We Are Quota


Quota International of Grand Rapids is a group of dedicated volunteers working together to support education, access, and social connections for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in West Michigan. While service is our formal mission, we enjoy networking and learning, too. We meet once a month and also work in smaller groups to accomplish big things. Quota members include professionals at all levels of their careers – from new graduates to key community leaders to retirees.

Quota is:

  • An opportunity to volunteer and help the deaf and hard of hearing community
  • A welcoming group where you can make a real impact
  • A way to meet new friends and make valuable network connections

We make a difference:

  • We provide listening equipment for people who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Provide scholarships for GRCC students who are hard of hearing or studying in that field
  • Fund loop systems for rooms at Mary Free Bed YMCA and other public venues
  • We offer mini-grants to educators in west Michigan
  • Collect used hearing aids to make reconditioned equipment available to others
  • Fund sign language interpreters

We learn:

  • From monthly programs on current topics of interest
  • Through partnerships with organizations like Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the Hearing Loss Association information
  • From each other

If you would like to join us for a meeting to learn more about who we are and what we do, please email us at quotagr@gmail.com

Quota, Our History

Quota International

Founded in 1919 by Wanda Frey Joiner of Buffalo, New York, Quota International was the first International women’s service organization. Today Quota’s membership includes men as well as women, and unifies 7,000 Quotarians in North America, the South Pacific, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean in the mission of service.

Quota International of Grand Rapids

Quota International of Grand Rapids was organized on April 17, 1945. The Application for Membership in Quota International was granted to the Grand Rapids Club on September 20, 1945.

With the motto of “we share,” Quotarians dedicate their efforts primarily to the service of deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired individuals. A secondary service mission is assistance to disadvantaged women and children. Serving others, developing friendships and promoting international understanding are values shared by all Quota members. Quota strives to serve local and global communities with an emphasis on hearing health, while providing members with opportunities for personal and professional growth, click here to read more.