Professor Regina Pfeiffer’s volunteer work with the United Service Organizations (USO) inspired a CUH service-learning project called “Caring Crocheters.” Often, enlisted troops are separated from their families. Spouses with new babies may be living alone in a new area, without family or friends for support. This project began with CUH students crocheting baby blankets, layettes, washcloths, hats, scarves, and other items; these become personal, hand-made gifts for new families of enlisted troops.
This project has since become part of the New Parent Support Program at Schofield Barracks. It has also expanded to include opportunities to sew or knit, according to students’ preferences, so the program name has become “Caring Crafters.”
As an activity that requires creativity, some volunteers will complete their finished product faster than others. Finished items are evidence of service completed. “Service hours” include learning and practicing the skill (if needed), shopping for the materials, preparing and designing, and the actual sewing/knitting/crocheting. It’s possible to do all of this on your own time (asynchronously).
Any student who wants to meet with Dr. Pfeiffer for training or assistance is welcomed to do so via Zoom. Dr. Pfeiffer can also provide instructional videos. She will serve as your “Site Supervisor” on your Connection Agreement for Service-Learning. Contact Dr. Pfeiffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.