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Reaching Out to the Community

We are proud of our community outreach programs, including our guild-sponsored Smile Quilts, Memory Quilts, PAL Quilts and Touch Quilts. Volunteers coordinate these projects and occasionally hold quilting bees and/or assemble kits for work at home. The quilting bees are usually held at the Mannheim Community Centre. Click Mannheim Community Centre for directions.

For information about these special projects click on the mini quilts by their names. If you would like to contact any of the organizers, you will find their contact information in our Members' Handbook or email the guild at waterloocountyqg@gmail.com. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person. To view a PDF slide presentation overview of our outreach projects click here.

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Smile Quilts are made for children facing serious illness. Joan Doke, Peggy Herlick, Marilyn Weckworth, Elaine La Ronde & Merlin McRae

 

Pal Quilts include both palliative and friendship quilts. Donations are given to hospice residences, Lisaard and Innisfree Houses, and Vera's Place. For further information contact the coordinator, Judy Siegner.

 
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Memory Quilts are small, quilted or knotted quilts donated to Grand River Hospital. They are given to those who have lost an infant due to stillbirth, SIDS, or some other catastrophe. Coordinated by Pamela Clarkson.

 

The Touch Quilt Program run by the Alzheimer Society of K-W provides, for persons with later-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, an item of comfort to hold and touch with their hands. Coordinated by Charlene Stevens.

 

Victim's Services provides support for victims within our community. The WCQG received a Community Grant specifically for the purpose of making quilts for victims in our community. Coordinating Committee: Marg Sandiford, Lilla Hall, Darlene Yanke, Eileen Fennel & Robin Bogaert

Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education. Coordinators: Jan Hember & Fabia Joyce

 

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Mothers Without Doctors provides quilts, baby clothing and equipment for expectant mothers who have no doctor. Coordinated by Betty Anne Scott.

 

The Arthritis Society Bluebird Quilt is a project the WCQG constructed at the request of the society. Click the image to read about the request. The quilt will be showcased at the WCQG 2017 Quilt Exhibit, where raffle tickets will be sold.

For years the guild produced and raffled quilts with proceeds going to local charities. Members participated in the design and construction of the quilts. Charities were nominated and selected by a vote by the membership. The guild provides quilts to charitable organizations to use as they choose. In 2017 it is the Bluebird quilt shown above.

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The Butterfly Quilt for Sunnyside Home is an "End of Life" project the Waterloo County Quilters' Guild constructed at the request of the home's Palliative Care Committee. Click the image to read an article written for the the Sunnyside Home newsletter.

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The Books and Quilts Project was a joint project of the Waterloo County Quilters' Guild and the Waterloo Public Library. This project has been coordinated by Marney Heatley.

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For several years guild members have made placemats for our local Meals on Wheels. Often those placemats are reversible, celebrating a special holiday or two.

Additional causes in which members of the guild often participate are Project Linus, Victoria Quilts and Quilts of Valour.

The guild and its members are always open to supporting charitable organizations. To reach us please go to our Contact Us page.

 

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