Who We Are
PeaceQuilts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, establishing and supporting independent, self-managed sewing cooperative businesses in Haiti. The women produce one-of-a-kind folk art quilts, as well as a collection of handmade products, reflecting Haiti's rich artistic and cultural heritage. PeaceQuilts provides an opportunity for Haitian women to build their own businesses and earn a living wage.
PeaceQuilts is made up entirely of volunteers. These volunteers have contributed countless hours of their time and generously shared their talents, often organizing and working at PeaceQuilts events and sales, and even traveling to Haiti at their own expense to work directly with the women.
Our activities are guided by a caring and committed board of directors who bring a wealth of experience, talents and resources to the task of helping PeaceQuilts achieve its goals. We have also received grants and support from numerous institutions, organizations and churches, but most of all, from individuals who recognize the value of investing in the development of women-owned artisan businesses as a means to relieve poverty in Haiti.
PeaceQuilts raises funds to support its work through events, popup stores and other activities. Here's a sample!
Celebrity Waiters Fundraising Dinner
Houston International Quilt Festival
Pop-Up at the historic Grange Hall on Martha's Vineyard
Dance Party at the Bennington Museum in Vermont
Some of our volunteers!
Lon McClintock - Board of Directors president
Celia Grant - Board of Directors
Betsy Marshall and friend
Team "Q" members, Terri Kominer and Mary Brissette, photograph and catalog the folk art quilts for the archive system.
Herb Ward, Julie Williamson, and Maggie Moffet volunteer at the Celebrity Waiters Fundraising Dinner
Strategic Partners and Other Support
In addition, PeaceQuilts has a number of strategic partners and support from other groups, without whose help we could not do what we do. Chief among those is a group of Haitian nuns, Les Filles de Marie Reine Immaculée, who are a teaching order with schools in various parts of Haiti. PeaceQuilts home base in Haiti is on their school campus in Lilavois, just outside of Port-au-Prince. Their ongoing generosity and support provides workspaces, transportation and other assistance to the cooperatives. We applaud their selfless devotion to teaching and helping all those in their communities.
Sr. Cadet, principal, and students of College Marie Reine Immaculée, PeaceQuilts home base in Haiti, where two cooperatives are located.
PeaceQuilts is grateful to have received grants and support from numerous institutions, including: