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Meet our volunteers: Karen Bell

Karen Bell

Karen Bell joined CCQ in January of 2008 as an instructor in the Thursday afternoon class. A year before she retired she saw a brochure about the CCQ program and knew that is what she would do when she retired. After four years volunteering with CCQ she feels blessed to be part of this program and for the opportunity to work with a group of wonderful women and to share her love of quilting with our students.  She’s been a quilter for more than 20 years  and enjoys combining bright colors with traditional patterns. Karen currently serves as President of CCQ’s Board of Directors. She’s also our volunteer coordinator and, in that capacity, makes sure all the teaching slots in our four classes are filled. Karen is a nurse who retired, after 30 years, from Providence Health and Services as the Director of the Providence Hospice Programs. From hospice Karen learned the invaluable addition volunteers make to a program. She keeps busy in retirement. In addition to her CCQ commitments, Karen also volunteers with the Beaverton Library, cares for her grandnephew Xander and enjoys scrapbooking.

CCQ receives grant from Women’s Care Foundation

Coffee Creek Quilters has received a $1,000 grant from Women’s Care Foundation, an organization that serves the Portland tri-county area with a focus on women’s social concerns and health care.  These funds will help pay for classroom quilting supplies, sewing tools for “release kits’ that we offer students when they leave CCCF and a variety of administrative expenses.  Women’s Care Foundation’s history dates back to 1923 when Mrs. Jacob Rosenberg established a convalescent home for needy women in SE Portland. Today WCF offers grant funding to Portland area nonprofits that provide housing for the homeless, shelter for victims of domestic abuse, assistance to elderly in maintaining independent living, education, healthcare, and rehabilitation. To learn more about Women’s Care Foundation, please visit their website: Women’s Care Foundation.

City of Wilsonville awards grant to CCQ for traveling exhibit

Since it isn’t possible to invite the community to observe our quilting classes at CCCF, CCQ is creating a traveling exhibit that we’ll take into the community to describe the diversity of the women we serve and the amazing quilts they create. The new exhibit will include photographs taken in our classes, a display of quilts made by our students and signage to tell our story. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Wilsonville. The City’s Opportunity Grant Program funds a variety of projects to further educational and artistic opportunities and foster diversity in the community. The CCQ exhibit will be displayed in the Wilsonville Library during the month of July 2012 and a variety of other venues later in the year.