Utah Quilt Guild Service Project for 2022 and 2023: Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for their donation of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. (think Ronald McDonald House, but for military.) The Foundation is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military and veteran families in their time of need and made to enable families to be close to their loved one during an unexpected illness, disease, injury or treatment. This program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women by their dedication in meeting a humanitarian need beyond what is normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members. To date, Hero Miles has provided over 24,000 airline tickets to our military and their families. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
For more information go to http://www.fisherhouse.org/
Kid Sized Quilts for Police Vehicles
The 2018 Philanthropic project is to put children’s quilts in police vehicles. This was a project our current president, Josephine Keasler headed up in 2013. Some of the Chapters have continued the project (and some have not). There are some areas that definitely need to be resupplied. These quilts are to be given to children that come into contact with law enforcement on an emergency call. They do not stay with the police officer, but with the child, therefore it's an on-going need.
Picture courtesy of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Springfield, Missouri.
Wounded Warrior Project AND Quilts of Valor
In 2008 we are encouraged our members to purchase from the UQG, a patriotic fat quarter. All the money we collected we are donating to the Wounded Warrior Project. Members that purchase these fat quarters were encouraged to make a quilt block using a portion of this fabric and combining it with fabric of their own. These blocks were brought to the UQG 2018 Annual Quilt Festival and turned in. These blocks were divided into groups and members signed up and took a group of blocks to make them into Quilts of Valor. Directions were provided at that time. Questions about this project can be directed to Jill Cox or Kathy Gardner. For more information on Quilts of Valor: www.QOVF.org or contact Donna Valdez, Utah State Coordinator Quilt of Valor 801-710-3322 or Donna.valdez@QOVF.org
Home Health and Hospice;
Rocky Mountain Health Care and Hospice is a non-profit organization. They are looking for help to provide some extra comfort to patients by providing a donated quilt to the patient/family when they are admitted on to our hospice services. Hospice is medical care for the terminally ill that are seeking comfort care while they transition from this life to the next. We are located throughout Utah and are looking for state wide donations and hopefully continual donations. Please feel free to contact Makenna Burnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out by phone 435 232 2087. Any help would be greatly appreciated by the patients and their loved ones. Click here for additional information.
Sleep In Heavenly Peace
Founded in Kimberly, Idaho in 2012. Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) is the only charity providing hand-made bunk beds to children who don't have beds of their own. Not only do they deliver beds to the kiddos in need, but they partner with organizations, churches, businesses and individual to build that at events called Build Days! To make these beds even more special - handmade quilts, when available, are presented with the bed. Quilts should be approximately 60x80. But some crib size quilts are also needed. There are several chapters in Utah. Their website is https://shpbeds.org
UT-Lehi Contact 844-432-2337 x5306
UT-Logan Contact 844-432-2337 x5317
UT-Richfield Contact 844-432-2337 x5309
UT-St George Contact 844-432-2337 x5316
UT- Syracuse Contact 844-432-2337 x5307
The Salt Lake/Ogden Long Arm Guild collected over 30 quilts in 2022 for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Then I read an article that the homeless shelters really needed bedding. I contacted two places, one in Utah County and one in Salt Lake and they were very grateful for our help. They prefer fleece blankets, any size, since they are light and easily cleaned. Fleece blankets are quick and easy to make. They will accept quilts as well since they often help families in need or runaway teens and others for whom a quilt would be better. Basically, anything you want to make will be accepted.
You can give your quilts to your Area Rep or any member of the Utah Quilt Guild Board