Service Projects

Rockwell Club – Rockwall Rainbow Room Service Project

Altrusa Rockwall just recently completed a service project for the Rockwall Rainbow Room.

Kathleen Mavencamp, President, Wendy Newman Santiago, President-Elect and Lee Scruggs, member of Altrusa International of Rockwall, donated 16 backpacks full of school supplies on behalf of the organization to Dorothy Burris, Board President of the Rainbow Room of Rockwall County.

The backpacks and supplies were donated by Altrusa Rockwall members during a social event that took place at San Jacinto Plaza in Rockwall several weeks ago.

The Rainbow Room exists as an emergency item resource center for children and adults who are being served by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services due to abuse/neglect or suspected abuse/neglect.


Individuals in picture, from left:

Wendy Santiago, President-Elect Altrusa Rockwall
Kathy Mavencamp, President Altrusa Rockwall
Dorothy Burriss, President Rockwall Rainbow Room
Lee Scruggs, Rockwall member

Lewisville Club – Rockbrook Elementary School Service Project

The Lewisville Club adopted Rockbrook Elementary School in Lewisville as one of their projects for this year. They distributed school supplies for the students and teachers.



San Antonio Club – Helping Hands at the San Antonio Food Bank


On December 17, 2015 the San Antonio Food Bank was scheduled to have six groups of 10 volunteers each to fill bags of produce that would be distributed to families in the community the next day. The only group that showed up was the San Antonio Altrusa Club. These ladies worked very hard and filled 250 bags of produce and saved the day for the Food Bank and the families they serve.


Downtown Dallas Club - Shared Housing Thanksgiving Deliveries

Downtown Altrusans participated in the Shared Housing Center's Thanksgiving food deliveries on November 19-21, 2015. This was a perfect project to kick off this holiday season. As each family received their holiday meals, smiles flowed freely and some hugs were exchanged. Each family received a turkey and two bags of food items. In all, the project served 130 families. Altrusans from the Lewisville chapter also participated in the delivery project.


Altrusa International of Temple - HOHOHO

HOHOHO is truly a project of Altruisium. This Christmas season, Temple Altrusans with the help of J.A.I.L. Ministries, the Bell County Jail system and Project Angel Tree will be providing the children of inmates a very special present. 

Temple Altrusans are making blankets and providing books for these children, and J.A.I.L. Ministries are recording the inmates reading their child's book. The blankets and books with the readable CD will be wrapped and Project Angel Tree will then deliver the blanket/book present to the child.

Christmas is a very special time of year, and Project HOHOHO will make sure that a number of young children whose mom or dad won't be there to share the day will have a very special gift.

Altrusa International of Temple - Painting with a Purpose

Imagine a single project that provides multiple benefits. One such project, Painting with a Purpose, was conducted on June 22, 2014. The Temple Painting with a Twist studio offers one session per month for which part of the participant registration fee goes to the charity of the group’s choice. There were 28 Altrusans in attendance at this painting session, including 3 guests and 4 brand new members, with a total of 84 volunteer hours contributed.

The beneficiary of these donated funds was Camp Dreamcatcher, a week-long summer camp where children with cancer and blood disorders can be “regular kids” and experience traditional camp activities. A check in the amount of $2,377 was presented to the camp. Temple Altrusans helped with the Camp registration process. There were 31 Altrusans participating with a total of 138 volunteer hours.

Patriotic art was produced by Altrusans at the Painting with a Purpose event. These paintings were donated to two groups, the families of fallen firefighters from West, Texas, and to the families of fallen soldiers. This was an opportunity to express our patriotism by remembering and honoring our heroes and expressing our gratitude to their families.

Pampa Altrusans help with PISD ESL/Academy Camp, June 10-23, 2014

Pampa Altrusans were asked to help with this second year program for ESL (English as a second language) for the Pampa Independent School District. This second year program expanded to include multiple enrichment academies set up for children from 2nd to 5th grade to give these students a jump start and prepare them for next year’s state exam as well.

Altrusa’s part was to instruct and facilitate four children’s plays; two-third grade classes and two-fifth grade classes, twenty-five students total. The plays were performed to an audience of over 100 people (students and adults). We met for seven days, an hour each time, except for the final day of the play presentation for 2 hours. Twenty-six gift bags were assembled and given out at the Cast Party on the last day.

Altrusa International of The Brazos - Feeding Hungry Children 2014

On June 28, 2014, Altrusa of The Brazos participated in Feed My Hungry Children packing event.

Many volunteers from around the community worked in two-hours shifts to pack nutritious meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.

Together, over 850,000 meals were packed that day!

Altrusa International of Greenville - Feeding the Homeless 2014

Altrusa International of Greenville teamed up with Hebron House on Saturday February 22nd and helped them with their monthly luncheon for the homeless. 

Altrusans prepared hygiene bags and distributed them; attendees also selected clothing. 

Altrusa International of Garland - Literacy Night 2014

Altrusa Garland supported Bullock Elementary Literacy Night by giving the children a book of their choice.

Books were displayed in the library according to grade level and the children were able to browse and pick their own book to take home. 

Three members dressed in costume and read to the students and their siblings.

A special thanks to the Cat in the Hat, Betsy Ross and Miss Viola Swamp for sharing the joy of reading!

Altrusa International of Pampa, Inc. - Lunch with Dignitaries 2013

Altrusa has a monthly project called Lunch with the Dignitaries.  Fourth grade students from each elementary school, chosen by their teachers based mainly on their conduct, are taken to have lunch with a Pampa dignitary. 

In Sept., we went to our local airport, had pizza brought in by an Altrusan and toured the airport. 

Oct. found us at Clarendon College. 

