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FAQ

What is a nonprofit, really?

ARC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means that we use our profits to improve our services, rather than pay dividends to investors. By investing in the welfare of those who receive our knitted and crocheted items, we can increase regional and global prosperity for generations to come.

What's the first step to volunteering or interning with ARC?

If you would like to volunteer or intern with us, please fill out and return our Volunteer Application to knitforarc@gmail.com. Click here to get the ARC Volunteer and Internship Application.

What is ARC's tax ID number?

Our tax ID number is also our Employer Identification Number (EIN), and is 27-2096055. We are registered with the IRS as “Awareness Respect Compassion” and fall under the category of a federal 501(c)(3). If you have any questions about your donation, please contact us.

What kind of donations do you accept?

We accept all hand-knitted, crocheted, or store-bought items that are new and unused. For refugees these include coats, sweaters, scarves, mittens and gloves, socks, hats, blankets, Spare Squares! Quilt Squares. For animals these include cat and dog beds, blankets, toys, and food.

We also accept donations of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and notions (stitch markers, counters, darning needles, buttons, etc.) All donations are accepted year-round, and nothing goes unused! Check out our advice on What to Knit: Refugees and What to Knit: Animals.

Without question, financial donations are needed and very appreciated in any amount. Our Donate button allows you to choose what you can comfortably donate. Or without spending any extra, simply make your online purchases through GoodSearch.com which automatically sends 1¢ of any purchases you make to ARC (see Jee Jee’s sample donation below). It’s easy and free to you.

ARC Goodsearch Screenshot

How will I know my knits arrived safely?

After sending in a knitted, crocheted, or financial donation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from ARC detailing the items you sent. From there, you can see where your knitted/crocheted goods are traveling by following updates in our Shipments Archive. You may see one of your knits in our photos! While we cannot show photos of refugee recipients, we do update our animal pictures.

Where does my donation go?

All knitted donations are distributed among recipient organizations based on item relevance and need. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, ARC gratefully accepts financial donations to apply toward purchasing materials and shipping charges. We receive less than $1,000 in monetary donations yearly. If you would like a copy of our annual financial report, please contact us and you will be sent a PDF detailing ARC’s fiscal year expenditures and distribution of funds.

I don't know how to knit/crochet or own knitting/crochet materials! Can someone instruct me?

Yes! ARC provides free knitting and crochet lessons to volunteers who register to donate at least one knitted or crocheted project. Instruction is offered during our knitting workshops, with help and questions answered during our monthly meeting sessions. ARC crafters have many different skill levels and experiences; if you would like to develop your skills, drop in on a workshop any time. We welcome crafters of all ages.

Knitting and crochet are very affordable; the average price of needles is about $3.00, and yarn is about $5.00 at craft stores. We have excellent ARC needles and yarn to share, if you would like to borrow them.