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Each year, the Kalamazoo ASG identifies community service projects that are relevant to their community.

Our goals are to:

Learn more about how ASG chapters around the country are giving back to their communities.

community service

safe sleepers

In 2016, we continued our Safe Sleeper project with Grace Health in Battle Creek, by taking it to a new level. Thanks to financial support From Grace, Kalamazoo ASG members brought their sewing skills and committment to community service sewing together to sponsor a community cutting day April 12th. The goal is to cut sleepers that will be stitched by Guild members. These safe sleepers are given to mothers of newborn babies, patients of Grace Health, living in and around Calhoun County. Learn details of our Cutting Day here.

 

 

komen

Kalamazoo ASG members responded to a call from Bronson Hospital for isolette covers for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Adopted as the chapter's 2015 community service project, it was quickly embraced by members. The Battle Creek Neighborhood Group dedicated one meeting to guiding those less familiar with quilting in techniques that lead to a successful project. Read details of isolette cover construction here. Another way to help children at Bronson Hospital is to stitch doll gowns for patients in the pediatric unit. Click here for more information and a pattern. Community service grants are available. Find out more here.

Painted Turtle Logo

The American Sewing Guild's national community service project for 2011 benefits The Painted Turtle Camp, the 6th addition to the Paul Newman family of Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children. Through educational, therapeutic, safe and just plain fun programs, the Painted Turtle Camp provides a life-changing experience to children who face daily struggles leading rich, productive lives.

ASG members around the country will stitch pillows for campers. Click here to download the pattern. For more information, contact Bev Crabb. Look at her Painted Turtle pillows, too.

 

 

project connect

For the second year, in conjunction with LISC/Kalamazoo Affordable Housing Partnership, ASG members will provide simple mending and sewing services for the homeless in the Kalamazoo area on Wednesday, May 11th. Contact Fran Michl at projectconnectinkalamazoo@kalamazooasg.com for more information. In 2010, members participated in events in both Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Thanks to Mary Meinke and Fran Michl, who coordinated the events and to The Sewing Machine Store in Battle Creek for providing sewing machines. Read about the day and Project Connect's thanks...

newborns

Battle Creek Neighborhood Group member Mary Embury mentioned her personal community service project: stitching sleepers for newborns at the Family Health Center of Battle Creek. Other BCNG members were anxious to help. A repeat of 2010's commitment, the July monthly meeting will be expanded and devoted to this project. Want more information? Have fabric to donate? Contact Sadie Bauer.

vamc

ASG members continue their 2009 project of stitching napkins to enhance the home-like atmosphere in the dining room at the Battle Creek Veterans' Administration Medical Center(VAMC) nursing home facility. For more information, contact Millie Payne.

 

quillows

It's never easy for children to be hospitalized. Having their own QUILLOW or Ribbon Snuggler to cuddle can provide comfort. Bronson Hospital's Pediatric Unit is excited to find a sewing partner in the Kalamazoo ASG. Like sewing/serging with fleece? Contact Belinda Bullard for more information.

komen

Always anxious to demonstrate they do more than sew, a KASG team, the Steppin' Stitchers, joined 3800 participants in the Komen Race for the Cure on May 16th in Kalamazoo.

disaster

On March 13th, ASG members gathered at Unity Church of Kalamazoo to stitch easy baby gowns and receiving blankets. Completed items will be used to replenish the inventory for worldwide distribution that was depleted during the disatrous earthquake in Haiti.