Edlavitch DCJCC Handmade for the Homeless

Edlavitch DCJCC Handmade for the Homeless We are knitters & crocheters who do what we love for a good cause - create warm winter items that are distributed to those in need in the DC area!

The Edlavitch DCJCC organizes high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the DC Metro area. For the past 30+ years the EDCJCC has enabled tens of thousands of individuals to make a difference by volunteering in our community.

Operating as usual

Reminder: next Handmade Zoom on May 16th, from 10:30-11:30 am: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/j/81404094797Now that vaccinat...
04/19/2021
Handmade Outdoors!

Reminder: next Handmade Zoom on May 16th, from 10:30-11:30 am: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/j/81404094797

Now that vaccinations are more widespread and our members have expressed interest, we are also looking into the possibility of outdoor (socially distant, masked) Handmade meetings in May and June, but we need your input! Please take this Google survey by Friday April 30th to help us plan, and stay tuned for more info: https://forms.gle/9EEqr5HzwNZyseDn8

Gaging interest in having socially distant, masked Handmade gatherings outdoors in May and June

03/12/2021
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Reminder: we will be meeting THIS Sunday Mar 14th from 10:30-11:30. https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/j/81404094797

Not on our email list? Contact Chana at [email protected] to be added for other important updates!

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Crochet art 🧶 on display in DC! https://www.popville.com/2021/03/crochet-art-vice-president-kamala-harris-london-kaye-wh...
03/09/2021
Crochet art installation of US Vice President Kamala Harris by London Kaye unveiled at the Wharf today

Crochet art 🧶 on display in DC! https://www.popville.com/2021/03/crochet-art-vice-president-kamala-harris-london-kaye-wharf/

"will be up March 8 through Memorial Day Weekend." Photo courtesy of Southwest BID From a press release: "Today, The Wharf, Washington, DC's world-class waterfront neighborhood, in partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) and the Italian-inspired culinary collective

Vice President Kamala Harris visited one of our favorite LYS (local yarn store) fibre space today! Rumor has it that she...
03/04/2021

Vice President Kamala Harris visited one of our favorite LYS (local yarn store) fibre space today! Rumor has it that she is a crocheter and we know Michelle Obama is a knitter! If anyone has a connection to either of these wonderful women, please let them know they’re always welcome to join us for Handmade ❤️🧶❤️

Madam @vp visited today to hear our story and that of my staff - how we’ve pivoted during the pandemic and what we need headed into this spring and summer. We discussed our biggest concerns and fears during this pandemic. It was a wonderful opportunity for us and our small business community. So grateful for this opportunity. So grateful.

03/02/2021

Good news - our socially distant yarn stash pickup has been rescheduled for Sunday March 7th, 2-3:30pm! We will be in the parking lot located behind the EDCJCC main building at 1529 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Please wear a mask to come pick up yarn, follow staff/volunteer instructions and observe good social distancing from one another.

02/27/2021

Sunday (2/28)’s outdoor scheduled yarn stash pickup is CANCELLED due to the forecasted inclement weather. Rescheduled date TBD!

What isn’t cancelled though? Upcoming Handmade Zooms: we will be virtually meeting Sundays March 14th and April 11th, 10:30-11:30 AM.

Not on our email list? Contact Chana at [email protected] to be added!

02/20/2021
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Reminder: we will be meeting THIS Sunday Feb 21st from 10:30-11:30. https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/j/81404094797

We will also have a socially distant yarn pickup from our donated stash outside NEXT Sunday Feb 28th from 2-3 pm!

Not on our email list? Contact Chana at [email protected] to be added for other important updates!

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So nice to see some of our members (outside, socially distant and masked, of course!) come pick up yarn from the donated...
01/24/2021

So nice to see some of our members (outside, socially distant and masked, of course!) come pick up yarn from the donated stash today! Ilana L. was kind enough to let us snap a shot of her in action, and to share one of her pup Latke posing with the stash back at home. We can’t wait to see the warm winter items you make this year!

We have a new Zoom link! We will be meeting Sunday January 24th from 10:30-11:30. https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/j/814040947...
01/05/2021
MLK Day of Service | Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

We have a new Zoom link! We will be meeting Sunday January 24th from 10:30-11:30. https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/j/81404094797
Meeting ID: 814 0409 4797

We will have a socially distant yarn pickup from our donated stash on Monday January 18th from 10am to noon as part of the MLK Day of Service. Other volunteer opportunities (including baking and making trail mix at home to drop off) are here and registration is OPEN as of today: https://www.edcjcc.org/mlk . We hope to have another yarn pickup opportunity in the near future as staffing and COVID precautions allow.

Not on our email list? Contact Chana at [email protected] to be added for other important updates!

MLK Day is a chance for us to dedicate a portion of our day to civic engagement and service. Thousands of people across the country come together (this year 6 feet apart or over zoom!) to serve others and advance justice and social welfare. We are proud to provide a meaningful opportunity for you to...

