A new year, more volunteering opportunities: Charity; 12 for 12 in 2012

Posted by on January 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm.

I’m not one to make resolutions for the new year. I have various short and long-term goals; in this case some of my newer goals just happened to coincide with 2012. The reason is simple, my crochet skills have improved to the point where I can now make items for others, and so some of the crochet projects I’ve been itching to become involved with are now a reality.

You might be wondering what 12 for 12 in 2012 is about. Well, as the title states it’s for charity. Many thanks to Kathryn, crochet blogger, the talented author at Crochet Concupiscence for coming up with this fabulous idea.

As some of my readers already know, I already craft for charity; Machine sewn quilts created by my local church quilting group are donated to Lutheran World Relief. I also volunteer at a local homeless shelter,  monthly. I prepare morning breakfast for our guests. They are fed between 5:30 and 7:00 each day.


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The Mother Bear Project


Back in December 2011, I talked about The Mother Bear Project. The Mother Bear Project is a fabulous organization that donates hand crocheted and knitted bears to children in other countries. From their site…

The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear. 

The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children with the message that they are unconditionally loved.

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Helping Kids at Johns Hopkins

I recently discovered this group. The group founder lost her daughter, Gabrielle, in June 2008. I can’t even imagine outliving my daughter. Six times per year, there are various projects that are listed. for January/February the project is a blanket. This upcoming project gives me the perfect excuse to purchase yarn, and take time to create an adorable afghan for some deserving child in the Pediatric intensive Care Unit.


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Volunteering: How can I help?

The balls in your court, think about ways you can help others. It doesn’t have to be a craft, perhaps you can give your time, donate material, or money to assist a non-profit organization.

Having worked in the non-profit sector, I can tell you that every single bit helps. There are so many places looking for assistance, but not as many people are willing to turn their intentions into actions. If possible, find time to help those in need. If you’re in the United States and are unsure of what opportunities are in your area, check out Volunteer Match. If you are in another country (or like to assist in other countries) check out the Global Volunteer Network.

If you’d like to participate in Kathryrn’s charity crochet project. Write a post about it, and link back to her site.

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  • Cindy says:

    Im glad to read that you have reached you goals in charity. I am always in trouble with the resolutions for the next year. Some call them goals. I am afraid to plan big things, because I don’t want to feel disappointed. I only want to reach my goals with baby steps, but many of them. My first baby step for 2012 is to clean up:)


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Cindy,

    I only want to reach my goals with baby steps, but many of them. My first baby step for 2012 is to clean up:)

    Baby steps are good. I’m not one to have new years resolutions either. This year, some of them just happened to line up with the new year. 😉 I make short and long-term goals throughout the year. Some of my long-term goal will take several years to accomplish, but as yourself I’m taking those baby steps to eventually achieve those goals.

    Wishing you the best in achieving yours. 🙂
    Opal recently posted..Happy hooker: Crocheted my first (human) hat


  • Johnetta T. Filson says:

    Hi Opal!

    Before anything else! Happy new year! How I wish people will help the kids at Johns Hopkins. I have seen some of them and they really need help!! I know you will have a great year a head of you because you love to help the unfortunate 🙂 keep it up!


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Johnetta T. Filson,
    Thanks for stopping by, and you’re correct. I enjoy helping out if/when I can. It did mean I had to juggle some things around, and reduce some of my ‘me activities’ like video games, but it’s worth it, and more importantly. I’m enjoying doing this. I’m happiest, when I’m helping others. 🙂
    Opal recently posted..WIP Wednesday; Chunky hat and slippers


  • Jennifer says:

    Looking forward to hearing more about your volunteering! These are wonderful organizations and links!


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer, I’m looking forward to the opportunity also. Currently I’m working on a blanket and an infant hat. 😉
    Opal recently posted..WIP Wednesday; Chunky hat and slippers


  • It’s a great opportunity to volunteer in a certain charity funds. I was before a volunteer in a certain organization when I was in College, based on my experienced I feel so much great because I helped somebody else which I didn’t know.


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Shameka@Entrance Doors,
    It’s always a great feeling to assist others. It’s something I was taught as a child, and I still volunteer today. I’m 41. 😉
    Opal recently posted..Homeless shelter: Not green eggs and ham… bacon and eggs


  • meenul says:

    Great opportunity to help the poor and dersevering ppl.


  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    Helping other such as this , is memorable to them, and makes ourselves very comfortable.It is nice to see other children happy because of the presents and foods given to them. as you look into their eyes the smile is unforgettable.


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