Our guild works together to make quilts for donation to community organizations. We’ve compiled this list of Boise-area recipient organizations, types of quilts they accept and other pertinent information. We will try to update this list occasionally, but you may want to contact them to verify prior to dropping off your quilt donation. (updated November 2023)
Agency for New Americans
- Quilt sizes: Twin, full and sometimes queen sizes.
- Delivery: Drop off at 1607 W. Jefferson St. (inside the Jannus building) Monday, Wednesday or Thursday anytime between 9am and 4pm. Ask for Brandee at the front desk.
- What they do: Agency for New Americans (ANA) is a program of Jannus, Inc., a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in Boise, ID. ANA is a refugee resettlement agency and affiliate office of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), one of 10 national resettlement agencies in the United States.
The general goal is that clients achieve self-sufficiency as quickly as possible, however new Americans are eligible to receive services for up to 5 years after their United States arrival.
- Contact: Brandee Robles (she/her/hers), Donations Coordinator, [email protected], 208) 338-0033 ext. 0163, 1614 W. Jefferson St., Boise, ID 83702
Cascade Life Alliance
- Quilt sizes: lap size quilts are best; they can be placed on the donor’s lap/legs, without interfering in the medical team’s work
- Colors & themes: there are considerably more male donors in our area, so consider gender-neutral designs and colors (green, blue, red, brown, orange, low-volume); there is less need for pinks and florals
- Special notes: please no religious symbols, logos, political references, etc.; and there is little need for pinks and floral quilts; no need for children’s fabrics or designs; please wash your finished quilt and add a BMQG label (available at meetings)
- Delivery: bring completed quilts to monthly meetings
- What they do: Cascade Life Alliance serves the families of organ donors, hospital partners, transplant centers that care for recipients, and a variety of workplace partners. Their commitment to save lives through organ donation starts with support of organ donors and their families. As part of the process, they give a quilt to families of deceased organ donors. These quilts become family heirlooms and tangible reminders of the deceased donor.
- Quilt sizes: Twin and queen size are the most commonly needed for recipient families; other sizes will find a home, too.
- Special notes: Please attach a simple tag or label (e.g., a note safety-pinned to a corner) indicating the size to help with sorting and distribution.
- Delivery: Drop off at 511 S Americana Blvd., Monday – Friday anytime between 9am and 3pm.
- What they do: CATCH works to create a safe, healthy, connected community by embracing Housing First best practices, empowering those without housing, building collaborative partnerships, and increasing public understanding to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Community Outreach Behavioral Services
- Special notes: COBS can use zipper pouches filled with full-size hygiene items; check with BMQG board members or COBS for other possible needs.
- What they do: an Idaho-based center helping victims of human trafficking
Faces of Hope Foundation
- Quilt sizes: Any size, including throw/lap size and larger.
- Special notes: Faces of Hope can also use:
- zipper pouches large enough to fill with full-size hygiene items
- new women’s clothing with tags still attached
- Delivery: 417 S. 6th St. in downtown Boise; located near Trader Joe’s and the Flicks
- What they do: Faces of Hope Victim Center is a warm and welcoming place, where people affected by interpersonal violence can come and receive help, with no judgment, no strings, and no fees. Through one door, the specialized multi-disciplinary team wraps around an individual or family and provides crisis-intervention services to stabilize them.
- Quilt sizes: Quilt size requested is 54“ x 72” or 60“ x 72” (referred to as teen size).
- Special notes: Their greatest need is quilts given to teen boys, therefore, bright and cheery age appropriate fabric designs are requested.
- Delivery: Drop off locations in the Treasure Valley are on their website.
New Path Housing
- Quilt sizes: Any size would be great!
- Special notes: New Path can also use:
- little BINGO prizes for residents (just no candles or incense allowed at New Path); trinkets or small household items
- supplies for a weekly cooking group to show residents what they can make out of the items that get donated for our food bank: Basic kitchen spices (salt, pepper, hot sauce, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.) and and still-functioning used pots, pans, crockpots, utensils (if your kitchen drawer/cupboard is too full ) are very welcome.
- Delivery: 2200 W. Fairview Ave. in downtown Boise; located next door to the Red Lion Hotel. Call 208-318-1346 to meet a staff member outside the entrance.
- What they do: New Path offers homes for chronically homeless people and then surrounds them with care to address the challenges that contribute to their homelessness. The approach saves lives and saves our community money. (note: New Path and CATCH are community partners)
Quilts of Valor
- Quilt sizes: The recommended size of a Quilt of Valor is 60″ x 80″; it must be a minimum of 55″ x 65″ and maximum of 72″ x 90.
- Special notes: It must be machine or hand quilted. A tied quilt is not acceptable for a Quilt of Valor.
- This is a national organization, there is no local chapter. Quilts are given to military service members touched by war.
Ronald McDonald House
- Quilt sizes: They accept quilts ranging from crib size to bed size.
- Special notes: Quilts and blankets are gifted to families who stay at the House.
- Delivery: Drop off quilts any time from 9am – 6pm, Sunday – Saturday.
- What they do: The Idaho Ronald McDonald House serves families with seriously ill or injured children being treated at a Boise area medical facility. At the House, families have a warm, comfortable place to sleep, eat, and find support, care, understanding and compassion.
St. Luke’s Hospital
- Quilt sizes: Quilts of all sizes are accepted for adults, children’s cancer clinic, and children’s hospital.
- Special notes: Quilts must come from an environment free of smoke, pet dander, dust and perfumes and be newly made, unused, clean, free from pins and odors. Fabrics are requested to be free from political, religious, discriminatory or violent content.
- Delivery: Donations can be delivered to various locations, including St. Luke’s Health Foundation, 420 W. Idaho Street, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Women and Children’s Alliance (WCA)
- Quilt sizes: They request quilt sizes for twin size beds or larger.
- Delivery: Drop off quilts Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 12pm – 4pm.