Organization of the Year: Quota International of Pawtucket and Woonsocket


Quota International of Pawtucket was chartered in 1930 and at present has 30 dedicated Quotarians that share their time, talents and resources to further Quota’s service goals.

As a group, they support the hearing impaired via academic scholarship and financial aid. Their main focus, is on the disadvantaged through its service to YWCA Sarah Frances Grant Homestead in Central Falls and Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket.

Quota International of Pawtucket held a “Kitchen Shower” for the residents of the homestead. The importance of these “showers” are to provide them with household items needed when residents transition to their own apartments.

Quota International of Pawtucket also host Bingo Nights and collect food items to be used in Thanksgiving Baskets for needy families from the Boys and Girls Club as well as from the YWCA Sarah Frances Grant Homestead. They provide gifts to families during the holidays.

Quota of Pawtucket makes other donations to the: Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Backpacks to Fight Hunger, CASA, Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions, Wanda Frey Joiner Fund, We Share Foundation, and more. Pawtucket Quotarians are involved in a variety of personal volunteer services in the community.

Quota International of Woonsocket is dedicated to helping deaf, hearing and speech impaired individuals and disadvantaged women and children. The club has 45 members and is celebrating 80 years.

They hold several fundraisers, including a Halloween Breakfast, Autumnfest Button Sales, Holiday Bazaar, Pasta Dinner and 25 Week Club. Quota of Woonsocket assists Parish Food Pantries, Adopt-a-Family, Connecting for Children and Families, Haven of Grace, Family Resources, Sojourner House, Woonsocket Head Start and Even Start Programs, Meeting Street School, and YWCA Rhode Island for two camperships.

Other local efforts include providing education scholarships and visiting nursing home residents.

Their world service donations assist in feeding malnourished children through Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions, Haiti Medical Center, Smile Train – the world’s leading cleft palate charity, and Love and Motion in Haiti.

In continuing with assistance to the deaf, hearing and speech impaired, they sponsor the Stadium Theatre’s Imagination Series which includes sign language interpretation. Quota of Woonsocket and YWCA Rhode Island have co-sponsored a Health and Hearing Fair for over 10 years.

quotalogophotoIn 1919, Quota International was founded by a group of five women who decided they wanted to create a place where women could unite for a common purpose and make their efforts count. The group formed the Quota Club International and chose the name “Quota” meaning “a share of one part to a whole”. Quota’s membership today includes women as well as men in about 300 clubs in 14 countries. With a motto of “We Share”, Quota International is known especially for its service to disadvantaged women and children and to people who are deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired, Worldwide, Quota members members donate hundreds of thousands of hours and more than a million dollars each year to address local and international needs.

photos by Quota International, YWCA Rhode Island and Agapao Productions