Crocheted Mats for Refugees: Over the winter of 2017, more than 100 GSNC volunteers worked together in weekly gatherings to create mats from the neighborhood’s recycled plastic bags.

About 55 2′ x 6′ mats were created and donated at a ceremony in March to the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), an organization that provides support and assistance to refugee families arriving in the Triangle.

Approximately 700-900 household plastic bags were used in making each mat, which took about 40 hours of labor to sort, cut and crochet.



Please take this Scarf: During the winter of 2015, GSNC volunteers embarked again on a knitting project, this time creating over 350 scarves that were anonymously hung on trees throughout downtown Raleigh with a sign that read:

“If you are stuck outside in the cold, please take this scarf to keep warm”


Family Fun Zone:  In May 2014, the GSNC sponsored the Raleigh Rally Car Show, which featured more than 50 hot rod vintage cars and motorcycles  displayed along four blocks of Glenwood Avenue.  As part of the car show event, neighborhood volunteers set up a ‘Family Fun Zone’ including a bouncy house, bubble blowing, chalk art and face painting,  where visitors of all ages could pause to enjoy pizza and cupcakes provided by neighborhood merchants.


Neighborhood Tea In May 2014, neighbors held a tea at the Saint Saviour’s Center, where residents and business owners distributed 15 patchwork blankets created from the Tree Sweaters to residents at Glenwood Towers.

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A second Neighborhood Tea was held in July 2014 when the neighborhood’s Hampton Inn & Suites donated more than 100 pillows and 70 comforters to residents of Glenwood Towers, as well as contributing toiletries for families in need.  Residents and business owners enjoyed the morning, which included piano music by a student at the neighborhood Community Music School and singing by a local elementary school student.