Pencils Plus Global Service Project – Highlights from April’s All Leadership Calls

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Pillowcase dresses sewn and donated by Geelong Club’s “Quota Sew & So” project being presented to members from the Philippines at Convention 2016.

Washington, DC, April 27th, 2018 – Special thanks to all who joined us at our April All Leadership Calls.  We had a great turn out, and those who came received the latest news about the upcoming Global Service Project, “Pencils Plus” which will commemorate Quota’s 99th year by collecting service project data from clubs dating back to January 1st, 2018.  Participants also discussed a variety of ideas about projects that are already being done by clubs worldwide which fit into the “Pencils Plus” project.  A brief summary of items shared is below.  If you’d like to participate in May’s calls, click here to register!  If you’d like more information on “Pencils Plus”  see the introductory information sheet linked here & watch the blog for more information as it is released!

Just a few of the projects shared that align with
Pencils Plus Global Service Project*

Pencils Plus Club Submission Form

  • Geelong, VIC, Australia: Quota Sew and So has now made more than 200 dresses and shorts for children in 3rd world countries, and haven’t paid to ship any of it!
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast, MS, USA: “Stuff-the-Bus” has received support from local radio stations and Walgreens – they give MANY ITEMS after the school year starts that they need off their shelves, but they have been VERY generous, so look into those near you.
  • Walcha, NSW, Australia: Partnership with “Backtrack”.  Backtrack is a local organization that provides shelter and job training to children and teens who have been kicked out of their homes.  Time and funds are donated to help these children learn the skills they’ll need to provide for themselves.
  • Huronia, Midland, ON, Canada: “Quota Cares Teddy Bears” were delivered to 8 nearby elementary schools. About 6 bears to each school to keep in the office for distressed children. Some of the principals gave free hugs because they needed these bears.  They makes all the difference to a struggling child to just have something to hug.
  • Flint, MI, USA: “Large Club Grants” focused on switching from giving away small amounts of money to something larger as well as adding a service component to it. The grant money is advertised through the club website, local newspaper, etc. Schools & organizations are encouraged to apply with a description of how they will use the funds, and what services they would also need provided. These applications are reviewed by a committee of 8-10 people which then determines who will receive the grant and service. Last year’s grant amount was $9,000!
  • Quirindi, NSW, Australia: “Birth & Beyond” donates books to disadvantaged new mothers so they have books to read to their babies from birth and onward.
  • Lake County, OH, USA: “Clothe a Child” partners with a local newspaper to support their “Clothe a Child” program, that provides disadvantaged children and youth the opportunity to have an afternoon shopping spree providing for both their needs and some of their wants at the beginning of the year.  Members take the time to go out one-on-one with the children and let them pick out what they want, and also giving their families a break from caregiving for the afternoon.
  • Barrie, ON, Canada: “Ontario Camp for the Deaf” is a camp strictly for deaf children from 6 – 19 years old from all over the world. A lot come from the Children’s Aid Organization. This club has supported MANY MANY children over the years enabling them to go to camp, as well as donating operational funds and items to help run the camp.
  • Southeast Texas, USA: “Undies 500” is the Christmas party focus.  Instead of giving gifts, donations of underwear are collected for children ages Kindergarten through High School. The underwear is given to United Order Missions who ensures that all children at the local low-income school each get a pair new underwear.
  • Thuringowa, QLD, Australia: “School Breakfast Program”.  Club members serve breakfast to school children either weekly or monthly at 17 different schools. It costs about $20,000 a year to provide the food, a portion of the funding is donated by this club! The local council provides the rest.

“Listening to everybody on this call makes me so excited and inspired!”

– Patricia Bailey, Club President, Quota International of Paris, TN

*This list of ideas shared is in no way comprehensive!  Many more ideas were shared and discussed at the calls. If you’d like to share your ideas, join us next time.  If you’d like your idea featured, send photos and information to staff@quota.org and we’ll feature you in an upcoming article!  (Or, if you’d prefer, write your own and submit that.)

Next month’s call will be lead by our Bylaw Committee Chair and will discuss the Bylaws and Bylaw Amendments being voted on at Convention. If you would like to better understand the bylaws or have input that you believe would improve them, join us for our next call by registering here.

Thank you for all that you do! 

Lisa Schlosser
Membership Coordinator,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

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