Volunteer Opportunities

Afghans for Elders


Estelle (above), a resident at Hearth's Anna Bissonnette House, and Ruth (below), a volunteer, are both crocheting afghans.

Hearth at Olmsted Green will house 59 homeless elders when it opens in April. The residents and staff of the Uphams Corner ElderHouse Knitting Group wanted to help support the new residence and came up with a special project: to knit or crochet an afghan for each apartment to make them even warmer and more welcoming to the elders who will call them home!

The Uphams Corner Knitting Group is inviting members of the community to join them in their task to create 59 afghans. Afghans can be knitted or crocheted in any color, style, or pattern. They should fit a twin-sized bed, approximately 45" by 75." We ask that they be made from materials that can go in the washer and dryer to keep things simple for the new residents. Many free patterns can be found at the links below, if you are looking for ideas.


Since storage space at Hearth is extremely limited, we ask that you hold onto your afghans until the end of March. We encourage you to make more than one, if you like! If we are fortunate enough to end up with extras, we will give them to residents and clients in our other programs.


Estelle and the Afghans for Elders project were featured in the South End News!


If you would like to participate, please email Jennifer Hartwell or call her at (617) 369-1565, so we will know approximately how many afghans to expect.

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