Opportunity Details

Bink-A-Thon: Sewing Machine Blanket Brigade! (age 12+) *MLK 2014*

Hands On Managed projects offer you an opportunity to join a group of volunteers on a done-in-a-day project led by a Hands On Volunteer Leader

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.

Join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Day of Service as we work towards a goal of making as many blankets as possible in half a day! The blankets we 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. 

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! 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.

If you don't have a sewing machine but still want to help out, you can sign up for the non-sewing machine part of the project here: Make Blankets for Children

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:

  • Please fill out this MLK Adult & Youth Waiver and bring it with you to the project. All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:13+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

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