Crafting for a Cause: Use Your Skills to Make a Difference in the World

Last Updated: February 1, 2024

Do you love to craft? Are you always looking for new ways to use your skills for good? Crafting for a cause is a fantastic way to make a difference in the world while doing something you love. 

The Altenew family is all smiles at the recent Altenew team retreat.No matter what type of DIY crafts you’re into - card making, scrapbooking, watercolor painting, knitting, sewing, or woodworking - there are countless ways to use your skills to help those in need. In this blog post, we'll explore the many benefits of crafting for a cause and provide some inspiring ideas to get you started.

 “I think the idea of service, the idea of giving back, the idea of making someone's day is universal.” - Nabil Rab, Altenew CEO

Benefits of Crafting for a Cause

Crafting for a cause offers a wide range of benefits, both for the individuals you're helping and for yourself. Here are just a few reasons why using your crafting skills for good is so rewarding.

Altenew CEO and President, Nabil and Tasnim, donate winter jackets and other necessities for refugees to a local organization during a winter storm.1. Making a tangible impact.

When you craft for a cause, you can see the direct impact of your efforts. Whether you're creating handmade cards for seniors in nursing homes, donating food to homeless shelters, sewing clothes for children in need, or knitting hats for cancer patients, your work has a real and meaningful impact on the lives of others.

Altenew often donates crafting supplies to local craft store workshops and other card making events.2. Connecting with others.

Crafting for a cause can also be a great way to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for making a difference. Whether you join a local crafting group or participate in online communities, you'll have the opportunity to meet new people and build meaningful relationships.

Handmade cards donated by Altenew fans and customers for Altenew's annual Celebrating Parents Card Drive.3. Boosting your creativity. 

Using your crafting skills for good can also help boost your creativity. As you take on new projects and work with different materials, you'll have the chance to expand your skills and try out new techniques.

Altenew's Dynamic Duo - Jen Rzasa and Tasnim Ahmed4. Feeling good. 

Finally, crafting for a cause simply feels good. Knowing that you're using your talents to help others can bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose to your life. 

The Altenew team posing for a photo during last year's Altenew team retreat and anniversary celebration.

Inspiring Ideas for Crafting for a Cause

If you're ready to start crafting for a cause but aren't sure where to begin, here are some inspiring ideas to get you started:

1. Knit or crochet blankets for homeless shelters or animal shelters.
2. Sew clothes, blankets, or make DIY toys for children in need.
3. Create handmade cards or DIY crafts for hospitalized children or elderly individuals in nursing homes.

    Altenew aims to make senior citizens in nursing homes feel loved and remembered by sending handmade cards to them through its annual card drive.If you’re looking for a way to donate your handmade cards, join our annual Celebrating Parents Card Drive

    This event aims to spread love, one card at a time by collecting card donations from paper crafters all over the world and allowing them to share handmade kindness. The card donations are mailed to various senior homes and care facilities all over the US, just before Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, to ensure that our dear seniors feel loved and remembered.

    Altenew has a curated collection of products that are perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards.Our team also handpicked a few Altenew products that are perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards (and other year-round crafting projects!). We donate $1 with every order of the products included in this special collection (during the Card Drive) to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

    If you want to share your passion for cardmaking and make someone’s day, keep an eye out for this year’s Celebrating Parents Card Drive. We hope to see your handmade cards soon!

    Learn more about the Celebrating Parents Card Drive.

    4. Make hats, scarves, or mittens for those in need during the winter months.
    5. Craft fidget blankets or sensory toys for individuals with special needs.
    6. Donate handmade items to charity auctions or fundraisers.

    The Stamping Village's collaborative We Stand With You Stamp Set was made by 11 crafting companies in support of racial justice.7. Purchase stamps for a cause. Altenew and other crafting companies often collaborate and release specially designed stamps for a cause. For instance, 100% of the Net Profit generated from The Stamping Village Mail Delivery Stamp Set will be donated to the charity Dreaming Zebra. Check out the collection here.

    No matter what type of crafting you enjoy, there's a cause out there that could benefit from your skills. Take some time to explore different opportunities and find a cause that resonates with you.

    Meet the team behind Altenew!

    Getting Started with Crafting for a Cause

    Ready to start using your crafting skills for good? Here are some tips to help you get started:

    • Research local organizations. Start by researching local organizations in your area that accept handmade donations. Whether it's a homeless shelter, a children's hospital, or a senior living facility, there are likely plenty of opportunities to get involved right in your own community.

    Altenew sponsored a number of computers and printers for a public school library in a mountainous area in the Philippines. This initiative helped indigent students who required computers and printers to assist with academic work and research.

    Did You Know? Last year, Altenew launched an internal incentive program to motivate company employees to get involved in service projects. Altenew Cares was established as a company-wide initiative, allowing any Altenew team member to suggest a service project for the company to support. Read more about Altenew Cares here.

    • Reach out to existing groups. Many crafting groups and organizations are dedicated to using their skills for good. Reach out to these groups to see how you can get involved and contribute to their cause.

    A simple but beautiful rainbow card featuring The Stamping Village's We Stand With You Stamp Set.

    • Set realistic goals. When getting started with crafting for a cause, it's important to set realistic goals for yourself. Consider how much time you can realistically commit to crafting and set achievable goals based on your availability.
    • Spread the word. Once you've started crafting for a cause, don't be afraid to spread the word about your efforts. Share your projects on social media, reach out to local news outlets, and encourage others to join you in using their skills for good.

    Altenew President Tasnim Ahmed helped hand out winter jackets, blankets, and more to refugees at a local shelter in New York.Crafting for a cause is a wonderful way to make a positive impact on the world while doing something you love. Whether you're creating handmade cards, painting, sewing, crocheting, or making jewelry, there's no shortage of ways to use your skills for good. So why not put your talents to use and start making a difference today?

    It’s your turn to share your stories! Do you donate your handmade cards? Have you joined craft events for a cause? Let us know in the comment section. Make sure to visit In the Craft Room for more crafting inspiration and ideas.


    • Altenew

      Our sincere thanks for sharing your story, Angelique! ❤️ Yes, we feel you – it’s really heartwarming to see the smiles when we give someone cards, whether it’s a kid or an adult. 🤗 Keep on crafting and sharing the love!

    • Altenew

      Our sincere thanks for sharing your story, Melissa! You’re doing a wondrous thing giving back. 💕Hope you’re doing better with anxiety and good luck with the card class. We’re all rooting for you!🤗

    • Angelique Vuur

      I join a group who send cards to very ill children and adults and to people who really need a little sunshine. And every month there is a birthday list of this ill children and adults so we can send birthday cards, also to the brother or sister of this brave ill children. This all really are cards to cheer up and give some sunshine. The best thing is when sometimes a picture is placed of the kid or adult with all the received cards, that faces or the happy messages are priceless!

    • Melissa S

      I’m teaching a card class to non card makers on March 3 to benefit a medical organization in the area of conflict in the Middle East. I’ll start by sharing one of my “whys” for card making—that it helps me manage anxiety. The projects are designed to make use of things people have around the house so they can be replicated at home. I’m donating a lot of materials, but it’s a great way to use up the stash of paper scraps that I swear is bottomless anyway!

    • Altenew

      Our sincere thanks for sharing your story here, Debbie! ❤️ We hope this inspires others to do more and spread love and kindness through their crafts; it certainly inspired us!🤗

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