Who We Are
PeaceQuilts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, establishing and supporting independent, self-managed sewing cooperatives in Haiti. The women produce one-of-a-kind art quilts, as well as a collection of affordable 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 almost 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 US Program Coordinator Carolyn Stoeber conducts a business training class
with leaders of the Solidarity Cooperative, Beliana Maxime and Rose Marie Agnant.
PeaceQuilts Board of Directors and advisors during a strategic planning meeting. (from left to right: Nora Love, Reid Carpenter, Dawn Barnard,
Maureen Matthews McClintock, Andrea Quigley, Lon McClintock, Celia Grant, Carolyn Stoeber, Jeanne Staples)
Here are just a few of the many!
Betsy Marshall and friend
PeaceQuilts Quilting Coordinator Maureen Matthews McClintock and fabric designer and quilting expert Gail Kessler work with women in Solidarity Cooperative.
Lon McClintock speaking at a PeaceQuilts event that he and a team of volunteers organized at The Bennington Museum.
Pam and Jim Butterick with Mary Morgan at the Celebrity Waiters fundraising event at The Federated Church in Edgartown, MA.
Dance Party at The Bennington Museum features band The Prescription with Side Effects Horns. It was a rockin' good time!
Silent auction at the Dance Party Fundraiser.
Celebrity Waiters Dinner fundraiser at The Federated Church in Edgartown, MA
The kitchen crew! Herb Ward, Julie Williamson and Maggie Moffett
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: