For those of you new to March of the Blanketeers, we are a non-profit organization accepting hand-made teddy bears, blankets, and hats made by you, for kids and premature babies in hospitals in the US. It’s a wonderful cause, and you may join anytime! I’m Samantha, the founder, who also runs the Headquarters (the Long Island, NY chapter). I do all of the tax work, and all of the not so fun behind the scenes work. I make the Thank You postcards which volunteers receive after participating in one of our opportunities. Some volunteers, don’t even want to be thanked, they just love what they do! I say, “That’s the spirit! More Power to you!” And not out of unwillingness to do what I do either, just because it’s important to have that kind of heart (at least I think so).
Anyway, on volunteermatch.org we have listed 14 different opportunities with our organization. I always think of more stuff, so check this blog, the website (I worked very hard on this! It looks super awesome!), or Volunteer Match.
We always need chapter leaders, someone who will be dedicated, diligent, and willing to take risks. A hard-worker who is NOT on Long Island in NY (that’s where the HQ is located), is what type of person we are looking for, who has at least 10 hours a month to devote to an organization. Remember, if you are reading this and want to start a chapter, you have to keep in contact me from the very beginning at Marchoftheblanketeers@yahoo.com
And of course, we need little tasks done, like a copy editor (someone who checks for grammatical and spelling errors in written works), someone with NEAT hand-writing who can make labels with the ribbon given and a provided fabric marker. Which bring me to, a hand-sewer (which is yet to be put up on volunteermatch) who comes over once a week and helps me sew one labels on blankets, and attach them to the sewn bears backs.
Then, there are the basic things which keep us going, such as hand making teddy bears (any pattern, any way), blankets (even fleece, and flannel knot blankets work too!), and hats (kids, and preemies).