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Community Service
Our 2020 Cut A Thon will be Held on January 29th in The NCCCC Community Room.  All are welcomed!  Lunch provided for all our hard-working NeedleChasers.  Please bring your favorite rotary cutter and ruler!

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.

Quilt A Thon 1       

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. 


 Recent Community Service Activities

2013 - 2014 - Projects for CSAAC(Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children)

 NeedleChasers made these colorful placemats for CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children), which provides job training for autistic adults. They will brighten the tables of adults in independent living.
CSAAC clients made these striking blocks for NeedleChasers to assemble into a "house" raffle quilt for CSAAC's 2014 gala dinner
Other Charitable Organizations Seeking Quilt Donations
From time to time we receive information from our fellow NeedleChasers regarding charitable organizations that they support or are aware of who would like to receive donations of quilts.  These are not NeedleChaser sponsored activities but rather ones in which our members engage and would like to share with their fellow quilters.  Some groups use donated quilts for patients/clients, others to sell or raffle them for fund raising activities.  The organizations may have specific requirements as to size, fabrics or construction methods.  We recommend contacting the organization listed before embarking on your quilting project.  If you know of any other Washington Metropolitan area not-for-profit organization that can use donated quilts please contact Debbie Lamb-Mechanick with the details for inclusion in this portion of the Website.
  • Suburban Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Auxiliary (8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD) is seeking both quilted and knitted items for their "Yarns for Warmth" program that is serving the chemotherapy unit of the hospital.  Anyone who wishes to have their blanket designated only for terminally ill or seriously ill patients can do so by contacting the Auxiliary and letting them know.  They need blankets that are 40" wide and 50-55" long.  These lap quilts become the property of the patient.  The hospital would also appreciate smaller (40" square) quilts for their littlest patients in their Emergency Pediatrics Unit and the Knots for Shots program that serves needy families in the county.  For further information or to make quilted or knitted donation please contact Phyllis Donoghue, President Suburban Hospital Auxiliary. (suggested by Nancy Baltz)
  • Project Linus is a non-profit organization dedicated to donating handmade blankets for newborn to 18-year-old children in need of comfort. Its primary mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” The local Project Linus Chapter has regular monthly meetings on the fourth (4th) Monday of every month, 7-9 pm. These meetings will happen at Shaare Torah, 1409 Main St., Gaithersburg. Bring your Project Linus blanket projects or completed blankets. They have yarn, quilting fabric, and some knitting accessories for you to use in making blankets.   Chapter Coordinator: Carolyn Lichtenstein (240) 801-5779