Members of Quota gathered for an AMAZING evening on January 26th! We were graced with a presentation from two dynamic leaders from the Crossroads Safehouse agency, Executive Director Stacy S. and Director of Development & External Relations Kylie M. shared the history, mission and vision and educated us about all the services the Crossroads Safehouse programs provides.  We also learned our own special Quota member, MA Martell, was Crossroads Safehouse first director prior to MA retiring.

Crossroads Safehouse has been providing shelter, outreach, and prevention in the Fort Collins area for 42 years addressing concerns regarding victims of domestic violence and abuse. Prior to opening in 1980, there were not enough services for victims to find safety and receive the support needed. On the first day they opened their doors, every room was filled. Since that day in 1980, the need to support victims of domestic violence and interpersonal abuse persists. Crossroads has served close to 4,000 victims since the agency’s inception.

Crossroads Safehouse is now housed in a 29,000 square foot facility with 31 rooms, serving victims and their families every day of the year. Five of its 31 rooms are dedicated to the newly formed rapid and transitional housing program, “Road to Home” which was launched in 2020. The agency provides “wrap-around services” to victims in need such as trauma informed care through advocacy and support. Crossroads programs and services include the crisis line (answered by an advocate 24/7), emergency shelter (accessible 24/7), non-resident advocacy, domestic abuse response, legal advocacy, legal representation, rapid and transitional housing, prevention and education, and youth and bilingual advocacy.

One of the agencies newest programs “Time-to-Talk” trains high school junior and seniors in a peer-led awareness curriculum which is now offered in all four high schools in the Poudre School District and is reaching out to schools in the Timnath schools as well.

Crossroads Safehouse knows and understands that the intersectionality of identity compounds the risk of violence. Domestic violence can be a form of gender-based violence and disproportionately affects women. Crossroads also knows and serves men experiencing abuse who face unique challenges based on societal norms of masculinity and often lack access to services responsive to their needs. Crossroads supports all in need.

Volunteers and donations are greatly needed and welcomed. For additional information about this program contact

Linda & Mitzi

Glenda, Jane & Karen

Judy W. & Jan

Leah & Glenda

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Learning About Colorado Families for Hands & Voices

Quota had another joyful dinner meeting in October 2022 and invited l quest speaker, Executive Director Jami Fries from the Colorado Families for Hands and Voices.

Colorado Families for Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or method.  Colorado Families for Hands and Voices are a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information needed to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.  “Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential”. This was an amazing and very informative evening, Quota Northern Colorado is proud to be one of their sponsors. For additional information please click on their link;

Quota Program Chair Kim M. & Jami Fries: Executive Director of Colorado Families for Hands & Voices

Induction Of New Member Membership Chair Judy W. & New Member, Karen R.

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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

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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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

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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:

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.

Great evening, great information, great presenter!

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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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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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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!


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.

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