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ALZHEIMERS ART QUILT INITIATIVE
August 23, 2010

This organization was founded by a celebrity in the quilting world who was personally touched by the loss of her mother. You can never describe the feelings that over take your body as you are standing in front one of the AAQI's traveling exhibits. The director Ami Simms has tapped in to an avenue to educate in the medium of quilts. Art moves people. Tactile art lets them feel with their hands what is in thier hearts. The amount of money raised for this cause through the sale of these lovingly stitched donation quilts is nothing short of incredible and each one that is owned has the educational ability to pay it forward in letting other know more about the cause and the wide reaching affect Alzheimers has on all those who are touch by it. I found my volunteer experience life changing in my perception of Alzheimers- This organization is a grassroots movement that needs to be noticed- its a movement constantly focused on its purpose with unprecedented transparency in all aspect. It is my intention to volunteer for their booth at the International Quilt Festival so that I can be a part again of such a worthy cause. I constantly encourage people to visit the website and to challenge them to make thier own priorty quilt to donate. This is something I do with out being with the organization...so my experience remains ongoing in smaller ways- with hopes that I can do something bigger for the organziation as time allows me to.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my time spent with the quilts thier were exhibited, the other people who have been called to volunteer- and the people who have benefited by the gained knowledge of Alzheimers- what it is- signs to watch for- and the healing power of sharing ones story.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing- it is run by a wonderfully gifted group of volunteers each called to use thier gifts in areas of expertise, and directed by someone who through her life- has focused on doing a job and doing it well-

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how it has touched people- to join the grassroots movement in what ever way they can do "something". Being a part of doing something you know is making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All top notch people- down to earth, and passionate about the cause. Able to cry with you and laugh with you. Compassionate human beings who want to see people be educated and to hope some day they will find the cause and or hte cure.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do some very incredible things-

Ways to make it better...

i dont think it could have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting venues that will reach those who do not go to quilt shows...but would benefit from the exposure to the exhibits.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Its a wonderful organization that I am blessed to be associated with- only wishing I could do more- for longer periods of time...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped man the travelling quilt exhiit in Paducah KY at the AQS show,this including helping to hang the exhibit and take it down along with being there to answer questions about the organization and to lend an ear for those whose needed to talk first h.