Quota International was founded in Buffalo, New York by Wanda Frey Joiner in 1919. The first women’s service organization in the United States is now represented in fourteen countries around the world. The original focus of service was the hearing impaired and deaf in the community. The Salisbury Chapter was formed in 1935 and was called the Quota Club of the Eastern Shore. Over the years our name was changed to Quota International of Salisbury Maryland. In addition to our name change, our focus of service was expanded to include disadvantaged women and children.
We are Quotarian volunteers who are dedicated to providing financial services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired individuals as well as disadvantaged women and children. The following are some of the programs in which we are involved: “Cops N Kids” book distribution, reading programs in our elementary schools, and reading “Quota Quiet Corners” throughout the area. We provide clothing, toys, blankets and personal hygiene items through the “Court Kids Program” which serves the children in the foster care system of Wicomico County Department of Social Services. We provide financial support to the Wicomico Audiology Center for the hearing aid bank and monies to purchase hearing aid batteries. In addition, we fund college scholarships to four graduating Wicomico County seniors, plus a two year scholarship to a student at Wor-Wic Community College. In addition to these programs, we grant financial support to over 20 other community organizations to include Coastal Hospice, the Salvation Army, the United Way and many others.
For the past 28 years, our main fund raiser to support these many and varied projects has been our Christmas Craft Fair held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center each October, completely organized and managed by Quota volunteers. This year we are expanding the show to promote variety and changing the name to Christmas Gifts and Craft Show. With nearly 200 booths and good attendance, we are fortunate to financially give all monies received back to the community.
Linda M. Riehl
Co-Chair of the Show
30332 Dagsboro Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804