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:

Safety Precaution Steps for Handmade Items:

  • Check and double check to make sure the item is free of pins or other sharp objects at each stage of production and at completion of your project.
  • Examine polyfill or batting thoroughly before stuffing dolls/toys and during quilting to be sure they are free of pins and sharp objects.
  • Remember that the items that are handmade and distributed to our patients are intended to provide comfort and will be cuddled tightly or handled closely. A stray pin or needle no matter how small could conceivably cause mild to serious harm.
  • Patients may experience allergic reactions to the smell of smoke. Please refrain from smoking while working on or transporting any items or to be distributed through the hospital.
  • Allow all items to dry (if washed) before delivery to the hospital.
  • Please do not place donated items in plastic bags.
  • Sewn on tags or other attachments should be limited for safety reasons and should not include demographic information, i.e. addresses or phone numbers.
  • Items should be free of any religious references/messages due to the diversity in culture and religion of our patients.

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