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Altrusa International

Leading to a better community

We believe that everyone is able to make a positive difference to the world around them. We can each volunteer our time, or donate our money, towards worthy causes. Our individual efforts are small, but they matter.

We can achieve even more when we bring people together. For over 100 years Altrusa clubs have collected members from varying occupations and lifestyles, all sharing an interest in community service.

We enjoy the friendship, fun and satisfaction that comes from working together for the benefit of others. Each club develops a program that is tailored to local needs, undertaking a variety of hands-on service and fundraising projects each year. One of our shared goals as an organization is to improve literacy, which we believe is the key to opportunity.

Through Altrusa activities we develop our leadership skills in a supportive environment. We welcome new ideas and aim to provide enough flexibility so that our members can give their time in a way that works for them.

Why choose Altrusa?

  • I like that we can give of our talents, time or treasure. Some service organizations only focus on one of them.

    Deanna Sargent, Altrusa International of Ames, Iowa, USA

  • The simplicity and the ease with which Altrusans serve made me choose Altrusa.

    Parvathy Viswanath, Altrusa International of Madras, India

  • With Altrusa it is flexible with what you’ve got going on in your life, to help out more sometimes and less at other times when you’re busy.

    Fiona Davies, Altrusa International of Queenstown, New Zealand

  • Altrusa is different from other service organizations in that it is diverse. Men and women from a rainbow of ethnicities who collectively share an interest in making a difference in some way to their community.  

    Dr Morgan Ellis DDS, Altrusa International of Lake City, Florida, USA

  • I choose Altrusa because of its focus on literacy. I want to give folks who are struggling a hand-up by providing educational opportunities. I believe literacy and education are essential in stepping out of poverty.

    Jan Weir, Altrusa International of Nanaimo, BC, Canada

  • I chose Altrusa because I wanted to do something useful and help those less fortunate in the community. I always say “I joined for the service and I stayed for the friendships”.

    Silvia D’Jaen Silverman, Altrusa International of Montgomery County, Maryland, USA

  • I come from a modest family with high human values that was always ready to help those in need. I perceived these same values on my first meeting with Altrusa.

    Madeleine Ferguson, Altrusa International of Québec, Canada

  • It was a way to give back on my time and challenge me to be a better person.

    Rommel Orellana, Altrusa International of Washington County, Arkansas, USA

  • Altrusa is the only service organization where direct service manifests itself purely and transparently.

    Maria Judith Oquendo, Altrusa International of San Juan, Puerto Rico


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