Emergencies occur on just about everyday in the life of a school. But thanks to Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay, teachers and administrators in many Lincoln County schools know they have the supplies needed to handle the unexpected. This school year, the local Altrusa club purchased more than $8,000 worth of hygiene supplies, coats, backpacks, underwear, clothing, lice kits and more so that more than 3,800 children in the supported schools were covered should an emergency occur.
“In an era where we talk extensively about tsunamis and earthquakes, Altrusa is mindful that in the life of a student, there are other kinds of emergencies and they are important in their own way when it comes to preparing children to learn,” said Julie Baldwin, Chairperson of the Club’s Project School Bell committee. Two times during the course of each year, those purchases are made with the input of school counselors and health centers. The Project School Bell committee, like all of Altrusa, is comprised of local volunteers who are committed to helping the women and children of Lincoln County. In addition, Altrusans carry out a literacy mission that brings an author into Lincoln County sixth grade classrooms annually and provides dental kids for all public school students through the eighth grade each year.
The ability to purchase thousands of dollars in supplies is made possible by a number of granting agencies. In 2018/19, the Altrusa International Foundation provided a grant of $4,000 to the local club. Established as a charitable corporation in 1962, the Altrusa International Foundation is committed to the service goals and objectives of Altrusa International Inc. and is an avenue through which local clubs can carry out their programs of community service and assistance to those in need.
The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund also provided substantial financial support to Project School Bell and has been doing so for numerous years. In fact, the Siletz Tribe also contributes to the previously-mentioned literacy and dental hygiene projects as well.
“We couldn’t carry out our Project School Bell mission without the generous, on-going support of the Siletz Tribe and the timely help of others, like the Altrusa International Foundation, which contributed this year, and the Chowder Bowl Restaurant, which contributed last year,” Baldwin noted.
In addition to these projects, Altrusans support the community in other ways. If you would like to learn more, contact Karen Apland at email@example.com for details on a May 8, 2019 social gathering where community members can learn more about Altrusa.