Giving back to our Community

The Montrose Altrusa Club has closed its 2008-2009 club year on a high note. According to immediate past president Lorie Bollig, the club donated over $20,000 to the community, and members performed over 4800 hours of community service.

In addition to the hours spent on Altrusa projects, members provided over 4100 hours of service to other clubs/organizations in the community.

Monetary donations by the club include about $6,000 in scholarships; $1,000 to the Montrose Medical Mission; Montrose High stadium, $1,500; Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club, $200; Bosom Buddies, $500; Colona School Preservation Fund, $500; Columbine Senior Services Meals-on-wheels, $200; Community Options, $200; Dolphin House, $500; Habitat for Humanity, $350; $2000 for Love Hugs Bears.

Hospice art therapy supplies, $150; Hospice Camp Good Grief, $200; Montrose Animal Protection Agency, $50; Montrose High graduation party, $300; Monte de Rosas Fiesta, $250; Montrose Botanical Society, $160; Montrose Community Dinners, $500; Montrose Community Stadium, $1500; Montrose County Health and Human Services, $410; Montrose Meth Coalition, $320; Ouray Trail Group, $200; Vietnam Moving Wall, $100; Women’s Health Issues Seminar, $150; and Youth Appreciation Day, $250.

Forty five hundred dollars is earmarked for the club’s Lifeline project, which provides a safety net for seniors living on their own. This is also a hands-on project, with club members installing Lifeline units and teaching recipients how to use them.

Other hands-on projects include planting flower bulbs at Cerise Park; volunteering at the City’s e-waste event; highway cleanup; providing and serving food, doing registration and other tasks at the Bosom Buddies Walk Run; honoring eight Teachers of the Month; and making and filling bags for children at the Hilltop safe house.

Altrusa members also supported several charitable area organizations by volunteering for Mission to Ride (bike rally aid station), Heirlooms for Hospice (Altrusa “Spring Cleaning” project to collect donations for the store), M.A.P.A. (after-school program volunteers), Youth Appreciation Day (Aquatic Center volunteers), and participated in many additional projects.


Organizations may request a Service Grant from Altrusa for your not-for-profit event or project. To apply, send a letter to:

Altrusa Service Committee
PO Box 3184
Montrose, CO 81402-3184

Please be sure to include: contact person, phone number, mailing address, funding recipient ("who to make the check out to"), the amount of funding you are requesting, and describe how the funds will be used. We recommend that you contact us at least 6 to 8 weeks before the funds are needed.

Preference is given to grants for a specific purpose rather than general funds for an organization. Service Grants will not be made to benefit a single individual.

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