Creating Philanthropy Quilts
for the community

The Conejo Valley Quilters has provided Philanthropy Quilts and cash to nonprofits in the Conejo Valley, thanks to our generous members and others in the community who support our work.

Do you want to nominate an organization for the Guild’s philanthropic efforts? If yes, then complete the Philanthropy Nomination form that you will find on the Guild’s Web site (click here). Give the nomination to Lisa Shepard or Kathy Dobner before or at the July Guild meeting. The Guild will vote for the organizations during the August meeting. The following Organizations were approved in August 2016:

  • The Stuff My Bag Foundation
  • Lighthouse for Women and Children
  • Autism Communication Center at CLU
Lisa Shepherd and Kathy Dobner

Autism and Communication Center (ACC)

The Autism and Communication Center (ACC) at California Lutheran University is our philanthropy organization for weighted lap pads. Their mission is to offer educational, communication, and community inclusion resources—through workshops, conferences, research and resource information development—to P-20 students with autism and the teachers, providers, caregivers, administrators, and families who support them. The ACC promotes practices that support inclusive schools and communities based on the notion of presumed competence for individuals with autism. ACC aspires to develop individuals who are empowered to choose and use alternative forms of communication in order to realize their educational and civic potential and to become meaningfully included in school and community settings. Dr Edlyn Pena, Associate Professor, Higher Education Leadership and Director of Doctoral Studies is our contact. She can be contacted at (805) 493-3021. Email: if you would like more information about the center’s services.

Weighted lap pads help calm and center these children when they feel overwhelmed. If you have ever felt the comfort of sitting under one of those lead-lined shields at the dentist’s office, you understand the calming effect of a weighted pad. Our lap pads are made of cotton fabric and filled with plastic pellets. We’ve committed to make 23 lap pads for special education teachers in the local school systems to use in their classrooms. Otherwise they would be very expensive for the teachers to purchase. ACC has donated the poly pellet filing. If you would like to receive a kit to make a lap pad, I am distributing them at the 2017 July and August meetings.

Here are links to printable instructions:

Lynn Jurss


My Stuff Bags Foundation, Westlake Village, CA

You can help fill My Stuff Bags with new children’s items by enlisting family, friends and coworkers to collect and send as many as possible of the items below, or any other children’s items that would fit in a mid-sized duffel. Items must be new, non-violent, and non-denominational. No food or candy, please. We need items for children from infants to teens.

Here’s a list of suggestions to get you started:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Coloring books & crayons
  • Small toys for all ages
  • School supplies and stationery
  • Small toiletries: travel-size toothbrush/toothpaste, hotel soap and shampoo, etc.
  • Items for teens/tweens: games, young-adult books, deodorant, makeup, trading cards
  • Baby Stuff: rattles, pacifiers, bibs, diapers, baby clothes
  • Books, journals or diaries
  • Clothing of all kinds: t-shirts, baseball hats, knit caps, scarves, socks, shoes, underwear
  • Hand held games
  • Small photo albums
  • Children love handcrafted items, too

We Need Blankets!

Every child deserves the warmth and security of their very own “blankie,” and that’s why each My Stuff Bag has a blanket inside! Blankets must be new, and can be purchased or handcrafted (in any creative way you’d like) in any fabric, any color, and any size from 40” x 40” up to 54” x 60.” Most needed are quilts for teen boys, followed by teen girls and baby boys.

To display CVQ donations so far this year, click here.

Lighthouse for Women and Children, Oxnard, CA

The Lighthouse for Women & Children, serving homeless single women and women with children, established its Life Recovery program in 1998, offering a transitional living program that included programming for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In December of 2003, the Lighthouse established the Safe Harbor Emergency Care program, which is a year-round emergency shelter that also serves as an overflow shelter when the two domestic violence shelters in the County are full.

Today, with an overall capacity of 112 beds, the Lighthouse offers a complete continuum of care specifically tailored to the needs of homeless women and families by offering shelter, intervention, substance abuse recovery, case management, education, life skills development, vocational training, employment, and transitional housing.

To display CVQ donations so far this year, click here.


About creating Philanthropy Quilts for Alzheimer's patients

This is Allison Medley’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, which was completed in 2015.

Senior Concerns & Alzheimer's Association

Senior Concerns is non-profit organization, dedicated to serving the senior community and especially frail and special-need seniors, caregivers and families by providing quality programs, appropriate resources and educational outreach to allow patients to stay in their homes or with their families as long as possible.

Alzheimer's Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through advancement of research, to enhance care through education and support, and to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health.

How to

For an instructional video on how to make quilts for Alheimer's patients, click here.

More information

To read or print the brochure about this project, click here.

Thank you to the local businesses
that support our philanthropic efforts!

Cotton and Chocolate

The Quilter’s Studio

The Quilt Emporium

Quilt Ventura

Quilty Pleasures