International Women’s Day 2017: #BeBoldForChange

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Today, March 8th, 2017, is International Women’s Day. Quotarians join in celebrating this day as an acknowledgement of the work that is being done in local communities around the world to improve the lives of women and those they support. We recognize that when women have access to education, health care, child care and employment opportunities in traditional and non-traditional careers, the entire community benefits.

Since the beginning of Quota International, Inc. in 1919, Quotarians have been working to improve the lives of women and children through community service projects. Our signature projects such as Buckets of Love which are made and distributed by Quotarians directly impact women who have experienced domestic violence or economic hardship.

We stand with the United Nations and the theme of their work: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” The status of women in the world and the steps towards equality is articulated by the United Nations Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her message of February 28, 2017:

This International Women’s Day, and each day, we invite you to join us in stepping forward to #BeBoldForChange!

 

Minute for Mission: Dress A Girl Around The World

“New Zealanders are amazing and someone is always going somewhere and they willingly take the dresses and give them away to girls in need.” – Jo Dixey

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From left: Nancy Neilson of Eastbay Quilters; and Jo Dixey and Yulene Watts of Quota International of Whakatane (New Zealand) with 150 dresses for girls in Uganda.

Eastbay Quilters Group and Quota International of Whakatane (New Zealand) recently donated 150 pillowcase dresses to Dress A Girl Around The World. Dress A Girl Around The World is a program of  Hope 4 Women International which is a charitable organization with the mission of empowering “women in Uganda who are suffering from poverty, disease, and low self-worth to become self-sufficient with businesses of their own”*.

Jo Dixey has been a champion collecting pillowcase dresses and shipping them from New Zealand to areas of the world in need. She has sent the dresses with missionaries and volunteers traveling to the South Pacific Islands and under developed countries for the Dress A Girl Around The World and Orphan Aid programs. The dresses are then distributed the to girls of all ages who have never owned a dress.

To learn more about this vibrant 54 member club that was founded in 1980, the good works they do and how you can participate with their projects, visit, Quota International of Whakatane.

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*About Hope 4 Women International

Minute for Mission: Signing Santa

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Our children look forward to this event every year, and appreciate what the Quota Club does for families like ours. – Kristin Noonan

This December marks the third year that Quota International of Ottawa has held a Signing Santa Christmas party for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. More than 75 children came to see Santa, share their Christmas wishes with the Jolly Ol’ Elf, enjoy holiday treats, receive a teddy bear and play various games.

“The Noonan family has attended the Quota Club of Ottawa’s Signing Santa party for three years now. What makes the event extra special — besides the hot chocolate, cookies, games and laser tag — is that Santa can communicate with both of the Noonan children.

Makiya, 10, was born deaf, and was implanted with bilateral cochlear implants at 13 months. She speaks and uses American sign language, while her eight-year-old brother Damon, who can hear, is still learning ASL.

Luckily for both kids, Santa speaks, uses sign language and has a cochlear implant, making every child feel comfortable while sharing their wish list. Makiya and Damon, along with their parents Craig and Kristin, anticipate the annual event.

‘Our children look forward to this event every year, and appreciate what the Quota Club does for families like ours,’ said Kristin Noonan.”

To read the complete article and see a photo of the event, visit ottawacitizen.com.  This article was submitted by Liz Revell, former Quota International Canada Area Director and Treasurer of the Quota Club of Ottawa.

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Signing Santa events are hosted by Quotarians in nearly 100 communities in four countries.  To find out if there’s a Signing Santa event near you, contact staff@quota.org.

 

Team Music Is Love

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Region 16 members displaying their Stockings for Cancer

Country music singer Martina McBride started Team Music Is Love, a charitable initiative making the world a better place through music. For one day Quotarians joined Martina’s initiative at the Region 16 meeting, teaming up to fill stockings with gifts to relieve cancer patients going through treatment. The stockings will be donated to patients at Team Music Is Love’s Christmas in July celebration.

OrovilleQuota’s relationship with Team Music is Love was pioneered by the Oroville, California club. Members were invited to meet Martina at the California State Fair last August after their work in the community captured her attention. For more information about Team Music Is Love (formerly Team Martina), visit www.teammusicislove.com.

Buckets of Love

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Members of Quota International Region 9 fill Buckets of Love with goods.

