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Community Sewing Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in becoming a WakeMed sewing volunteer. Your time, talents and skills will be greatly appreciated.

The contributions of handmade blankets, huggables, lap robes, dolls, preemie hats, booties, surgical caps, etc., brighten the lives of our patients and their families.

Requirements & Considerations Before Applying To Become a Sewing Volunteer

  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Must be able to provide contributions of handmade items at least once every 3 months to remain active.
  • Must keep track of the hours and time spent making handmade items.
    • Volunteer Services will provide volunteer or group with donation tracking sheet that can be turned in with donations. (Link to form is provided below).
  • Must be able to drop off or mail your donations to the Volunteer Services Department at WakeMed Raleigh Campus or WakeMed Cary Location.
    • Cary Hospital – 1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518 / 919-350-2363
    • Raleigh Campus – 3000 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610 / 919-350-8293
  • Be aware that we do not accept applications for court ordered community service hours

Benefits of Becoming a Community Sewing Volunteer

Join more than 500 sewing volunteers who through their contributions allow our volunteers and nursing staff to provide our patients and families with blankets, baby hats, huggables and more!

  • Recognition of volunteer service hours
  • Receive the quarterly newsletter HeartBeat. A publication for and about the WakeMed Volunteers.
  • Invitation to the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  • Recognition during National Volunteer Week
  • Reimbursement of sewing items purchased. (Reimbursement form is provided below).
  • *Reimbursement will be processed as funds are available. Funds are allocated by the Volunteers at WakeMed Health & Hospitals.
  • And more….

Fill out the sewing volunteer application that corresponds to the volunteer location you wish to donate your handmade items.  If you have questions please email us at: volunteerdonations@wakemed.org

Apply for Raleigh Campus

Items will be shared with North Hospital and other WakeMed locations as needed

Apply for Cary Hospital

Items will be shared with Apex, Garner and other WakeMed locations as needed

Sewing Information:

Donation policies for accepting and distributing Community Sewing handmade items:

  • Items must be made from new or washed fabric, fleece or yarn
  • Items must be free of scents including pet odors, household odors, musty odors, cigarette smoke, cooked food odors and scented laundry products. If you are washing your items or fabric, use only unscented laundry products. This may include detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets
  • Do not attach buttons, sequins, faux flowers, tags or labels
  • Check and double check that items are free of pins or other sharp objects at each stage of the sewing production and at completion of your project. Closely inspect polyfill or batting thoroughly before stuffing dolls/toys and during quilting process to make sure they are free of pins
  • Please refrain from donating items with political, religious or discriminatory content or content that may not be suitable for all audiences in our community
  • Hospital policy precludes us from allowing advertising on individual handmade items

COVID-19 policies – Based on studies the virus cannot be recovered after 48 hours on clothes. To ensure the highest standard of patient safety and following the guidelines set forth by the WakeMed Incident Management Team handmade items will be stored for 5 days (120 hours).

  • We ask that you wash your hands before and during the handmade sewing process
  • Place clean, dry items in a sealed bag (tied bags ok) or zippered quilt bags. Multiple items per bag is ok
  • Label bags with the date they are packaged
  • Contact the Volunteer office for pick up or drop off of handmade items. When Volunteers are allowed back into the hospital, you may drop off items during normal office hours
  • Items will stay in date labeled bags in the Volunteer Services office for 5 days
  • After 5 days, handmade items can be prepped by Volunteers Services for distribution

All policies have been carefully and thoughtfully developed in consideration of patient safety, infection control procedures, attention to confidentiality and the comfort and consideration of all of our patients. We will donate items not meeting WakeMed’s criteria to charitable organizations within the community.

Sewing Sample Patterns

If you have patterns you wish to share with Volunteer Services please email your patterns to volunteerdonations@wakemed.org

Sewing Forms – *Active sewing volunteers only