PROJECT YES! Brings warmth to those in need!
Last fall Volunteer Connections Program Director Marcia Hale met Bleu Door Bakery's owner Bonnie Brasure at a Vancouver Chamber of Commerce event. Bonnie shared with Chamber members that each Christmas for the last several years she and her team prepare a hot Christmas Day meal for the homeless and drive around the city handing the meals out. They also hand out a little goodie bag with some extra food, toiletries and try to include a hat, scarf, or pair of gloves. Last year Bonnie and company handed out 300 meals, and her small team of friends who helped knit items were having trouble keeping up. Marcia asked if Volunteer Connections could help find some volunteer knitters. It would allow us to find a use for the many boxes of yarn that had been donated to us in early Spring and to officially launch, Project YES, the Yarn Engagement Society. Bonnie was pleased to have the help!
Kitty Hibbs, Program Aide and Marcia set about finding and coordinating volunteers. The end result was impressive! Between October and early December, twenty six people knitted or crochetted over 400 items to donate to Bleu Door. The downtown Vancouver library let us set up a table one afternoon to help promote the project. Bleu Door Bakery was thrilled to have so many wonderful and beautiful items to share with those less fortunate. We estimate that over 1600 hours and countless yards of yarn were donated to the launch of Project YES!
We will be looking for new projects to do next year, and will mostly likely continue to donate to Bleu Door's efforts. We'll need to find more yarn, as most of what we had has been put to good use. If you would like to be on the contact list as a knit or crochet volunteer or if you have yarn to donate or a place that could use some handmade items please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put Project YES in the subject line.