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.

The CVQ Guild supports organizations that are annually nominated, voted, approved by Guild members.

The following are the currently approved organizations:

Lisa Shepherd and Kathy Dobner

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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.

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James Storehouse

From crib to college, James Storehouse supports children in foster care and those aging-out of foster care by providing resources that will ease transitions and improve living conditions. James Storehouse encourages awareness and motivates community participation in support of children in foster care.

They partner with local public and private child welfare agencies.

Donation items include quilts for children to adults, as well as these essential items:

  • Diapers
  • School supplies
  • New pillows
  • New and like new shoes
  • Baby food and formula
  • Non-perishable food
  • New hygiene products
  • New and like new clothing
  • New sheets
  • Gift cards

For more information go to www.jamesstorehouse.org

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: epena@callutheran.edu 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

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

Cotton and Chocolate
www.cottonandchocolate.com

The Quilter’s Studio
www.quiltersstudio.com

The Quilt Emporium
www.quiltemporium.com

Quilt Ventura
www.quiltventura.com

Quilty Pleasures
www.quiltypleasures.org