• Awareness Respect Compassion (ARC) is a non-profit that aspires to give hope and comfort to those in desperate circumstances by sending hand-knitted hats, scarves, mittens, socks, blankets, and sweaters to shelters throughout the United States and abroad.

Welcome! ARC is a non-profit, non-denominational and non-politically affiliated organization that sends needed knits to shelters in the U.S. and internationally. As a volunteer collaborative, we teach and learn how to knit, crochet, raise awareness about human and animal rights, and merge creativity and intellect to help restore dignity among oppressed, abused, and neglected groups. For those most vulnerable to despair, anything that comforts can be a lifeline. The message: circumstance is temporary and need not define us. ARC continually donates to Life Funds for North Korean Refugees, Pine Ridge Emergency Youth Shelter, Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, The Washington Animal Rescue League, and Friends of Homeless Animals.

Announcement:

Spotlight on Syria Campaign: Conflict in Syria has created a massive refugee crisis including insufficient shelter, medical care, and access to warmth in subzero temperatures. Ongoing donations are being accepted January 1-April 30, 2014. ARC will be sending its first 2014 winter shipment along with hand-written messages of support from volunteers. If you would like to send a letter of encouragement to people facing some of their most challenging life experiences, please send one to our Wisconsin office. We will include your original, handwritten note along with its Arabic translation attached to be shared with recipients of knitted and crocheted items. Items in the color green are of special significance in traditional Syrian culture, but warm materials in every color are needed and appreciated. This winter, we hope the harsh cold will not defeat the spirits of our friends overseas.