Altrusa is a service organization for civic-minded people who strive to create better communities worldwide.  Our focus is on helping women and children in the Dallas Metroplex by performing service projects to fulfill our mission of “Educating Families for a Better Future”. Our club is affiliated with Altrusa International, Inc. an international organization with over 300 clubs worldwide with a strong history of literacy education.

          Since our club’s founding in 1982, we have had numerous successful fundraising projects to support our many areas of service.  We have raised more than $1,000,000 for community grants disbursed through our Downtown Dallas Foundation and we have contributed over 90,000 hours of service for the benefit of our community. Altrusa raises money to support local community organizations through donations and through our semi-annual fundraising gala called Dessert First.

           To learn more about Altrusa and our projects, please contact us via the “Contact Us” option on this page.  We look forward to talking with you! 

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Altrusa Club Members Volunteer at Vickery Meadow Learning Centers.

Members of the Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club volunteered on Monday, January 18, 2016  to help prepare classrooms for the spring semester at both the Vickery Meadow Learning Center’s Main Campus on Ridgecrest Road and Vickery Meadow West Campus located at 1018 Gallagher Street.

VMLC will begin their 12 week program in both of these locations, and had need for assistance in preparing theclassrooms with cleaning and stocking each location. The Altrusa club of Downtown Dallas focuses on literacy efforts and non-profits which help women and children in crisis in the city of Dallas.

VMLC serves 1,200 adults and 330 young children annually by teaching English literacy skills at no charge in low income, highly diverse neighborhoods--including Vickery Meadow, West Dallas and East Dallas. Learning English increases self-sufficiency and the opportunity for a better life.

                                 MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY -- October 30, 2015


It was a GRAVEYARD SMASH!  DTD Altrusans handed out candy and goody bags to 250 super heroes, princesses, dragons, grim reapers, skeletons, and unidentifiable furry critters.

Not sure which was scarier; the ghosts and goblins, or the rain and wind on Halloween Eve.  Regardless, we showed up at Trinity River Mission, and Trunk or Treat became Trick or Treat, as we decorated the hallways and handed out candy from the classroom doors. 

Everyone had a great time, and the TRM staff was very appreciative of the candy and goody bag donations.  Last year, the staff had to pay for everything themselves.  To show their appreciation, Deisy Martinez, Outreach Manager, presented all volunteers with Dia de los Muertes t-shirts, and brochures.

Altrusans that attended were Witchy Woman Nina Cox, Debby Weber, Lynn Auerbach, Niki Payne, Melissa Reilly, Kathleen Scott, Robin Lightstone, Angela Caronia, Laura Hornung with Jacob and Sarah, and Karen Washington with Cameron.  Altrusa DTD participation for this MADD project totaled 47 members and over 140 hours.

Be sure to check out Trinity River Mission on their website at www.tinityrivermission.orgThey sell homemade tamales around Christmas time!!  Below are some excerpts from “The 2011-2015 Collection:  Young Writers of Trinity River Mission”.