Our Woven Community
Our Woven Community (OWC) is a Burroughs program that provides local resettled refugee women the opportunity to become self-sufficient leaders and become empowered with entrepreneurial skills and economic opportunity.
Participants of the program, (our Artists) learn to use sewing machines, to create beautiful handbags, scarves and other items. We use local donated materials combined with fabrics from African countries to symbolize weaving of cultures.
Items are available at regional craft shows, the local farmers market as well as some area retail stores. Please see the calendar for when sales events are scheduled. 100% of the proceeds benefit the artists and support program expenses.
You can now visit the OWC Shop. Online are a number of beautiful items made by the artists available for sale today. This is the perfect opportunity for you to receive truly one of a kind items either for yourself or as a gift. As a social enterprise program of Burroughs, 100% of the proceeds of each sale goes to supporting the program and the artist who made the item.
Community volunteers are what drive the success of this program. If you have a passion for sewing, a knack for design, or just have a little time help, we urge you to contact us to learn more abut ways you can help support this program. Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to:
- Cutting and sorting fabrics
- Craft show support
- eCommerce support
- Social media support
We are proud of the fact that almost all of the materials used to support this program and items made are re-purposed materials. In-kind donations from the community make this possible. If you have clean and appropriate materials you believe could be used by the artists in this program please contact us.
Items may include:
- Fabric sample books
Financial contributions help provide each artist with their own sewing machine and tools needed after they successfully complete their training. The program depends on the generosity and commitment of our neighbors to make this possible. Please consider supporting the Burroughs Center Our Woven Community program by making a financial contribution today.