By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — Attention all knitters and crocheters, a call is being made for hats, mittens, and scarves for the new RSVP program, Knit and Stitch, at the Council on Rural Services.
The organization, serving Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby counties, is seeking volunteers, ages 55 and over, who would enjoy undertaking this unique project for the Head Start preschoolers at Kids Learning Place centers.
The idea comes from a similar program currently running in Darke County with volunteers knitting for a variety of projects, says Greg Morrow, program director, as it is, “something that homebound people can do.”
The idea is to bring volunteers and preschoolers together as the RSVP program exists not only to meet the needs of the community through the work of senior volunteers but to enhance the life of those volunteers through their volunteering activities. The work-in-progress of the Knit and Stitch program will allow just such a dual-purpose opportunity by first reaching out to those who may be homebound or looking for a way to channel their creative knit and stitch projects.
“A lot of people, they look at someone who is homebound and wonder what they can do to contribute?” explained Morrow. “And this is something they can do.”
According to Morrow, surveys from seniors show that volunteer work aids in feelings of being useful by making contributions to the community. In this case, the focus will be on helping Headstart kids get ready for winter and then developing a relationship with seniors in what the program director hopes will become an annual event of bringing the two groups together under one roof.
“There’s that connection being made between elders and preschoolers,” said Morrow of his vision where rather than volunteers simply making items and dispersing them accordingly, an unique opportunity of engagement will bring preschoolers and elders together with the former picking out their hats, mittens and scarves with the latter in attendance.
In essence, making it an annual, one big day event, “and then it will grow,” says Morrow.
According to the press release, this creative work can be completed at home, but monthly gatherings will be offered to provide a time for socializing if desired. Volunteers will then have the option of personally presenting the hats and mittens to a child at an upcoming event at the Kids Learning Place centers.
For more information visit www.councilonruralservices.org or contact RSVP recruiter Connie Kinsella at 778-5220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And no worries, if not able to knit the group is accepting donations of yarn or knitting/crochet needles, with supplies accepted at the 201 R. M. Davis Parkway location in Piqua.
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.