Volunteer Opportunities & Job Openings

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in Project Knitwell. We rely on volunteers to deliver our programming and to help us behind the scenes. Currently all of our program sites for knitting instruction are in the Washington, D.C. area (including Northern Virginia and Maryland). We invite you to fill out an application, and we will be in touch when we have volunteer openings. Click here to apply

K2Together Volunteer Host

K2Tog is a social knitting group for knitters of all abilities. We meet online twice monthly via the Zoom platform. While not an instructional program, Project Knitwell volunteer instructors participate in the informative sessions on fun and timely knitting and wellness themes.

The K2Tog host is given the opportunity to present on a topic that they think is interesting and timely. Events and topics have included: knitting trivia, color theory, highlights on designers, how to fix your mistakes, virtual field trips to the sheep farm, a showcase tour of a yarn shop, learning about custom fit, knitting for the season, and knitting in the media.

After the presentation, our community of knitters and the PK hosts can answer your questions and share project ideas. We often share our works in progress and chat about patterns, yarn, and knitting tips. There is no fee to join the group.

K2Tog is also an opportunity to showcase Project Knitwell’s mission with those that are interested in knitting for wellness. Many of those that attend are alumni of our Knitwell in the Cloud knitting instruction or experienced knitters wanting to connect with a new group focused on the benefits of using knitting as a wellness tool. We hope that the host will help us share these goals through the following tasks:

  1. K2Tog host will either select a topic to discuss, or arrange for a guest speaker for one, one-hour session per month.
  2. Host will provide a title and description for the invitation, and a highlight for social media if needed.
  3. The K2Tog host will lead the session by welcoming participants, highlighting PK’s mission, identifying ground rules, moderating on Zoom as needed (i.e., muting mics, etc.), and maintaining a list of attendees.

For more information, and to learn more, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at instruction@knitwell.org.

 

Job Openings

Project Knitwell Volunteer Coordinator Position
The Volunteer Coordinator position is remote with occasional on-site work, 30-40 hours per month, directed by the Managing Director, to include, but not limited to, the following tasks, responsibilities, and services:

    • Collaborate with the Managing Director to strengthen and support the volunteer management system and improve volunteer recruitment, orientation and training, evaluation, retention, and recognition.
    • Recruit and interview applicants to fill positions for knitting instructor volunteers as well as for program, administrative, and outreach support volunteers.
    • Identify recruitment opportunities to increase diversity among the volunteer applicant pool.
    • Serve as point person for volunteer questions, input, and concerns.
    • Assist volunteers with the clearance process required at hospitals and community sites.
    • Organize and conduct orientation and training sessions for prospective volunteers.
    • Schedule and develop programming for ongoing volunteer training and meetings, including volunteer recognition events and other event support as needed.
    • Work with the Managing Director to update and maintain volunteer procedures and guidelines.
    • Monitor volunteer compliance with procedures, including reporting requirements for volunteer hours and sessions in our NEON system.
    • Visit sites where volunteers are instructing and establish relationships with site administrators to establish clear expectations.
    • Work with volunteer site coordinators and event planners on volunteer coverage for specific sessions and events.
    • Inventory and organize materials for volunteers including, but not limited to, yarn, supplies, identification badges, and safety materials.
    • Maintain current volunteer contact list and disseminate information to volunteers through updates/newsletter and other mechanisms as needed.

If interested, and to receive more information, please contact Lauren Brennan, Managing Director, at lbrennan@knitwell.org. Position available starting in January 2022.