MLK 2019 Service Projects

MLK 2019 Service Projects

Durham Tech's 2019 MLK Service Projects will consist of an off-campus painting project at Burton Elementary School and an on-campus Crafternoon for a Cause option in the Cafe. To make these projects happen we need the following items and people. 

Off-Campus Painting Project at Burton Elementary School from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: We will clean and paint a space to serve as a Teachers' Lounge. We will also paint some outdoor benches in the play area for the children.

To sign-up as a volunteer for this project:

There are limited spots available to volunteer for this project.

On-Campus Crafternoon for a Cause in the Cafe from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: We will have three service craft projects happening in the cafe. This event does NOT require registration. Just show up and volunteer! See project descriptions below: 

  • Crocheted Plastic Bag Mats: Turn plastic shopping bags into sleeping mats for homeless persons in Durham.
  • Tie Blankets for Project Linus: Cut and tie fleece to create blankets that will be distributed by Project Linus to children in need at local hospitals and shelters.
  • Port Pillows for Chemotherapy Patients: Sew a port pillow protector for cancer patients. A portacath is a small port placed beneath the skin so cancer patients can get their chemotherapy. It is often uncomfortable when a seatbelt rubs it. A port pillow attaches onto the seatbelt to protect the port from being irritated. All port pillows will be donated to a local Durham hospital. No sewing skills needed to participate.
Date: 01/18/2019 (Fri.)

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Location: Durham Tech

Created by:   Jes Dormady
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Donate: Plastic Bags

We need as many plastic grocery bags as possible to make plastic yarn (plarn) balls to crochet mats for homeless Durham citizens. Please bring your clean plastic grocery bags to the food pantry in advance or to the cafe on Friday, 1/18.

37 slots filled - more available
Jes Dormady (15)
Amy Netzel
It's difficult to quantify how many I have; maybe two months worth of weekly grocery shopping bags
Anna-Wade Banks
Adriana Cook (20)

Donate: Scrap Soft Fabric

We need pre-washed soft fabric to make port pillows for chemotherapy patients. Fabric scraps should be a minimum of 8 in. X 8 in. No scratchy fabrics. Deliver to Toni Brown in Phillips 105.

3 slots filled - more available
Amy Netzel (3)

Donate: Poly-Fil Stuffing for Port Pillows (10)

Polyester fiber stuffing for port pillows. Donations can be given to Toni Brown in Phillips 105 or brought to the cafe on 1/18.


Lend: Sharp Scissors for cutting fabric (10)

All of our Crafternoon for a Cause projects require scissors. The sharper, the better! Please label your scissors. Bring them with you to the cafe on 1/18.


Lend: Quilting Mats (large preferred) (3)

We need to borrow a few quilting mats for the Project Linus blanket project. Please label your mat and bring it to the cafe on 1/18 or give it to Gilbert Umberger in Wynn 211.


Lend: Long Paint Rollers w/ Extension Pole (3)

We need to borrow 3 paint rollers with extension handles for our project at Burton Elementary. Please label rollers & drop them in Phillips 110 with Jes Dormady


Lend & Volunteer: Sewing (Sewing Machines) (3)

We need to borrow 3 sewing machines for sewing up port pillows in the cafe. If you can lend your sewing machine for the event that would be great. Even better if you can volunteer to work the machine. Sign-up and e-mail Toni Brown to coordinate details.

2 of 3 slots filled
Amy Netzel
I can do basic stitches with my machine
Shannon Hahn

Lend & Volunteer: Crocheting (Large Crochet Hooks) (3)

We need 3 volunteers who are skilled at crocheting. These volunteers would need to bring jumbo crochet hooks. Volunteers will learn how to crochet the plastic mats for the homeless.


Lend: Painting Tarps/Throws (3)

We need to borrow 3 painting tarps/throws for our painting project at Burton. Label your tarp/throw and drop it with Jes Dormady in Phillips 110C.


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