Key Service Projects & Grant Programs
Feed the Child: Partnering with the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) and other local services organizations and community volunteers, Altrusa sends a bag of non-perishable food home each Friday during the school year with youngsters who depend heavily on the free or reduced lunches at school. This project was initiated in January 2009 with food provided to 20 elementary students: we are currently assisting over 200 students a week at all schools in our community. Feed The Child help bridge the gap by providing weekend food for many of them. Altrusa also provides a book once each month to those youngsters receiving food bags.
Astra: Altrusa sponsors ASTRA (Ability, Service, Training, Responsibility, Achievement) a youth service club at Pendleton High School. ASTRA club members engage in personal and citizenship development, career planning, leadership training, and community service, with each meeting supported by Altrusa member advisors.
Scholarships: Altrusa awards multiple scholarships each spring to local graduating high school seniors enrolling in college and career technical programs and to returning Blue Mountain Community College students.
Literacy Projects: Altrusa's Literacy Committee gives away hundreds of books to children at a variety of literacy projects each year including "Go Fishing-Hook A Book and Throw A Bone-Get A Book." Altrusa has also helped fund author visits for local schools, the Pendleton Public Library summer reading program, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and Books for Babies. Altrusa donates more than 1,500 books every year to local families through these projects and books included in Feed the Child food bags.
Service: The Service committee assesses community needs and develops beneficial projects. Former projects have included a series of healthy cooking classes for at-risk youth, Christmas gifts for local families in need, and a variety of service activities fro a local organization which provides parenting and survival skills for families at risk of child abuse and neglect. The Service Committee also provides small grants to other local organizations to benefit the community.
School Supply Drive: In partnership with Pacific Power, Altrusans raise funds and collect basic school supplies to provide local K-12 students with items they need for a successful school year.
Project Hope (Helping One Person Excel): Each year, Altrusa sponsor one or two students at Blue Mountain Community College and Pendleton High School, providing financial and emotional support to help them succeed in school and get a solid start in life. These funds cover needs such as fuel, clothing, testing fees and other necessities not covered by traditional financial aid.
ASK (Altrusa Serving Kids): This project provides grant of up to $300 to local school teachers for special projects or supplies that are not funded by the schools. ASK grants have supported field trips, the acquisition of books and computer programs, and other special items and activities.
International: Altrusa supports one or two international projects each year with a focus on literacy and international fellowship. Altrusa donates to Pendleton Culture Foundation's student exchange to Japan each year. Former projects include donations of food and school supplies to an orphanage in Uganda, funds to help improve water quality in a village in Central America, and microloans and donations to a group of polio survivors in Mali.
Key Fundraising Projects
Altrusa International of Pendleton, Oregon annually invests approximately $60,000 in Pendleton. To sustain this important work, we apply for grants, accept contributions and organize fundraising projects, including:
Holiday Bazaar: This major event, held each November, features more than 90 vendors and attracts more than 1,000 visitors. The event's highlight is the selection of raffle winners, with a grand prize and many other fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. The event generates between $10,000 and$15,000 for Altrusa each year.
Round-Up RV Parking: In cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, Altrusa staffs numerous RV parking lots during the Pendleton Round-Up each September.