Quota International of Northside Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., sends deaf children from their state to Camp Juliena each summer. This year, they received a huge boost from the Spray Foundation in the form of a U.S.$10,000 grant for the project. Club secretary Jo Martin shared her club’s goals with foundation representatives, who were impressed by club service and fund-raising efforts. The foundation wanted to help and promised a $5,000 grant. But when the check arrived in the mail, the amount was doubled to a thrilling $10,000! Noted Club President Margaret Wheeler, “You can imagine how delighted we are in the far-reaching effect this amount of money will have for our deaf youngsters in Georgia.”
The Quota club of Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A., stepped up to the plate to help local kids with disabilities. Nine years ago, the club began sponsoring baseball teams for kids with special needs. The league, organized by parents in 1997, allows kids who aren’t able to participate in most organized sports programs to enjoy playing baseball and socializing regularly. Manchester Quota volunteers agree that they reap benefits from their club service for the program. Said Past Club President Pauline Nadeau, “What we as a club can do for these great kids—it takes your heart away!”
Quota International of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A., has helped the children of migrant workers for many years. Through ongoing service to a local school attended by many of these kids, the club provides school necessities, hosts holiday parties, and participates in graduation. When a kindergarten teacher at the school recently told club members that she needed help with the literacy program, which she has long funded with her own salary, Quota volunteers moved faster than you can say “ABC!”. The club furnished her classroom with teaching aids, school supplies, puzzles, healthy snacks, and juice boxes.
Quota International of Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A., hosts story time at local libraries, including a sign language interpreter for each session. The fun-filled gatherings feature great books, healthy snacks, and conclude with music and dancing. Deaf and hard-of-hearing children participate while hearing children become aware of their needs and learn sign language.