The Workspace at the Iowa State Memorial Union is hosting a work weekend for the non-profit organization “Little Dresses for Africa,” Jan. 18-20. Hours are from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday and 1–4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Jan. 20 is also the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
Volunteers can assist with making dresses from pillow cases, providing relief and hope for children in Africa. From cutting fabric and ironing to sewing, there is a place for anyone that has an hour or two to spare. Those with basic sewing skills are especially appreciated to help lead the volunteers. The Workspace will provide the supplies; however, if you would like to donate new or gently used pillowcases or notions, you may bring them that day.
There is no charge to participate and no pre-registration is necessary. Find the Workspace at 2229 Lincoln Way on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information, call 515-294-0970 or visit www.workspace.mu.iastate.edu.
To date The Workspace has sent over 465 dresses to children in need, including 65 that are headed to South America with a local church. According to www.littledressesforafrica.org, “Over one million children in Malawi alone have been orphaned to HIV/AIDS. Because girl orphans are among the most devalued and abused in their culture, and face such oppression, it is the mission of Little Dresses for Africa to plant in the hearts of these little girls that they are worthy. We’re not just sending little dresses – we’re sending HOPE!”