Community Outreach Projects
Members of the Village Squares Quilters actively support our three community outreach projects.
Bedford Babies - at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Cuddle Quilts - for children with long-term disabilities in local hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
Friendship Quilts - for residents in hospice and local nursing homes.
For suggestions, see quilt sizes and wheel chair bag directions.
Here are some photos of the Furniture Sharehouse donation event from the Summer 2016 project.
I received this note from the third group of refugees that we donated quilts to. This family, parents, and 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son, arrived two weeks ago. They were from Afghanistan and had to leave because the father had worked for the US government and their lives were in danger. They were related to the second group who received their quilts a few weeks ago. All three families that we have donated to live in close proximity and are busy learning English and settling in. All groups were sponsored by a consortium of churches and temples and coordinated by Hias, the Jewish immigration Settlement organization. A grateful thank you to all those that made the quilts… they were a conglomeration of the “I spy”, summer projects, and March project.
Thank You Notes
2015 Thank you note from Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center received for October quilts in Show and Tell set!
We are interested in donations of 100% cotton, silk, flannel or fleece fabric and batting that is suitable for quilting. The Village Squares Quilters make charity quilts for babies, children and adults and it is always useful to be able to defray some of the cost with donated fabric. I am not able to accept fabric that cannot be used for quilting. Please feel free to email me to discuss further. I hope I can help your fabric find new life with the Village Squares Quilters. Best regards, Anne
Blank Fabric donation - July 2014
Here are the photos by Alice Clague of Mitchell Blank's donation being moved by VSQ members. Thanks to all who participated and especially to Mitchell Blank.
Thank you notes Winter/Spring 2013
VSQ has received these thank you notes. Please take a look at the great job!
Mystery Quilts completed
Mystery Quilt photos from June 2013 are online. In July, these VSQ-member-created quilts were delivered to The Wartburg in Mt Vernon, which is a comprehensive senior living facility.
Hurricane Sandy Relief Quilt-a-thon
Received from Acacia Network for the quilts that were donated, see the thank you postcard.
See photos from the latest Outreach quilt-a-thon. This one arranged by Susan, Anne, Fran, and others. Thanks to all who participated.
"Every House has a Story"
(As cited on the National Quilting Association website) See the quilt here from the presentation.
Thank you - Photos and Cards
Thank you for Wheel Chair Bags
The NYS Department of Health has sent VSQ a thank you for the donation of beautifully quilted wheel chair bags that Rhona and her team of outreach members created from fabric donated to the guild.
J A Coleman School Thank You
VSQ received a thank you note for the quilts from the class who were recipients last months donation to the JA Coleman School. One of the parents also sent a thank you note, which is included on the third page. Take a look.
Thank you from NYS Department of Health
United Hebrew - The Art of Caring for Generations
We've received a thank you from the United Home for a much appreciated donation of quilts. You can see the thank you here.
We've received a thank you from the Catalyst Foundation for the Quilted Washcloths that the guild members made and sample size toiletries that were donated. Here you can see the email note and their photos.
We Delivered QuiltsLast month four of our members visited the John A. Coleman School which is located on North Street in White Plains, next to where St. Agnes Hospital used to be. We "adopted" one of the classrooms of four- and five-year-olds - twelve children, all of whom have some physical disability - cerebral palsy, spina bifida, chromosomal syndrome (i.e. Downs), orthopedic impairments. We took seventeen quilts with us so they would have a choice - and choose they did, with great enthusiasm! By the time we left, the kids were lying on the floor on their quilts, or hugging them, or wrapping themselves in them.
It was a very heart-warming experience for us all. And the Director informed us there are eleven more classes just like this one - 125 pre-schoolers who would welcome our quilts! They are adorable children and in a very happy classroom environment. It's just sad to know that there are so many children facing some huge challenges. SO KEEP MAKING THOSE QUILTS, LADIES!
Addendum: The John A. Coleman School occupies the second floor of the building. The first floor contains the Children's Rehabilitation Center. The kids are served by both, and they are bused from Westchester, Putnam, Bronx and Manhattan.
Subsequently, VSQ received this thank you card that the children helped to make.
Thank you note received from Joann Bohannon, Child Protective Services for VSQ donation of 25 quilts.
See Schaffer Extended Care Thank You Note and Recipient Photo.
More thank you letters and photos can be seen here.