Arc’teryx’ staff chooses its mountain: spends weekends sewing for homeless
Helen Keller said it very plainly, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
The staff members at Arc'teryx seem to get this concept right. Over the weekends, some seventy to eighty of them come together at the factory, volunteering their time to address a group concern: how to best repurpose left over fabric from the production of the company's outdoor clothing.
This "waste" fabric, which is otherwise destined for the landfills, the staff turns into capes for Vancouver’s most vulnerable – the downtown homeless.
Many of the staff volunteers have never sewn in their life – they are warehouse workers and head office staff like marketing managers and such. But now, the factory workers train their colleagues on how to handle a sewing machine to produce warm, windproof, and waterproof capes perfect for a wet Vancouver winter.
To date, Arc’teryx has already distributed over 1,000 capes to homeless shelters. This year, the staff is teaming up with the Vancouver Police Department, hoping to directly place 700 capes into the hands of the downtown homeless by visiting the most vulnerable individuals with the VPD’s homeless outreach coordinator.
A big shout out to all the volunteers – cool idea and nice work!
Check out the Arc’teryx Birds Nest Project story on Vimeo
Photo courtesy of Arc'teryx