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2012 School Supplies Project

Altrusa partnered with the staff from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Community Bank to provide school supplies and backpacks for children in our community. This community service project helps many struggling families who can’t afford the cost.

Community Bank staff donated miscellaneous school supplies throughout the summer and the bank matched their donations. DHS staff identified needy families and provided class school supplies lists for each child. With supplies collected and needy students identified, Altrusa provided the backpacks and members met at the College Place Community Bank location and filled backpacks with supplies according to the child’s grade and class.

Twenty-three students were provided backpacks filled with the essentials of being a prepared and successful student on the first day of school! Surplus supplies were donated to the Christian Aid Society to be distributed to needy clients of their program.

Community Bank is proud to support community projects that seek to make life a little better for kids and families in need.  Community Bank is Local Money Working For Local People. Member FDIC.

Altrusa International of Walla Walla members are united through our dedication in:

  • Developing and applying our leadership abilities,
  • Capitalizing on our worldwide member network, and
  • Finding partners to help us improve our community.

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Children's Museum of Walla Walla

Altrusa International, Inc. of Walla Walla provided the initial planning and substantial funding to open the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla in 2004. The Museum provides a place where children can play with the adults that are significant in their lives, developing and sharing a love of learning. Currently the Museum has over 20 exhibits, indoors and out The Altrusa Birthday Room is one of the favorite play areas. Since its start up, the Museum has gained many community partners and memberships and Altrusa continues to be represented on the Museum Board of Directors, provide additional funding, and sponsor a Make-A-Difference Day project that allows families to enjoy the Museum for a day without pay.

Area School Literacy Grants

Beginning in March, a notice is sent to area school informing of the upcoming literacy grant application process. Area teachers submit a proposal for a literacy project that is not covered by their school budget. The Scholarships and Grants Committee determines which proposals best meet the grant guidelines.

Walla Walla Community College Foundation Scholarship

Each March, the Scholarship and Grants Committee reviews scholarship applications provided by the WWCC Foundation. These funds were originally from endowments from past Altrusans, Char Hart (local business woman) and Mabel Groseclose (District Twelve Governor-1945-1947).

Youth Spelling Bee

Altrusa International, Inc. of Walla Walla, in partnership with the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce host an Annual Youth Spelling Bee (Started in 2008) during the Hot Air Balloon Stampede the second weekend in May. The Youth Spelling Bee is preceded by a Bowling for the Bee in March to promote the event in local schools grades 1-5. Bowling teams are formed that include students and teachers. Area businesses support the events through financial and in-kind contributions. Our first Youth Spelling Bee was a resounding success. Three lucky “Bee” participants went home with new laptops for their winning efforts. There were also 2nd and 3rd place prizes for each grade level. Those agencies/organizations that supported our inaugural event benefited from the knowledge that they contributed to a community event. They also benefited from the knowledge that they contributed to a community event that provided and environment to promote students’ self-esteem, character development, sportsmanship, and literacy.

Reading Skills Lab

For the past 18 summers, members of Altrusa International, Inc. have offered a Reading Skills Lab. The project has been chaired by Barbara Daniel ever since. The program offers classes for students needing extra help to improve their reading skills. Altrusa co-sponsors the Reading Skills Lab with Central Christian Church where the Lab is held. Walla Walla Altrusans, parents, and community leaders volunteer their time during the daily classes for six weeks. Enrolled first through third graders participate in three daily activities: writing in a teacher-led small group; phonics, both reading and spelling, in a teacher-led small group; and reading one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. There is a $35 tuition fee, with available scholarships.

Adopt a Back Pack and Send Them Back to School with the Right Tools - School Supplies Drive

Each summer, Walla Walla Altrusans adopt back packs and fill them with school supplies specific to grade and school level requirements. Specific needs and distribution is coordinated with local school districts and the Department of Human and Health Services.

YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter

During the month of December, Altrusa International, Inc. of Walla Walla members focus on the needs of women and children who find themselves in need of domestic housing, counseling, and other services at the Walla Walla YWCA. At the December in-home dinner meeting, Altrusa members contribute clothing, toiletries, baby items, quilts, food, and staples to the YWCA. Through this effort, Altrusa is able to help the YWCA further its mission to strive toward realizing the vision of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.
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