Gainesville, Florida

Altrusa International of Gainesville, FL, Inc.

Altrusa is an international non-profit organization making our local communities better through leadership, partnership, and service.

Our club offers an opportunity to make a real difference in the greater Gainesville, Florida area. We undertake a variety of service, literacy, fundraising and international projects each year.

We are seeking new volunteers to join our organization and make a difference. Our members are from varying occupations and lifestyles, all sharing an interest in community service and enjoying the friendship, fun and satisfaction that comes from working together for the benefit of others.

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Contact our Club President to arrange a no-obligation visit.

Meeting Information

Second and fourth Thursday of each month at noon. Meetings are held the second Thursday only in June, July, November and December.

Club President

Our Projects

Altrusa House

Altrusa House of Gainesville, is our club signature project. In 2023, we celebrated 25 years of service to our community. 35 years ago there was a vision to build a place where adults with mental or physical disabilities could stay during the day. Altrusa House of Gainesville, partnered with Easter Seals Florida, is a place where people with health problems can come to make new friends and remain active. Families who are committed to keeping their loved ones at home can look to Altrusa House as an alternative to nursing home care. Altrusa House of Gainesville offers a place where family member’s health conditions can be monitored and cared for during the workday. Altrusa House promotes an active lifestyle for those with limitations and is a support system for anyone in need of care.

Committee News

The Vocational Committee held 2 yard sales this past year. Proceeds from the sale were donated to several community agencies. In December, The Literacy Committee hosted 'Party for a Cause" Donations received will be used to support Williams Elementary Reading and Attendance Incentive Programs. International Dinner- An evening of wonderful food and fellowship to benefit Ukrainian Relief Efforts. Altrusa members tried their hand at making 'authentic Ukrainian and Eastern Europe' foods. Judging by the leftovers (or lack there of), it appears they were successful in their endeavors.

Festival of the Trees

Jingle, Jingle, Jingle Start your Holiday season by attending the Festival of the Trees on Thursday, November 21, 2024. This event is co-sponsored by Altrusa of Gainesville and the Gainesville Woman's Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Crystal Lake Student Scholarships and Altrusa House of Gainesville.

Music Trivia Bingo

Oh what a night! Over 100 Altrusans and friends gathered for an evening of music memories. The featured music was Golden Oldies and 60s rock. Throughout the evening, you could see participants singing, foot tapping and bopping along to the music. A wonderful array of sweet and savory goodies was available for the munching. A silent Auction, a gift card tree and door prizes completed the evening. Proceeds from the event will be added to our ‘Do Good’ funds to help our community.

Human Library

Super Bowl Sunday was an opportunity to spend an hour or two ‘reading a good book’ at our 3rd Annual Human Library Event which was held in February 2024. The Human Library uses people as books as an avenue to "Unjudge someone". Books are people who have experienced prejudice, disrespect or profiling in their lives just because who they are or the job they have. To read more about the Human Library Project, please go to Human Library

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