SERVICE

Alone we can do so little;

together we can do so much.

~ Helen Keller

Our efforts help organizations and individuals through hard work

from our volunteer members and financial support from our Foundation.

This year, our focus is Breaking Down Barriers for the underserved.

We have two global efforts: Days for Girls and S.O.S. (Support Our Soldiers).

LOCAL PROJECTS

Fulfilling Destiny
Fulfilling Destiny

Lina Cestero and her family put together dignity bags and donated products for low-income and homeless women and girls so they can have their periods with dignity

Adopt a Classroom
Adopt a Classroom

Thank you to the San Diego Employees' Charitable Organization (CECO) for our $981 grant to purchase over 250 books for students in a second/third grade classroom at Harborside Elementary School. The teacher, Jessica Bruder, is shown in the photo. In December, our members donated over 100 books and 23 bags of games and school supplies. The students will receive their new books in the spring and summer. This project was led by Betty Waznis.

St. Paul's Senior Services
St. Paul's Senior Services

Members donated items to St. Paul’s essential needs drive (SPEND) to help low-income seniors. Some of our members also volunteer as pen pals for senior residents at St. Paul’s Senior Services while they’re alone and missing their families during COVID. Helen Nosal pictured.

Fulfilling Destiny
Fulfilling Destiny

Lina Cestero and her family put together dignity bags and donated products for low-income and homeless women and girls so they can have their periods with dignity

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INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

Lighting the Way to Literacy
Lighting the Way to Literacy

Our Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, Inc. Foundation donated 80 Luci Lights to the indigenous people in the Tarahumara mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico

Days for Girls
Days for Girls

Our members volunteered with the Escondido Days for Girls Chapter to make menstrual hygiene kits in support of women and girls in Rwamagana, Africa. In January 2020, our members helped out at the Days for Girls Conference.

Lighting the Way to Literacy
Lighting the Way to Literacy

Our Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, Inc. Foundation donated 80 Luci Lights to the indigenous people in the Tarahumara mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico

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PAST PROJECTS

Adopt-a-Family
Adopt-a-Family

As part of our efforts to Support Our Soldiers (S.O.S.), we adopted a Navy family for Christmas and donated gifts for their two boys and gift cards for the parents to buy food for their Christmas dinner.

Adopt-a-Teacher
Adopt-a-Teacher

We partnered with Chula Vista Elementary and Sweetwater Union High School Districts to annually provide gift certificates to four new teachers to the local education supplies store.

Water for Children Africa
Water for Children Africa

We donated funds to build wells in Africa for those who didn’t have access to clean drinking water.

Adopt-a-Family
Adopt-a-Family

As part of our efforts to Support Our Soldiers (S.O.S.), we adopted a Navy family for Christmas and donated gifts for their two boys and gift cards for the parents to buy food for their Christmas dinner.

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JANUARY

MARY THIGPEN MONTH OF SERVICE

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Mary Thigpen was a seasoned professional in the field of Human Resources. She spent her final managerial years working for the City of Chula Vista as a Senior Personnel Analyst. Once retired, she discovered how much fun retirement really was! She realized that there were still other ways for her to be useful from home and began seeking out exciting volunteer opportunities. If someone needed help, she would be the first one to get in line. Mary connected our club to Water for Children Africa and had an interest in many types of community service projects; she just wanted to help people in any way possible. We named January the Mary Thigpen Month of Service in honor of her birthday and her passion for community service.

 

This year, we supported senior residents at Rose's Greenfield Manor, where Mary would donate annually, and Fredericka Manor, where our beloved Dottie Miller resided. We donated over 600 items to these seniors.