The Altrusa of Rochester club plans and participates in many projects and events throughout the year. We will spotlight one of our many events in our "Featured Event" section. Visit this page often for the latest featured event.
The mission of our club is to support projects for Literacy and Women in Transition. The Rochester Children's Book Festival and Bethany Buckets are just a couple of the many community projects of our club.
Visit to Rochester International Academy
Several members of the Altrusa club visited the Rochester International Academy to deliver new and gently used books to Julianne Wise, school Librarian.
Our own club member Karen, Literacy Committee Chairperson, purchased many of the gently used books from community library sales and thrift shops. Karen has her pulse on what is needed for the libraries and where to find the books.
In April, the club held a Book Shower to support School 42 and Rochester International Academy libraries. The guests and members donated over 300 books for this event as part of the club's Sammy Pierson Literacy Project. The club also purchased new books for the RIA library that were on the most needed list compiled by Julianne.
Rochester Children's Book Festival
In the Fall of 2012, Altrusa completed its seventh year participating in the Rochester Children's Book Festival. This wonderful festival brought many of our local children book authors to one location. There were craft and reading rooms, three workshops by authors on the craft of writing every half hour and many community groups' tables to visit. We collected three boxes of books, that were donated to win a raffle ticket for the quilt below. At the end of the Festival, the winning ticket was drawn and the quilt was sent off to the grandmother in Hilton who wanted to win it for her grandson. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the grand effort.
Altrusa project "Bethany Buckets"
Each year, during our October monthly meeting, members prepare buckets filled with cleaning supplies, sponges, dish soap, dish towels, brooms and various household items to be donated to Bethany House. Bethany House, in turn, will provide one of these buckets to the women as they leave the house to begin their new life in the community.
Last October was our twelfth year for donating our buckets to Bethany House. Our bucket delivery came just in time as the last bucket from our previous year donation was given to one of the women leaving Bethany House.
Our members assembling the buckets and our completed buckets ready for delivery.