Club Service Projects

Our club members are involved in a variety of service projects in our communities.  We welcome new challenges and the opportunity to serve those who appreciate our time and effort.

Bangor Service Projects

  • Gift of books to local librarians
  • "Spruce Run Transition Baskets"  Spruce Run is a shelter for domestic abuse victims.  The club put together sturdy laundry baskets filled with cleaners, soaps, towels, sponges, toilet tissue, Kleenex, a can opener, garbage bags, etc.  --all items the women might need as they transition into an apartment of their own. 

 

Bermuda Service Projects

 

Biddeford-Saco Service Projects 

  • Make A Difference Day Marathon--on Friday, members read to 12 classes of 1st and 2nd graders at school.  Reading is followed by a craft session.  On Saturday, members distributed free books to folks walking about on the Main Streets of Biddeford-Saco.  Partnered with Brain Injury Foundation that distributed free safety helmets to the kids. On Monday, members delivered large print books to two senior residences.    
  • Instituted the Newborn Assistance Program for needy mothers 
  • Donate gifts to our Salvation Army Family
  • Serve meals at Bon Appetit Meal Program
  • Participate in Relay for Life as a team
  • Present Scholarships to High School Students    

 

Carroll County Service Projects

  • "Lets' Read--During the school year the club purchased 45 magazin subscriptions for individual children, pediatricians' offices, and a local shelter for women and children in crisis with hope that children will be enticed to learn.  Permission slips are sent home from the schools and these magazines are age-appropriate content.  

 

Central CT Service Projects

  • ABC= Altrusa Has Books at Cruise Night.  This year (2016) the club expanded "Literacy for all Ages" to include a free book distribution at Cruise Night sponsored by the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.  Although this event focuses on antique and muscle cars, the whole town comes out to see them.  It was a perfect time to promote Altrusa and pass out books for ages 2 to 102!
  • "Remembering our Female Veterans"-Partnered with only facility for homeless female veterans in CT.  Collected sheet sets, towels, toiletries and apartment starter baskets. Donated alpaca scarves, hats and gloves.  Made and donated handmade afghans with the help of Altrusans from all over and members of the CT community. Children received a fleece blanket, pillow and teddy bear. 

 

Fall River Service Projects

 

Greater Hartford Service Projects

  • "Summer Reading/Readiness Program" The club ran a 5 week summer reading program at the Pathways Center in New Britain.  They set goals and outlined the program activities.  The 5 weeks were: Summer Fun (introduction to the kids and Altrusans), Create a Story, Write and Mail (teaching how to write a personal letter), Mathtude (created budgets, write checks, etc) and Closure (pizza party and book bag prizes).
  • "12 Days of Giving"-Club partnered with organizations in community to implement 12 separate days of giving.  We gave a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for residents of an HIV/Aids retreat, collected baby clothes for the department of Children and Families, donated school supplies and personal care items, toys for children for Christmas, collected bras for Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence awareness, donated decorated Christmas tree to a needy family, distributed homeless care packages, donated clothes, shoes and coats to local shelters, Members created and donated purses filled with personal care items to deserving women. Made calls for Toys for Tots.  Completed an art project with at risk teens and gave out Visa gift cards and swag bags to young girls in need.  

 

Laconia Service Projects

Hands across the Table provides a free weekly community dinner every Wednesday at St. Andre Bissette Parish Hall. The Laconia club is one of the groups that volunteers to set up and to serve which allows them to spend time with area residents to enjoy a nice meal and opportunity to socialize within the community.
New Beginnings is an agency that provides free and confidential support, emegency shelter, 1 to 1 peer support as well as educational and outreach programs, advocacy and crisis intervention for those whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.  The club donated clothing for women and children, personal toiletry items, household necessities and backpacks filled with school needs.
Club members collected warm winter apparel for students of all ages in the Laconia schools.  Items included boot, socks, mittens, gloves, scarves and warm fleece items.  These will be distributed to students in need by the guidance personnel or the school nurse in each building.  


