What You Can Do
How You Can Use Quilting to Make the World a Better Place
If you or your guild are looking for a project to help make the world a better place, Quilt for Change keeps a list of national and international charity quilt projects. If you would like to suggest a project or organization for inclusion in our list, please email us at email@example.com. Click on the project name in blue to link to their website.
Quilt for Change acts as a clearinghouse for this information and is not directly linked to or responsible for any of the information provided. We do not promote any specific projects or websites but provide this information in the hopes of encouraging quilters to become involved.
Action Kivu provides the Democratic Republic of Congo’s victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance. Our approach is spearheaded through two programs, the Kivu Sewing Workshop and Eduction assistance for children. In an eight-month program, students, all victims of the Congo’s years of devastating conflict, learn to sew, knit and embroider and eventually acquire the skills and capacity to work on their own as seamstresses who can provide for themselves and their families.
The Advocacy Project
The Advocacy Project helps marginalized communities tell their story, claim their rights and produce social change. Quilting is an important part of their model because it offers women an outlet for their artistry and a way to express themselves. The Advocacy Project recruits volunteers (Peace Fellows) who travel overseas to help the group craft quilt blocks which tell their story. U.S. quilt guilds then help Peace Fellows assemble the blocks into a quilt. The quilts are then exhibited to raise awareness and call for action.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt
To preserve, care for and use, The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice and inspire action.
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative
The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative™ is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer’s.
American Hero Quilts
American Hero Quilts were born out of the love and compassion of one determined Washington State woman. Her dream is that each of our injured troops returning home from war through Madigan Army Medical Hospital and other military hospitals, receive a “hug” of appreciation. These “hugs” are exceptional patriotic, heirloom quality quilts. Each is unique, created by many loving hands, and many are long-arm quilted by the creator of this project.
We are an all volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind. Our recipients are from 0-18.
Bitengye Designers/Kitambaa Designs
The Bitengye Designers is a co-operative of strong and resourceful women from several villages in southern Uganda, which has come together to sew as an alternative to subsistence farming. For the last three years, they have attended workshops sponsored by the Kitambaa Sewing Project, and now they sell their products both in Uganda and across Canada. Once subsistence farmers, they are now able to provide for their own families, and their extended families. 100% of each sale goes to the Bitengye Designers. When you buy one of their products, you too are helping them to stitch a future full of hope and opportunity for themselves and for their communities.
Firehouse Quilts is a non-profit group of volunteers in Colorado that makes and donates 45″ square snuggle quilts to Colorado fire departments, Action Care Ambulance, Denver Health Medical Center, victim advocate offices, and twin/full sized quilts to Douglas County Women’s Crisis Center to be given to children & their mothers in time of crisis.
Home of the Brave Quilts
Throughout its history, the United States has remembered its military heroes in many ways, with plaques, parades, statues and memorials. The Home of the Brave Quilt Project was started to continue that proud tradition in a less than traditional way. We are a nationwide movement dedicated to honoring our fallen heroes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by making and presenting homemade quilts to their families. We use the quilts to honor and show our gratitude for their soldier’s service and provide a measure of comfort to their families.
Lutheran World Relief Quilt Challenge
In 2013, LWR challenged Lutherans across the U.S. to donate 500,000 Quilts to send around the world to people in need. As of the end of March, 2014, warehouse staff have counted 436,584 Quilts, with more still to be processed. That means that hundreds of thousands of people around the world will be wrapped in tangible symbols of God’s love. Thousands of people here in the United States discovered the joy of serving their neighbor through quilting. Bonds have been created, renewed and strengthened, and ministries have flourished. For these gifts, we are thankful.
Mongolian Quilt ProjectQuilting is a new activity in Mongolia. The women are eager to learn, already have sound sewing skills, and own ancient, but usable hand-cranked sewing machines. They have fabric scraps and clothing to recycle, so may easily begin quilting without any additional expense. The New Way Life (NWL) organization aims to give a new service to poor people in Mongolia, teaching them patchwork and quilting, and providing a center for this activity.
PeaceQuilts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), humanitarian organization relieving poverty in Haiti by establishing and supporting independent women’s quilting cooperatives. Currently we work with approximately 100 women organized into seven cooperatives in Lilavois, Croix-des-Bouquets, Cayes, Bel Anse, Roche-a-Batteau, and Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, with plans to expand. PeaceQuilts provides training, materials, supplies, marketing assistance, and educational opportunities. We also market their one-of-a-kind art quilts in the United States, and are in the process of developing a product line of affordable quilted items which are now being sold in retail shops, online and at Macy’s as part of their “Heart of Haiti” initiative. Our goal is to help each cooperative to become self-managed and self-sustaining.
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission which is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Quilt for a Cause
To use the art and business of quilting to pursue advances in breast and/or gynecological cancers by raising funds for research, by continuing the education of medical professionals, and by supporting clinical organizations that raise awareness, offer detection and provide treatment for all women.
Quilts Beyond Borders
Quilts Beyond Borders reaches out to under-served children, mainly orphans, across the world to provide a handmade quilt and spread love and hope. Over 140 million children in the world today have lost one or both parents. By 2010, sub-Saharan Africa will be home to an estimated 50 million orphaned children, and 18.4 million children – more than one in three orphans – will have lost parents to AIDS. In Ethiopia alone, there are currently an estimated 4.8 million orphans. Quilts Beyond Borders was born in March 2007 with the desire to reach out to these children. We have focused on Ethiopia where in 5 years we have delivered over 1,000 quilts to orphans.
Quilts for Kids
Transforming discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.
Quilts of Valor
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat servicemembers and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. This foundation is not about politics. It’s about people.
The mission of Wrap Them in Love is to collect donated quilts and distribute them to children around the world, so they can be wrapped in love and comfort. As we all know, a quilt is a very special thing. It isn’t just a blanket; it has been lovingly created by a real person. A quilter leaves a part of themselves in every quilt they make. The child who receives it will be able to snuggle up in all the love and comfort that comes in that quilt.