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Community Outreach

We are proud of our community outreach programs. Volunteers coordinate these projects and occasionally hold quilting bees and/or assemble kits for work at home.

For information about these special ongoing projects click on the round mini quilts by their names. If you would like to contact any of the organizers, you will find their contact information in our Members' Handbook or email the guild at Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

To view a PDF slide presentation overview of our outreach projects go to the link below. This presentation was prepared in 2017.

Smile Quilts

Smile Quilts are made for children facing serious illness.

Coordinator: Peggy Herlick & Helene Doerfler

PAL Quilts

Pal Quilts include both palliative and friendship quilts. 

Coordinators: Judy Siegner & Marilyn Hollinger

Memory Quilts

Memory Quilts are small, quilted or knotted quilts donated to Grand River Hospital. They are given to those who have lost an infant due to stillbirth, SIDS, or some other catastrophe.

Coordinator: Pamela Clarkson.

Touch Quilts

The Touch Quilt Program run by the Alzheimer Society of K-W provides, for persons with later-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, an item of comfort to hold and touch with their hands. Coordinator: Cathy Jurchuk.


Quilts of Valour Canada

Quilts of Valour Canada produces quilts which are presented to Canadian Armed Forces members (women and men) who are coping with injuries both visible and  invisible.  This organization works across Canada to show appreciation to our Canadian military.

Coordinator: Deby Wettges

Days for Girls

Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education.

Coordinators:  Jan Hember & Fabia Joyce 

From time to time guild members have made place-mats for our local Meals on Wheels. Often those place-mats were reversible, celebrating a special holiday or two. Additional causes in which members of the guild often participate are Project Linus and Victoria Quilts

The Caring Connection group meets monthly to sew quilts for charity. Donated fabrics are used to complete the quilts, which may go to MCC Relief Sale, PAL, as well as other local venues. Contact Judy Siegner for more information

The guild and its members are always open to supporting charitable organizations.

To reach us please go to our Contact Us page.

A Few Special Projects

Click on the quilt for the story.

50th Anniversary Quilt  2016

Coordinated by Emily Hunsberger

Sunnyside End of Life Quilt 


The Postcard Quilt  2009

Coordinated by Renske Helmuth

A Bird's Eye View  2006
Coordinated by Renske Helmuth

CQA/ACC Slab Quilt  Project
Coordinated by Marg Sandiford

In March 2020 a number of organizations approached us for help, initially with masks.

As Community Outreach has always been a significant part of the Waterloo County Quilt Guild, the guild  surpassed all expectations in how it has reached out to support organizations, agencies and individuals in our community.







In spite of the amount of Covid 19 outreach the membership continues their  on-going outreach. Recently there was a presentation of PAL quilt that was covered by the Observer

Representing the WCQG, Maria Wirth presented 50 masks to workers at the Bridgeport & Weber Sobeys.

The clip above was on CTV News Kitchener at 5 (Monday, June 22, 2020).

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Kaleidoscope of Nations  2003
Coordinated by Renske Helmuth


Arthritis Society Blue Bird Quilt 2017
Coordinated by Kathy Bissett

I'm Possible - Victim's Services Project
Coordinated by Robin Bogaert

Outreach Tally

Here is a list of the guild’s community outreach tally as of the end of August 2020.


Mask total – 20,000+

Includes those with Days for Girls

Scrub Caps - 857
Gowns - 343
Table runners donated to the hospice centres – 92 
PAL Quilts – 70

Smile Quilts – 182

Touch Quilts – 16

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