council Bluffs as well for their donations towards the Fuzzy Fingers Program.

The group has made a positive impact on the community in which we live. We have received numerous thank you letters from families that we have adopted for the holidays, schools and other organizations.

Below is a list of some of the organizations the group has donated items to:
WARM UP AMERICA AFGHANS

The goal of the nation-wide "Warm Up America" afghan project is to provide warm crocheted or knitted afghans to anyone in need. These afghans are distributed to various agencies. The Red Cross and Salvation Army distribute these afghans to victims of natural disasters; area homeless; and for families and those who have lost their homes and belongings due to fire, flood or tornadoes and to homeless people. Individuals and groups make 49 blocks that measure 7" X 9". These are joined together to complete an afghan. Smaller and larger afghans are also needed and appreciated. Please click here to access knit and crochet patterns for 7" X 9 " blocks.

DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER

This group has requested house slippers for the guests at their shelters. These families come to the shelter with little more than a grocery bag of clothes for themselves and their children.

FUZZY FINGERS PROJECT

The Council Bluffs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and the Volunteer Action Center of Council Bluffs has an excellent program for knitters and crocheters. Individuals make hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. These items are distributed to local children in need of warm winter wear. This program serves all of Southwest Iowa.

HOSPICE AND NURSING HOMES

Local nursing homes and the Hospice organization are in need of lap robes for their residents/patients. The elderly and patients in hospice suffer from poor circulation of the legs and these items are very helpful in keeping them warm.

AREA HOMELESS SHELTERS

Area homeless shelters in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens, scarves from the Creighton University Crochet and Knit Group.

BABY BLANKETS AND LAYETTES

The VNA and area hospitals have requested baby blankets and layettes for new mothers. This program deals with low-income and teenage mothers. We also have provided burial outfits and blankets to local hospitals for parents who have lost their children due to miscarriage, stillbirth or new baby death.

OTHER SERVICE WORK

Our group has donated lap robes to Douglas County Hospital, several other local hospitals, Foster Care program, local domestic abuse shelters, as well as nursing homes and hospice. Area schools have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for their students in need. Veteran's Hospital "Stand Down" program has received donations of hats, scarves and gloves for their homeless veteran program. Salvation Army has received donations of full sized afghans for victims of fire, floods, or tornadoes as well as hats, scarves and mittens for their "Night Watch" program.

If you are interested in any of these projects, or are interested in looking into other charity projects, please contact me for more information at joleen@creighton.edu or my work number of 280-2836.

Together, we can make a difference!

As the group's leader, I enjoy the group members with new patterns, new charities who need out assistance, speakers from organizations have addressed our group to inform us about their program and how we can help them in their goals. I have also provided other information and several links on the website I developed. Please see: WARM UP AMERICA AFGHANS

The goal of the nation-wide "Warm Up America" afghan project is to provide warm crocheted or knitted afghans to anyone in need. These afghans are distributed to various agencies. The Red Cross and Salvation Army distribute these afghans to victims of natural disasters; area homeless; and for families and those who have lost their homes and belongings due to fire, flood or tornadoes and to homeless people. Individuals and groups make 49 blocks that measure 7" X 9". These are joined together to complete an afghan. Smaller and larger afghans are also needed and appreciated. Please click here to access knit and crochet patterns for 7" X 9 " blocks.

DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER

This group has requested house slippers for the guests at their shelters. These families come to the shelter with little more than a grocery bag of clothes for themselves and their children.

FUZZY FINGERS PROJECT

The Council Bluffs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and the Volunteer Action Center of Council Bluffs has an excellent program for knitters and crocheters. Individuals make hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. These items are distributed to local children in need of warm winter wear. This program serves all of Southwest Iowa.

HOSPICE AND NURSING HOMES

Local nursing homes and the Hospice organization are in need of lap robes for their residents/patients. The elderly and patients in hospice suffer from poor circulation of the legs and these items are very helpful in keeping them warm.

AREA HOMELESS SHELTERS

Area homeless shelters in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens, scarves from the Creighton University Crochet and Knit Group.

BABY BLANKETS AND LAYETTES

The VNA and area hospitals have requested baby blankets and layettes for new mothers. This program deals with low-income and teenage mothers. We also have provided burial outfits and blankets to local hospitals for parents who have lost their children due to miscarriage, stillbirth or new baby death.

