WHAT DO WE DO?
Quota International is a worldwide service organization that was formed in New York in 1919 with the local club, Quota International of Port Arthur, being chartered in Port Arthur in 1946. As membership and areas of service expanded over the years the group changed the name to Quota International of Southeast Texas in the early 90’s. Membership in the non-profit organization is open to anyone with a heart for service. Locally the club raises funds to assist in area needs for speech and hearing impairment, disadvantaged women & children, to support our troops, and also provides scholarships to area students along with other community needs.
The local club’s longest tradition had been to annually host a banquet that honored a woman in the community whose generous contributions and service deserved recognition. Changing with the times, in 2004 members chose to recognize their first gentleman as “Person” of the Year. This event has grown to be their largest fundraiser. In conjunction with the banquet, an additional feature in recent years of a Silent Auction with the proceeds designated for the Honoree’s charity/scholarship of choice has been a delightful addition. The club uses any other banquet proceeds to support future community projects and other educational and service endeavors.
Yearly we award scholarships to students who are going into the field of speech and hearing or who are in need of financial assistance. Applications are submitted and the committee awards three scholarships.
We collect packages of new children's underwear for our United Board of Missions at our annual Christmas party. We usually have somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 pairs of underwear to donate!
We send a box of "goodies" to a deployed soldier/soldiers each month or so. We find out what they need and want, and our chairperson sends it to the deployed soldier. Also, yearly we assist with a dinner honoring our local Veterans and EMS each year.
We make 65 to 80 Easter Baskets each year for children with chronic illnesses/disabilities.
We are currently donating funds yearly to a local church for closed captioning of their televised Sunday service.
Our most popular service project is making plastic mats for the homeless. We collect plastic bags and crochet 3' X 6' mats to be distributed to the homeless to use for sleeping. This is an ongoing project and is expanding throughout our communities.
As part of Quota International, QI of Southeast Texas is working to change the lives of disadvantaged women & children, deaf, hard-of-hearing & speech impaired
Quota International's motto, “We Share,” guides members to develop friendships, encourage others, and promote international understanding. Quota is known especially for service to disadvantaged women and children and to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired.
QI of Southeast Texas strives to help secure Quota's future by boosting service, stimulating membership and encouraging organizational support.