AULA community members were busy this fall knitting and crocheting 33 red scarves and writing personalized notes to donate to the Red Scarf Project. On Valentine’s Day 2014, the red scarves will arrive at colleges around the country as part of care packages send by Foster Care to Success, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping former foster-care youth. The packages will surprise 7,500 youth, providing extra encouragement in the form of the handmade scarves, school supplies, clothing, snacks, and more. For many it will be their first new piece of clothing.
This is the second year AULA has contributed to the Red Scarf Project. Classes were held to teach the basics of knitting to beginners. An AULA community member also made a monetary donation to the Red Scarf Emergency Fund, which helps students stay in school despite the types of emergencies that could derail their progress
Foster Care to Success began mailing its students Valentine’s Day care packages in 2005 and has delivered over 20,000 red scarves to foster youth in colleges and training programs across the country.
MFA in Creative Writing core faculty Bernadette Murphy spearheaded the project with help from Bridge Program Director Kathryn Pope and Clinical Training Office Assistant Barbara Speilberg. Sylvie Taylor, director of the Applied Community Psychology Specialization, created the most scarves this year with a whopping eight.