Care Corps Vegas   (Vegas Maskateers) 

Read about our partner charity and see the items we are crafting 

Read the Project Must-Knows 

Pick a pattern from our approved or suggested pattern collection

Shipping address, print a care slip & tally your donation

   this is how it works  

 
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Care Corps Vegas was started by Amanda Richey, a registered nurse with a masters in healthcare administration. Last year she started the group Vegas Masketeers which gave out over 15,000 FREE masks to those in need in Las Vegas! Now she is well underway starting a new nonprofit, Care Corps Vegas which will provide necessary supplies and medical care to the homeless of Las Vegas. 

 

Amanda isn't waiting for her official 501(c)3 to get going.  She already has many volunteer medical professionals including EMTs, nurses, nurse practitioners and even doctors on board helping out. Here is what they are up to:

  •  Volunteering their medical skills to those living in the tunnels underneath the Las Vegas strip. They are escorted by the nonprofit Holy Smoke - Misfit Missionaries. In the tunnels they have been helping in multiple ways: They offer medical advice, help with medications and medication management for chronic conditions, wound care,  they advocate for anyone wanting or needing to be seen by a medical provider/specialist, and they also help advise people interested in drug or alcohol treatment, getting jobs and obtaining housing. 

  • About once a week Amanda goes to a location near G St and W McWilliams handing out various supplies and basic Over-The-Counter medications with The Compassion Initiative LV.

  • A group of volunteer medical professionals provide a pop-up wellness clinic at CARE Complex one weekend per month.

Vegas Maskateers: Amanda is the Founder of Vegas Maskateers and that program continues to go strong, but she has lost most of her sewists. Together they sewed over 15,000 masks. They have developed a program working with the Homeless where they provide multiple opportunities throughout the week and month for the Homeless to exchange their masks for clean ones. Through this they have given out somewhere over 7,000 masks directly to the homeless. We will be helping Vegas Maskateers continue to mask the homeless in Las Vegas.  

 what are we crafting? 

Item Requested
Craft Type
Quantity Requested
Quantity Still Needed
Masks: Child
Sew
300
0
Masks: Tween/Teen
Sew
100
0
Masks: Adult
Sew
1000
212
Soap Sacks
Knit/Crochet
500
122
Warm Winter Hats
Sew/Knit/Crochet
50
33
Gloves/Mittens
Sew/Knit/Crochet
50
43
 

 project must-knows 

1) Pandemic Relief: Masks

  • 2 layer Masks (no filter pocket needed, but it's okay if it has one as long as it is still 2 layers)

  • Nose wire preferred unless you make the 3d style mask

  • Masks are primarily for Adult Men and larger sizes are requested, however they do need masks for females and have recently run out of children's masks to distribute and have asked for kids masks for ages 5-16 for all genders.

  • Adjustable ear loops are preferred as it makes the masks fit anyone,, this is not required.

  • Fabric: Star Wars, Avengers have been popular in past give aways so be creative! There is no restriction on the fabric you use. 

  • This location greatly appreciates it if you individually package your masks and label them by size. This is NOT a requirement however. As they distribute all of their masks on the streets, packaging them individually allows persons to sort through and find just the right mask for them without contaminating the others. If we package them it saves our charity partner time from having to do this and the masks can get distributed faster! 

Our suggested mask patterns may have filter pockets, a filter pocket mask is essentially a 2 layer mask so is acceptable, however filter pockets are not required and this partner is accepting straight 2 layer masks. 

2) Soap Sacks - We are collecting knit and crochet soap sacks for them to distribute.

3) Warm Winter Items - Hats & Gloves. These can be sewn, knit or crochet and will be distributed to adults. They serve more men then women, however then need both sizes. Temperatures in Vegas dip down into the upper 30s in the winter time. They need warm winter hats and they also need fingerless gloves and regular mittens or gloves. If you sew these items, we ask that you use no-pill fleece and single or double layer items will both be okay. 

OTHER ITEMS: 

Cosmetic Bags - A zippered cosmetic bag is used by Care Corps Vegas to put feminine hygiene products in. At this time we are not crafting these items, however, If you have clean/new IPSY bags, feel free to send them as they will be accepted! 

Cooling Scarves - This is a SUMMER ONLY PROJECT! We are creating cooling scarves for the homeless that they serve March-October. So if you have the supplies, feel free to make them to save for our collection period during late spring and summer. Do not send now, they do not have storage to collect them. However we leave the pattern up year round for those that like to plan ahead. 

 
 

 masks 

Sew

Crafting Change Face Mask FAQ

Our FAQ on mask making!

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We Can Sew It (Rosie)

The original "We Can Sew It" aka Rosie pattern. Can be easily modified to add elastic on the sides by using a bias tape strip instead of ties! Adult size only.

