Columbia FiberArts Guild supports several outreach projects and we encourage our members to share their talents to make a difference in our community.
The following are some of the optional activities in which we are involved.
A Portland evaluation center for abused and neglected kids, affiliated with Legacy Foundation of Portland. This agency serves children who are taken out of their homes due to an unsafe environment. The age range served are infants to 18 years old. Quilts for Kids was a project started several years ago in conjunction with Care NW to provide a beautiful quilt for each child that enters the center. Often everything is taken away from the child for evidence and this quilt becomes more than a blanket. The children get to choose the one that speaks to them...a small step to taking back a bit of control in their lives. Kits are available at Pine Needle in Lake Oswego or use up your own stash! They also have regular work parties at the Pine Needle, please call for times. 503.635.1353
We are in the process of creating bags to be used on wheel chairs and walkers that will be delivered to several Veteran Homes. It was brought to our attention that many of the residents were carrying their belongings around in torn plastic bags...What a great way to use our creativity, our stash and brighten the lives of those who have protected us.
At Children's Healing Art Project - CHAP - children are known for their ingenuity and creativity, not for their disease, diagnosis or disability. Teaching artists and volunteers share the joy of art in hospital settings, at the Sellwood studio and other events across the region. Get involved! CHAP is always looking for volunteers and art supply donations. Art saves lives!
Quilts for Empowerment is an Oregon non-profit that has been supporting obstetrical fistula survivors in Kenya since 2015. With one stitch at a time these women are creating beautiful embroidered quilts telling the story of their journey and road to recovery. This non profit is always in need of embroidery floss and venues to sell their beautiful products. All proceeds go back to the programs in Kenya. You will be moved by their stories.