“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving.” – Mother Teresa
Washington, DC, February 14th, 2018 – To accomplish goals outlined in Quota International’s Strategic Plan, the 2016-2018 International Board of Directors have selected six (6) Quota Club Signature Projects from dozens of projects reported by club presidents over the past several years. These 6 signature projects are coordinated by volunteer members changing lives throughout all 14 Quota countries.
The Quota Club Signature Projects are:
- 1919 – Scholarships and Community Grants date back to Quota’s origins with a mission focused on encouraging girls to go to and stay in school. Because Quota was founded by Wanda Frey Joiner and four female executives months after the end of WWI and a year before women won the right to vote in the United States, girls getting an education was important.
- 1942 – Early versions of Quota’s Buckets of Love project can be traced back to Quota’s efforts supporting the Red Cross and troops during World War II. Quota International’s War Work report counts 100 Quota clubs in the United States, Canada, and Australia who donated over 5,500 knitted articles and hand-made garments to the Red Cross and sent more than 2,700 packages to camps and servicemen between May 1st, 1042 and December 31st, 1942. Today, Buckets of Love include many types of donations in many different containers – from food to clothes and healthcare supplies, to books, school supplies and toys – in baskets, backpacks, or boxes.
- 1979 – Sound Beginnings grew out of the Shatter Silence program in the late 1970s where Quota members granted scholarships to deaf students, supported legislation and donated medical equipment for mandated in-hospital newborn hearing screenings, and funded research grants. Today, Sound Beginning projects continue to support educational initiatives for those who are deaf or hard of hearing – from ‘Baby’s First Hearing Aids’, and free hearing and speech clinics to Sound Amplification Systems in the Classroom – and more. Workforce training projects also offer Sound Beginnings for all women and children.
- 1983 – Quota’s International World Service projects began in the early 1980s in New Delhi, India, with the opening of the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women. Clubs have been hosting International Women’s Day celebrations, festivals and awareness events for over 30 years, and have raised more than $1 million for World Service Educational Development, Health and Wellbeing, and Workforce Development projects providing aid to mothers and babies living in poverty in five developing countries.
- 1998 – Cops ‘n Kids/QuoCKa Literacy projects launched in 1998 when Julia Burney Witherspoon, a police officer in Racine, Wisconsin, saw the opportunity to get abandoned books to kids through the generosity of police officers. Quota members were excited to help and over two decades have donated millions of books to Cops ‘n Kids projects in four countries. Members of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania club (United States) have donated over a million books to Cops ‘n Kids in their local community. In Australia, when you hear QuoCKa, they’re talking about the Cops ‘n Kids Literacy project.
- 2004 – The first Junior Quota (JQ) Leadership project launched in 2004 and quickly grew to be in Australia, Canada, Philippines, and the United States. Every year, Quota members mentor hundreds of Junior Quota members – high school and college students. JQ members learn leadership skills while changing lives in their schools and in their communities while coordinating projects that support women and children in shelters, collect food for the hungry, clean up parks, and raise funds for research.
- Because there are many Other Special Projects that are meaningful to Quotarians, a few notable additions are included but are not limited to:
- Quota Cares Teddy Bears and Bears & Badges are supported by members donating bears to social workers, emergency services, and hospital staff to give to traumatized children.
- Listen Up Turn It Down healthy hearing curriculum is shared by members in the classroom and in the streets offering free ear plugs at loud events including Carnival in Aruba.
- Signing Santa events are hosted by members giving deaf children the opportunity to speak/sign with Santa.
On this Valentine’s Day, we salute Quotarians for the love you shower over these Signature Projects giving to women and children when they need it most. You are everyday heroes.
Quota International, Inc. is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in local communities around the world. Founded in 1919 by five business women who were inspired to serve, Quota International was established as the first international women’s service organization one year before women in the United States won the right to vote. Today, 5,000 members – women, men, and youth – come together to help women and children overcome poverty, educational, and workforce challenges in 14 countries. For more information on Quota Club Signature Projects click here.