Thank you for your interest in helping us supply garments to loss parents. We are currently focused on transforming the many hundreds of dresses received from generous donors and are only able to accept new dress donations when advertised. This is why it's so important that we have seamstresses and other volunteers to help us gather, store, deconstruct, sew and deliver these unfortunately needed garments.
There are many roles available within our organization which includes:
-Dress Gatherers & Storage Volunteers
-Garment Delivery Person
Volunteers can spend as little or as much time as they are able to, the only thing we ask is that you work with respect, a positive attitude and a caring spirit when volunteering your time and when sewing the garments. If you decide to take on a sewing task, we ask that you finish it first before handing it over to the next volunteer. We know how life can change, so if at any time you are not able to continue or need a few months break, please let us know so that we can pass the dresses onto another volunteer to complete. Thank you so much for helping with BC Angel Dresses, we couldn't do it without all our wonderful volunteers. Please email us anytime with your questions.
* Represent BC Angel Dresses in a respectful and positive way.
* Area Reps assist with arranging events (once covid restrictions have been lifted) in your area. Ie: Dress drive, thank you tea, market info booths.
* Staying in contact with our Provincial Coordinator Monique Bandet and our main seamstress Sandy Kowalski and FB Admin Bobby-Jo Kowalski via 3 way messaging and/or zoom meetings.
* Be able to receive and store completed Angel Dress garments.
* Arrange for Garment Delivery volunteers to drop off garments at local hospitals and funeral homes. When one is not available, the Area Rep will take on this position until some can be found.
* Actively advertise and help spread the word about BC Angel Dresses through Facebook and Twitter and other online social media.
* Help to pass on potential Corporate Sponsors as we are a 100% not-for-profit organization.
* Forward any and all concerns that arise to the Provincial Coordinator Monique Bandet and on Facebook to Bobby-Jo Kowalski.
* Actively recruit donors (when donations become open), collectors, seamstresses and delivery volunteers for your area. In some cases, Area Reps have decided to take on all roles as well as working with other volunteers.
* Collect and store additional donated sewing supplies to be available for seamstresses in your area.
If you are interested in becoming an Area Rep, please contact us, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. If at any time you are no longer able to commit to this role, please contact us. Some Area Reps also share this responsibility and forge a team by having an Area Rep Assistant, this allows them to take turns with responsibilities which helps lessen the load, especially in higher population cities.
* We understand that life brings us changes, if for any reason you are unable to continue this role, please contact us.
* Please store dresses in a smoke free environment away from pets.
* Please ensure the donor form is completed and stays with the dress. If the dress does not come with a completed donor form, please complete one and attach it to the dress.
* It is the Dress Collector/Transporters responsibility to contact the Donor and arrange pick up and drop off to the seamstress.
* Once you have collected a minimum of 5 dresses please contact our Provincial Coordinator Monique Bandet to find out where they go next.
* Deliver dresses to seamstresses or storage volunteers when approved.
* Please contact us if you are interested in delivering completed garments to your local hospital(s) and/or funeral homes.
* Deliver any donated sewing supplies to Area Rep.
Garment Delivery Person
* Garment Delivery People are responsible for picking up garments and delivering them to the hospital and funeral homes. This may involve delivering the garment directly to the parents, if you feel this is something you can not do, please contact us and we will find someone else.
* Benjamin Boxes Foundation: Some garments are also delivered to volunteers with the Benjamin Boxes Foundation. These boxes are full of care items for loss parents and are currently only available on Vancouver Island. More information can be found here on the website.
Hospital/Funeral Home Packages:
* All Hospital and Funeral Home packages should contain:
- Ziploc bags containing an Angel Dress or other garment such as hat, diaper, blanket.
- Size of the garment should be marked on the outside of the Ziploc bag with a sharpie.
- "Wrapped In Love" card, which is inserted in each bag containing individual garments.
- 1 Introductory letter and business card for BC Angel Dresses so the Hospital/Funeral Home can contact us for re-ordering.
To become a volunteer, please email us with the following info:
Volunteer Role you would like to do:
Someone will contact you shortly with more info. If you have not heard from anyone within 48 hours, please message our Provincial Coordinator Monique.
Seamstress Roles and Responsibilities can be found here.
***It's very important that anyone you speak to about BC Angel Dresses knows that all our services and items are free to all families and we are available for Urgent Requests either by filling out this form or contacting us directly.***
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for wanting to volunteer with BC Angel Dresses, you are greatly appreciated.
Crochet, Knit & Sewing Patterns
Crocheted Patterns For Hats, Angels, Bears & Blankets
Volunteers can find crochet patterns here.
Sewing Patterns For Wraps, Cocoons, Dresses, Diapers,Vests, Ties, Bonnets & Hearts
Volunteers can find sewing patterns here.
Knit Patterns For Hats, Slippers & Blankets
Volunteers can find knit patterns here.