When you see the MPS Organizational Philosophy, you’ll find the first sentence reads:
The founding board envisioned a guild that would provide members with opportunities for friendship, fellowship, education and sharing in an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork.
Community Service was not mentioned there because the founding mothers did not want it to be the main focus of the guild.
But as I’ve been getting to know our MPS members, I’m finding that many, many of them are involved in some area of service. Lots of charity quilts are being produced from within our ranks! Some are “Quilts of Valor” for our state and national veterans, others are infant quilts that make their way to area hospitals, and still others are made for children or families in crisis. In addition to this, we have members who work with incarcerated women or recovering addicts to help them learn how to quilt or sew baby blankets. There are more still that knit and crochet for others. I’m sure that I am not aware of many other areas in which our members serve.
And that’s the point of this post. We have a Community Service page on this website, but we only have one item listed on it. That’s because we only have information on the “Quilts of Valor” program. We’d love to post more opportunities for service on that page. Not because we want to focus more on community service as a guild, but because sometimes a person will want to do something for someone else but doesn’t have the slightest idea where to go or how to start.
That’s where you come in. If you are already sewing quilts, teaching others to sew, or volunteering your services in the areas of fabric, yarns, or other fibers, would you mind letting us know what it is? You can email us the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a comment below. It would be helpful to know the name of a contact person in addition to the organization. Think of the page as a resource center for those that want to help.
A little further down inside our Organizational Philosophy, you’ll find that The Metropolitan Patchwork Society
Applauds member involvement in community service
Of course we do! It’s good for everyone involved….