I have blogged a couple times this summer about donating your Challenge quilts to QOV, and have just learned of a change to the way they operate. In the interest of providing full information, I decided to do a follow up blog post on those changes.
I attempted to find the changes on the QOVF.org website, but wasn’t successful. So I dropped them an email.
In an email response to an email I sent, I received this reply from Julia Schroeder:
thank you for coming to the website to find answers. Yes, QOVF is moving toward a minimal membership fee base. But this will not take away from the veteran, it will make more funds available to cover more veterans. The $5.00 individual membership fee will help cover foundation expenses, which in turn will allow QOVF to give funds/special deals back to our membership. This is a simple explanation and I would like you to contact TN State Coordinator Dennis Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may contact Judie Yates, our Director of Membership at email@example.com, for a more details.
So, the skinny is that if you make a quilt with your own supplies, it will cost you $5.00 to donate it to QOVF. I am not clear if the membership dues are annual or by each quilt submission (Update: Per the Colorado State Coordinator, the fee is not per quilt-see her comments in the Comments below). Personally, this does not sit well with me. For all our Veterans have done for us, as volunteers, I personally think that the volunteer spirit should be able to thrive in an organization dedicated to paying them pack.
As you make your personal decision on supporting our military and thanking them for their sacrifices, know there are other quilting avenues to explore. Donate directly! Go to your VFW or American Legion & talk to the Post Commander. Go to the VA hospital. There is also Quilted in Honor.
There are so many ways you can give back. Research your options & go with your heart.