June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2012
The Altrusa Club members commit to community organization for a period of three years. Some organizations receive money only; some receive hands-on service only and some receive both. Not every member can make every event but there are lots of opportunities so there are more chances to fit members' schedules. Many bring their children with them. It's never too early to learn to volunteer!
Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School
Altrusans will work at Gordon Parks School on 3-4 occasions (probably Saturday mornings) during the Club year. Our activities may include: preparation of bulletin boards, book sorting for library, room setup, help with registration packets and process for fall student enrollment, help with food and reception during student concerts/programs/parent meetings, reading to children, and more.
Altrusans will work at Spofford Home on 3-4 occasions. Some of the possible activities: help with the regularly organized activities, including reading to children, distribute books, sort donated books at the library, help to establish a larger and more permanent library for the children, Christmas bag assembly, assemble regular newsletter and other mailings.
Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City
Altrusans will work at Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City on 3-4 days each year. Altrusans will work to establish a book collection/library for some of the families who are preparing to move into new Habitat Homes. Altrusans will develop an interest checklist to distribute to the families to determine interests of the children and family members for type of books and then collect books from various sourses. Altrusans have the opportunity to meet family members during monthly meeting and assist with distribution of books to children and food pantry distributions during the meetings. Altrusans will also be involved in the Women's Build Project home.
Operation Breakthrough/St. Vincent's Family Center
Altrusans will continue our literacy efforts with the Altrusan-originated holiday projects, "Head to Toe", to provide books and shoes to Operation Breakthrough children and the holiday "stocking stuffing" project.
Beanstalk Garden, Kansas City Community Gardens
Altrusans will work at this children's garden one day.
Bridging the Gap
Altrusans will participate/volunteer at one of the Bridging the Gap events - registration, reception at special recycling events or help with newsletter.
Catherine's Place/Friendship House
Altrusans will work one day to help with a book distribution to women and kids in the program.
Altrusans will sponsor 3 schools for this "dictionary for all third-graders" project.
Altrusan will work 2 Saturday mornings helping with clean-up or assisting with other areas needing volunteer support.
Harvesters - Community Food Network
Altrusans will work one Saturday morning at the food bank on sorting, repackaging or other projects.
Altrusans will work one day with this charity, possible activities: help with their library, sponsor book distribution, sort school supplies and assemble backpacks.
The Upper Room/Swope Corridor Renaissance
Altrusans will work at this long-standing Altrusa charity. Possible projects include: tutoring to improve children's reading skills, sort donated books, label/re-shelve books, work on summer applications, helping with summer registration day, filing, mandatory reports, and more.