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Project Warm-up volunteers use yarn they receive from the WA-ID Volunteer Center to knit or crochet items such as hats, scarves, lap robes, mittens, and baby blankets all year long. The Volunteer Center stores the completed items during the year, then brings the items out of storage in late October to be distributed among the clients of numerous nonprofit agencies within our service area.
In 2016, 57 volunteers worked 15,242 hours to donate over 2600 items to Coats for Families, Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, local elementary schools, Northwest Children’s Home, Tammany Alternative School, Life Choices Pregnancy Center, YWCA, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, American Cancer Society, St. Vincent de Paul Social Services, Boys and Girls Club of Lapwai, CAP Food Bank, Asotin County Food Bank, Holiday Heroes, American Red Cross Disaster Services, and the ID State Veteran’s Home, among others.
Volunteers are able to use yarn provided by the Volunteer Center. The program is partially supported through annual donations by AVISTA Utilities and the Rotary Club. We also rely heavily on yarn donations from generous members of the community. Volunteers can use their own patterns, or the Volunteer Center can provide patterns upon request.
Most Project Warm-up volunteers knit or crochet from home, but there is a small group of volunteers who meet at the Lewiston Community Center from 1:30 – 3:30 on Wednesday afternoons. They welcome anyone who would like to join them!
If you would like more information about this program, call the WA-ID Volunteer Center at 208-746-7787.