Altrusa of Mansfield has 60 members who are actively supporting the community with volunteer hands-on service projects and monetary donations. Families have been able to benefit from the tools, education, and support that has been provided in the spirit of giving back to those that need help.
Thank you for your generous support this past year! Altrusa of Mansfield appreciates and has maximized your exemplary support. Through your generosity our club has ensured that hundreds of families and children’s lives were impacted in a positive and transformational way.
Below is an overview of the actions we have completed during our 2019-2020 fiscal year. Your gift contributed to these successes and is helping Altrusa build a foundation in our community for sustainable growth.
Tools for Schools: Altrusa filled teacher requests for school supplies for students in need through this major community service project. We support literacy by equipping students with "tools" they need to enhance the learning process. During the 2019-2020 school year, Altrusa provided 120,987 school supplies to 455 teachers in 29 schools and community programs. In the past 17 years, 1,125,420 school supplies have been distributed to students in Richland County.
Buddy Bags: Altrusa provided "Buddy Bags" to children identified as homeless by the S.A.F.E. program in Mansfield City Schools. The bags filled with toys, educational books, hygiene items and snacks provide the children with their own fun-filled activities and personal care supplies as they transition to different living situations and homes.
Clean and New: Altrusa supplied 160 canvas laundry bags filled with laundry detergent, dryer sheets and personal care supplies (wash cloth, towel, deodorant, soap, 3-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste and comb/brush set) to the families of children served by the S.A.F.E. program with Mansfield City Schools. Feminine care products, socks and underwear were also provided.
Mansfield Adult Education (Mid-Ohio Aspire and Workforce Education): Financial support was provided to help students pay for testing or transportation to obtain their GED.
Madison Adult Education: Financial support was provided to "Women in Transition" by paying fees to help students complete the educational program.
Marilou Schwan Memorial: A scholarship was given to a Mansfield Senior High School student who will be pursuing her education in the field of International Business at Tiffin University.
Dewald Community Center: Altrusa members helped serve food, read books and interact with the children and their families at Family Literacy Nights. A Tween Book Club was offered with Altrusa purchasing the books and leading the discussions.
Days for Girls: Altrusa members held a Days for Girls Sew-In where material was folded, measured, cut and sewn to make over 1200 feminine hygiene liners for women and girls. Without the products "lost days" of education or work are experienced in many countries when the women and girls are menstruating.
Malabar School Nature Education: This program conducted by Malabar teachers with the support of volunteers from the Richland County Park District, encourages students to draw and write (nature journaling) what is observed in nature, use scientific instruments and learn to appreciate being outdoors in the natural world. Altrusa provided an educational Field Guide for each 4th/5th grade classroom, magnifying glasses and journaling supplies (book, pencils, etc.) for each student.
Harmony House: Altrusa provided a financial donation to Harmony House, the local shelter for the homeless, to support building and supply needs.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library: Altrusa sponsored 12 children (ages birth to 5) in Richland County to receive one book a month for an entire year.
Big Red Bookshelf: Altrusa members sorted and labeled books, and filled containers with 100 books each for distribution to sites around Richland County for this United Way literacy project.
New Store: Altrusa members volunteered to help children select clothing at scheduled dressing days throughout the year.
Coats for Kids: Altrusa helped to sponsor this project led by the Optimist Club. We collected and contributed 96 items including new/used coats and winter accessories.
MindSprouts Creative Writing Program: Altrusa provided monetary support to this program offered by the Renaissance Theater Education Department for students K - 12.
Heartland Academy: Altrusa purchased LeapFrog-LeapReader Writing and Reading Systems to help students with autism learn to read and write.
Richland School of Academic Arts: Altrusa purchased various levels of books for classrooms and the general library for this charter school that provides academic core curriculum blended with visual and performing arts for students K - 8.
Altrusa of Mansfield strives to be a known leader for “hands on” volunteerism and support of local community needs with its projects.
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