Creative Traditions owner Julie Haake, pictured at left, offers the workspace, and Maureen Waite finds the projects for one of Holyoke’s newest community service opportunities, Sew Caring. — Johnson Publications

Sew many needs, sew much talent

From infants to elderly, Sew Caring volunteers simply like helping others

    All the work at Sew Caring is based on a single skill: sewing. But most of the people who volunteer there have been practicing that skill for a lifetime, and they’re meeting a wide range of needs in northeast Colorado with their talent.
    Since January, Sew Caring has been hosted at Creative Traditions on the first and third Thursdays each month. The store is available from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for volunteers to go in and work on sewing projects for nonprofits. Most recently, the group was tasked with making 64 pillowcases for the nursing home, and every one of the finished products is unique, handmade and beautiful.
    “We run on volunteers and donations,” said Maureen Waite of Dailey. Waite has a long history of sewing for charitable causes. A few months ago, when the demand was more than she could meet on her own, Waite suspected there might be others in the area who share her passion for sewing and helping people. She was right, and Sew Caring was created.
    Since she teaches classes at Creative Traditions, Waite was already well-connected within the local quilting crowd. Helping to make Sew Caring possible, Creative Traditions owner Julie Haake was excited to provide a place for the group to meet and work on their projects. “I’ve got the space; you’ve got the projects,” Haake said when she and Waite first came up with a plan. “We’re really grateful for a consistent place,” Waite added.

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