Teddy Bear Picnic (Make a Difference Day Literacy event)

Literacy Committee Chair Jana Ackerman tells students, toddlers,
and staff about the "Corduroy" Bear books for children

Each year, Altrusa of Montrose chooses a special project for the nationally-recognized Make a Difference Day. On October 29, 2014, Altrusa hosted a Teddy Bear Picnic at Passage Charter School, an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens with an on-site daycare center.

The event began with storytelling by retired teacher and librarian Jana Ackerman, who also serves as Chair for Altrusa's Literacy Committee. In keeping with the Teddy Bear theme, Jana read from several board book versions of the Corduroy bear book series.

Following storytime, Altrusa members served a picnic lunch to the students, children, and staff (catered by Straw Hat Farms).

Finally, each young parent or parent-to-be was given a box set of the Corduroy board books to take home and add to their home library of children's books.

By encouraging young parents to read to their babies and toddlers, Altrusa hopes to enhance the future language skills of these children. Researchers have found that reading bedtime stories to babies and talking to them from birth boosts their brain power and sets them up for success at school.

2014 Holiday Festival & Gifts set for 11/21

Altrusa of Montrose CO presents our 12th Annual Holiday Festival & Gifts. We hope you'll join us for this popular fundraiser featuring delicious catered appetizers, wine, beer & punch, and a delightful assortment of gift baskets, centerpieces, wreaths, and holiday trees in our huge silent auction.

Tickets are $20 per person, and are available from any Altrusa member, or at Fabula. Call Allison at 765-7666 for more information. 

Monies raised will go toward our many projects related to literacy, the environment, health, scholarships, and more. Browse through this site to learn more about our community service.

Adopt-a-Highway -- Altrusa and Community Options clean it up!

Recently, members of Altrusa International of Montrose were joined by residents and staff from Community Options of Montrose (pictured) to help pick up trash along "our" 2 mile stretch of US 550 south of town. Altrusa members Jeanne Kuchynka, Dana Gleason, Lori Michaels, Allison Nadel, Linda Riba, and Sandra Tyler also volunteered.