ALTRUSA, an international non-profit organization focused on community service; Was founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1917 by Dr. Alfred Durham
By 1957 Altrusa had clubs in eight countries. Its focus: traffic safety, services for older people, and the need for youth guidance to reduce delinquency.
Establishment of the Altrusa International Foundation, dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy.
The organization began to look to America's youth as the future of Altrusa and established ASTRA service clubs. ASTRA encourages young people, ages 13 to 21, to participate in community service. Expanding on its commitment to youth, Altrusa adopted literacy as on-going area of service in 1977.
Establishment of Altrusa DFW Club, 25 charter members dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy. Signature project: School Supply Drive.
Altrusa DFW service club touches the lives of over 7000 yearly with our various projects: Christmas
"You must do the things you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt, once an active member of the Altrusa Club of New York City
Altrusa International of DFW, TX District Nine
We will always achieve more when we bring people from varying occupations and lifestyles, who share an interest in community service together!
We enjoy the friendship, excitement and satisfaction that comes from working together for the benefit of those within and outside of our community.
Each year, our club develops programs that are tailored to local needs, undertaking a variety of hands-on service and fundraising projects. One of our shared goals as an ALTRUSA organization is to improve literacy, which we believe is the key to opportunity!