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The Guild (either as a whole or as individual members) participates in several community projects. These projects provide quilts to local charities and individual residents in need, educate the community about quilting and provide special exhibits of members’ quilts. Quilts donated to the community have included Royal Family Kids Camp, multiple programs at local hospitals, nursing facilities, Local Pet Shelters, etc.
- Monies and/or materials made available to individuals and splinter groups to make
community quilts under the auspices of the Guild pending approval by the committee chair.
- Any supplies donated to the Guild are to be used for Guild projects only and not retained for personal or other use.
- Any outside organization desiring to solicit our membership for help must make that request to the Community Outreach Chair or Board member.
- Research previous, current and future recipients of donations.
- Propose recommendations for proposed charities to Board.
- Promote participation in events and projects.
- Co-ordinate with charities and recipients for donation desires.
- Maintain inventory and organization of donated materials.
- Submit receipts for expenses related to projects to the Treasurer for reimbursement.
- Transfer committee information and work with new incoming chair.
- Communicate with Officers on matters concerning the Guild as needed.
- Work/communicate with members to maintain a positive Guild experience.
In 2023, we are supporting several local charities within the lowcountry.
- Doors to Freedom is a local non-profit organization that provides a safe haven and support for young girls ages 12-18 who are survivors of human sex trafficking. Guild members can support in many ways including providing girls with twin size quilts (approximately 60” by 85”) and lap size quilts (50”by60”) as well as pillowcases. The girls will take them when they leave the shelter. Link: www.doorstofreedom.com
- Royal Family Kids Camp is for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the foster care system. It is a yearly one-week residential camp offered free for boys and girls aged 7-11. Children receive a quilt approximately 50” by 60” that they take home as a reminder of their week long safe environment camp. Link: www.summerville.royalfamilykids.org/quilts
- My Sister’s House is a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. We provide an emergency crisis shelter, court advocacy, therapy, transitional housing, and more to empower victims – and their children – to live free from abuse. They accept twin bed quilts (approx.60” by 85”), lap size quilts (50” by 60” or larger) and pillowcases which guests take home after their stay. Link: www.mysistershouse.org
- Newborns in Need, local chapter in Charleston area, is dedicated to making sure that the teen mom, the stressed family, the mother overwhelmed in sadness is supported in the first moments of the child’s life. Newborns In Need has positioned itself as the first response for the baby in crisis. Talented hands create warm blankets, afghans and quilts to fill the kits, lovingly created by Guild Members. Sizes range from 36” by 36” to 40/42” by 40/42”. The quilts are sent home with the families to wrap their babies in love and warmth. Link: www.newbornsinneed.org
- MUSC Children’s Center is an integrated health care delivery system that provides comprehensive care for children from before birth up to eighteen years of age. It is located in Charleston. Any size quilts and standard size pillowcases are welcomed. The children take the quilts when they are released to go home. Link: www.musckids.org
- Home of Hope is organization in Dorchester County to meet the needs of homeless men in the Summerville area. Hope’s House in Summerville provide beds for homeless women. There is no time limit for their residents. Their mission is to provide a safe environment, support services, and an avenue to independence for those in a housing crisis. The organization believes that all people deserve the basic necessities of life, and feel it is an integral part of the community. Quilters can make quilts for beds (60”by85”), comfort lap quilts (50”by60”, and pillowcases. These items are given to the men and women when they leave the residence. Link: dcco4homeless.org
- Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc. (LOR) is a non-profit organization in Charleston County that provides goods and services to children who have been abused or neglected. Members can make quilts (approximately 40/42”by 40/42” that could be donated to children aged 1-5. Link: lowcountryorphanrelief.org
- Magdalene House of Charleston is a nonprofit recovery home for women facing addiction. They offer an opportunity to recover and learn life skills in a safe environment with encouragement, accountability, and structure. Link: https://magdalenehouseofcharleston.org
- The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a state-designated regional perinatal center, providing comprehensive care to healthy and critically ill newborns throughout the state. We believe that parents are active partners in the care of their babies and in the understanding and development of the science of newborn care. The compassionate treatment we provide is a model of effective integration of evidence-based, interdisciplinary and family-centered approaches. Link: Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Services | MUSC Health | Charleston SC (musckids.org)
- Winwood Farm in Awendaw provides a quality array of services: community- based prevention services, residential care/treatment, out-patient, school-based and/or community-based prevention services that are flexible and adapt to the changing needs of the children and families; Maintaining a safe and secure environment that allows a child to thrive and that encourages family engagement in the therapeutic process. Link: https://windwoodfarm.org
- The David and Laura Stone Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a state-designated regional perinatal center, providing comprehensive care to healthy and critically ill newborns throughout the state. MUSC Children's Hospital is recognized as the premier provider of care for high-risk newborns. Quilt sizes 36” by 48-50”. Link: Neonatal ICU at Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital | College of Medicine | MUSC
- Oakbrook Health and Rehabilitation Center located in Summerville provides skilled nursing services designed to consider and address the needs of every patient. About 98% of their residents are in wheelchairs. Quilters can make wheelchair quilts that range from 33” – 36” wide by 40-44” long. Link: oakbrookhealthcenter.com