It might be a bit late for spring cleaning – but the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project is looking for donations.
The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project is a program under the Seattle Metals Guild that was started by local Seattle jeweler Micki Lippi as a way to give back to the community. The goal of the project is to collect all the jewelry that is sitting in the dark, in women’s jewelry boxes, not being worn. The project accepts jewelry donations of all sorts to sort, clean, and repair and then give it to women’s shelters in the greater Seattle area – Port Townsend to Tacoma, and other organizations that help women.
Most of the jewelry is given to women in shelters and the YMCA Dress for Success program. In the shelter, the jewelry is given to the women for birthdays, when they have a job interview, or the children give it to their Moms for birthday, Mother’s Day, etc. It is totally up to the shelter to make this decision. Donations of fine jewelry is sold and the proceeds put into a fund for the shelters. Currently the project is in the process of giving out $15,000 in grants, to the shelters.
The program has been going on for about 15 years and has redistributed thousands of pieces of jewelry.
Here are some quotes from a woman who works at one of the shelters about how important programs like Women’s Shelter Project and YMCA Dress for Success are:
“It is just terrific to receive this,” said Ciara Murphy, the shelter director, “Often women come here with just the clothes on their backs. They’re lucky if they have time to gather the bare essentials together, let alone jewelry. Recently the police brought a woman to us who had been pushed out of a moving car by her abuser – she didn’t even have her purse.”
“Domestic violence is not just physical” said Murphy, “It takes verbal, psychological, sexual and economic forms too; a typical tactic is the dismantling of a woman’s self esteem: by the time she needs to run, she no longer believes she deserves to feel good or have nice things; another common abusive tactic is the destruction of items precious to the victim, most commonly photos, clothes and jewelry. This project communicates to survivors that people in the community care – that they understand how hard it is to start again and want to help. It’s women reaching out to women to share precious things that make them feel good….thank you”
So clean out your jewelry box, anything that you are not wearing can be donated to the jewelry project from costume to fine jewelry. Have a necklace that is collecting dust in your jewelry box or a pair of earrings that you just are not wearing any more? The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project will take it. All types and styles of jewelry are accepted, even if broken, for donation and may be dropped off year-round at the following locations:
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
Tue – Sat 11–5
Click!Design That Fits
4540 California Avenue S.W. Seattle
M-F 11–7; Sat &Sun 11-5
5619 University Way N.E., Seattle
Wed – Sat 10 to 6 and Sunday 4 -8
Fremont Jewelry Design,
3510 Fremont Place North,
Sun & Mon closed, Tue – Sat 10–6
Seattle Art Museum (SAM),
1300 First Avenue, Seattle,
Mon & Tue closed, Wed – Sun 10– 5, Thu & Fri 10–9
YWCA – Seattle/King County
DRESS for SUCCESS
1118 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 99101
Tuesday thru Friday 9-5
2804 E Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
Monday – Sunday 11-5
Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle.
We offer classes for individuals seeking to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design.
You can find us at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA, 98105 or online at www.danacadesign.com