Giving back to our communities is a core value here at Suzy Quilts. Our team has close connections to nonprofits and we have been actively supporting nonprofit organizations financially since the beginning of 2020. We want to make giving back easy for you, too! So this year, your pattern purchases will support a different nonprofit each quarter.
We're not only fundraising for each of the five organizations you'll be introduced to today. We're also friendraising! By sharing blog posts throughout the year about each nonprofit we're supporting, you'll get to know each organization and what makes it special.
In each quarter of 2022, your pattern purchases will support a nonprofit focused on uplifting families, children, or the quilt community. A $5,000 donation will be given to each organization or split between two!
Nonprofit Giving Schedule
Get the Grow quilt pattern, shown above, and help these five nonprofits grow!
We'll spotlight more about the important work done by each of these impactful nonprofits in a series of "Giving Back" blog posts throughout the year. But for now, here's a brief introduction to all five amazing organizations!
If you've ever made a quilt, owned a quilt or simply love history, we can't wait to introduce you to the Quilt Alliance. Focused on documenting, preserving, and sharing the stories of quilts and quilters, this vital organization is home to the largest collection of oral histories related to quilting in the world.
The Quilt Alliance also produces and hosts the popular quilting podcast Running Stitch, and documents individual quilt stories through the video Go Tell It program that is often seen at quilt shows across the country.
Moving, inspiring, and powerful stories of generations of quiltmakers are at the heart of the work done by the Quilt Alliance. Take a look at just one quote from a Q.S.O.S. (Quilters' Save Our Stories) oral history interview.
Mission: Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization established in 1993 with a mission to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:
- to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form.
- to share stories and documentation about quilts with a broad public.
- to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.
Now more than ever we at Suzy Quilts want to learn and grow in our love of quilting AND sustainability! A big reason we intentionally created Suzy Quilts as a digital pattern company was to create as little paper, plastic, and shipping waste as possible. This year, we've also launched a sustainable sewing series on the blog and can't wait to bring you more tips to infuse sustainability into your creativity.
So when we heard about Create and Sustain, a new organization dedicated to sustainability in quilting and crafting, we knew we wanted to support their work. After our gift to Create and Sustain, Suzy Quilts will be a founding sponsor!
Mission: We believe that through art and education, we can help shift environmental changes with our collective voice in the quilting, home sewing, and craft industries.
Vision: To provide education to the public focusing on creative and sustainable quilting, sewing, and crafts via workshops, demonstrations, discussion groups, lectures, exhibits, special programs and the distribution of creative and sustainable information through written media and the Internet.
Love Columbia is dear to my heart not only because it is located in my hometown of Columbia, Missouri, but also because my mom, Jane Williams, is one of the founders. Even though she lost her eyesight over eight years ago, she is still one of the most high energy and busiest people I know (Come on mom, stop screening my calls!) Currently she is serving as the Executive Director.
So what is Love Columbia? This organization is filling the gaps and creating bridges where people once got lost. Love Columbia coordinates community resources and relationships to make lasting positive change in people's lives.
You know how operators used to remove and insert plugs into switchboards to connect callers? I think that's an accurate way to view Love Columbia, except instead of someone connecting one incoming call to one recipient, those who call Love Columbia get connected to multiple people and receive support on multiple levels. It's a beautiful and wholistic approach to helping people, which is why their mantra is "Loving People Forward."
Here's a picture of my cute mom...
Mission: To connect community relationships and resources to love people forward.
Vision: To see individual lives and the community transformed through neighbors helping neighbors. We believe this is best done through a wholistic approach where we serve the whole person and engage the whole community. We are motivated and inspired by the extravagant love and selfless service of Jesus who sought out the most vulnerable and disadvantaged and lifted them up.
Easterseals has been working to create equity, access, and inclusion through life-changing disability and community services for over 100 years. As a national organization with a network of local affiliates, Easterseals supports more than 1.5 million people with disabilities each year. At Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley, just one local affiliate, 1,000 infants, children, and adults with developmental delays or disabilities are served each week.
A very special member of Team Suzy Quilts receives weekly speech and physical therapies at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley—SQ staffer Laura's daughter Fiona—and we have seen firsthand how this organization can transform children's lives. You can read more about just one child, Dalilah (pictured below), who was also helped by Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley here.
Mission and Vision: Our mission is to ensure that children with disabilities and their families are empowered. We believe every child deserves to thrive in an inclusive community.
Founded in 1983, New Moms supports young mothers ages 24 and younger in the Chicagoland area on the path to permanent job placement, housing, and family support. As New Moms says, "We partner with families to construct the foundation of well-being by strengthening core life skills, incorporating early childhood development supports, building pathways to and preparation for education and employment, and expanding positive social networks and access to community resources."
The Suzy Quilts team is led by mothers who understand the importance of seeing all children and families thrive. The New Moms approach, which centers on the development of the young mothers they work with, provides a unique path to success for families.
Mission: New Moms’ mission is to strengthen families by partnering with young moms as they progress toward housing stability, economic mobility, and family well-being. We believe in the strength, skills, and potential of all families and communities to pursue and achieve their goals, and envision a future where every young family thrives.