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With generous assistance from a grant of $2000 from the Women’s Fund, new backpacks were chosen and filled with school supplies at Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair, held at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA recently. Over 250 local girls from all over Door County participated in the Fair. Volunteer guides escorted the girls around the gym as they filled their backpacks with school supplies, school spirit shirts, socks, underwear, toiletries, bike helmets and certificates for new gym shoes at Dunham’s. Altrusa International of Door County, a local branch of a women’s community service organization, also pays school registration fees. The motto of the Women’s Fund – “When She Thrives, We All Prosper” - pairs well with the Door County club’s mission statement – “Advancing Literacy Through Opportunities,”
Altrusa International awards local club with generous grant for 2015 project
Recently, Altrusa International of Door County was once again honored with a grant of $2000 from the International Foundation. Altrusa club member Cheri Meyvis wrote for the grant and board members pictured above celebrate the donation with club president Anita Karwowski, far left. This grant will be used for school supplies for the local club’s largest community service project – the Back-to-School Fair, held each August. Grants from the Altrusa International Foundation are available to improve economic well-being and quality of life in the community, through commitment to service and literacy. In its 17th year, this project will also provide backpacks, bike helmets, gym shoes, toiletries, school spirit shirts and paid registrations fees to Door County school children of all ages.
2014 Back-to-School Fair
August 19th 2014:
Women’s Fund Supports Girls attending the Altrusa Back-to-School Fair
Backpacks were chosen and ready for filling by three young ladies at Altrusa’s annual Back-to-School Fair, held August 9th at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. Over 250 local girls participated in the Fair, more than in years’ past, supported in part by a generous $500 grant from the Women’s Fund, a component of the Door County Community Foundation. These girls and the other children attending the Fair, with help from their guides, filled their packs with school spirit shirts, many grade-specific school supplies, socks and underwear, toiletries, bike helmets and certificates for new gym shoes. Altrusa Club of Door County, a local chapter of a women’s community service organization with focus on literacy, also pays registration fees. The Women’s Fund motto “When She Thrives, We All Prosper” pairs well with Altrusa’s mission statement “Advancing Literacy Through Opportunities.”
July 7th, 2014
Altrusa Club of Door County was honored recently with a generous $2000 grant from Altrusa International Foundation. This grant will be used for school supplies provided to children in need at the Club’s 16th annual Back-to-School Fair. Cheri Meyvis, at left, wrote for the grant. Also pictured are Nancy Kexel-Calabresa, program chair, Anita Karwowski, club president and Pam McCluskey, project volunteer coordinator. Grants of up to $2000 are available to Altrusa Clubs from the International Foundation to improve economic well-being and quality of life, through commitment to literacy and community service.
Altrusa Club of Door County is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous $500 grant from The Shopko Hometown Foundation. Pictured at left in Shopko’s school supply section is Lori Brockman, manager of the Sister Bay store, and at left is Altrusa’s grant liaison Cheri Meyvis. These funds will be used to provide school supplies, backpacks and other related items to Door County children in need attending Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair in August. Over 565 children have been qualified for the annual event, now in its 16th year.
Altrusa Club of Door County is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $2500 grant from Walmart! The grant will be used to purchase grade-specific school supplies for the Club’s upcoming Back-to-School Fair. This annual event, in its 16th year, will serve 575 children, the largest Fair yet! Pictured from left in the store’s school-supply department are Jose Cruz, Cheri Meyvis – Altrusa’s grant liaison, Deb VanBoxel – store manager, Chrystal VanGheem, Lori Deterville and Karen Tucholski. Walmart associates support local need by way of their Community Grant Program, and have provided the Back-to-School Fair with generous grants for many years.
Altrusa of Club of Door County sent two members to the United Way annual meeting and community reception, held Thursday, April 3rd at the Lodge at Leathem Smith.Pictured from left are Altrusa President Barbara Pfeifer, Amy Kohnle - Executive Director of the Door County United Way, Altrusa member Patti Ligman and her service dog Lily.Altrusa was awarded a United Way grant of $4400 for the 2014 Back-to-School Fair, the club’s largest community service project.This grant will help Altrusa serve more children with school supplies this year than ever.Altrusa member Cheri Meyvis applied for this grant last year and is currently applying for funding for the 2015 Fair.Altrusa shares the commitment of the United Way to “Build a Stronger Community” by focusing on projects that foster and support literacy.
