Refugee Artisan Initiative has a goal of making 1,500 hats, scarves, mittens for unhoused teens

Non-profit organization that provides training and employment to immigrant women to help ensure a prosperous and inclusive transition to the United States.

SEATTLE — The Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI) has a goal of raising $45,000 by raising money on Tuesday to provide hats and scarves to local homeless youth.

RAI is a Seattle-based nonprofit that has provided training and employment services to immigrant women since 2017. Founder Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman says her vision is to succeed. establish an organization that can provide inclusive transformation and prosperity for the United States through skills training and microenterprise development.

More than 35 women are working with RAI on manual skills training in small batch production and zero waste.

RAI’s Fleece Friendship Initiative is entering its third and most ambitious year yet. Last year, through RAI’s initiative, artisans donated 1,000 hats and scarves to those in need. This year, the women hope to raise enough funds and materials to donate 1,500 hats, scarves and gloves to local youth in need.

RAI Director of Development Carmen Brenner said: “All of these women are mothers and they also want to support local unmarried youth.

The nonprofit has already reached more than half of their $45,000 goal. They also accept fleece donations.

“Almost all of our materials are made with recycled fabrics,” says Brenner.

RAI believes that the Friendship Through Fleece campaign is the perfect combination of community support and artisan empowerment. Tung-Edelman says the need for donations is growing, but so is her list of talented artisans.

“We have to pay these women a living wage so they can support their families, and they will pay back by providing warm fleece clothing to those in need,” says Tung-Edelman. .

RAI is renowned for using the skills of artisans to help meet demand. During the pandemic, RAI used their sewing machines to produce masks and even medical clothing for first responders.

To support the Friendship Through Fleece campaign and to learn more about the Artisan Refugee Initiative, visit their website or visit the makers space at 12337 Lake City Way NE Seattle .

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Edmund DeMarche

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