SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS & GUEST SPEAKER

Whitney Reid, McKinney-Vinto Program Specialist

During Quota’s August 2022 dinner meeting we were honored to have Whitney Reid the McKinney-Vinto Program Specialist speak to our members. During Whitney’s presentation, Whitney shared that in 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strengthened the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program. McKinney-Vento services provides students experiencing homelessness with resources and protections that remove all educational barriers with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance, and success. The McKinney-Vinto Act strives to provide services for children and youth from birth to 21 years of age who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Between 2015 and 2021 this program served over 7,000 students. Quota was honored to present Whtiney Reid for the McKinney-Vinto program with $1500 dollars in gift cards to be used for the families they serve.

For additional information on this incredible program https://www.psdschools.org/programs-services/federal-programs/homeless-students

Quota Club of Northern Colorado 2021-2022 Allocations

Liv Peterson, Quota Allocations Chair Presents $1500 in Gift Cards to McKinney-Vinto Program

As we are closing out our club’s fiscal year, we are proud of the programs we were able to support this year. We allocated funds to the following programs and scholarships.

Connect Hearing, Deaf & Hard of Hearing (HOH), Project Self Sufficiency, Weld County Food Bank, Food Bank for Larimer County Community, St Joseph’s University, Scholarship Aspen Camp for Deaf & HOH, All About Hearing, Community Foundation Boulder Count – Local disaster relief Scholarship, Scholarship to UNC, Loveland Youth Gardeners, Ear molds and Audiology equipment to PSD.

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EXCITING JULY SPEAKER AT DINNER MEETING

Guest speaker Annette Zacharias
and dinner host Kim Miller

During our July 27, 2022, dinner meeting, the QCNC members were fortunate to enjoy our guest speaker Annette Zacharias, Executive Director of the Family Housing Network (FHN). During Annette’s presentation she shared the history of FHN and its current and ongoing successes within our community.

Members learned that in 2009, leaders from different faith communities began discussing the possibility of expanding the work of Loveland’s Angel House. Recruitment of faith communities were brought together with the intention of extending the 10-year-old Loveland program to Fort Collins.

Today, FHN provides services to families with children who are homeless, ranging from day and/or overnight shelter and case management to short term rental subsidies or short term supported housing. In partnership with Homeward Alliance, FHN provides area case managers with a fully stocked emergency pantry and children’s closet as well.

Our members were fortunate and enthused to learn more about this outstanding service and all that they provide to the many families who benefit from the services available.

For more information, visit their website at https://www.familyhousingnetwork.org/

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QUOTA MEMBERS VISIT YOUTH GARDEN

On June 22nd, eight Quota Club members toured Loveland Youth Gardeners. Quota has supported this 501(c)3 organization for many years and is pleased to see this wonderful youth-based service continue to grow each year. Ryan Abbott, Interim Executive Director facilitated our tour. It was a WONDERFUL tour and multiple times Ryan mentioned their appreciation for Quota’s support.

To learn more about Loveland Youth Gardeners click on this link to view their website:

https://www.lovelandyouthgardeners.org/

Highlights from their website:

In 2021, they took an old abandoned BMX track and turned it into a beautiful wheelchair accessible teaching farm that hosts chickens, bees, medicinal and culinary gardens, production rows, student raised beds, a farm stand and more!

Loveland Youth Gardeners was the vision of its founding director, Joanna Rago, a Clinical Social Worker who believed that working with young people to cultivate skills and strengths through growing an organic garden would benefit youth, the environment, and the community. 

In May of 1996 with the help of Thompson School District, City of Loveland Department of Solid Waste, and the Larimer County Master Gardener Program of CSU Extension the first pilot intervention program began to serve Loveland area youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Loveland Youth Gardeners received 501(c)3 nonprofit status in 2000 and has grown to include four youth education programs (Youth Gardening Program, Leaf Out Program, Enterprise Internship Program, Branch Out Program) serving young people ages 3-21, as well as numerous community service projects, including the Loveland chapter of Plant a Row for the Hungry (since 2005).

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Quota Gals Enjoy Guest Speaker

Quota Club members were treated to an interesting program at our May 26 dinner meeting.   We were fortunate to welcome Ann Hutchison,  Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce. 

Ann was recently appointed the CEO of the chamber, but she is certainly not new to community leadership.  With a BA in Speech Communications from UNC, Greeley, Ann has worked for the Chamber for 18 years.  FC Chamber is the 3rd largest Chamber in Colorado, with over 1100  members.  Clearly knowledgeable and with her enthusiastic smarts, Ann blasted us with the most current employment, business and industries stats. https://fortcollinschamber.com/

Great evening, great information, great presenter!

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QCNC MEMBERS VOLUNTEER FOR EMPTY BOWLS

Twelve members of Quota Club of Northern Colorado volunteered at the Larimer County Food Bank’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser, held February 17th at the Hilton Hotel.

The members filled soup containers, displayed bread and edible candy bowls, and unpacked and arranged hand-made pottery bowls that were donated by local potters and students.

QCNC is very involved in our community. Members actively support the efforts and activities of many local agencies and non-profit organizations to make Northern Colorado a great place to live for all.

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QUOTA – ALWAYS THERE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

WE SHARE – WE CARE

QCNC faced another challenging year of zoom meetings, masks, hand-sanitizers and distancing as we worked together to help meet the needs of those in our community. Our members, 26 strong and dedicated, are committed to making a positive difference in Northern Colorado while observing the Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions.

