Opportunity Details

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

Age Minimum (with Adult):11+, Minimum Age:13+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Bink-A-Thon: Sewing Machine Blanket Brigade! (age 12+) *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 during MLK weekend 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. 

Bink-a-Thon MLK 2010 144We are in need of at least 40 volunteers who can bring their sewing machines and serve as our "sewing machine brigade" that day. If you have your own sewing machine and want to put your skills towards a great cause, sign up below! By signing up below, you're committing to bringing both yourself and your machine! (Don't have a machine? Sign up for the Bink-a-thon Helpers shift instead!) Extra thread and some extra needles to get you through the day would also be helpful to bring, as well as a (labeled!) extension cord if you have one available!

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

At 10am, the Sewing Machine Brigade help get the machines and the space set-up, and then we'll hit the fabric and sew, sew, sew till 2pm! We recommend you bring a bagged lunch so that you stay nourished during the shift.

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

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

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 13 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone. Younger children are welcome to help out in the non-sewing group.

    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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