Where Volunteers Make a Difference

The Joy of Stitching

If you are searching for a “feel good” program-with-a-purpose, you will touch many lives by using your knitting, sewing or crocheting talents as a Group Projects or Homeworker volunteer. RSVP volunteers work in groups and/or at home to make everything from baby items to quilts to walker/wheelchair bags, and much more. Each year, nearly 9000 of these items—or almost 170 items every week—are distributed to nonprofit organizations, hospitals, faith-based organizations, schools, etc. throughout Dane County to help their clients of all ages.

Our volunteers often tell us this program is what gets them going in the morning—to give from the hand and the heart to neighbors in Dane County.  They appreciate the camaraderie, friendship, and social interaction that are part of volunteering together in a group.

Donations are Gladly Accepted

Each year RSVP volunteers recycle thousands of pounds of donated materials. Instead of being sent to landfills, these items are crafted into beautiful, handmade items that are much appreciated by the community members who receive them. If you have acrylic yarn, cotton/cotton blend fabric, fleece, flannel, denim, corduroy or upholstery fabric, sewing notions or batting to donate, contact Mary Schmelzer at  or 608-310-7280.

Request Handmade Items

If you represent a community group in need of handmade items, download a Request for Handmade Items Form in printable pdf format and mail to Mary Schmelzer, RSVP, 517 N Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53705 or email to

How to Volunteer

Join us! RSVP has groups in Belleville, Cambridge, Cross Plains, Deerfield, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Mt. Horeb, Oregon, Verona, Waunakee and several sites in Madison. To find out more about using your creative talents to help others, contact Mary Schmelzer at 608-310-7280, or  or complete this online form.

Volunteers & Recipients Tell Us

A Gift
“It’s a gift to spend time sewing and knitting with these wonderful, lively people.”
- Group Projects Volunteer
So Grateful
"I wanted to thank RSVP for the wonderful quilt. I suffer from painful arthritis and it is difficult for me to walk. When I put the quilt over my legs, I feel comforted. The warmth of it makes me feel like someone cares about me. I'm so grateful to whomever made this quilt.
- Quilt Recipient