“Miles of Scarves”.

​Youth-led Miles of Scarves exists to improve the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Their dedicated youth volunteers knit scarves to sell to raise money to provide assistance to families affected by MS and to fund research to find a cure.
Since 2009, over 80 elementary school through college students have participated in Miles of Scarves.  They knit scarves, hats, and other items to sell at craft fairs, MS Society events, and other venues.Every year they:

  • sponsor and volunteer at a rest stop on BikeMS: Colonial Crossroads
  • give a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has MS or a parent with MS
  • volunteer at MS Society events
  • give holiday gifts to a family affected by MS
  • donate to MS research projects at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • host the Yarn Ball, a silent auction and cocktail party where we raise money for research

In ten years, MoS has donated over $127,000. They are always looking for more volunteers to join them in knitting to find a cure!

History of Miles of Scarves

When Meredith Polk was ten years old, she read an article about a group of people knitting the world’s longest scarf to raise money for charity. Since Meredith knew how to knit, she taught some of her friends, and they set a goal to raise $1,500 to sponsor a rest stop on Bike MS. They exceeded that goal in their first year and have been growing ever since. Miles of Scarves is now a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to finding a cure for MS.

Miles of Scarves fosters a sense of community, sparks interest in all aspects of nonprofit work, and helps young people develop business skills.