Mutual Ground

Pat Frieders, our service committee chair, contacted Mutual Ground to ask how we could best support them in 2015 / 2016.  She learned that the organization was in desperate need of new sheets, pillowcases and bedding supplies due to the fact that these items need to be laundered daily.  Pat did some research and decided that the best and most cost-effective purchase would be Bed-in-a-Bag bedding sets.  At our August meeting the membership approved the purchase of 10 sets.  In addition to that, a number of members volunteered to contribute additional bedding.  On September 8th the club presented 19 sets to Julie Judd of Mutual Ground.  

At our February 2015 meeting, members filled 24 backpacks with supplies for children at Mutual Ground.  Supplies in all sizes included pajamas, underwear, socks, hygiene items, notebooks, pencils, and other items they might need while at Mutual Ground.  These were presented to Michelle Meyer, Executive Director of Mutual Ground on March 2.

At our February 2013 meeting, we held a "Knotting Bee" and tied knots on the edges of 30 fleece blankets to benefit Mutual Ground.  Mutual Ground in Aurora provides a safety net of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Many of its clients are children so this year we knotted child-size blankets.  We also included a book with each blanket.  Books were provided by the St. Charles Public Library (via Altrusan Bonni Ellis) and Houghton Mifflin (via Altrusan Alice Hawkins).

Cathy Rady organized our craft night so that all members attending could work together on one of our major service projects.  Cathy and other Altrusans including Jill Falls, Heather Falls, Denise Claessens, and Judi Urban prepared the blankets ahead of the meeting.

A group of Altrusans then met at Mutual Ground to present the blankets.

September 8th, 2015 - Doris Czarobski, Pat Frieders and Elaine Wolf present 19 bed-in-a-bag sheet and comforter sets to Mutual Ground
Elaine Wolf describes our relationship with the United Nations while members knot blankets.
Cathy Rady organized the "Knotting Bee" and displays the finished product.
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