Coffee Creek Quilters donates more than 150 student-made quilts every year to a variety of organizations. This year our instructors and members made quilts for donation too. Forty-two kids attending a special summer camp for grieving children will receive member-made comfort quilts from CCQ. We made the quilts for Camp Erin, where young people learn to cope with the loss of a loved one. Camp Erin is a national program funded by the Moyer Foundation. Camps are held in 18 cities throughout the country and open to children between the ages of 6 and 17. The camp is free for kids; funding comes from the Moyer Foundation and local groups. Oregon’s Camp Erin is administered by the Providence Foundation and will take place this year at Camp Kuratli in Boring, OR, August 17-19.
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.
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.