If you have questions about funding or volunteer applications, please email Service Committee chair, Thelma Starner
To request funding or volunteer support for your organization, please fill out this form: Funds-Service/Volunteer hours Request
Impact letter (a follow-up form to be completed after your organization receives funding from Altrusa)
During the year Altrusans serve our community in many ways:
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY October - See the Make A Difference tab for more information about our Past projects.
BABY FIRST BOOKS Each month we deliver 25-30 (English and Spanish) board books to the Storks Landing at Delta Memorial Hospital. These books are given to parents for their new babies.
LIBRARY/LITERACY PROJECTS We put children's books in the ER waiting room at the hospital and also donate gently-used paperbacks to the pink ladies for their gift shop. We give children's and adult books to the women's shelter as needed. We give children's books and cassette tapes to prisoners at the Delta Correctional Facility in the Read to a Child program. (The men are recorded reading the book; the tape and book are then sent to his children. This helps keep the fathers more involved in their children's lives.) Books used on tables at the fall Sugar Plum Festival are donated to the public and school libraries.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS In past years, we have given more than $35,000 in scholarships (up to seven @ $1000 each year) to residents of Delta County. Scholarship applications (PDF forms) are available on our website all year, and in the public libraries in March. Applications are reviewed in April and decisions announced in May.
ASTRA SCHOLARSHIPS We also give our ASTRA members (ages 13 to 21) an opportunity to receive up to a $500.00 scholarship to help them as they go forward with their continuing education goals. They must be a member of ASTRA to apply for these scholarships. ASTRA clubs are active at Delta High School and in Cedaredge for the Cedaredge High School students and Charter Vision Academy students.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS We help on Thursdays at our local food pantry to hand out food to families in need, and Altrusans generously donate food throughout the year. We also have an Altrusan serving on the Board of the Delta Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is located at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 6th and Meeker Streets, in Delta. Some Altrusans have even recruited visiting family members to join us and help us serve our community while they visited.
FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR PROJECTS INCLUDE:
DELTARADO DAYS KICKOFF DINNER We prepare and serve dinner for about 300 people each year during the annual festival. Our tasty menu usually includes pulled pork, beef brisket, pasta salad, homemade rolls and chocolate cinnamon or carrot cake for dessert.
SUGAR PLUM FESTIVAL This two day event is held two weekends before Thanksgiving, officially kicking off the holiday shopping season. Friday evening we have an upscale market with local vendors, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, local authors autographing and selling their books, and table viewing. Altrusans (and friends within the community) set tables based on the theme of a book they choose. The book is displayed on the table Friday and through the luncheon on Saturday, then donated to local libraries. Saturday morning the vendors are open, then they close for the luncheon--again a tasty menu prepared by Altrusa cooks--and entertainment.
SELLING COOKBOOKS We have a cookbook of wonderful recipes created by many local Altrusans. These cookbooks are for sale at the Sugar Plum Festival and the Deltarado Days barbeque, or anytime at Ruby's Floral, 755 Main Street, 874-7511 in Delta.
**Our Service committee chair would be happy to discuss any projects you might need assistance with. We can't do them all, but we are always looking for hands-on projects and if we can't help, we can point you in the right direction of someone who can. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions, and would love to have you join our club if you are interested in helping your community through service projects.