Many Thanks to Donors Supporting World Service ‘Hand in Hand’ Projects

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Little ones receive nutritious meals thanks to those who donate to Hand in Hand Projects – Photo submitted by Quota International of Manila.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

Washington, DC, May 2017 – Many of our best friends are Quotarians.  They have hearts of gold and are always looking out for each other.  Whenever they hear of someone who needs help, they let them know that we are here for them.  This is true in our local communities and around the world.  In 2017-2018

Changing Lives Around the World

Quota International’s World Service projects began in 1983 with the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women in New Delhi, India.  Over the past 30 years, Quota Clubs have hosted International Women’s Day Celebrations, international festivals, and public awareness events raising over $1 million to fund World Service projects helping children living in poverty in two dozen towns and villages.  Special thanks go to the following clubs who donated during the past year to support projects improving Health and Wellbeing, Educational Development, and Workforce Development:

Super Star Donors $1,000+ USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Narooma
  • Canada: Quota International of Weyburn
  • United States: Quota International of Baton Rouge, Central Oregon, Gridley, Kent Valley, Massillon, Minneapolis, and Morro Bay

Gold Star Donors $500 – $999 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Beenleigh, Jimboomba, Redcliffe, Sandgate, Temora, and Whitsunday
  • Canada: Quota International of Estevan
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Opotiki
  • United States: Quota International of Cupertino, Estes Park, Wilmington, and Wooster

Silver Star Donors $200 – $499 USD:

  • Aruba: Quota International of Aruba
  • Australia: Quota International of Alstonville/Wollongbar, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Caloundra, Camden Haven, Canberra, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Forster Tuncurry, Gloucester, Gold Coast, Coulburn, Lower Clarence, Macarthur, North Lakes, Sydney, and Tweed Heads/Coolangata
  • Canada: Quota International of Mariposa, Owen Sound, and Penticton
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Papakura, and Whakatane
  • United States: Quota International of Beckley, Canton, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Lake County, Lawrence, Mountain View/Los Altos, New Haven, Paradise, and Shenango Valley

Bronze Star Donors $100 – $199 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Batemans Bay, Brisbane South, Buderim, Campbelltown, Cobden, Coolum Beach, Coonamble, Geelong, Gladstone, Glen Innes, Lithgow, Maleny, Maryborough, Orange, Taree, Thuringowa, Walcha, and Wimmera
  • Canada: Quota International of Grey Bruce, Estevan, Huronia, Ottowa, and Wainwright
  • New Zealand:  Quota International of Rotorua
  • United States: Quota International of Andover, Coral Springs/Parkland, Freeport, Iosco County, Kirksville, Klamath Falls, Lorain, Northside Atlanta, Platteville, Preston County, Salisbury, Tacoma, and West Monroe

Additional Clubs supporting World Service projects include: Quota International of Bathurst, Carindale, Gympie, Kingaroy, Kyogle, Port Macquarie, Quirindi, Townsville, and Wynnum Manly in Australia.  Quota International of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Quota International of Ohope in New Zealand, and Quota International of Legazpi-Mayon in the Philippines.  Quota International of Bethlehem, Candlewood Valley, Harrisonburg, Holyoke JQs, Jackson, Johnstown, Kenosha-Racine, Salem, and West Memphis in the United States.

During the past year, 111 Quota Clubs and 2 Junior Quota Clubs gave to the World Service Hand in Hand World Service Projects.  Your generosity inspires us and changes lives for children around the world.

Click here to donate and change a life

Every donation makes a difference for children who live in poverty.


Health and Wellbeing projects create safer and healthier environments for children living in poverty often without electricity or running water. Quota members fill in the gaps providing diagnostic equipment, screenings for health, hearing, and vision, vaccinations and emergency care, and supplies for medical centers including fans and medication. When mothers are in prison, children receive clothing and uniforms, nutritious school lunches, meals at day care centers, and a place to put their head at night.

Educational Development projects ensure that basic schooling needs are met. Quota Members arrange transportation, donate school supplies, build adaptive classrooms, and provide salaries for teachers to ensure that all children have what they need to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Workforce Development projects provide sound beginnings for women, and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. Quotarians promote long-term independence and self-reliance offering a range of opportunities from sign language and braille lessons, to educational classes, and vocational training with the trades, and also small business loans.

Click here to donate and change a life


Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

“Welcome Bags” and Bead Craft Lessons Bring Hope

Kuala Lumpur HIH Photo Collage

Washington, DC, March 27th, 2018 – Quotarians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ensure better health and well-being for victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking being served by the Women’s Aid Organisation shelter.  In partnership with each other, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), RC Deaf Missions Malaysia (RCDM), and Quota International of Kuala Lumpur are making real progress in their efforts to provide life coaching and job skills to women.

