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History

Founded in 2007, ARC began as an individual effort to respond to indigent human rights refugees and abused animals with useful, hand-made knits.

ARC was launched with the creation of simple hats and scarves for domestic violence shelter residents and their children. The first box of knitted goods was given to an anonymous women’s shelter in Prince George’s County, MD, through a police officer who is familiar with the shelter staff. Soon after, ARC shipped two boxes of knitted items to a Japanese organization called Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR). These items were distributed among North Korean orphans escaping persecution and poverty in North Korea.

Subsequently, a small group of friends volunteered to learn to knit for charities. ARC became established as a federal non-profit, and has worked to build a community of humanitarian crafters ever since. ARC offers free knitting and crochet lessons to anyone interested in joining a cause with a simple objective: advance the welfare of those who leave behind everything, and to whom a warm scarf or blanket can mean so much.

Today, ARC volunteers meet regularly to participate in fiber arts workshops. Here, all are welcome to learn new skills, work on group projects, and combine creativity with advocacy. We welcome first-time and life-long crafters at each workshop, so drop by any time and weave your threads into the fabric of history.