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Craft Passion Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Craft Passion mask

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Sewing Seeds of Love

This is a popular and easy to sew kids mask.

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Japanese Sewing Book 3D

Easy 3D (origami) style mask (no nose wire required)! Pattern & Video!

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Deaconess

Pleated mask great for kids

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SSOL Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Sewing Seeds of Love pattern

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Craft Passion

This contoured mask has multiple sizes great for kids.

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Deaconess Video Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to add a filter pocket to the Deaconess!

 

 soap sacks 

Sew/Knit/Crochet

Soap Sack Tags

A link to S.A.C.K. website for their tags to attach to your Soap Sacks!

Knit

Knit Soap Sacks

A folder full of different knit soap sack patterns

Crochet

Major Stitches Soap Sack

Lovely military themed sack designed by Melanie Shovelski

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Recommended & Tested Yarn List for all crafting change partner projects

Crochet

Soap Sack Video Tutorial

Crochet a soap sack with Melanie Shovelski

Crochet

Granny Square Soap Sack

Granny Square Pattern designed by Melanie Shovelski

Crochet/Knit

Soap Sack Yarn List

Approved Yarn List for Soap Sacks

Crochet

Splish Splash Soap Sack

This mermaid themed sack designed by Melanie Shovelski is easy and fun!

   warm winter items - knit  

 
All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarns

Approved Master Yarn List for all fiber arts projects

Knit

How I Knit The CC Beanie

Great version of the classic CC beanie

Knit

Cozy Thermal Mitts

Textured mitts with an easy to follow pattern

Knit

Sheepy Time Swirl Hat

EASY pattern!

Knit

Basic Plain Gloves

simple, easy glove pattern for anyone

Knit

Simple Textured Mitts (2 Ways)

Versatile unisex mittens in a variety of sizes

Knit

Nice & Knit Beanie

Stylish, easy beanie

Knit

Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts

This easy peasy pattern will yield a lovely pair of fingerless mitts in very little time.

   warm winter items - crochet  

 
All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarns

Our recommended and tested yarns for our partner projects

Crochet

Caron Slouchy Beanie

Basic slouchy beanie

Crochet

Super Simple Fingerless Mitts

Skills needed: US double crochet, crocheting in the round, chain, slip stich

Crochet

Easy Crochet Hat

Easiest crochet hat from a rectangle

Crochet

Caron Beginner Beanie

Basic Beginner Beanie

Crochet

Super SImple Fingerless Glove

Super Simple fingerless glove

Crochet

How To Crochet A Hat - Beginners

Beginner left/right handed video tutorial

Crochet

Crafting Change Wristers

Wristers by Melanie Shovelski

   warm winter wear - sewn  

 
Sew

Tips & Tricks for Working with Fleece

A great place to start if you are new or newer to working with fleece or just looking for expert advice on how to handle this fabric.

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Warm Winter Wear Zoom Room Video

Video Recording of Zoom Room Class by Kathy Lawrence on multiple patterns!

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Project Overview Sheet

Project Overview Sheet for Winter hats & mittens for Care Corps Vegas

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Fleece Hat with Pom Pom

Easy pattern for fleece hat with cute pom pom on top

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Easy Fleece Hat Pattern & Video

A super simple hat in multiple sizes

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No Pattern Fleece Hat Video

Easy video tutorial No Pattern!

 
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Project Overview Sheet & Pattern Fingerless Gloves

The project overview sheet includes tips and tricks as well as the links to the pattern for the fleece fingerless gloves!

Sew

Fleece Mittens with Lining Pattern & Video

Easy lined mittens in 3 sizes child to adult. Written Instructions and link for video tutorial.

Sew

Fleece Mitten Pattern

Tutorial (link to download FREE pattern on this page). Super easy to follow tutorial! SIngle layer adult.

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Easy Fleece Mittens by Charmed by Ashley

Super easy single layer fleece mitten pattern in adult sizes

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Quick Sew Video Tutorial For Fleece Fingerless Gloves

Quick Sew Video Tutorial For Fleece Fingerless Gloves

Sew

Warm Winter Zoom Room Fleece Hats & Mittens

Unedited video of Zoom Room Class with Kathy Lawrence on sewing fleece hats & mittens!

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Easy Fleece Mittens by Charmed by Ashley Video

Easy single layer Adult fleece mittens video tutorial

Sew

Easy Fleece Mittens for Kids

Multiple sizes, single layer. Pattern Templates can be downloaded in this link!

 cooling scarf 

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Cooling Scarf Project Overview & Pattern

This simple pattern for

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Cooling Scarf Video Tutorial

A video tutorial companion to show construction of scarf

 

 shipping guidelines 

Donations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Masks are urgent. Please ship as quickly as possible. 

Amanda Richey

c/o Care Corps Vegas

6332 Casada Way Unit D

Las Vegas NV 89107