Handmade Brigade Inc

Supporting America's military with warmth and gratitude

Wake Forest, NC   |  www.handmadebrigade.org

Mission

Handmade Brigade donates winter hats and scarves to United States military personnel, Veterans and their families. All items are knit and crocheted by volunteers across the country using 100% American-made materials. Each year, Handmade Brigade selects either a branch of the military or a Veterans' group to receive the primary batch of donated goods. Additional donations are made year-round to individual service members and Veterans as well as military-focused nonprofits.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder

Liz Howard

Main address

Po Box 983

Wake Forest, NC 27588 USA

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EIN

81-3218004

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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America's military and Veteran communities often do not receive the support and appreciation they so richly deserve. Whether deployed oversea and separated from family and friends or having returned to the States and feeling forgotten and alone, they sacrificed so much for our freedom and safety. Handmade Brigade is proud to give back to these brave individuals with our American-made hats and scarves.

Our programs

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Scarves for Sailors

hand-knit and donate 140 scarves to the crew of the USS Virginia, an attack submarine homeported in Groton, CT -- delivered to subbase New London August 2018

Population(s) Served

hand-knit and donate winter hats to active-duty members of the US Marine Corps -- completed March 2018

Population(s) Served

hand-knit and donate winter hats to the Oscar Mike Militia, the only all-Veteran wheelchair rugby team in the US -- completed July 2017

Population(s) Served

handmade winter hats and scarves for homeless and at-risk Veterans in Fort Carson, CO -- completed November 2018

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Handmade Brigade's mission is to thank our military personnel and Veterans for their service to our country through the gift of handcrafted winter hats and scarves. Our items are all lovingly made by volunteers across the USA using only American-made yarns and materials. We are honored to support America's troops and Veterans with warmth and gratitude.

Over the past three years, we have built a network of talented craftspeople from across the country -- knitters and crocheters with the desire to give back to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. We have connected with many people through social media, where there is a very active crafting community, and have also started reaching out to local civic organizations, churches and retirement communities to grow our volunteer base even more.

We have also had the good fortune to connect with a number of other nonprofits to grow awareness of the need for increased support of our military and Veteran communities as well as expanding into new regions for the donation of our items (i.e. military personnel deployed to overseas combat zones).

In three short years, Handmade Brigade has grown from a single volunteer knitter to a team of more than a dozen talented knitters and crocheters spanning from Maine to California, with more volunteer inquiries coming in each month. The more volunteers we have, the more items we receive and the more troops and Veterans we can support with our handmade warmth and gratitude.

We have also worked hard to reach out to individual donors via social media and through local community events. In 2018, we were able to increase our donations 1224% from 2017.

Over the past three years, Handmade Brigade has made and donated:
* scarves to the crew of a U.S. Navy submarine, the USS Virginia
* hats to Marines deploying from Camp Pendleton
* hats and scarves to Warriors Warehouse - a nonprofit in Fort Carson, Colorado, that supports local homeless/at-risk Veterans and low-income military families
* hats for the Oscar Mike Militia - the only all-Veteran wheelchair rugby team in the U.S.
* hats for Veterans at the Denver VA Hospital as part of a holiday gift event

Financials

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Handmade Brigade Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patricia Howard

Ruth Leather

Carolyn Shearin

Mark Melsa

Diane Schabinger

Liz Howard

Paige Johnson