Last year this included 63 women and 70 children who either came to the WAO shelter of their own accord or, in the case of victims of human trafficking, were sent by police.

Welcome bags for WAO

With this $2,000 Hand-in-Hand grant money, Quotarians in Kuala Lumpur will continue to prepare “welcome bags” containing a bath towel, toothbrush, toiletry pouch, as well as hotel hygiene amenities like shampoo, conditioner, and soap, all donated by friends and Quota club members who have saved these items from recent hotel stays.  Along with each batch of 30 welcome bags supplied to the WAO shelter, members in Kuala Lumpur will also donate sanitary napkins, panties, and extra towels to help provide for the needs associated with feminine hygiene.

In addition, the Hand-in-Hand grant money will also be used to support workforce development thru lessons in bead craft for the women which will enable them to provide for themselves and their families after leaving the shelter.  Quota International of Kuala Lumpur will supply materials such as beads, pliers, crimps, beading cord, and needles that each woman can take with her upon leaving the shelter.

Lastly, Quotarians in Kuala Lumpur have also reached out to a local yoga instructor who will be conducting weekly yoga lessons for these women to further improve their health and well-being.

Sisters who received hearing aidsThank you to all who have contributed to Quota International’s Hand-in-Hand Fund.  Your monies combine to make projects like these possible.  It’s through your generosity and the help of members in Kuala Lumpur that women escaping domestic violence and human trafficking are receiving hope for the future and hope in humanity again.

For more information on World Service Hand-in-Hand projects, click here.

Thank you for all that you do! 

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

Special students receive nutri-meals and education from Hand in Hand grant

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Washington, DC, March 22nd – Children at the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf in Iloilo, Philippines receive extra special care thanks to Quota Members of Iloilo and donations from the Hand in Hand program.

Established in 1998 by members of Quota International of Iloilo, the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf provides grade school curriculum for hearing impaired students and daily nutritional meals for severely malnourished children from the community.

Quota members in Iloilo and from around the world ensure that families of students attending the Resource Center do not have to pay for school fees, books, materials, uniforms, or enrichment experiences.  Transportation is also provided for those who have no other way to get to the Resource Center.  The Resource Center also offers nutritious meals to combat the effects of malnutrition that many students face.  Daily meals are provided to students who would otherwise go home hungry.

“children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future”

Pampanga HIH FY17 WIDE

Quotarians in Pampanga believe that children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future step to high school level with self-confidence and determination with donations from the Hand in Hand program. Pampanga HIH FY17 library

Nearly 300 children from 7-13 years of age receive specialized education at the San Fernando Elementary School in Pampanga.  The school has special teachers trained to work with children who are intellectually disabled (53 boys/74 girls), deaf or hearing impaired (40 boys/45 girls), autistic (51 boys/11 girls), and visually impaired (5 boys/10 girls).

The school eases the concern of families who face the dilemma of finding special schools that can educate their children providing support for special conditions and are not congested.  While the San Fernanado Elementary School has deaf-mute students, it is not currently equipped with the basic tools for a conducive learning center and environment.  With the help and support from big-hearted donors and donations to the Hand in Hand program, Quota members in Pampanga will ensure these students will receive the basic support that’s responsive to their special needs for better learning

Members of Quota International of Pampanga provide students with school supplies, library resources, celebration parties, treats, and multi-vitamins.  For their new Recreational Center, a new kitchen counter, kitchen sink, tiled flooring, and window screening have already been installed and the restroom renovated.  The Hand in Hand grant ($2,000 USD) will fund additional items needed: a 2-burner gas stove/range/small oven, pots and pans, kitchen tools and mixing bowls, prep utensils and kitchen gadgets, cutting boards, utensils for cooking, baking, and serving, and baking ingredients.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Quotarians never stop helping children. Thank you for all you do.

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Hand in Hand is changing lives for Filipino mothers and babies

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Grant monies support the BF Homes Health Center offering free medical services to the poorest of the poor mothers and babies in Parañaque.

HIH Paranaque FY 2017Washington, DC, March 1st, 2018 – Quotarians in Parañaque, Philippines, ensure better health and well being creating sound beginnings for the people living in Barangay BF Homes in Parañaque.  Through ongoing support of the BF Homes Health Center, members of Quota International of Parañaque are able to provide things that are needed. This includes everything from pediatric medicine and supplements for babies and school children of the nearby De la Rama Primary School ages to dental supplies including anesthesia and post-dental analgesics and antibiotics, and vitamin supplements for young pregnant girls. With the limited budget from the local government, the City Health Office is unable to provide for all the needs of 109,000 poor residents of this community. Quota International is there to pick up the slack!

