One component of The Bee that really speaks to our tag line of “gathering with purpose” is our charitable outreach.
Those who participate in MI2GI decide on a project they enjoy making (or want to learn to make) and everyone in the group works on the same type of item (or single item, in the case of something large) for a certain amount of time. The group, by consensus, decides on the beneficiary(ies) of their finished items.
Non-profit organizations in the greater York area are invited to contact us to discuss the possibility of The Bee creating an item for them to auction at an event or for smaller items to fulfill a specific need of their group.
Fall/Winter 2012-13 – The MI2GI group is currently making toiletry bags for residents of Bell Family Shelter. Using a variety of materials from our donated stash, members are sewing, crocheting, and knitting bags suitable for residents to carry items back and forth from their room at the Shelter to the bathroom.
Spring through Fall 2013 – Join us as we create our second quilt to be auctioned in support of Bell Family Shelter. Our first large-scale offering to raise money for local charity was a tied quilt produced by members and friends of the collective in the Fall of 2011. An original design, incorporating donated fabric and repuposed clothing, the quilt was auctioned at the Shelter’s 25th anniversary Jazz & Jeans event in November, raising $200.
COMING UP – Stay tuned for details on a combined information and production project being designed specifically to empower girls in York AND Africa!