We have many ongoing interesting service projects that you can get involved with and make a difference in our community.
Sewing and Crafts Classes Offered
WTB facilitates two classes for refugee women at the Center for New Americans, which is part of InterFaith Works. We hold a sewing class on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. and a pottery/craft class on Fridays, noon to 2 p.m. Women from Bhutan, Burma, Congo, Iraq and other countries come to learn useful skills that can lead to jobs or producing products to sell.
If we had more volunteers, we could start an intermediate sewing class.
We are working with Joanne Lenweaver, Director of Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) and Christine Sauve from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, to develop a cooperative business model for the refugees.
Helen Malina, at the Center for New Americans, is pursuing a grant to help fund a program to teach various business skills to refugees.
Our sewing volunteers include Jennifer Crittenden, Lisa Warnecke, Cara Steiner, Saro Kumar, Barbara Gordon, Alice Hatt, Zarita Hack, Dil Dahal, Donnie Nugent, Karen Settembre, and Geraldine Greig. Lory Black, Julienne Oldfield, and Liz Spence work as craft volunteers.
Our program has received valuable donations from Feminine Touch Fabrics, Singer Service Center, Joann Fabrics, and many individuals who have donated fabric, notions, and sewing machines.
Supplies and volunteers are always needed. Contact Jennifer Crittenden at 633-2817 or info@WTB.org if you’re interested. Click here for an article in the Post Standard in February, 2012, about our work with these refugee women (scroll to the middle).
Support Group Available
WTBCares, a small spiritual support group within WTB, has been renewed. The group was created in March 2007 in response to requests from WTB women going through some sort of difficulty such as illness (personal or of a friend or family member), divorce, loss of work, death of a loved one, trouble in the family, etc. It is an extremely informal group of WTB women who pray, meditate, hold in the light, and sometimes, write cards, email, or call someone who is going through a hard time.
We can be contacted through email@example.com. When one of us receives a request for support we ask some basic questions. Do you want to be identified or anonymous? What kind of contact would you prefer – cards, emails, phone calls, or simply to be held in the healing energy of those of us in WTBCares. We do not counsel or give advice. We do not share any information unless asked to do so, and then we get specific information about who can be notified.
If you would like to join WTBCares, please send an email to the address in the paragraph above.
Acts of Kindness (A-OK!) Weekends Held Annually
WTB has mobilized hundreds all across metro Syracuse to participate in Acts of Kindness on the anniversary of 9/11. A-OK! Weekend started in 2010 and continues in 2012 with the third of its kind. A-OK! includes all types of service projects from painting, to park clean up to children’s events. We hope to continue this each year. Read more about it here.