This week CCQ donated three instructor-made quilts to Rotary Club of Wilsonville to auction at their Heart of Gold Dinner & Auction on February 23rd. Heart of Gold is a fundraiser for Rotary activities including Through A Child’s Eyes, a program Rotary sponsors in partnership with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Each year, Rotary holds two TACE events at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility — a winter event where moms and kids do fun activities and enjoy a visit with Santa Claus, and a summer event where the moms and kids take part in crafts, games and an outdoor barbecue inside the facility. Women incarcerated at CCCF must earn the right to be included in the TACE program through good behavior. Coffee Creek Quilters also participates in the summer TACE program by offering a crafts table at the two-day event.
An article in the July 18 issue of the Wilsonville Spokesman features Coffee Creek Quilters. Sparked by an exhibit of student- and instructor-made quilts at the Wilsonville Library, the article multiplies the public exposure for CCQ’s prison quilting program. Volunteer Molly Skeen has taken the lead in setting up the exhibit’s electronic slide show using photos taken at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility by The Oregonian’s photographer Beth Nakamura. CCQ received a $900 grant from the City of Wilsonville to fund the costs of creating the traveling exhibit.