During 2020-2021, Quota Club of Northern Colorado donated funds to 29 services, projects, non-profit organizations and members of our community. Estate Sales, our major fundraiser, provides the resources we share to enhance the well-being of those in our community.

2020 – 2021 Recipients of QCNC Funds:

  • Homeward Alliance Mobile Laundry
  • Food Bank of Larimer County
  • McKinney students – Poudre School District
  • Project Self-Sufficiency
  • Larimer County Hearing Aid Bank
  • NOCO Red Cross Fire Relief
  •  Jr. High Emergency Closet
  • Fort Collins Children’s Theater
  • College Scholarships for DHH or audiology students
  • MS Walk -Colorado/Wyoming
  • Colorado School for Deaf and Blind
  • Faith Family Hospitality
  • Loveland Youth Gardeners
  • Aspen Camp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth
  • Front Range Community College Special Needs Students
  • Children’s Speech and Reading Center
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • United Way Child Care Fund
  • Weld County Food Bank
  • Crossroads Safe House
  • Disabled Resources
  • PSD Audiology
  • Children’s Hospital Hearing Test
  • Habitat for Humanity

2022 Note: We are greatly saddened by the sudden and tragic wildfire in Boulder County. QCNC members are individually finding ways to volunteer to assist the victims of this horrific event and the Club is donating $1,000.00 to the Boulder Community Foundation.

Who Are We and How Did Quota Begin?

The Founding Members of Quota Club International, Inc.

(1919 – 1925) Quota Club International, Inc. was founded by Wanda Frey Joiner & 5 female executives in Buffalo, New York, USA, 1 year before U.S. women won the right to vote. Quota Int’l became the first international, women-only service organization in the world in 1925. The members supported the Red Cross & volunteered for war & defense projects during WWII. (I940) Quota Int’l of Fort Collins was founded. (2019) Quota International celebrated 100 years of outstanding service around the world. The Fort Collins chapter changed its name and became Quota Club of Northern Colorado.

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QUOTA CLUB OF NORTHERN COLORADO ALLOCATES FUNDS

2020 was a year of flexibility, change, challenges and learning new ways to do day-to-day QCNC business. Zoom meetings held twice a month, fundraising via social media platforms and updating our websites for easier accessibility have kept the Club strong and the members engaged and active. It was a successful year for QCNC in spite of the pandemic. A special Thank You goes out to the members who volunteered their time during this challenging year. Through their dedication, the Club has been able to financially help groups and organizations meet the needs of those who seek their services. A HUGE Thank You goes out to Kim Miller, President of QCNC, for keeping the meetings active each month via Zoom.

The following services/organizations have received donations from QCNC since January:

1)  Loveland Youth Gardeners…$1000

2) Larimer County Food Bank …$500

3) Children’s Speech and Reading Center…$500

4) Weld County Food Bank….$500

5) Project Self Sufficiency…$500

6) Crossroads Safehouse…$500

7) Neighbor to Neighbor…$500

8) Habitat for Humanity…$400

In addition, $600 was recently approved to support the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

To learn more about QCNC, go to the main menu of this website.

We look forward to another great year and hopefully we’ll meet in-person at our 2021 Estate Sales!

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QCNC Allocates Funds to Services and Projects in the Community

Monthly QCNC meetings continue via Zoom and the members remain committed to helping support non-profit organizations, services and projects in our community.

On Colorado Gives Day, QCNC donated $500 to each of the following services:
Neighbor to Neighbor, Children’s Speech and Reading, The Larimer County Food Bank and Project Self-Sufficiency.

QCNC has long been a supporter of the Food Bank for Larimer County’s Empty Bowls fundraiser that will take place on February 13, 2021. For its 24th year, Empty Bowls will look a bit different but sure to be as exciting and delicious as the previous years. For more information, and to support this fundraiser, click on the following link.

https://foodbanklarimer.org/empty-bowls/

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Quota Club of Northern Colorado Supports the Community

Members of Quota Club of Northern Colorado (formerly Quota International of Fort Collins) continue working to support services and organizations whose mission is to support disadvantaged women and children, and the deaf and hard-of-hearing in our community. While following Covid-19 guidelines and requirements, the members have been meeting twice monthly via Zoom.

From October 2019 to September 2020, QCNC approved $7,785 to support the following services, non-profit organizations and individuals. All allocations must be in line with the Mission and Vision of the Club.

 Childrens Theater – Interpreter 

Colorado School for Deaf and Blind

 Hearing Aid Bank New Computer

PSD Yacker Trackers

Loveland Youth Gardens

Project Self-Sufficiency

Putnam School

Linton School 

Child’s Hearing Aid

 Baby’s Hearing Test 

Red Cross Wildfire Fundraiser: The QCNC Allocations Committee recently designated $500.00 to the local Red Cross Wildfire Fund. QCNC members also held a virtual silent auction to raise an additional $175.00. Members donated personal items to the silent auction and enjoyed the opportunity to bid and obtain “treasures”. Those who donated to this worthy cause were happy to depart with items they no longer needed.

Working Together Makes It Happen.

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Installation of QCNC New President

Quota International of Fort Collins 

20190911_172058At the September 11th business meeting, Past President, Shannon Richardson installed our new QCNC President, Kim Miller. Congratulations, Kim. We look forward to working with you!

Thank you, Shannon, for your dedication and leadership. We accomplished many goals during your term as President.

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