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Community Outreach

Community Outreach questions can be submitted to Mary Whittaker.  Members can find her email on the roster, all other inquiries can be sent to our email address:

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.

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!

 The UCF Med School students gave us kits with the pattern already drawn on the fabric and the backing fabric so all we do is stitch and stuff!   Kits were passed out to members at our April meeting and more will be available at the April Maitland Sew Day.   Additional kits should be available at future meetings and sew days; we will plan to finish up this project by our July meeting.

If you didn't receive a kit and want to make a share bear, pattern and other information can be found at

Call for Blocks Subcommittee
Questions related to this subcommittee can be directed to Beth Schmidt.  Occasionally, there will be a call for blocks in response to a particular need in our local community or the quilting community at large.  Details will be posted on our blog and on this page.  You can also search the label Call for Blocks to see the pertinent posts.

Due by our October 2017 meeting:  

Project 70273 was started by new member Jeanne Hewell-Chambers.  Details for our guild's participation can be found here.

Half square triangles made from 10" squares for Hurricane Harvey quilts. Details are in this blog post.

Quilts for Pulse

There is so much to say about our Quilts for Pulse project.  Here are a few links that best give you an idea of the scope and magnitude of the project as well as the generosity of the worldwide quilting community:

For past Community Outreach projects, please search our blog using labels Charity, Charity Projects, or a particular recipient.