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Village quilters offer charity support nationwide. The Quilting Guild of The Villages is a 501 (c) (4) nonprofit organization whose membership is open to all residents of The Villages (homeowners and renters with a valid ID.) The Quilting Guild of The Villages was established in 1993 and provides resources to create a fun, productive and educational quilting environment for its members.  With more than 1,100+ members and 25 chapters, the Guild activities include nationally known guest lecturers, trunk shows, community donation projects, classroom instruction, workshops and retreats.

Year 2020 changed the focus of The Guild with the onset of COVID-19.  Quilters saw the need to help friends, neighbors, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices and schools by delivering more than 56,000 face masks in 26 states totaling $114,322 in charitable giving.

The Guild quilters continued to support local charities with quilt donations to:

  • Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Live Oak
  • Wildwood Elementary School, Wildwood
  • The Village Cleaners, The Villages
  • Villages Honor Flight Inc., Lady Lake
  • Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages
  • Samaritan Inn, Leesburg
  • Guardian Ad Litem (5th Circuit) Program, Tavares
  • Haven House of Lake & Sumter County, Leesburg
  • Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Ocala
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Tampa

These donations totaled $139,535 in quilted products.  Total donations to all groups supported by The Quilting Guild of The Villages equaled $439,779 in 2020.

Each of the 25 chapters also select their own charities to support along with The Guild initiatives.  These charities, not including the above mentioned, number 199 in the three-county area.

Hometown civitan is part of civitan international which has clubs in 26 different countries around the world. The parent organization was started in 1917 by a group of businessmen in Birmingham, Alabama to bring fellowship, knowledge and service to others. The flagship program of Civitan is to bring awareness and treatment to youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Each club around the nation helps to support the International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

When Betty Rohan moved to The Villages in 2014 from Jacksonville, Florida, there was no Civitan here. She was active in a Jacksonville club and, although there were many other service clubs, she decided to try and start a club here. Hometown Civitan was chartered in March of 2015.

Besides financially supporting the International Research Center, the club provides service and support to programs in the tri-county area; Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.  Because they are an all-women’s club, their main emphasis is directed to 501-c3’s that deal mainly with women and children’s issues, including Hand in Hand’s the Ruth House, which is a halfway house for women and children in crisis located in Eustis, Pace Center for Girls, which is a gender specific alternative school in Marion County, The Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association, and Centerville Children’s Mission, just to name a few.

One of the lines in their creed states “My hands do the work of the world and reach out in service to others.” In the six short years since their inception in The Villages, they have raised over $250,000 in volunteer support and financial grants for many organizations in need in the area.

The VHA is honored to recognize The Guild’s and Civitan’s service to the community.  We hope its many members and supporters will join us as we present them with The Villages Homeowners Advocates Volunteer Awards for 2020.


Hometown civitan is part of civitan international which has clubs in 26 different countries around the world. The parent organization was started in 1917 by a group of businessmen in Birmingham, Alabama to bring fellowship, knowledge and service to others. The flagship program of Civitan is to bring awareness and treatment to youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Each club around the nation helps to support the International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

When Betty Rohan moved to The Villages in 2014 from Jacksonville, Florida, there was no Civitan here. She was active in a Jacksonville club and, although there were many other service clubs, she decided to try and start a club here. Hometown Civitan was chartered in March of 2015.

Besides financially supporting the International Research Center, the club provides service and support to programs in the tri-county area; Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.  Because they are an all-women’s club, their main emphasis is directed to 501-c3’s that deal mainly with women and children’s issues, including Hand in Hand’s the Ruth House, which is a halfway house for women and children in crisis located in Eustis, Pace Center for Girls, which is a gender specific alternative school in Marion County, The Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association, and Centerville Children’s Mission, just to name a few.

One of the lines in their creed states “My hands do the work of the world and reach out in service to others.” In the six short years since their inception in The Villages, they have raised over $250,000 in volunteer support and financial grants for many organizations in need in the area.

The VHA is honored to recognize The Guild’s and Civitan’s service to the community.  We hope its many members and supporters will join us as we present them with The Villages Homeowners Advocates Volunteer Awards for 2020.