Quilts of Valor Foundation

Roanoke Chapter Group 80780

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization with groups in all 50 states. The mission of the QOVF is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. A Quilt of Valor is an individual civilian award for a person’s service and sacrifice for our country. This award has been vetted with the Defense Department. It is not something that should be a “surprise” or a birthday gift to the recipient. It should be awarded with solemnness and dignity.

The Roanoke QOV Stickers got their start in October of 2021 to fill a void. There are 16 QOV groups in Virginia but none were close to Roanoke of the surrounding area. Our local veterans and active military were not being honored with any regularity and so our group was formed to fulfill this need. We have been honored to award quilts to 25 veterans in the past year. These award ceremonies were held in various churches, the hospital, the VFW and American Legion, in a park and in the veteran’s home. The Roanoke group will participate in the upcoming Star Quilter’s Show in March and will award QOV too veterans on both days of the show.

We have enjoyed great support from the Star Quilters Guild and the Blue Ridge Quilters and have been invited to speak at the Bedford Guild and participate at the Lake Quilters Show last year.

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at North Roanoke Fire Department #1, 150 Hershberger Road from 10am – 2pm. We have 22 members, most come to the monthly meetings and few work from home. Our dues are $10 per year and we welcome anyone who shares the dedication to honor our veterans and active military. Please come to any award ceremonies or pay us a visit during one of our monthly meetings. If you know of a veteran or service member who could benefit from receiving a QOV, go online and fill out our Nomination Form (www.QOVF.org) and reference Group: 80780

For additional information, you can email Carolyn Zaleski at vaquiltercz@comcast.net