Community Service Opportunities

Community Service Opportunities

Quilters enjoy making quilts for others. This page has information about several worthwhile projects. If you know of other projects taking place in Maine or have photos of projects your chapter is working on, please e-mail the information to PTQG Webmaster.

Project Linus

Providing security through handmade blankets

Project Linus has over 400 Chapters with more than 2,000,000 blankets delivered worldwide. Communities are banding together to provide security through blankets to seriously ill or traumatized children. Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. Project Linus accepts all styles of blankets – quilted, tied, knitted, crocheted, fleece, etc. They must be new, handmade and washable. Elaborate or simple, they are all beautiful to a child. All sizes of blankets are accepted. They go to children infants through teens. Local chapters may have size requirements depending on the facilities to which they donate. Contact your local coordinator for more information.

How Can You Help?

  • Contact your local chapter. The coordinator can tell you how you can help in your area.
  • Make a blanket and donate it to your local chapter. They will take it to a local facility where it will be given to a deserving child, permanently.
  • Get your community involved.

For more information, visit www.projectlinus.org or e-mail Merlene.


ConKerr Cancer

ConKerr Cancer

Give a Sick Child a Smile! ConKerr Cancer has donated more than 20,000 pillowcases to sick children across the United States and Canada. Our mission began at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. We continue to grow thanks to the kindness and dedication of our many volunteers.

Cindy Kerr started making pillowcases for her son Ryan when he was in chemotherapy. It always brought a smile when she pulled out a new one before each treatment! She started making them for other kids. Now they are so popular she can’t keep up! Pillowcases made in Maine are distributed locally! Directions for pillowcases.

Local Drop-Off Locations:

  • Cotton Weeds (Freeport, ME)
  • Purl Diva Yarn Shop (Brunswick, ME)
  • Marden’s Stores (Sanford, ME)
  • The Fabric Garden (Madison, ME)
  • Pins and Needles (Farmington, ME)

Newborns in Need

Serving the needs of  newborn babies.

Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501(c)3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed. Newborns in Need, Inc. is founded upon Christian principles and provides essential items without charge to those in need. We have been serving God’s tiniest children since 1992. In 2007, we donated out 557,970 items! A great big thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and sponsors.

When a child is born to a needy family, and it comes time to leave the hospital, many times that tiny baby may be wearing just a disposable diaper. Sometimes-too many times-there’s not even a receiving blanket waiting for them at home if they even have a home to go to. In winter, that means there is a good chance the baby will be back in the hospital with pneumonia, or worse, die from the cold. Who can help? In many cases, if we don’t help, no one will. These children can’t help themselves. This is an ongoing need. Your donations of time, sewing notions, and money to help alleviate the suffering of tiny helpless babies is greatly needed and appreciated.

How can you help? Sew, crochet, knit or donate baby items to the chapter nearest you. Donate sewing notions, fabric, and patterns to be used for the benefit of the sick and needy premature and newborn babies. Supplies are greatly appreciated. Make a baby quilt or two, collect sewing supplies and send them, or gather used toys and clothing and ship them. Use your knitting, tatting, and crocheting talents to make much needed baby clothing and bedding. Some patterns are available on our web site.

Local Chapter:
Ann Palmer, President

232 E. Ridge Road
Skowhegan, ME 04976
207-474-5221
http://www.newbornsinneed.org/somerset


Quilts for Kids

Children admitted to the Barbara Bush Pediatric Intensive Care Unit arrive with minimal items from home. A welcome bag that includes a quilt and toy is provided for each child. We are in need of quilts for these children, specifically for our teenagers. Approximate quilt sizes needed are: Infants 22″ x 26″, Toddlers 36″ x 44″, Teenagers 56″ x 44″.

Knight’s Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick is a drop off center.

Donated quilts may be dropped off or mailed to the shop at 1901 U.S. Route One, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, phone 207-361-2500.


 

Women’s Heart Surgeries

Eastern Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center
Heart Shaped Pillows to be donated to Maine Hospitals for Women’s Heart Surgeries

Directions for heart pillows.  You will need the Adobe Reader free software in order to open the instructions. 

If you or your Chapter decide to make pillows to donate for this project, contact:

Denise Sullivan
220 Kirkland Road
Old Town, ME 04468
207-827-7402

If any group would like a speaker on heart disease, the process, etc., please contact Denise. Thank you so much for taking part in this project.


Quilts of Valor

The mission of the Quilts of Valor ® Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. As a group we make quilts to send to service men, both active and retired, who have been “touched by war”.

If anyone in Maine would like information of this very worthwhile cause, they may contact:

Maine State Coordinator for Quilts of Valor: Donna Brookings at the following: donna.brookings@qovf.org207-523-9322 or by mail at 22 Maple Drive Gorham, ME 04038, or visit the national website at QOVF.org.


2018 Native American Quilt Collection

Co-Sponsored by Pine Needles Quilters

Laura Freeman of Pine Needle Quilters announces that last year we delivered to four of our five reservations. Our collection included quilts, blankets, new clothing for children and adults, baby needs, sewing machines, toiletries, and money toward heating assistance.

Every year this collection seems to grow and we try to bring what is requested. We are expecting to deliver this year to all five reservations.

We need to collect quilts for at least double size beds, afghans, and fleece blankets. The teenage girls would like to receive sewing machines to sew their own Native regalia along with fabric, needles, and pins. The machines must be in good working order. They still need baby items like diapers, clothes, formula, baby carriers, car seats, and toiletries for babies and new moms. Donations for any of these items would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for supporting our Native people in Maine.

Click here for a list of locations you can drop off your items before the end of September 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Laura at 207-743-6822 or email at wolfandlaura@hotmail.com


Wrap-A-Smile

Wrap-A-Smile was started in 2001 by Terry Hodskins of Wells Rotary Club, Wells Maine and member of the Evergreen Quilt Guild.

The project has distributed over 24,500 quilts worldwide. A visual would be the quilts cover 6 football fields. This Wells Rotary project has received quilts from all 50 States, Canada, Australia, Germany and Great Britain. First quilts went to Cumana Valenzuela 2002. Quilts are now going to 48 rotating sites worldwide with Rotaplast Missions as well as Faces of Hope and 1000 Smiles. Some of the countries include: China, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Vietnam, and Mexico. When we have had an overabundance of Rotaplast cannot accept any more for a while, we have sent quilts to wheelchair victims in Africa, Hospitals in Nigeria and Uganda as well as Ronald McDonald Houses. This is all done through local Rotary Clubs in those areas. All quilts are child size, child friendly 100% cotton with very little white, machine quilted or hand tied as they may receive harsh treatment.

Wrap-A-Smile has appeared in three national magazines as well as one book. Each quilt has a special Wrap-A-Smile label stitched on the back of the quilt. This includes the Rotary wheel, known worldwide, two interlinking hearts. There is a contact in CA who accepts quilts as well and she personally delivers them to Rotaplast Headquarters in San Francisco. Contact Dr. Ann Demeranville, Rotary Club of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, at quilts7780.gmail.com.