Walnut Creek/East Bay Chapter

Community Service

Community Service

Giving back is a vital part of a full and rewarding life. Nothing is more fulfilling than using your skills and passion to contribute to the quality of life of others in need within your own community. Throughout the country, ASG has become synonymous with sewing acts of kindness.

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Rema Jones is our Community Service Chairperson for the 2019 year. Keep in mind we have many community service opportunities. If you have an idea for one, please know we don’t have the capacity to do them all. Rema will decide.



Cynthia Cirino started our June 2018 Community Service Work Day by showing us the projects we could choose to sew.

She created storyboards for each item.  Keep in mind that Cynthia did all the cutting for kits for each item, printed the directions for each, and then spent the rest of the day cutting more bolts of flannel for more receiving blankets.  (editor: Go, Cynthia! You Rock!)

Last year the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center’s Newborn Layette Project put an article in some newspapers about us and would like to do it again this year. She will include a shout out to Trader Joe’s, Togo’s, Safeway and Nob Hill who donated food for lunch.

Projects were as follows:

  1. receiving blankets and wash clothes for the babies at the Contra Costa Community Regional.  Completing about 100 of them was our goal.
  2.   was placemats for Meals on Wheels based in Walnut Creek.  They don’t have as many routes as the Vallejo one and said they don’t get as many donations.  Special thanks to Cynthia Wheeler for donating pre-quilted material.
  3. Microwave bowls which will also go to Meals on Wheels. Cynthia Cirino cut all the batting and fabric for this sandwich.

Jan Driscoll talked about the dog beds she makes for the animal shelter.  Once again she requested that we not only save our scraps but to cut them into smaller pieces of no more than 5 inches.  Also no string or threads or really thin pieces.  The reason is that the beds do get washed and then bigger pieces and strings create lumps and knots inside the beds.

Tally for the day: 77 receiving blankets, 13 wash clothes, 1 place mat, and 25 dog beds.

Jan Driscol contacted grocery stores for donations, providing a healthy, delicious meal, at no cost to the workers.

Below is from 2017

Jan Driscol and a few members got together about a month ago and made animal pillows for the “Bay Area Animal Rescue Crew” in Concord. Then, with donations and help from ASG Sewers (mostly Concord NG), 9 beds were completed and donated yesterday January 5, 2018.  BAARC was very appreciative of the donation.

Of course, Sweetie Pie tested them out as I piled them on the floor when completed.We cut, sewed, and stuffed about 3 dozen beds from fabric scraps.

The Walnut Creek Chapter of ASG has partnered with the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.  They have a newborn layette project that has been in operation for over 30 years. Their auxiliary group provides a layette to every new mother and their infants born at the Center in Martinez.

On June 24, 2017, the Walnut Creek Chapter of the American Sewing Guild gathered to participate in an annual day of community service.  The members created 94 flannel receiving blankets, 3 knitted blankets, 4 tied fleece blankets, 1 terry cloth blanket, 1 knitted washcloth, 8 terry cloth washcloths, 10 small fleece blankets and 65 flannel washcloths!  Lunch was provided through generous donations from Safeway, Sam’s Club, and Trader Joe’s.  All of these items were donated to the Contra Costa County Hospital in Martinez.  This is the second year the ASG Chapter has focused on providing materials for the hospital’s newborn layette program.

Here is a year-round community service opportunity that allows you to share your love of sewing by making and donating quilts to those in need.  Attached is a pattern for a quilt top that you can use to cut using your scraps.  In addition, if you attend one of the Chapter’s program events, kits are cut and ready to take home.  You are able to work on the quilt top and then return it to a monthly program, when it is completed.

For more information on cutting and/or assembling these easy quilt tops for donation, please feel free to contact the Community Service Coordinator, Cynthia Cirino, at (510) 435-8381 or via email at CynthiaCirino@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Community Service Quilt Pattern

Update to June Community Sew

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Community Service | 0 comments

At the June 22, 2019 Community Service Program you all amazed me. Together, we completed 54 burping cloths, 32 baby bibs, 12 quilts and 4 receiving blankets – we did all this in one meeting! I am so proud of “us” and pleased that we can help the community through our love of sewing. Thank you for your participation and for being a fun and talented group of sewists.

Our next Community Sew Day will be in September – a pillowcase challenge.