Muslimah Writers Alliance Joins in Supporting Interfaith Network's Annual Warm for Winter Project

MWA member, The Interfaith Network board member, and Warm for Winter founder, Janice Tufte, continues to seek an end to homelessness through awareness campaign providing handmade hats and scarves to those without a place to call home.
By: Aishah Schwartz
 
 
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Oct. 16, 2010 - PRLog -- SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – (MWA-Net) – Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) joins in urging community support for The Interfaith Network's Annual Warm for Winter Project and its quest to provide 1,000 handmade hats and scarves for homeless community members in the Seattle, Washington area.

The Warm for Winter Project, a 100% volunteer effort, was founded in 2006 by MWA member, Janice Tufte. The original concept being a ten-year plan to end homelessness in the Seattle area through subsequent annual events organized to increase community awareness, not just in Seattle, but nationwide.

The Warm for Winter Project seeks to collect 1,000 handmade hats and scarves, initially through October, to help homeless community members keep warm as the chill of winter quickly approaches.  

"Each of the 1,000 handmade hats or scarves represents the number of low income affordable housing units needed to be created each year to successfully tackle homelessness in King County alone," stated Tufte. "In Washington State it is estimated that there are over 23,000 people without a place to call home."

You don't have to live in Seattle to participate in the Warm for Winter Project! According to the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, nearly 1.56 million people used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program during the 12-month period (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009).

Help increase awareness to the issue of homelessness nationwide throughout the winter months by organizing your neighbors, co-workers, faith communities, and even schools, to knit, crochet, or make from fleece, handmade hats and scarves for the homeless! Any size handmade hats or scarves are welcomed, jewel tone darker colored larger hats are also needed along with longer scarves!

In the Seattle area, items can be knit, crocheted, or made from fleece, and dropped off at any Pacific Fabrics location (http://pacificfabrics.com). Alternate delivery arrangements can be made by contacting Janice Tufte through October or into December (she will be unavailable in November) at (206) 675-2672 or by email addressed to warmforwinter@yahoo.com. For drop-off locations in your city, contact your local Warm for Winter Project coordinator.

Tax-free contributions to the Warm for Winter Project are also welcomed whether monetary or by contributing yarn and fleece. Additional information available through Ms. Tufte as outlined above.

In 2006, over 1,660 handmade hats and scarves that were delivered to 30 homeless service providers in the Seattle area.

In 2007 over 5,000; in 2008 over 6,000; and in 2009 over 7,000 handmade hats and scarves were collected and delivered to four counties in the Puget Sound area.

Over 19,000 hats and scarves have been delivered to date!

Seattle area participants and sponsors include: The Interfaith Network of Washington, Pacific Fabrics, Interfaith Community Church, Just Faith Groups, Faerland Terrace Knit Wits, InterfaithTask Force on Homelessness, WSCH, WLIHA, Crafty Ladies Queen Anne, LDS, Temple Beth Am Knitting Knitzvahs, Seattle & Bellevue Unity, ICOB, Bet Alef, SewupSeattle, Stitchnpitch, Knitting Knerds@Holy Names, St. Stephens, Mirabella, As-Syifa, CHCC, A Gathering Grove, Eastside Friends, Newport Presbyterian, St. Marks, Ascension, Kol Haneshamah, 1st Lutheran, ISS, Stratford at Maple Leaf, SPL folks, Sammamish Grange, St. Francis, Holy Family, Mary Queen of Peace, St. John, St. Joes, St Patrick’s, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, St. Thomas Parish Churches, Encore & Co., Boys and Girls Clubs, TUM, Bastyr, SKCCH, NICO, ECG, Pine Lake Covenant, CEHKC, Muslimat, Knitting Knitzvahs, UCC, Forest Ridge, FHC, TBT, X-tremeboarders, Zainab, MIS, Generous Ladies, MAPS, Baha’i, Crafty Ladies, Ahmadiyahh, CCGS, OSH, Margaret, GPF, IMAN, Kippahmaker.com, Incarcearted folks, Knitting Clubs, Ballard Journal, KOMO, Seattle Times, Catholic Progress, The Source, St. John the Baptist, SMCU, West Seattle Churchs, Kitsap KFCG, Seattle Knitters Guild, Grade Schools, Brownies & Girl Scouts, Family Federation, Christian Tabernacle Bikers, Threads of Love, The Granges, Compassionate Action Network and many more!

Help take the chill out of winter 2010 for the homeless in your community; launch a Warm for Winter Project in your community today!

RELATED
Janice Tufte - Community Pioneer for the Homeless
http://mwawomenmakinghistory.blogspot.com/2007/01/janice-...  
Warm for Winter 2010 Brochure
http://www.theinterfaithnetwork.org/Portals/57ad7180-c5e7...
Warm for Winter Project Flyer
http://www.theinterfaithnetwork.org/Portals/57ad7180-c5e7-49f5-b282-c6475cdb7ee7/WarmforWinter2010flyer.pdf
Warm for Winter Shelter Delivery Opportunities (Washington State)
http://www.theinterfaithnetwork.org/Portals/57ad7180-c5e7-49f5-b282-c6475cdb7ee7/WarmforWinter_shelter_delivery_opportunities_2010.pdf  
PRESS: Woman Knits Communities Together, Warms the Homeless
http://www.komonews.com/news/4715001.html
VIDEO: http://www.komonews.com/news/4715001.html?tab=video
Obama Administration Unveils National Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness by 2020
http://www.usich.gov

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