 

Litchfield County Service Projects

Meredith Service Projects

  • Distributes books to mothers and preschoolers through WIC
  • Read to children in daycare and provide books for children to take home
  • Provide scholarships to adult learners who wish to go back to school (over $77,000 to date!)
  • Distributes books to adults and children at soup kitchens
  • Sponsors a family orphaned by AIDS in Zimbabwe to enable children to attend school
  • Farm to Table program distributes fresh produce from a local farm to food pantries, soup kitchens
  • Supports area food pantries financially and with food donations
  • Serve monthly Community Dinners to provide a hot home cooked meal to those who are hungry/isolated. Teamed up with other organizations and churches to providing funding and food. 
  • Provides emergency clothing, household supplies, etc to families referred by Town Welfare/Fire Dept
  • Donates approx 40 decorated Christmas trees annually to needy families
  • Provide financial support to Interlakes Christmas Fund, Moultonborough Santa Fund, Visiting Nurses of Meredith, Interlakes Community Caregivers, Turn up the Heat, New Beginnings, Salvation Army. 

 

Merrimack Valley Service Projects

  • Volunteer of the Year Award dinner-invite non-profits to submit a name and invite them to dinner.  Agency that wins gets $250.  Volunteer gets a gift card and plaque.
  • For their 70th anniversary, they had a 70/70 event.  They invited 70 non-profits to an event and everyone who showed up got $70 and they raffled off $250 to one of the non-profits
  • "Thank you for your service"  Partnered with the Veterans Community Care Center to provide socks, water bottles and personal products.  Served a spaghetti dinner and a BBQ for 50 veterans who have all been diagnosed with mental illness.  Veterans live in area shelters and group homes and tend to be lonely lost souls.


 

Northeastern CT Service Projects

  • Reach for the World--Teachers pair a 3rd grader from one school with a 3rd grader from another in January.  The kids participate in a reading project. In May they get together at the university where they have a presentation from a guest author, book signing, tour of the library and lunch.
  • "Walking through a Storybook".  The project places the pages of a children's book in a walking trail or a playground.  This encourages reading along with healthy activity for families.  In Willamantic a bilingual book with a theme of bullying has been placed.  The book are posted in the Spring and taken down in the Fall.  New books will be done each year.
  • "Next Step-Helping Women Revision Their Lives" The Next Step Program assists women who have been incarcerated to re-acclimate and reclaim their place in the community.  The club provides financial support, procures personal hygiene needs, provides entertainment from the community that both groups enjoy together and spends one on one time doing crafts and baking treats.

 

Plymouth County Service Projects

  • "Getting a Headstart"  The goal was to open the door to 3,4 and 5-year olds to the basic academic disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  Responding to a request from the director of Headstart, the club purchased 120 subscriptions to National Geographic for Kids and the subscriptions were distributed to 3 communities.
  • "Show a little love to our vets"  Helped female veterans-Bought dinnerware, gift cards, craft supplies, yarn and needles and made homemade desserts. Held a cookout in July and a Luau in December. Worked with the DAV and were able to get the women an elliptical machine, a microwave, sewing and craft supplies and more gift cards.  Club members are working one on one with the veterans on projects that will help them interact with the community.  

 

Portland Service Projects

  • Teamed up with local police to promote "Yellow Dot Program"-a program that stores your picture and your medical information in the glove box of your car in case of an accident.
  • ABC project-give a stuffed animal and a book to each kindergartener.
  • Mail for Me project-work with reading tutors at elementary school to identify kids who might benefit.  Give them a year's subscription to a magazine that they receive at home.
  • "Garden Memories"--Club maintained 3 enclosed gardens at the Barron Center.  Members raked, mulched, trimmed, planted and weeded spring and summer. Cleaned up the leaves in the fall and came back in the winter for a Christmas party with residents.  Partnered with the city and local greenhouse for mulch and plants.  Gardens provide respite area for patients, families and staff.


 

Quebec Service Projects

  • La Maison Zoe Blais is a home where women who need a hand up can go and receive support and training.  The Quebec Club has been working with this group for many years providing funds and volunteer hours.  At Eastertime, members take the mothers food shopping in preparation for the holiday.
  • Honoring the elderly--Members organize a Christmas party complete with entertainment, games and gifts for the elderly in nursing homes.  Members continue to visit throughout the year.

 

Quincy Service Projects

 

Sanford-Springvale Service Projects

 

Seacoast Service Projects

  • "A Warm Cover Up for the Homeless"--Club members got together and made 32 blankets for the homeless.  Club members distributed the blankets at the Salvation Army's public dinner and had a chance to chat with the recipients.   Leftover blankets were given to the Food Pantry for distribution.





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