Nov. we went to our hospital, always a favorite among the students. They were served lunch prepared by the hospital staff and toured various parts of the hospital.  

Dec. we had lunch at the post office where the post master showed the students how to properly address an envelope, stamps were purchased and their cards were mailed. 

Altrusans enjoy this project as much as the students do.

Altrusa International of Pampa, Inc. - Make A Difference Day 2013

Tralee Crisis Center provides comprehensive support services to victim/survivors of family violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in the eastern Texas Panhandle. In 1983 Altrusa International of Pampa, Texas helped establish Tralee Crisis Center with Five Altrusans sitting on the board. 

Altursa International of Pampa held a food drive for Tralee Crisis Center.  The club set up tables at two grocery stores and collected canned goods, diapers, wipes, paper products, cereal, sugar and other staples. Handouts of the items needed were prepared and given to each customer. Two hour shifts were set for both locations for a total of fourteen hours. 

When the project was over, the donated items were collected and delivered them to the center.

Altrusa International of Greenville - Reading Rodeo 2013

The Reading Rodeo was a HUGE success. Altrusa of Greenville had over 100 volunteers. The students from the  high school made up the bulk of the volunteers along with PALS, Crime Stoppers, and ROTC. Without these and other volunteers the children at Travis would not have had such a wonderful experience. They loved dressing up-western and getting to keep the books as well as extra time spent reading with the volunteers. Oh yes, can't forget getting the cookies and juice!

Altrusa International of Garland - Make A Difference Day 2013

Altrusa International of Garland enjoyed Make A Difference Day with the fifth grade girls from Daugherty Elementary. 

The program, Fun Reaching Our Goals (Frog), provided the girls with information on bullying, hygiene, a craft activity, and inspirational testimonials for The Road to Success. The girls practiced new etiquette skills when lunch was served. 

Door prizes were awarded and each girl left with a favor bag containing a book and other school supplies. What a fun and exciting morning!

Altrusa International of Pampa - Reading to First Graders 2013

Five Pampa Altrusans made their way on an cold, windy, Autumn day to Lamar Elementary School to read to twenty-two first graders.  The children showed us the way to the cafeteria where we each found a spot to read books to wide-eyed enthusiastic girls and boys.  Our time was over way too soon so we all trudged back to their classroom.   A Scholastic Book Club order form was filled out so we can begin purchasing books to give each student we read to at the end of the school year. 
Sadly, it was learned that some students do not have books at read to home.   Hopefully, this small gesture from Altrusa of giving each child a book will whet the appetite of parents to purchase books and read to their children.  

Altrusa International of Anderson County - Make A Difference Day 2012

USA WEEKEND’s Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. Created by the magazine in 1992, it soon grew into the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on one day.

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, members of Altrusa International of Anderson County teamed up with members of Westwood ISD’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club to take steps to eliminate illiteracy in Anderson County. The Altrusans had been conducting a collection drive for several months to accumulate new and gently used children’s books and stuffed animals. During Oktoberfest, Altrusa members and FCCLA members read excerpts of some of the books to approximately 150 children. Each child who listened to the reading was given a book and a stuffed animal of their own.

Altrusa International of Garland - Make a Difference Day 2012

Altrusa of Garland held their annual “Fun Reaching Our Goals” luncheon and goal setting sessions Saturday at Eastern Hills Country Club as it’s Make A Difference Day project.

This is part of the club’s ongoing FROG (Future Readers of Garland) Program established at Daugherty Elementary School, which also includes a STAAR tutoring program, classroom story time, student participation in Heifer International’s reading incentive program called Read to Feed, and an annual book fair.

Twenty six girls, along with six teachers from Daugherty, attended workshops on “Bullying”, “Hygiene/Make Up”, Flower Power (a hands on craft project) and “A Road to Success”. The keynote speaker was Charles Harbor-Clark, a Director in Raytheon’s Software Engineering Department. She spoke on “Where You Come From Does Not Determine Where You Go”.

Last year’s MADD program led to the formation at Daugherty of a 5th grade girl’s club called the Daugherty Diamonds. They meet regularly at the school and emphasize the importance of making goals for yourself and having a plan to reach those goals. It now has 30 members .  (Pictured are Shirley (Altrusa) and Marci (door price winner.)

Altrusa International of DFW - Make a Difference Day 2012

The members of Altrusa International of DFW participated in this year's Make a Difference Day in a BIG Way on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Over 25 Atrusans, ASTRA students, and volunteers gathered at White's Chapel UMC in Southlake to sort, count, group, bag, stuff, roll and pack over 150 gift bags for needy children in Haiti.

Altrusa DFW Celebrates International Youth Day, August 2012

On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.The theme of International Youth Day 2012 is "Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth" — a global call to action to develop and engage in partnerships with and for youth.

In keeping with this important theme, members of Altrusa DFW gathered at a local church,and together with 75 volunteers, filled nearly 250 backpacks with brand new school supplies and distributed them to children whose mothers are clients of the Battered Women’s Foundation. Families, mother/daughter duos, teenagers and volunteers from all walks of life joined the Altrusans in this annual project geared toward assisting the youths in our community. Renee Sorgel was the Project Chair and she spent long hours researching pricing, ordering supplies and setting up the assembly line so all the backpacks could be filled in an orderly fashion. She had each backpack color coded according to age so each child would receive a backpack with supplies specific to that child’s grade level. Renee had the assembly line so organized that all the backpacks werefilled in a record 90 minutes!!! Carla Helstrom is Altrusa DFW’s President and she had nothing but praise for Renee and her fellow Altrusans, “Renee puts her heart and soul into this project every year and it is so exciting to see how it all comes together in the end…people helping people, youth helping youth…that’s what it’s all about!”

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