Altrusa of Montrose Service Committees

Community service is a fundamental part of Altrusa. Our Club's Service committees are:

Service - Reviews funding requests from other non-profit organizations for projects which provide a service to our local community and beyond, and makes recommendations to the Board to issue grant money. The Service committee oversees the other service-related committees listed below, and presents new service projects to the Club.

ASTRA - An extension of Altrusa for young people age 12 to 25. Provides opportunities for school, community and international service projects, personal development, and career planning. The ASTRA club strives to create an environment that will promote fellowship and better understanding among all people by fostering positive relationships.

Awards - Our immediate Past President submits our service projects to Altrusa International and to Altrusa District Ten for consideration of service awards.

Bell Ringing - Volunteer to act as Salvation Army bell-ringers during the holiday season.

Christmas Baskets - Provides needed goods to several local-area families at Christmas time.

Educational Services - Prepares scholarship applications, distributes to schools, reviews applications, interviews students, and awards scholarships.

Environmental - "To understand Nature is to love her. To love her is to desire to protect and preserve her." This committee's mission is environmental education and projects in areas such as recycling, composting, and beautification projects.

International Relations - Seeks to improve awareness of and relations with other cultures and countries. The committee seeks to achieve this goal by carefully selecting projects and programs with an international focus and by highlighting various United Nations International days throughout the club year.

Lifeline - Installs & maintains Lifeline units in the homes of over 100 Montrose-area residents.

Literacy - Provides funding for Adult basic education; recognizes 8 local teachers per year with Apple Awards; creates Buddy Bags filled with reading books, activity books, crayons, etc. and distributes about 200 bags per year to Hilltop, the Dental Clinic, Tri-County Resource, Women's Resource Center, and Medical Mission; organizes a project for Make a Difference Day; collects new and used books for Seasons Readings, which are given as holiday gifts for children identified by Social Services.

Love Hug Bears - Delivers approximately 700 stuffed bears each year to Montrose Memorial Hospital emergency room & same day surgery unit to be given to children when they enter the hospital. This project, started in 1998, continues to be an outpouring of love from Altrusa members to bring comfort and security to children who have to make a trip to the hospital.

Member Issues - Seeks to address concerns to women, men, and children's health and welfare. Major on-going project is to provide assistance for the annual Bosom Buddies Walk/Run.

Tender Touch Turbans - Knits and sews turbans for cancer patients to keep their heads warm after losing their hair. Provides between 30 and 50 turbans each year for people in the Montrose area.

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