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Group Projects & Homeworker Volunteers, from Our Hands to Your Hearts

The RSVP Group Projects & Homeworkers Program addresses critical needs (warmth, safety and comfort) of many of the less fortunate members of the Dane County community. The volunteers in this program touch lives by using their knitting, sewing or crocheting talents to make items like quilts, afghans, shawls, fidget/activity quilts, mittens, face masks (and more!). These handcrafted creations are distributed to nonprofit organizations (i.e. low-income housing and medical facilities, schools and community centers, etc.) throughout Dane County to help people of all ages. On average, approximately 12,000 items are made and distributed annually.  Click here for a list of Recipient Agencies.

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. Whether volunteers choose to enjoy the camaraderie of a sewing or knitting group (as Group Projects Volunteers) or prefer to create their donations independently and safely at home (as Homeworker Volunteers), they get to make a difference in people's lives while implementing their creative passions.

How to Become a Knitting or Sewing Volunteer

Join us! Help us positively impact our community as a Group Projects & Homeworker Volunteer! To find a sewing or knitting group near you or register as a Homeworker, contact Kate Seal at 608-310-7280, or complete this online form. There are optional patterns and supplies available but this truly is an opportunity to make what you love and how you love to make it, whenever you have time and desire. All skill levels welcome!

How to Receive Our Handcrafted Donations

If you represent a community group/nonprofit local agency and need items of warmth and safety to disperse to your patrons, please download a Request for Handmade Items Form in printable pdf format and mail to Kate Seal, RSVP, 6501 Watts Road, Suite 250, Madison, WI 53719, email to or fax it to 608-238-7931.

We will be honored and delighted to share our volunteer-crafted donations with those served by your organization. Each donation is beautifully unique and offers warmth, safety, comfort and supportive sentiment.

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Volunteers & Recipients Tell Us

A Gift for Someone Else
“During the winter, I have no transportation and very little contact with my friends, except for my RSVP group. So I sew. I love everything about quilting. I love that my mother taught me and that her mother taught her. I love that quilts are both warm and beautiful. And, I love that it is something I can do for someone else."
- RSVP Group Projects Volunteer
Caring
"RSVP items provide welcoming warmth and pride in cold winter months for both adults and children who would otherwise go without. Also provides a world view that people care."
- Community Recipient
Donations are Gladly Accepted
Each year RSVP recycles 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 or washable yarns, cotton quilting fabric, fleece, flannel, denim, corduroy or upholstery fabric, sewing notions or batting to donate, contact Kate Seal at or 608-310-7280.