A few years ago, when a typhoon severely damaged the Health Center, Quotarians provided funding for urgent renovations of the building. The doctor’s clinic, dental, and pre-natal care section and nurses’ office were painted and 4 brand new air conditioning units and new toilets were installed. An outside toilet was also constructed for use by TB patients only to prevent contamination to non-TB patients especially babies and children.

HIH Paranaque IIThese new grant monies ($2,000 USD) will be used to purchase a wide range of medical supplies. It will cover the costs of medicines for regular medical/dental missions, electric fans for the waiting room, construct additional benches for patients to be able to sit outside, and construct additional cabinets for the records room.

The Parañaque club is able to do all of this from Quotarians like you who donate to the Hand in Hand programs. Even the smallest things make the biggest difference, thank you for helping to fill in these gaps.

Quotarians are changing lives.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of Quota. 

Grace Caldwell
Foundation Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Quota Cares Month Inspires Teamwork – 2018 applications are on the web

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Quotarians in Paradise, Gridley, and Oroville, California work together to fill Buckets of Love full of Household Cleaning Products- Quota Cares Month 2017, submitted by PCP Katie Stecher 

Sharing a service project with neighboring Quota clubs was so rewarding and made us all feel part of a great whole.  It was a great way to get to know one another better, too! – Katie Stecher, 2017 Paradise Quota Club President

February 23rd, 2018 –  For their Quota Cares Month project in March 2017, the 89 members of the Quota Clubs in Paradise, Gridley and Oroville, California (Region 16) pooled their resources. Together, they assembled 50 buckets of cleaning products to be distributed by local agencies procuring housing for the homeless. The buckets are given as gifts from Quota as their clients move from homelessness to housed. Quotarians had a great time building friendships while shopping, assembling and distributing the buckets. They hope to do it again.


2018 International Awards and Club President’s Reports due by June 30th
Click here for:

2018 Nomination & Reporting Instructions

International Awards & Signature Projects Online Form
SAMPLE International Awards & Signature Projects PDF

Volunteer of the Year Online Form  |  SAMPLE Volunteer of the Year Award PDF
Club President’s Report Online Form  |  SAMPLE Club President Report PDF

Last year, over 100 club sent in entries for the International Photo Contest, Quota Cares Month, Volunteer of the Year, and the 5K / 10K Community Giving Award.  These awards spotlight the projects Quota Clubs are doing and how much Quotarians care. In 2018:

  • International Awards and Club President’s Reports have been simplified.
  • Each application has a few questions that can be completed in 5-15 minutes.
  • All International Awards use the same form with the same questions.
  • Project photos can be uploaded within the form OR emailed to staff@quota.org from a smart phone or email address.  In the subject line, include “Photo,” your club and the award name.
  • Copies of awards submissions will automatically be sent to you and to your Regional Director so you will have a copy for your club’s records.
  • Submissions can be edited.  When you read over your copy, if you want to make any changes to your submission, you have an edit option.  Once you make the changes, hit submit again, and your information will be updated.
  • Awards submissions will stay on the website to be completed at any time.
  • Staff@quota.org can help with any questions.

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

The Board of Directors has moved the deadline for the
awards submissions to June 30th, 2018.

We’re here for each other – that’s why we are Quotarians

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2015 International Photo – Quota Cares Teddy Bears, by Coral Springs/Parkland

Dear Quota Friends of Region 8 USA – February 20th, 2018

This past week has been unbearable for us all near and far of Parkland, Florida.

These are the victims of the Florida school shooting: CNN

We are all asking the same question – what can we do?  At this time I have been told that there are no straight answers to this question.  We have to do what is in our hearts. Some have attended rallies, some attended vigils, and some are making donations on the Go Fund Me Page.  But the one thing I know each of us is doing – praying for the victims, injured and survivors of this mass shooting.

I’ve been in touch with Past International Vice President, Cindy Hurd because their club is right in the backyard of Parkland, being Quota of Coral Springs/Parkland.  They are all having a rough time.

I thought if as many of us as possible in our clubs could either email or mail a card or message, it would let them know that their friends of Quota Region 8 and beyond are thinking of them.  I did email a card from all of us at Quota Region 8, but individual or club cards/messages would be great too.

If you would, please ask your members to email a message to staff@quota.org to the attention of Quota of Coral Springs/Parkland or put a card in the mail and I will get everything to them at once — contact staff@quota.org for my mailing address.  Please send to me by the last day of the month so they will have everything by their meeting, the first week of March.

Thank you all so much.  We’re here for each other.  That’s why we are Quotarians!

Love,
Elinor Adler
Region 8 Director
Quota International of Plantation
Florida, United States

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

Pillowcase Dresses from Whakatane 2016
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

Santa Claus

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

Christmas in July-Team Music Is Love
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

Buckets of Love
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.

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

Alice Paul protesting

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