Meetings Fourth Tuesday of Every Month at Des Moines Christian Church
at 1 pm and 6:30 pm

Community Outreach

Current Community Outreach Projects

So Many Opportunities for Giving to Our Communities!

Since 2018 Community Giving and Education Outreach committees have been working together to better use all of our resources. 

Community Outreach:  Joyce Moore and Carol Hendrick
Education Outreach:  Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber

Community Giving

In the past, finished quilts were donated from the members of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild to the following agencies:

  • ALS Foundation, Iowa Chapter/Family Assistance Program 
  • Bidwell Riverside Center-Holiday gifts for kids
  • Blank Children’s Hospital -NICU
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • MercyOne Children’s Hospital,Des Moines 
  • On With Life – rehabilitation center 
  • Refugee Relocation Program/Catholic Charities 
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace-Iowa (Bunk beds for kids in need)
  • JOPPA, Refugee Relocation
  • Veterans Homes
  • and others…

We appreciate your generosity In sharing your talent with those in need of assistance in our community.

Education Committee

The goal of the Education part of the Community Outreach Committee is to serve the community and educate others about quilting.  With those goals in mind the committee endeavors to teach quilting skills and make donations to many agencies that help the community. 

The Kids Classes, an annual summer activity when possible, is held at the Pleasant Hill Library.  We have to beginner classes with a simple design and one two day class for the advanced class, where they can choose a bit more complicated design.

The State Fair Sew-In is a project where quilters and the general public all help to make quilts that are donated to:

  • Bidwell Riverside Pre-school      
  •  Camp Dodge Family Services
  • Angel Tree Camp
  • Children’s Behavioral Health Unit of Lutheran Hospital
  •  Lutheran Social Services of Iowa
  • Child Serve
  •  Adoption Saturday
  •  Family Promise
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  •  House of Mercy  
  • Polk County DHS

The Creative Vision Quilting Class helps inner city ladies learn to quilt.  During the school year 8-20 ladies come to sew.  Members of the guild help with instruction, pinning quilts, cutting blocks, and making kits. Around 120 quilts were made in 2019.  Clothing construction has been very popular with ladies making clothing for themselves and their families. Quilting is the common language in these classes, with English being learned as the ladies sew and communicate with fellow quilters.

The Charity Fabric Closet is maintained with donations from Guild members and members of the community.  Creekside Quilting continues to have a donation basket that enables people to give fabric.  The Fabric Closet provides fabric to anyone who needs fabric for their charity project.  The following groups have found needed fabric:

  • Des Moines Schools Home Arts Department
  • Quilts for Men
  • Days for Girls (6-8 groups)
  • DMAQG Charity Auction
  • Mall in the Hall left over items
    • West Des Moines Senior Center
    • Capital Hill Clothes Closet
    • Jefferson Methodist Church
    • Des Moines School Programs
    • Many Hands Thrift Store
    • Planned Parenthood Book Sale
    • ARL
  • Cary Christian Center in Mississippi (state fair batting and fabric scraps), they made 15 boppys for nursing mothers.
  • Little Dresses for Africa
  • West Des Moines Home Arts (9th grade)

The Education Committee wishes to thank all who have helped us through the years.  It takes a lot of people helping out to do all the things we do.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!