Needle and ThREAD

Stitching for Literacy Update

Two bookmarks embroidered, collected, and donated by the Redwood Stitchers EGA chapter in Santa Rosa, CA.

The Monday “What have you done lately?” accountability post, where I announce my Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy program promotion goal for the week and fess up on last week’s goal.

Last week, my goal was to contact TNNA’s Helping Hands Foundation to see if we might work together to strengthen the outreach branch of Stitching for Literacy.


Result: To be determined. But I learned something rather exciting. Under the Helping Hands Foundation, Inc. 501 (c) (3) umbrella is a Fund called “TNNA Cares.” Tax-deductible donations can be made to TNNA Cares and earmarked for our Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy program.

As we overhaul the Stitching for Literacy website, I hope to make donating to TNNA Cares as easy as clicking a button. As you plan your charitable giving for the coming year, I hope you’ll consider TNNA Cares and Stitching for Literacy.

This week, I aim to begin rounding up volunteers to pioneer Stitching for Literacy outreach events in libraries and schools (and at Girl Scout meetings, 4-H meetings, etc.) across the country. These events can take place any day, any week, any month, and can be led by a single stitcher, two stitchers, or a whole group of stitchers. We can have one-day events or multi-day events. And I am going to help you get your event rolling. No effort is too small or too big.

How am I going to round up volunteers? These goals are supposed to be specific and doable, after all. I’m going to ask here on the blog, on Facebook, in the Stitching for Literacy Yahoo Group, and on several industry message boards.

So…would any of you like to volunteer to lead a Stitching for Literacy outreach event in the coming year? When you teach someone to stitch, you help build self-esteem, improve learning ability, open the door to creativity, and provide an opportunity to learn a lifelong skill that provides relaxation, satisfaction, and joy.

Becca’s already signed up. Who’s next? You can leave your name here or send an e-mail to mail [AT] funkandweber [DOT] com. Our e-mail address is in the sidebar, you know.

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