One in three women has experienced physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime according to UN Women. In most cases the abuser is an intimate partner-someone who has earned the victim’s trust. The Combined Women’s Refuge Group (CWRG) in Queensland, Australia has spent the last 30 years advocating for women and children victims of domestic violence, and for Convention 2016 Quota International will partner with CWRG to create Buckets of Love. Following in the footsteps of Quotarians in Region 9, Buckets of Love will be filled with lightweight pajamas, books, games, diaries, and gift cards to help empower the abused women and children of Queensland.

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Quota Cares Teddy Bears

For many years International Convention has been a platform for Quotarians to spread generosity throughout communities around the world through Service-on-Site projects. Past projects include Quota Cares Teddy Bears donations to police officers to give to children in need in Cincinnati; funds to support the Hawaii State Women’s Correctional Center’s life rehabilitation program; bags of clothing and toiletries for foster children and their foster families in Vancouver; and helping women gain and retain employment with Career Closet.

To learn more about how you can fill a Bucket of Love, please click here.

#PledgeForParity on International Women’s Day

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March 8th is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. This year International Women’s Day honors the progress women have made over the years, and encourages us to take action to advance gender parity.

As the first international women-only service organization, Quota members have dedicated countless volunteer hours to support women around the world over the last 97 years. Many Quota clubs across Quota’s 12 countries are celebrating the achievements of women this year by hosting International Women’s Day breakfasts with guest speakers teaching empowerment, and using the proceeds to invest into the well-being of women in their local communities.

Join Quota International in making a ‪#‎PledgeForParity‬ to accelerate opportunities for women around the world on ‪#‎InternationalWomensDay‬, and every day.

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Minute for Mission: Hear for Good

FIRST HEARING AID RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

 

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Sharan Studavant is fitted for hearing aids donated by Quota International Grand Rapids

 

(Grand Rapids, MI, January 5, 2016) Quota International of Grands Rapids announces its first recipient of hearing aids from the Hear For Good program.

Sharan Sturdavant of Cedar Springs was fitted on December 29 at Kaczmarski Hearing Center with new hearing aids, at no cost to her. Ms. Sturdavant has suffered most of her life with hearing loss and there was never enough money for her to purchase new hearing aids. “I am so excited to tell my family and friends of this wonderful gift for Christmas!”

Ms. Sturdavant worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) to become eligible for the Hear for Good program developed by Martha Herman, President of Quota International of Grand Rapids. Quota collects used hearing aids and recycles them through Starkey, Inc. Starkey refurbishes the hearing aids and makes them available at lower cost for eligible individuals.

Hear For Good, a Quota program initiated in 2014, continues to receive donations of hearing aids for those who have limited resources to purchase them. The cost of new hearing aids can range from $1,000 to over $5,000. Quota’s donation sites for used hearing aids are set up throughout the Grand Rapids area. Reconditioned hearing devices are made available at no cost to the recipient through a partnership with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Kaczmarski Hearing Centers and Quota International of Grand Rapids.

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For Information Contact:
Martha Herman
Quotagr@gmail.com

Honoring Alice Paul

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January 11 marks the 131’st birthday of the late Alice Paul – an American feminist who made it her life’s work to fight for women’s rights. Paul served as a key campaign strategist in passing the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in the United States in 1920, one year after Quota International was founded.

Quotarians in Indiana, Pennsylvania honor Paul’s legacy each year by holding a silent auction fundraiser with all proceeds donated to the Alice Paul House, which promotes awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victimization. Over the last 12 years Quota members have donated $67 thousand to the Alice Paul House, providing a safe support system for victims in their community.

“There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.” – Alice Paul

Program Highlights: Quotarians Celebrate Remembrance Day in Australia

The Quota Club of Tweed Heads/Coolangatta decided to do something in our community that was not a fundraising event, but a service project. The idea came to have a display of Poppies at our local Returned Soldiers League (RSL) for World War One Veterans. To honour the RSL, we asked the President if we could create the display at their Remembrance Day Service  on 11/11 at 11 am. We were greeted with open arms.

It was then time for us to knit and crochet the poppies. Quotarians started the project, and soon after we were joined by friends from our exercise and quilting classes who wanted to lend helping hands with knitting. Most of the helpers even turned up to view the display on the day. In the end, we made 1,327 poppies.

