|Three Awesome Years of Community Outreach|
Over the past three years community outreach has supplied Christmas Stockings, Easter Bags, Summer Lunch Bags, Baby Quilts, Burp Cloths, Grocery Bags, and Receiving Blankets for the Thurston County Food Bank. Additionally, we have supplied quilts for families devastated by fire loss, placemats for our seniors through meals on wheels, baby items for five different baby banks, quilts for foster children, quilts for seniors at Roolan, and we cannot forget the 6000 cloth masks made for our first responders at the beginning of the pandemic.
Community Outreach developed a donation which has developed a reputation as an essential distribution center for donations from the estates, quilters who can no longer sew, and those that are just trying to reduce their stash. Over the last three years we have accepted many donations but primarily over 20,000 yards of fabric. Community outreach kept about 40% of those fabric donations with remainder used to raise funds through Fabric Palozza and gifted to other sister guilds and sew groups for their needs and servicing the community.
This sounds like a lot of work, but there are a lot of wonderful and generous quilters who have sewed at home, sewed in small B’s, and sewed at the Gull Harbor Lutheran Church. Many, many thanks go out to the ladies who have helped in making our Guild proud and Outreach such a success. All this was done despite the impacts of Covid 19. We thank everybody (too numerous to list and fear of missing someone) who has contributed time, energy, and love to make Community Outreach a wonderful part of the Guild.
As we go forward to the new year this is a great opportunity for each of you to think about joining the community outreach and perhaps serving our Guild by becoming part of the leadership. We have served as chairs for the last three years and have decided to work on other projects for the guild. We are not disappearing just changing our focus and will be around for coaching/mentoring and help/advice. With the aforementioned Outreach activities/growth, being a Co-Chair for Community Outreach could seem a little daunting. Please be aware that Pat, Lorna, and Judit have volunteered to chair one of the major projects and that is the 2,000 + annual Christmas Stockings for the Food Bank. In looking for new Co-Chairs, we might suggest a team of 4 or 5 persons who like to work together and have fun. That way the work could be divided up and there would be coverage for trips, vacations, and emergencies. There are many rewards in knowing you have really made a difference in our community!
Each of us has an opportunity to serve our community in very meaningful ways through our Guild. Please consider community outreach as one of those opportunities this next year.
Thank you again to all the great volunteers that have made these last three years so fun, productive and very meaningful.
Lorna, Judit and Pat
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