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Community Service
Our 2020 Quilt-A-Thon has been postponed until July 8th, 2020, due to the current Covid-19 situation.
The recipients of this year's Quilt-A-Thon will be Becky's House, part of the Interfaith Women's Works located in Rockville, MD.  This facility provides permanent supportive housing for vulnerable women through Residential Coordinators, Medication Supervisors, and a full time Case Manager.
We will also provide numerous smaller quilts to the local Chapter of Comfort Cases for Kids.
On June 12, members picked up kits with their materials for the Quilt-A-Thon and artisan boutique items.

Our annual Quilt-A-Thon
was held in 2019 for HSC Pediatrics.

The generosity of our members is simply extraordinary. Almost 70 NeedleChasers came together this past April to create twin-sized quilt tops that were then taken home to be quilted by generous members willing to share even more of their quilting time and talents with others. A total of 22 twin-sized quilts and 50 children’s-themed pillowcases were then given to the children of HSC Pediatrics; which is a children's specialty hospital in Washington, DC, that provides family-centered care for children from infancy through age 21.

Each recipient will not only use the quilt for the duration of their treatment program but will also take that quilt with them when they are able to go home. Prior recipients of Quilt-A-Thon events include: IONA Senior Center, Children's National Medical Center Outpatient Hemodialysis Unit, Stepping Stones, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • Prizes were awarded for correct answers to our infamous "Quilting Pop Quizzes" and a special door prize to the team that completed their quilt top first!
  • Lunch was provided by the NeedleChasers Board as our thank you to everyone participating. 
    Working away at the Quilt A Thon
    Interfaith Works Women's Shelter PillowcasesInterfaith Works Enjoying the Pillowcases
    Cheerful HSC Pediatrics Quilts

The members of NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase have always held a core value of Community Service.  We have donated hundreds of quilts to not-for-profit organizations as well as volunteering to share our expertise at many varied public events from the National Park Service to the Smithsonian. 

We strive to provide many ongoing opportunities for members to be involved in giving back to the community through quilting.  We try to have projects at every meeting for members to take home or work on at our Sewing Bees (4th Wednesday of the month) at the NCCC Church.

In addition to our Quilt-A-Thon, projects for 2019 included:

Ongoing Support for the House of Ruth KidsSpace; a program we have supported for more than 22 years – providing each child their own nap quilt (22 new quilts this year alone!) If you are interesting in creating a quilt top for this program Ann Shirley (this program Coordinator) asks that you create a Kid-friendly quilt top that the Wee Bees will hand tie. Preferred quilt sizes are approximately 35" x 45" or 33" x 35"  

15 quilts for the Mary’s Center baby shower.  Mary's Center adheres to a Social Change Model that offers wholistic health services for the entire family, along with social services and literacy in one place.

48 Breast Cancer Pillows for the Suburban Hospital Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Center.  Many thanks for our friends at Connecting Threads for allowing us to use their design to create our pillows!

50 pillowcases given to the Interfaith Works Women's Center Shelter.  Interfaith Works provides services that touch all aspects of the lives of Montgomery County residents who find themselves in poverty to help them find safety and long term security.

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It is our goal to have Community Service project kits available to members at every NeedleChasers meeting.  Kits include breast cancer pillows, small quilts for children, pillowcases and other kits for future donations.  If you'd like to offer your help or know of other community organizations that could use our assistance, please contact our Community Service Coordinator, Debbie Lamb-Mechanick.
We are actively soliciting quilt tops for Wee Bess who support both the House of Ruth's Kidspace and Mary's Center baby showers.  Child-themed quilt tops or quilts aproximately 40" wide and 40-40" in length are desired.
 Wee Bees 

Past Quilt-A-Thons

Every year NeedleChasers come together.......

  • To create 18-20 quilts for a local, community-based organization in a marathon sewing session.
  • Prior recipients include: IONA Senior Center, HSC Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center Outpatient Hemodialysis Unit Stepping Stones, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.