Community Assistance Programme
Members of Illawarra Quilters Inc. have a wonderful record of helping the community in a number of ways through their Community Assistance Programme.
Members design, create and donate Community Quilts for fund raising and individual use for people in the local community who could use a little help. Many of these quilts are made by Members from their own fabrics. Sometimes pieced tops are made into completed quilts using batting and backing fabrics which were donated by our generous sponsors. For more information on the next working bee . . .
Community Knit and Crochet
Members also knit beanies, gloves and scarves to donate to our community during the winter months. One Member knitted and donated a set of NRL team jumpers for orphaned lambs! This story was featured in the ABC News https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-13/orphaned-lambs-don-jumpers-as-winter-drought-bites/11176200
Beads of Courage
A small project with a goal of 20 bead bags has been embraced so enthusiastically that Members have made and donated 1,500 bags to the Beads of Courage Programme at the Kids Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children's Hospital and Stella Bella Little Stars at the Sydney Children's Hospital projects!
Illawarra Quilters Inc Members also donate goods each year to the Wollongong Womens' Refuge and Illawarra Homelessness Services for their Christmas hampers.
Video of members at a Friendship Day showing some Beads of Courage bags and a selection of quilts, some completed and others in progress.
'Last import' may show across the video - sorry, that's a gremlin which I'm working to remove!!
File size: 100 MB Running time: 3 minutes
Organisations which received quilts in 2018
Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra, Illawarra Women's Health, Southern Youth and Family services, SCARF, Lillian Howell Project, Illawarra Diggers Rest Home, Community Cancer Link, Illawarra and Wollongong Homeless Hub. St. Vincent de Paul. Members of Illawarra Quilters Inc. made 75 quilts for the community in 2018.
Organisations which received quilts in 2017
Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra, Illawarra Women's Health, Southern Youth and Family services, SCARF, Lillian Howell Project, Diggers Rest Home, Community Cancer Link, Illawarra and Wollongong Homeless Hub. St. Vincent de Paul. In total 93 quilts were donated during the year.
Organisations which received quilts in 2015-16
Southern Youth and Family Services, The Homeless Hub, SCARF, Wollongong Women’s Refuge, Illawarra Homelessness Services, Miller St Refuge, St Vincent de Paul, Community Cancer Link and Palliative Care Services.
Organisations which received quilts in 2014
Aspect (Autism Spectrum Services South Coast, Arafmi (Caring for Mental Health Carers), St Vincent de Paul, Lymphoedema Support Clinic (Illawarra Cancer Carers), Illawarra Area Child Care, SCARF (community assistance for refugee families), Lighthouse Youth and Cram Foundation.
Illawarra Quilters Inc thank the IMB Community Fund for the 2014 grant of $5000. This grant has allowed many organisations in our community to be helped by providing quilts for both fundraising and community care.
Organisations which received quilts in 2013
Butterfly Ball Committee Raffle, Illawarra Youth Housing, Youth Off The Streets, Lighthouse Church 'My Place', ARAFMI, Community Cancer Link, Southern Youth and Family Services, Local fundraising event for a Stroke Victim, House With No Steps, Light and Hope Bushfire Fundraising Event.
2013 was the first year that a grant was applied for from the IMB Community Fund. A donation of $1,000 was received to purchase wadding and fabric. In total 87 quilts were donated.