About Us
OUR MISSION
The Warm Up America! foundation, a 501C3 nonprofit, was founded in 1991 by Evie Rosen. It is committed to motivating, training and coordinating volunteers to knit and crochet afghans and clothing for people in need. To this end, the foundation:
 
Promotes, trains and encourages individual volunteers and groups to adopt the WUA! program as a local activity.
Supports and assists these local volunteers by providing information and instructional materials through its website and newsletters.
Acts as a collection point for sections, oversees assembly into completed blankets and ships items to various charitable organizations and agencies for distribution to the homeless and persons in need. 
Message from the President
Dear Warm Up America! Volunteers and Contributors,
 
It is with great pleasure that I greet you as your new President of Warm Up America! Although my appointment is a volunteer position, like you, I received many rewards of “great feelings” by being involved with the WUA! charitable foundation.  
 
As many of you know, Evie Rosen founded WUA! in the early 1990s. From her position as the owner of a single knit shop was born the Warm Up America! foundation which, today, is the primary charitable organization supported by the Craft Yarn Council. Evie’s vision was to provide an innovative way for yarn enthusiasts to donate 7” by 9” sections which, when joined together, made finished afghans. This seed of an idea has blossomed over the years into a national program which has provided comfort and warmth to hundreds of thousands of people in need during their most difficult of times. 
 
On behalf of everyone here at Warm Up America!, I want to thank you for your support and contributions. This means more to us than we can fully express.
Jan Kahn
President
EVIE ROSEN
Evie Rosen was recognized nationally for her knitting expertise and for starting the Warm Up America! foundation. She was an amazing teacher who delivered knowledge with wit and humor to the delight of thousands of students. 
 
It was her love of knitting, and two young children at home, that led her to open the Knitting Nook in 1964. While managing her shop, she began teaching nationally and was instrumental in developing the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program to grow a future generation of knit and crochet teachers. She designed original patterns that were published in several magazines and authored the popular Teach Yourself to Knit for Leisure Arts, among many other publications.
 
Her children Mike Rosen and Robbin Stott describe their mother as ”a woman with a heart for others.” In part, it was her professional training—she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Occupational Therapy—but it went deeper. In the early 1990s, when the homeless situation was becoming a national crisis, she came up with the idea for Warm Up America. She said: “I’ve been knitting afghans and donating them to a local shelter but I can’t knit them fast enough to fill the need, but I have an idea. What if we break down the task of making blankets to manageable parts so we can involve lots more people?" That’s how the idea for Warm Up America was born. 
 
It wasn’t long after that she had people across the country knitting and crocheting 7” by 9” sections, which other volunteers joined together to make afghans for the homeless and others in need. With support from The National NeedleArts Association and Craft Yarn Council, the program became a national success. 
 
Because of her work with Warm Up America!, she was named a “Local Hero” by Time Magazine, with Oprah, Loretta Swit and Vanna White endorsing Warm Up America! She was also recognized for her charitable work by the Craft and Hobby Association and Stitches Magazine awarded her their Knitter of the Year Award.
Meet Our Team
Mary Colucci
Executive Director
Jenny Bessonette
Executive Director
April Sorensen
Warm Up America! Coordinator
Brent Jacoby
Director of Administration
Dionne Pinder
Director of Communications and Social Media
Sarah Guenther-Moore
Public Relations Coordinator
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We need your financial support to build our charity network. Help us to ship, deliver and create more warm blankets and clothing for people less fortunate than ourselves. 
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Volunteers can donate their time to crochet and knit one or more 7" by 9" rectangles as well as entire blankets and accessories. Sections are either joined by individuals or groups in a community.
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3740 N Josey Ln Suite #126, Carrollton, TX 75007
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