Wed, November 20th / 5:00-6:30pm / Room 201
On Wednesday evening, November 20th, the Sonoma Community Center will host a philanthropic sewing opportunity for any interested in helping dress underprivileged girls around the world. The Fiber Arts Department located in Room 201 will extend its weekly Happy Hour gathering and will sew dresses for the Dress a Girl Around the World campaign lead by the not-for-profit organization Hope 4 Women International.
Dress a Girl Around the World is a far reaching program that organizes volunteers to gather, sew and distribute dresses to girls in need around the world. Since its inception in October of 2009, Dress A Girl has delivered over one million dresses to 81 countries. For most of these girls it is the only gift they will ever receive, and it affords them the dignity of having something beautiful of their own. Sex trafficking awareness is a part of the DAG program, which further helps these young women stay safe in their communities.
“The reason I believe this project is a good fit for Sonoma is this is a generous and benevolent community eager to volunteer for a multitude of causes,” says Co-organizer Barbara Johnsen. “Many of our fundraisers, however, cost hundreds of dollars to attend and are simply out of reach for many in our community. What makes DAG unique is it costs absolutely nothing to participate, yet has universal appeal and a global reach.” All materials including dress patterns, fabrics and other supplies, have all been donated for this event.
The Center welcomes anyone willing to give back. “There are spots available for sewers and non-sewers,” Fiber Arts Department Head Eric Jackson added. “ We need people who can cut a pattern, help in assembly, as well as sew a simple straight line.” Because space is limited, interested volunteers are asked to sign-up before Saturday, November 16th in order to reserve a spot.
For more information regarding Dress a Girl call 707-938-4626 x3.