Providing educational tools and building self esteem in young girls are important goals for both Altrusa Club and the Women’s Fund of Door County. Altrusa was the grateful recipient of a generous $1000 grant from the Women’s Fund that was used to assist school-aged girls getting ready to return to the classroom this month. At Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair held August 10th, 237 young ladies had the opportunity to participate, up 25, from a record number of girls last year! Attendees chose and filled new back packs with school supplies, school spirit shirts, socks and underwear, bike helmets, books from Friends of the Library and toiletries. The annual summer project also provides vision screens conducted by the Lions, new shoes, and paid school registration fees.
2013 Back-to-School Fair
Part of our community that has their “eyes” on our local children, Door County Eye Associates office manager Jan Harmsen, pictured right, presents Altrusa president Barbara Pfeifer with a donation of $250 at Altrusa’s August membership meeting. This generous contribution from DCEA helped provide school supplies to children attending Altrusa’s annual Back-to-School Fair, held August 10th. DCEA had pledged the donation based on the number of new “likes” on their Facebook page. Business partnerships such as these helped Altrusa serve close to 500 children from Door County. To see how you can help even more children in 2014, email Altrusa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altrusa’s annual Back-to-School Fair provided new back packs to over 480 children this year! The recent generous grant of $500 from the Door County Community Foundation’s Children and Youth Fund contributed to an awesome supply of back backs for attendees to choose from. The annual event was held August 10th at the YMCA. In addition to back packs, children received school supplies, paid registration fees, school shirts, new shoes, bike helmets and many other new things to start the school year.
Altrusa Club of Door County is part of Altrusa International, dedicated to improving the economic well-being and quality of life through commitment to literacy and community service.
For more information about Altrusa Club of Door County, please visit altrusaofdoorcounty.org.
Walmart Grant Press Release 2013: 7-8-13
Walmart Foundation, with the support from staff at the local Walmart store, has generously provided a $2500 grant to Altrusa Club of Door County for its upcoming Back-to-School Fair. Pictured from left are Altrusans Pat Ploor – former Fair Chair and Walmart contact, and Cheri Meyvis – new grants liaison. Children attending the Fair will receive school supplies, back packs, gym shoes and other new things. Fundraising goals for this project are not as yet met for 2013. For more information about the Fair and Altrusa, please visit our website at altrusaofdoorcounty.org. Altrusa Club of Door County is part of an international community service organization whose focus is literacy and addressing human need.
United Way Grant Press Release 6-20-13
Altrusa Club of Door County is thrilled to have received a grant of $2000 from the United Way for year 2013! Pictured left to right are club president Barbara Pfeifer, grants liaison Cheri Meyvis and program chair Nancy Kexel-Calabresa. Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair project fits into United Way’s Community Impact Area with the goal of increasing opportunities for children to obtain school supplies and payment of school fees. This grant will fund 15 of the nearly 500 local children qualified for the Fair. Participants will receive grade-specific school supplies, back packs, gym shoes, bike helmets, school shirts and other new things. Altrusa is an international community service organization with focus on projects that promote literacy and address human need. Additional financial support for the Back-to-School Fair is needed. Visit the website at www.altrusaofdoorcounty.org or email email@example.com.
Fundraising is actively underway for the 15th annual Back-to-School Fair, sponsored by Altrusa Club of Door County! Altrusa is one of 145 charitable and civic groups to receive a generous grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. Altrusa received $1000 to help fund the event, which provides school supplies and many other new things to disadvantaged Door County children returning to school each fall. Two members of Altrusa, Back-to-School Committee Member Patti Ligman, at left, Patti’s service dog Lily at center and President Barbara Pfeifer attended the luncheon and press conference, held February 12th at the Lambeau Field Atrium. At the event, many recipients were honored for the services performed by their respective organizations. The Packers Foundation awarded $450,000 worth of grants during the annual distribution. Both the number of organizations receiving grants, and the amount distributed, are records for the Packers Foundation.
Altrusa Club of Door County is a local branch of Altrusa International, a community service organization whose projects include those to support and promote literacy and addressing human need. Altrusa of Door County’s largest service project - the Back-to-School Fair - provides school supplies, back packs, shoes, shirts, registration fees and other new things to children of families in need. To learn more about Altrusa of Door County, visit our website at www.altrusaofdoorcounty.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY BUSINESS THANK YOU
Altrusa Club of Door County extends a big THANK YOU to the Wild Tomato restaurant in Fish Creek, for selecting Altrusa to be the charity for July, receiving proceeds from the sale of their specialty pizza of the month! If the Donation Creation pizza is ordered in the month of July, $1 from every order will be donated to Altrusa! Altrusa urges everyone to visit Wild Tomato in July, to both support Altrusa’s literacy projects and to support the great business and generosity of the folks at Wild Tomato! Please mention Altrusa, thank the owner and the staff for us, and order the monthly Donation Creation!