Flexibility: High 

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: Wait until you read the amazing story of Warm Up America! If you can knit or crochet or you want to be uplifted, read on.

Amava Take: Warm Up America! is committed to motivating, training and coordinating volunteers to knit and crochet afghans and clothing for people in need. Founder Evie Rosen was recognized nationally for her knitting expertise and for starting the Warm Up America! Foundation. In the early 1990s, when the homeless situation was becoming a national crisis, she came up with the idea for Warm Up America! She said: “I’ve been knitting afghans and donating them to a local shelter but I can’t knit them fast enough to fill the need, but I have an idea. What if we break down the task of making blankets to manageable parts so we can involve lots more people?” That’s how the idea for Warm Up America! was born. It wasn’t long after that she had people across the country knitting and crocheting 7” by 9” sections, which other volunteers joined together to make afghans for the homeless and others in need. With support from The National NeedleArts Association and Craft Yarn Council, the program became a national success. Rosen was named a “Local Hero” by Time Magazine, with Oprah, Loretta Swit and Vanna White endorsing Warm Up America! 

Question and Answers:

How can I help Warm Up America!?

Warm Up America! is always accepting handmade knit, crochet or loom 7×9″ sections, any size blankets, hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and other clothing items all year round. You can either do a project for a specific campaign or send in items at any time.

How does it work if I specifically want to help join sections into blankets?

If you want to do this, you should contact april@warmupamerica.org to be added to the volunteer list. You will receive a box of about 500 sections. Warm Up America! does ask that you pay $40 to help cover the shipping the sections.  

Where do I send completed items?

Items can be mailed any time to:

Warm Up America! Foundation

3740 N. Josey Ln., Ste 126       

Carrollton, TX 75007

Anything else I need to know?

When you send in or drop off your work please provide your name and address and tell them you’re an Amava Member. Send us a picture of what you sent to editor@amava.com too! 

Special Requirements: Knitting and crocheting skills and a heart to help. 

Setting it Up: Check out the Warm Up America! current needs page for up-to-date information about projects you can help with. If you have any questions, write to us at member-services@amava.com and we’ll help you out.