Founded in 2015, the mission of SewGreen@Rochester is to incorporate community, creativity and sustainability in everything we do.
“SewGreen@Rochester, Inc., is a 501c3 dedicated to rescuing for reuse of everything to do with sewing, knitting, crochet, and needlework. The second half of our mission is to educate folks of all ages and walks of life in all varieties of creative and practical machine and hand needle arts. SewGreen teaches low cost classes and camps in our shop and has many free club opportunities for the community. We take programs out to schools, libraries, and festivals, and we are determined to revive these skills which as much as they are practical, are also good for our emotional lives.
Community - We strive to increase the self-sufficiency of Rochester’s young people and adults by teaching them the skills of sewing, knitting, and needlework, and supplying the tools and materials they need at low to no cost. Through classes, camps, programs, rental of space and equipment, and sales of fabric and sewing materials donated by the community, SewGreen@Rochester provides everything area residents need to learn to sew and practice needlework skills in a safe and friendly environment.
Creativity - Though teacher lead class offerings, free workshops and open sewing opportunities we encourage the community to create new items from the rescued fabric, and sewing and needlework supplies in our shop. Our friendly and knowledgable volunteers and staff share their projects and ideas to encourage others to create clothing, accessories, artwork, and other useful and creative objects.
Sustainability - Through the rescue and reuse of fabric, sewing machines, and all kinds of sewing, and needlework materials , we extend the usefulness of these supplies and keep them out of landfills. Local rescue and reuse consumes no energy for manufacturing and very little for transportation, reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions.