CWU soccer athletes lend helping hands to local quilting group

  • February 19, 2024
  • University Relations

A graduate assistant coach for the CWU women’s soccer team recently connected with a local volunteer coordinator, saying the team was looking for some volunteer opportunities this year.

“We have a roster of 24, so a lot of hands to help,” Jordan Smith told the volunteer organizer, adding that the team wanted to give back to the community.

quilting-project-3.jpgOn February 13, Smith and a group of CWU athletes joined forces with the local group, Hugs and Stitches, to share the Valentine spirit. Throughout the day, students showed up between and after classes to help the project meet its current distribution targets. 


The players joined the volunteer group to help create a collection of patchwork quilts, in a number of sizes, that will be gifted to organizations throughout the community for those in need.

“Our goal is to teach/learn basic sewing and quilting skills and share the fruits of the learning with those in need,” the organizers said.

And that is exactly what took place last week. Most of the athletes had little to no knowledge of sewing, let alone quilt making.  All that changed with happy hands cutting, pinning, sewing, and pressing quilts for needy families.

quilting-project-6.jpg“Although donations of materials are welcome — volunteers are not expected to donate supplies — we need your time and talents,” quilt project organizers said. “Sewing skills are helpful but not required.”  


Organizers added that there is “always something for volunteers to do that moves the work forward; measuring, cutting, matching, and ironing among other skills that are helpful in the process.”

More than 200 quilts have been gifted since the group began the project in May 2022. Nearly 70 quilts were sent to Catholic Charities for Afghanistan relief, while approximately 60 each year are donated to the local Fish Food Bank. The effort also help filled needs at Aspen Victim Advocacy Services and other local agencies. 

The group every second Tuesday of the month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Kittitas Highway. Volunteers who are interested can sign up and ask questions of organizers by visiting the volunteer webpage for Hugs and Stitches.  

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This media release was provided by Scott and Pam Robinson of the Yakima Coordinating Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Scott Robinson is a former faculty member in the CWU Theatre Arts Department.

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