For Columbia River Sewing members, community service projects are a key element of our programs and activities. As a chapter, we have partnered with selected local organizations, providing sewing services and specialty items to support their work in serving a variety of needs. Our contributions have ranged from supporting high-risk maternity patients, children in foster care, end-of-life patients and crime/disaster victims. Beyond our designated chapter programs, individuals within our group also lead and contribute to projects and programs meeting diverse needs across our communities, including homeless persons, medical teams and refugee children.
There is always a need for more member involvement in community service projects. Please contact Community Service to learn about ways to participate in a project or to connect with others who are already doing so. You get to choose how much time you can contribute and there’s lots of flexibility. In addition to the benefits you send out to others in our community, it’s a Great way to get to know other members.
It is a joy and a privilege to use our skills and passions to help and support others. Each item we create is an expression of our compassion and encouragement for each recipient. These activities remind us that:
“Sewing brings care and comfort to all life’s challenges and celebrations.”
Providence Portland New Beginnings
We have partnered with Providence Portland New Beginnings to support their higher-risk maternity patients. Most are hospitalized for days—or weeks—prior to delivery and many face significant challenges. The Providence social work team works to teach skills for managing anxiety and/or depression, not only during this time but, hopefully, when they return home to families. They provide cinch backpacks to be used in the hospital to store materials used to teach mindfulness, meditation, and other stress-management techniques.
The usefulness of the bags will not end there—each patient takes their bag home and it may be used for a number of other uses—perhaps a child will use it for school or an adult will use it on outings.
Contact Community Service for more information.
Passage Quilt Project
The Passage Quilt Project at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is an effort to comfort end-of-life patients and their families. Volunteers create varied Passage Quilts and a patient’s family members then select a quilt from those available. Approximately 400 quilts are provided each year to these patients in transition and their families.
Stitch pre-cut quilt top kits or donate a quilt top (which will then be layered, quilted and finished by volunteers) or a completed quilt of your own creation.
To request kits or for more information, contact Passage Quilt Project Coordinator.
Mask Needs in Our Community
For those of you who still have a few more masks left in you…
Through their 100 Million Masks Challenge Providence system is managing and updating a database of a variety of community-based organizations that have shared their need (sometimes urgent) for cloth masks. These include homeless shelters and food banks, as well as groups serving domestic violence victims and struggling families.
This link takes you to a listing that includes address information as well as website links. Choose an organization geographically near you or one whose work is close to your heart. It is probably desirable to check their websites for the most current information on needs and they also include phone numbers for a direct contact. Note that you will probably need to provide your own materials for many of them.
Masks may not be the most “fun” thing to sew (especially after the first hundred!!) but the need continues and contributions benefit every single person in our community.
Thanks as always – now, more than ever
My Red Shoes
This program is ceasing operations in the Portland area. Our members have indicated a strong preference for local charities so we will be looking for other opportunities to serve our community through our sewing. If you have ideas or suggestions, please share them with Community Service.
Contact My Red Shoes Coordinator if you have already made bags or for more information.