Museum Quilt Guild maintains an active community service program. Each year we host 2 work meetings where members gather to work on quilts which will be distributed into our local community according to need. Members also donate quilts they have made themselves. Currently we distribute to the VA Medical Center, All Babies Cherished, Brooklyn Street Migrant Children's Outreach Center and the YWCA. We also distribute to local families who may have suffered a tragedy as well as on the national level to those that have endured catastrophic situations.
Community Service Initiatives.
Annual Holiday Collection for the Salvation Army.
You can help in the following ways: —make empty gift bags to donate —donate items to fill the gift bags —make and fill gift bags to donate —make a donation by cash or check to help fill the gift bags. Each bag costs approximately $20 to fill.
Click HERE for instructions on making a gift bag and for suggested items to fill the bags, notated by age. The Salvation Army expressed a definite need for children 9-12 years old.
Ongoing Community Service Projects.
1). We have connected with the Buffalo chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), to make twin size quilts for children aged 2-17 years. The quilts are for standard twin size beds. Twin quilts can have slightly different measurements, so either refer to the size listed on your pattern for twin size, or use 66x90 as a suggested size. For a chart on common quilt sizes, click HERE. The following is a description about their work from the SHP website:
You can learn more about the organization at https://www.shpbeds.org/chapter/ny-buffalo They also have a Facebook page you can follow: Sleep in Heavenly Peace—Buffalo.
2) The Batavia chapter of the Salvation Army is in need of reusable grocery bags for those in the community who walk and pick up groceries. Below are a couple of pattern links or, if you have a pattern you already use, please feel free to use that pattern. In addition, we will collect extra new or clean, gently used bags you may already have. You can drop them off to us, or, you may want to deliver them yourself on Monday , Wednesday, or Friday from 9:30-12:30 at 529 East Main Street, Batavia. You can just pull into the parking lot behind the building, follow the signs, and a volunteer will come to your car to accept the donation.
Wheel Chair Quilts for VA Medical Center
The VA Medical Center has asked for some lap quilts, specifically for those persons in wheelchairs. If you have a quilt to donate to this Community Service project, please contact the Chairpersons for drop off.
Click Here for a chart on preferred sizes for use with wheelchairs.