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Help YOUR Community Champion

There is only one thing as good as making a difference in your community – helping your community champion who goes above and beyond to inspire and make lives better. Royal Neighbors members have a unique opportunity to support local community champions by nominating them for a Nation of Neighbors℠ empowerment grant. 

Katie and Cindy Koll—a team that gives back ‘sew’ much

Sep 29, 2017
Photo of  Mary Neece, and standing Ed Smith, Alice Brown, Carol Amos, Jolene Smith, Cindy and Katie Koll, and Curt Zeck with big check
Shown above during the Nation of Neighbors check presentation are, seated, Mary Neece, and standing Ed Smith, Alice Brown, Carol Amos, Jolene Smith, Cindy and Katie Koll, and Curt Zeck, Royal Neighbors CIO and Operations Executive.

I got so choked up and cried when I heard we received the Nation of Neighbors℠ grant for $12,000,” said Cindy Koll. She and her daughter, Katie, were nominated by Royal Neighbors member Mary Neece because of the way they give back to the community.

The mother-daughter duo operates “Something for You,” a quilt shop in Atlantic, Iowa, that not only supports local quilters, but offers space for projects that help the community. The business sells quilting supplies, holds classes, and provides the opportunity for people of all ages to learn the craft while completing projects that range from creating blankets for the homeless to dresses for African school children.

The monetary award will be used for the purchase of a long-arm quilt machine that will help finish customers’ projects that require special equipment.

“Sometimes we sew, but sometimes we just talk about what’s going on in our lives. This gives women a safe place to talk it out and gives them confidence. When you help other people build confidence, you build your own. It’s a comfortable group where we can expand friendships,” shared Cindy.

Photo of Katie Koll and Cindy Coll with fabric
Katie and Cindy Koll, left and right, respectively, own “Something for You,” which supports local quilters and their work for the community.

“I’ve been doing this for about six years and I learn something new each week from others. The 4-H group comes in to help as part of service projects and the confirmation class makes homeless quilts. I don’t often think about the impact we’re making, but when I do, I’m grateful that we can help.”

According to Deb Casteel, a regular quilter, “We would be lost without this place. We build each other up when things are happening in our lives. When you get women together, we can do anything.”

Form #: P00259; Rev. 12-2017
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