That’s right! Boulder City United Methodist Church is hosting a new project for the homeless community…we are recycling plastic grocery bags into crocheted sleeping mats for the homeless! These mats are incredibly easy to make for those who love to crochet – and they provide a light-weight, waterproof, elevated cushion for those without a comfortable bed. We are reaching out for volunteers to help us crochet the mats, as well as helpers to cut the plastic bags and roll them into balls. And please, Boulder City community….help us to collect plastic bags! Tell your neighbors, and friends! Bags can be dropped off Sun. morning, at the Smith Building, Boulder City, NV.
Please email Jane Allison or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, more bag drop off locations or to learn how to get involved.
We thank you for your help with this amazing new project!
UPDATE: March 2019
Crochet for a Cause:
Crocheted sleeping mats distributed in 2018 totaled 190.
We have a very dedicated group of people giving of their time and talents to process plastic bags. We process bags on Monday and Tuesday to provide what is needed for the seven people who are presently involved in the actual crocheting of the mats. The crocheting is done in the “at home” hours.
Total hours involved in the 190 mats distributed in 2018.
Picking up bags from retail stores 1 1/2 hours per week X 50 weeks = 75 hours
Prepping 12 people 1 1/2 hours (18 per week). = 900 hours
Strips to balls of Plarn. 35 hours per week x 50 weeks = 1750 hours
Crocheting mats. 18 hours each X 190 3420 hours
average time per mat 18 hour
with strap and tie
7 people presently crocheting mats
Total volunteer hours for 2018 working 50 weeks: 6,145 hours
Made with loving hands and hearts.
So far in 2019, 21 mats have been distributed through St. Timothy Episcopal Church which has had a homeless ministry in place for twenty years.
Total sleeping mats distributed since project first began in late 2016 is 272.