|June 2015: Our members are holding Comfort Quilts donated to the Sexual Assault Unit of the Guelph General Hospital. Both Comfort and Memory Quilts are ongoing projects and part of our community outreach program.|
The Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Unit (at the Guelph General Hospital) is one of the longest running community outreach partnerships - now in its' 13th year - with our Guild. The Unit provides nursing and social services to address the needs of Wellington County's victims of sex crimes: young and old; male and female. Our Guild Members assist in the creation of beautiful COMFORT Quilts which are utilized by the staff to help begin the healing process. Over 55 quilts are contributed to this cause annually.
The Guelph General Hospital's Birthing Unit is also a Community Outreach Partner. Tiny MEMORY QUILTS are lovingly made by our volunteer members and are provided to grieving parents experiencing the pain of their child's pre-mature passing. Although needs vary, we typically donate about 2 dozen quilts each year.
These two initiatives are supported by our membership's donations of fabrics, batting, construction and quilting talents. Additionally, we are blessed to receive a substantial financial donation from the Guelph General Hospital Foundation (to support the purchase of additional materials).
Another initiative, formally adopted by the Guild in 2014, is the support of Michael House. This Guelph-based agency provides support for young mothers and infants, in need of housing and counselling regarding parenting and other life skills. We offer our talents to construct crib quilts, receiving blankets, bibs, burb pads etc. -- items which can be immediately put to use. Some of our members even knit/crochet little hats and booties!
Our Community Outreach program is successful because each month, our enthusiastic members assist us with the development process of creating these wonderful quilts by: cutting and sewing up block kits, piecing quilt tops (using completed blocks), machine or hand quilting the quilt "sandwich" (finished tops, batting, backing) and/or binding the quilts. Completed components are brought to each Guild meeting and new ones issued.