Opportunity Details

Family Services, Hunger & Homelessness
Families, Homeless, Low-income Communities

Age Minimum (with Adult):5+, Minimum Age:13+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Bink-A-Thon: Make Blankets for Children! (age 5+) *MLK Weekend 2018*


Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. King through meaningful service to our community: "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Binky Patrol is an all volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to vulnerable children and teens through local shelters and youth-serving agencies. A "binky" is a homemade blanket that can be sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted.  They range in size from 3 feet square up to twin bed size.

The blankets volunteers make will find their way to families with children in need of comfort and warmth. We'll be working together to sew, pin, trim, tie-off, and decorate scores of blankets. All blanket-helpers must bring sharp scissors with your name on them to help cut and work with fabric.

Please note that we will be working both on the floor and at cafeteria tables/benches for the majority of the time. If you need a backrest, something soft to kneel on, or want to bring a chair of your own, please plan on it so you can be comfortable!

We're asking that all volunteers come equipped with scissors that can cut through fabric. We are also in need of at least 30 volunteers who can bring their sewing machines and serve as our "sewing machine brigade" that day. If this sounds like you, please sign up for the "Sewing Machine Blanket Brigade" shift, so we know you're committed to bring your machine!

Volunteers without a sewing machine should sign up below. Your tasks for the day might include:

  • Cutting fabric in preparation for the sewers

  • Pinning the bottoms to the tops and trimming the bottoms

  • Tying off the blankets with yarn or embroidery threads

  • Hand sewing the Binky Patrol labels to the blankets

  • Bagging finished blankets for the recipient agencies

  • Cleaning up at the end of the project

Children ages 5 and older are able to participate, provided that a parent/guardian stays with them and is responsible for them at all times.

Volunteers should bring a pair of (labeled) scissors for the day.

We are going to be working very hard to make a lot of blankets fast! Join us for a fun day of blanket-making for a great cause!

We will be working across the lunch hour, so we recommend you bring a bagged lunch so that you stay nourished during the shift.

To learn more about Binky Patrol, visit our website:http://www.binkypatrol.org

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 5 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 13 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone. 

    All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a Youth Volunteer Release Form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project.

  • If you plan to bring children or guests you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project. In the spirit of creating an atmosphere where people from all parts of our community are coming together to volunteer,

    Team Captains are only able to reserve up to 50% of the spots on any individual MLK Weekend of Service Project. Team Captains are required to provide names and email addresses for each team member (over the age of 13) in order to hold spaces on a volunteer project or they may be removed from the project. Questions? Email teams@handsonportland.org

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring that everyone signed up through your team attends - only sign up team members who have confirmed their availability. Teams that repeatedly sign up, but do not show up or show up with fewer volunteers than they signed up, may be removed. To add or remove team members from a project, click on "My Account" and then "My Teams," above.

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3355. 

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