Opportunity Details

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

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:Mother and Daughter sewing

  • 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:

  • All volunteers are required to sign an MLK Volunteer Waiver (print it now, fill it out, and bring it with you to save time during project check in). Volunteers under 18 are required to bring a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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