Women & Girls
Since 1999, Compeer Rochester has sought to improve quality of life for women in need through their Quilting Program. Fourteen volunteers work with 40 female program participants referred from substance abuse programs and/or mental health professionals, providing one-on-one mentoring and skill-building in an activity that develops self-esteem. In addition to individual quilting instruction, the women participate in group quilting activities which help improve socialization skills. Women become more connected to the community through their relationships with volunteers and other program participants. Quilting classes last four to six weeks apiece and group quilting sessions are offered weekly.
Mental health and substance abuse issues may make individuals feel alone and they often need help socializing. The Quilting Program offers assistance in overcoming these obstacles.
Compeer states that since 2004, 100% of Quilting Program participants have reported a significant increase in knowledge and proficiency in quilting, self-esteem, connection to the community, and ability to socialize.
The Community Foundation’s Women & Girls interest area will continue to support programs such as this one that focus on increasing awareness of issues facing women and girls, expanding the range of options available to women and girls, and supporting their personal growth.
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