OTHER SERVICE WORK

Our group has donated lap robes to Douglas County Hospital, several other local hospitals, Foster Care program, local domestic abuse shelters, as well as nursing homes and hospice. Area schools have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for their students in need. Veteran's Hospital "Stand Down" program has received donations of hats, scarves and gloves for their homeless veteran program. Salvation Army has received donations of full sized afghans for victims of fire, floods, or tornadoes as well as hats, scarves and mittens for their "Night Watch" program.

If you are interested in any of these projects, or are interested in looking into other charity projects, please contact me for more information at joleen@creighton.edu or my work number of 280-2836.

Together, we can make a difference!

As group leader, I have arranged to have speakers from different organization address the group to inform us about their organization and how we can help them. I arrange meeting times to discuss current projects, collect donated items, distribute yarn, teach classes and arrange for teachers in both knit and crochet. Because the campus is large, I have scheduled meetings for various locations throughout campus so others have the opportunity to learn and participate in our projects. I use a list serve e-mail service to encourage individuals to participate in various projects. I developed a website and have received inquiries from locations throughout the United States to either join in our efforts or to receive information on how to begin a project like ours in their hometown. Please see out website at: WARM UP AMERICA AFGHANS

The goal of the nation-wide "Warm Up America" afghan project is to provide warm crocheted or knitted afghans to anyone in need. These afghans are distributed to various agencies. The Red Cross and Salvation Army distribute these afghans to victims of natural disasters; area homeless; and for families and those who have lost their homes and belongings due to fire, flood or tornadoes and to homeless people. Individuals and groups make 49 blocks that measure 7" X 9". These are joined together to complete an afghan. Smaller and larger afghans are also needed and appreciated. Please click here to access knit and crochet patterns for 7" X 9 " blocks.

DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER

This group has requested house slippers for the guests at their shelters. These families come to the shelter with little more than a grocery bag of clothes for themselves and their children.

FUZZY FINGERS PROJECT

The Council Bluffs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and the Volunteer Action Center of Council Bluffs has an excellent program for knitters and crocheters. Individuals make hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. These items are distributed to local children in need of warm winter wear. This program serves all of Southwest Iowa.

HOSPICE AND NURSING HOMES

Local nursing homes and the Hospice organization are in need of lap robes for their residents/patients. The elderly and patients in hospice suffer from poor circulation of the legs and these items are very helpful in keeping them warm.

AREA HOMELESS SHELTERS

Area homeless shelters in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens, scarves from the Creighton University Crochet and Knit Group.

BABY BLANKETS AND LAYETTES

The VNA and area hospitals have requested baby blankets and layettes for new mothers. This program deals with low-income and teenage mothers. We also have provided burial outfits and blankets to local hospitals for parents who have lost their children due to miscarriage, stillbirth or new baby death.

OTHER SERVICE WORK

Our group has donated lap robes to Douglas County Hospital, several other local hospitals, Foster Care program, local domestic abuse shelters, as well as nursing homes and hospice. Area schools have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for their students in need. Veteran's Hospital "Stand Down" program has received donations of hats, scarves and gloves for their homeless veteran program. Salvation Army has received donations of full sized afghans for victims of fire, floods, or tornadoes as well as hats, scarves and mittens for their "Night Watch" program.

If you are interested in any of these projects, or are interested in looking into other charity projects, please contact me for more information at joleen@creighton.edu or my work number of 280-2836.

Together, we can make a difference!

As group leader, I have organized speakers to address the group to inform us on their organization/charity and how our group can help them. I arrange meeting times and locaitons, arrange to have teachers teach crocheting or knitting as well as various special classes on broomstick lace, and other more advanced processes. I encourge members to participate through the use of an e-mail list serve where I inform them of our current projects, goals, and charity requests for help. I developed a website for the Crochet and Knit group at: http://www.puffin.creighton.edu/crochetknit/ In February, 2003 I was honored by Creighton University by receiving the St. Ignatius Award.
For details regarding the award, please see:
http://www.creighton.edu/DeglmanCenter/st.htm. You may view my nomination at
http://www.creighton.edu/DeglmanCenter/2003.htm.

If you need or desire more information, please contact me at 402-280-2836 (work) or at home 712-325-1015. I have one picture on my website. I will try to send you other photographs as well.



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