On Remembrance Day we joined nearly 200 returned soldiers for a two-course lunch funded by the Twin Towns Service Club. The RSL Sub Branch President, was so impressed that we were asked to do a similar display on Anzac Day in 2016 this is to be discussed.

Our club was very happy with our result, and this project opened up the opportunity for us to speak with locals and visitors about Quota International. This project started when one member had an idea and shared it, so let us all display the meaning of the word Quota and “SHARE.”

Submitted by Janet Ahrens, Region 11 Director

 

#GivingTuesday and How Quota International Improves the Lives of Children Worldwide

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Giving Tuesday is a worldwide movement to harness the collective power of philanthropy during the holiday season. On Tuesday, December 1 2015, organizations, businesses, and communities come together to celebrate and encourage giving. Quotarians across the globe have embodied the spirit of Giving Tuesday for nearly a century. In the last year Quota members:

  • Granted 500 scholarships to deaf and non-deaf students in 5 countries including three young deaf students in Georgia, USA who started university this fall through a scholarship program by Quotarians from Northside Atlanta.
  • Donated supplies to hundreds of schools internationally. In Massillon, Ohio, USA Quota International hosted a giveaway that provided over 450 students with backpacks, clothing, supplies, haircuts, and hearing screenings.
  • Benefitted over 500,000 abused, neglected, and needy children from newborn to 20 years of age in projects ranging from supporting medical treatments and supplies, job training, and hearing and speech clinics.

This Giving Tuesday honors the amazing work Quotarians have done in 2015 to improve the lives of children around the world. Click here to show your support and get involved in Giving Tuesday by joining Quota’s Thunderclap, which allows one single message to be mass-shared by an entire network of Quotarians and friends at the same time. Like a virtual flash mob, Thunderclap uses the power of the crowd. Please share this link with friends and family to amplify Quota’s mission beyond 5,000 members this Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday donations can also be made by visiting www.quotainternational.org, or click the “donate” button on the right side of your screen. Help to create sound beginnings for children in over 260 communities worldwide.

Quota at Work Photo Series: Quota International of Angeles and the Children of Katutubo

One of the projects of Quota International of Angeles that made an impact to each member was the Feeding and Gift Giving Program for the Aetas or Katutubo children at Katutubo village, in Planas, Porac, Pampanga. When QI of Angeles had a feeding program in this community, the Katutubo school children requested for undies and these were given to them. We also gave the children school supplies, clothes, goodies and groceries. During the feeding program, we noticed that some of the children did not eat their food. They brought home their food packs instead. They said that they will bring it to their younger siblings and to their mothers at home. These touched our hearts. So we gave them extras. They seldom taste what we have served because they cannot afford to. The Aetas are indigenous people wearing g-strings in the mountain. They were relocated after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Their normal lives were affected. They tried to learn and cope up with the way of life on the place where they are now. But the head of the families cannot find regular jobs to support their needs.

They are lucky if government and non-government organization’s come for help or support. And Quota International of Angeles is one of these organizations that continuously giving support to the Katutubo Village through feeding and gift giving programs. Feeding program is a short term help. It is in this condition that the heads of the family are requesting for a long term solution for their livelihood. They resort on going back to what they are used to, planting banana, root crops and papaya. They need seedlings for this. The Quota International of Angeles club will use its prize money to support the livelihood program, the “Katutubo Village: Planting for a Living” to paint smiles to the Aetas children and ensure food for each meal for the whole family.angeles_women_children_quota-at-work

Program Highlight: A Medical Mission in the Philippines

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Despite the onset of Typhoon Lando, the members of Quota International of Manila South traveled two hours southeast of the city left on October 18 to Calauan, Laguna.

In partnership with the Brotherhood of Christian Professionals and Businessmen (BCBP), Manila South Quotarians served 712 patients, all informal settlers from Metro Manila, of the Don Bosco Compound.  206 three-strain flu vaccines were administered to the elderly, volunteers and orphans. Medicine donated by different pharmaceuticals was distributed along with wellness products like lotions, shampoos, soap, toothbrushes and toothpastes.  Consultations for the adults and children, in addition to dental services. After all consultations were completed, the patients, volunteers and doctors were treated to a delicious warm chicken porridge.  The children were entertained by BCBP members with various coloring and drawing activities.

To learn more about Quota International of Manila South, and how you can help their medial missions throughout the region, visit their Facebook Page.

post submitted by Vice President Emilie Simon.