For Columbia River Sewing members, community service projects are a key element of our programs and activities. As a chapter, we have partnered with selected local organizations, providing sewing services and specialty items to support their work in serving a variety of needs. Our contributions have ranged from supporting high-risk maternity patients, children in foster care, end-of-life patients and crime/disaster victims. Beyond our designated chapter programs, individuals within our group also lead and contribute to projects and programs meeting diverse needs across our communities, including homeless persons, medical teams and refugee children.
There is always a need for more member involvement in community service projects. Please contact Community Service to learn about ways to participate in a project or to connect with others who are already doing so. You get to choose how much time you can contribute and there’s lots of flexibility. In addition to the benefits you send out to others in our community, it’s a Great way to get to know other members.
It is a joy and a privilege to use our skills and passions to help and support others. Each item we create is an expression of our compassion and encouragement for each recipient. These activities remind us that:
“Sewing brings care and comfort to all life’s challenges and celebrations.”
Passage Quilt Project
The Passage Quilt Project at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is an effort to comfort end-of-life patients and their families. Volunteers create varied Passage Quilts and a patient’s family members then select a quilt from those available. Approximately 400 quilts are provided each year to these patients in transition and their families.
Stitch pre-cut quilt top kits or donate a quilt top (which will then be layered, quilted and finished by volunteers) or a completed quilt of your own creation.
To request kits or for more information, contact Passage Quilt Project Coordinator.
Providence Portland New Beginnings
Our partnership with the Providence New Beginnings program has, unfortunately, come to an end. The many disruptions and stresses of COVID-19 meant that the program was halted, and there is currently no reliable prediction when or if it will resume. The maternity unit and our chapter Community Service are in communication, should it begin again.
If you have bags that you made for this project, please contact Community Service. If you have ideas for other community groups that could use these bags, please get in touch. It would be wonderful if those that are already made could be put to use meeting some of the many needs in our community.
Many thanks to those who have participated, created, test-sewn and otherwise contributed to this. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.
Community Service Opportunities
This is a new section to showcase other ways to give back to the community. They may be the result of contacts made through our website from individuals or other community organizations requesting assistance, support or sharing of information. Others may let members know about activities that are hosted by one or more of our members. While the chapter cannot vouch for outside organizations, we want to offer a clearinghouse for worthwhile opportunities so members can connect with the community. Click here to submit a Community Service Opportunity.
We sew for Bloomin’ Boutique and Angels in the Outfield, who both work with children in foster care programs throughout the Portland area. We also sew hats and toiletry bags for The Father’s Heart that helps feed and clothe the homeless.
The group meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month to pick up pre-cute projects such as pillowcases, toiletry bags, fleece hats and pj’s they sew at home and return at the next meeting. We also collect small toiletries and financial donations to fill the toiletry bags.
We love donations of cottons, flannel and fleece fabrics.
Project is ongoing.