Since 2006, Dr. Gaither has opened her artworks to community participation, focusing on allowing people to "tell the stories only they can tell." Several of her quilts beginning with Trails Tracks Tarmac incorporate community oral histories, photographs, and objects documenting largely undocumented stories. The result has been a quickly growing number of volunteers for each quilt and a boom in personal history documentation by communities touched by her artworks.
Projects have grown to include as many as 750 participants for the Journey to the White House quilt and the Common Threads collaboration between 11 organizations and four schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The community quilting project continues with new collaborative programs currently in progress documenting church history in Greenville, North Carolina, patriotism and flags in Baltimore, Maryland, and Negro League baseball in Galesville, Maryland.