Ever wonder what happens to your warm winter items after you drop them off? Here’s some getting wrapped up today with ot...
12/14/2020

Ever wonder what happens to your warm winter items after you drop them off? Here’s some getting wrapped up today with other gifts, to distribute on D25 to transitional housing staff and residents!

Wow! Our Big Count looked very different this year, but we hit our biggest total yet - our crafters made 1,354 total ite...
12/13/2020

Wow! Our Big Count looked very different this year, but we hit our biggest total yet - our crafters made 1,354 total items!! They will be handed out to those in need in the DMV area as part of D25 - thank you SO much to everyone who contributed!

Henry helped his mom Carla Doernberg Obenshain drop off her finished Handmade items to another crafter today, who will d...
12/09/2020

Henry helped his mom Carla Doernberg Obenshain drop off her finished Handmade items to another crafter today, who will drop them off at the EDCJCC this Sunday! Have you done your drop off, and will it be this cute? 🥰

12/08/2020

Reminder: Our deadline for returning items this year is THIS Sunday December 13th! Please email Chana Engel ([email protected]) if you are not on our email list to get more information on how to return items. We can’t wait to show you the amazing warm winter items out members have been making at home - they will be needed more than ever this year!

Our deadline for returning items this year is December 13th! Please email Chana Engel (chanaengel@gmail.com) if you are ...
11/12/2020

Our deadline for returning items this year is December 13th! Please email Chana Engel ([email protected]) if you are not on our email list to get more information on how to return items. And our crafters have been busier than ever...member Claire Stapleton shared a photo of most the 406(!!!) hats she has made this year. Wow! A huge thank you as these warm winter items will be needed more than ever this year.

Our crafters have been busy this year! Member Michele Riel Doyle sent us a photo of her totals so far: “1 Blanket, 1 chi...
11/09/2020

Our crafters have been busy this year! Member Michele Riel Doyle sent us a photo of her totals so far: “1 Blanket, 1 child size hat, 1 fingerless glove set, 2 ear warmers, 3 woman’s scarfs, 1 woman’s cowl, 23 woman hats and 60 male hats”. Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

11/06/2020
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Last Handmade for the Homeless virtual session of the year is THIS Sunday Nov 8th from 10:30-11:30am. https://zoom.us/j/833878202 (on your computer, tablet or phone).

Also deadline for returning items this year is December 13th! Please email Chana Engel ([email protected]) if you are not on our email list to get more information on how to return items.

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10/13/2020
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Reminder- our next Handmade virtual meeting is this weekend via Zoom (Sunday Oct 18th from 10:30-11:30 am) https://zoom.us/j/833878202

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09/13/2020

If anyone would like to pick up some new yarn to make items with, you can do so today at the EDCJCC parking lot from Noon - 2 pm! You will also be able to drop off completed items.

09/12/2020
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Remember- Handmade virtual meeting tomorrow via Zoom (Sunday September 13th from 10:30-11:30 am) https://zoom.us/j/833878202

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08/18/2020

Please mark your calendars now- our next Handmade virtual dates will be Sundays August 30th, September 13th, and October 18th! All from 10:30-11:30 via Zoom. See you then 🧶

08/08/2020
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Reminder! Our next virtual Handmade over Zoom - is tomorrow, Sunday August 9th from 10:30-11:30! https://zoom.us/j/833878202

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07/21/2020
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Friends, we are switching to an every 3 weeks schedule for our virtual Handmade over Zoom - next one will be August 9th from 10:30-11:30! https://zoom.us/j/833878202

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06/29/2020

There will NOT be a Handmade Zoom this Sunday (July 5th). Our next Handmade Zoom will be Sunday July 19th 10:30-11:30. Can’t wait to “see” you all then!

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06/17/2020

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The Edlavitch DCJCC stands against racism and police brutality. We stand with the Black community.

06/15/2020
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Reminder that our next Handmade for the Homeless Zoom session will be Sunday June 21st, between 10:30 and 11:30am!

To access the meeting you'll use the same Zoom link we did before: https://zoom.us/j/833878202 (on your computer, tablet or phone). If you encounter a waiting room when you sign in, just hold tight and we will be right there to "let you in".

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Reminder that our next Handmade for the Homeless Zoom session will be Sunday June 7th, between 10:30 and 11:30am! To acc...
05/26/2020
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Reminder that our next Handmade for the Homeless Zoom session will be Sunday June 7th, between 10:30 and 11:30am!

To access the meeting you'll use the same Zoom link we did before: https://zoom.us/j/833878202 (on your computer, tablet or phone). If you encounter a waiting room when you sign in, just hold tight and we will be right there to "let you in".

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Reminder that our next Handmade for the Homeless Zoom session will be this Sunday May 10th, between 10:30 and 11:30am! T...
05/06/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

Reminder that our next Handmade for the Homeless Zoom session will be this Sunday May 10th, between 10:30 and 11:30am!

To access the meeting you'll use the same Zoom link we did before: https://zoom.us/j/833878202 (on your computer, tablet or phone). If you encounter a waiting room when you sign in, just hold tight and we will be right there to "let you in".

