2020 Festival of Trees
This year was to be our 25th Anniversary of our annual Festival of Trees but due to Covid 19 this year it will be somewhat different.
We are planning a virual FOT. We will fill you in right here with all the particulars when it is finalized.
I know many people are going to be disappointed and we are as well but the times are dictating some of the choices we have to make for the safety and comfort of everyone. Please do stay tuned for more information.
Toys for Tots started in 1941 to collect new and used toys for children. The Marine Corps Reserve Unit is the official group that sponsors the program. It is now an international group. For the last several years, the Marines have collected only new toys. The Toys for Tots logo was designed by Walt Disney.
Poetry in Action
Altrusa sponsored a visit by Alice B. Fogel, New
Hampshire Poet Laureate. Ms. Vogel instructed the students of Inter-Lakes school district on poetry writing over a two - day period, as well as addressing the community during an evening event.Scholarships
Awarding Annual Scholarships is our passion. It's where we can help non-traditional students continue education in either their current field or start in a new field of endeavor.
Each year Meredith Altrusa collaborates with the local schools to create "Welcome to Kindergarten" bags filled with learning activities for incoming Kindergarten students. The bags are given to children at Kindergarten Orientation.
Got Lunch Program
Members of Altrusa volunteer for this worthy program delivering weekly lunches every Monday, June through August, to qualified families in the area. We also provide reading material such as the Junior Scholastic magazines.
Farm to Table Program
A number of years ago some Altrusan's had an idea for a gleaning new project. It involved the act of collecting crops from farmers fields. It was immediately embraced by John Moulton. John generously agreed to support this project in providing fresh vegetables to the local food pantries and other well-known, non-profit organizations in our area. When it started Altrusans actually picked the veggies in the fields. Eventually we moved inside and took from that day's picking of vegetables. Every Tuesday evening's in the summer, Altrusa members box the various vegetables, load their cars and deliver the produce Wednesday morning to local food pantries and other non-profits working to help those in need.
Each week during the summer, an Altrusan waters and deadheads the planters at Lake Waukewan boat launch. We do this to honor the memory our sister Bobbi Smyth.