Quota clubs around the world fill many needs for many people and have been giving for decades. However, four clubs in the United States have found new ways to meet basic needs in their communities, and their GREAT IDEAS may well inspire other clubs to find new ways of sharing and caring.
Quota of Tacoma, Washington, has been working with My Sister’s Pantry, one of the largest food banks in their county, for many years. However, when the pantry lost their long-time home, club members knew they had one very important contribution to make—helping this important community resource relocate. Quotarians donated moving costs while continuing their hands-on work at the pantry, serving hot meals and distributing clothes and groceries to those in need.
Quota of Bossier City, Louisiana, found out that a local group home didn’t have a library and decided no child should grow up without the joy of reading. They put together a community book drive with the help of a local television station and some dedicated college students. Now, the young boys, aged 7 to 17, who live at the Hope Youth Ranch near Shreveport have piles and piles of books for fun as well as serious study, all thanks to the Quotarians of Bossier City.
In New Haven, Connecticut, the focus wasn’t on books to fill a library but on walls to make a home. Quotarians there spent time in hands-on service at two Habitat for Humanity projects, hammering nails, shoveling plaster, and loading dumpsters. Not satisfied with helping construct future homes for families in need, club members also provided lunch to crews and volunteers at both sites. When it came time for Habitat’s Tool Drive, the New Haven Quotarians remembered their service and knew they could help once again—this time by donating a new wheelbarrow filled with new and “gently used” tools, so the Quota spirit can keep on giving even when club members aren’t there in person.
In Cambridge, Maryland, Quotarians decided to focus their efforts on women looking for jobs to support themselves and their families. By partnering with a local program designed to help women enter or reenter the workforce, the club put on “Outfits for Opportunity,” a rummage sale that passed on donated professional-wear to women who needed it. Cambridge members spearheaded event planning and ran the sales table. They even collected coupons from store ads that attendees used as “cash” to purchase their new outfits. And with whole suits going for $10, every woman in attendance went home with a new outfit for interviews and workdays. Some even went home with three! This project was made up of a whole host of GREAT IDEAS that came together for one successful, meaningful day for women in need.