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

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1529 16th St NW
Washington D.C., DC
20036

General information

Handmade for the Homeless FAQs Why Warm Winter Items? A. The Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS) at the DCJCC does a lot of work with the homeless and folks living on the streets. When you spend a lot of time outside in the elements, your socks, hats, scarves and gloves get dirty very easily. We hope that our warm winter items can make a bit of difference in someone’s life. What warm winter items are needed? A. Warm winter items such as hats, scarves, socks, gloves and mittens are especially needed in adult sizes (although children's items will not be turned away). Blankets, sweaters, cowls, ear warmers etc. are also welcome, but there is more demand for the basics (hats, scarves, socks and gloves and mittens). Do you have yarn that I can use and do you accept yarn donations? A. We have lots of donated yarn that you are welcome to use. Contact [email protected] to arrange a pick-up or drop-off. You can use our donated yarn or use your own. Scrap scarves and hats are welcome and a great way to use up leftover yarn and create fun and interesting patterns! You can even hold more than one color strand together! We also accept yarn donations, thank you in advance for anything you can share. Are there certain types of yarn I should use? A. Many of these items are distributed to the area's homeless community- so the warmer, the better. Machine washable wool is great, but any yarn will do. We have plenty of donated yarn available to create warm winter items, in a variety of textures and colors. Contact Sonya ([email protected]) to arrange a pick-up or come to one of our monthly sessions at the DCJCC. Do I need to follow certain patterns? A. No- please be creative! THE WARMER THE BETTER! Solids, stripes, zig-zags- whatever makes you happy! There are plenty of patterns available online for free, or we are happy to provide patterns in person or by email, for both knit or crochet. Try holding two different strands together - or two of the same color for an extra warm and colorful creation! Do you need more women's items or men's items? Kids' items? A. We need warm winter items for both sexes. However, since donated yarn tends to be in bright colors, we end up with more women's items and still need items appropriate for men. Most of the organizations the DCJCC works with are focused on adults, but handmade kids' items will find a home as well. How many warm winter items do you need? A. For the annual December 25th Day of Service (D25), we gift wrap thousands of presents for DC area communities in need. In 2017, the group made over 500 warm winter items! Every donation helps-and handmade items are so appreciated by those in need! We wrap them with a note saying they are “Handmade with Love from the DCJCC volunteers”. When do you need the handmade items by? A. The handmade items are gift-wrapped as part of the December 25th Day of Service at the DCJCC. All items are needed by early-December in order to have time to gift wrap them and allocate them to 50+ organizations that will receive them as gifts on Christmas Day by our teams of volunteers. If you don't bring them in time, they won't go to waste- we'll just pass them out through DC’s cold winter months! Where do the items get donated? A. Handmade items are donated to local homeless shelters, transitional facilities and senior centers on Christmas as part of D25. Whatever isn’t passed out on Christmas will be passed out to folks living on the streets throughout the cold DC winter months. How often do you meet and where? A. We meet about once a month throughout the year. You don't need to stay the entire time, but it's please register (for free!) to let us know you are coming and so we have adequate space. If you are unable to attend after registering, we appreciate you letting us know -- and hope you'll be knitting or crocheting at home instead. I want to get involved, but do not know how to knit or crochet. Will you teach me? A. Yes- but please important that you register and let us know you want to learn! We love knitting and crocheting and want you to become as addicted as we are to helping others while doing something we love. Do I need to be a certain age to participate? A. Nope! We've had knitters and crocheters as young as 12, high school students, college students, and retirees at our monthly sessions. We are happy to teach you to knit and/or crochet as well. There are other year round volunteer opportunities for all ages, visit https://www.edcjcc.org/community/community-service-and-social-justice/. As we prepare for D25 there are also many other ways that volunteers of all ages can become involved- from sorting toiletries, to decorating bags, to wrapping gifts. Do I need to come to the monthly sessions to donate items? Where can I drop them off or can I mail them to you? A. Definitely not. We meet about once a month year round. Check our website and visit our page and our Ravelry Page for more info, meeting dates, and to see pictures of finished items. Completed items can be dropped off at the DCJCC - please contact Sonya ([email protected]) to arrange this or mail them to the DCJCC at 1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036 and address the package to Sonya Weisburd and Handmade for the Homeless to be sure they get to those in need. How else can I get involved? A. In addition to knitting and crocheting for D25, the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS) at the DCJCC has many year round volunteer opportunities, listed here: https://www.edcjcc.org/community/community-service-and-social-justice/

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Who are we? We are a group of knitters and crocheters who do what we love for a good cause! We create warm winter items that are distributed to those in need in the DC area.

Have questions or want to get in touch? We’re so glad you’re interested. Please email Sonya at [email protected] , and check out our FAQ below!

Are you on Ravelry? Yes! ravelry.com/groups/washington-dc-jcc-handmade-for-the-homeless

Why warm winter items? Individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty are most in need during the winter, when they are exposed to the elements.


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I just wanted to pass along a few more photos of how your amazing handmade items were used in packages for emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities this year. Many thanks for all you do!
https://youtu.be/lNGgHX65pCY Here is more information on Lion Brand's drive for Hats Not Hate.
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