Friday, April 7, 2017

This Year's Community Outreach Projects

Community Outreach Committee
2017 Projects

Quilts for abused, neglected, and abandoned youth being served by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. and The Juvenile Justice Center

Our year long project will be making quilts for the youth being served by the Legal Aid Society and The Juvenile Justice Center who are often neglected, abused, and abandoned.  Quilts will be twin size with a modern aesthetic and gender neutral color scheme.  These quilts will be an item of comfort that each youth can keep as they are often in foster homes and working through difficult situations.  The Legal Aid Society is currently serving 221 youth and our goal is to provide at least 100 quilts toward their need.  The Committee’s contact is Donna Haynes with the Legal Aid Society and we plan to have some of the youth visit the OMQG during our Sew Days. The Community Outreach Committee challenges each guild member to create at least one quilt for our 2017 project.  We would like to present these quilts in either December or January.

ShareBear United

Our community outreach sewing project is making handcrafted bears for children in hospitals as a token of comfort to help children cope with challenges they face in the hospital.  ShareBear United is a service project started in South Florida in 2006 serving Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Gainesville.  Jackie Babb, founder of ShareBear United and a medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine has a goal of sewing 1000 bears by July. OMQG is helping Jackie and the UCF medical school students meet their goal by making these simple and sweet bears the focus of our Sew Days through July.  Look for teddy bear themed snacks and possibly UCF students at our Sew Days!


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