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Local Feature: Altrusa Portland

Posted by Erica Hatch   

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Looking to join a local service-focused organization in the new year? If so, we have a wonderful organization to share with you!

Allow us to introduce you to Altrusa Portland!

What is Altrusa?

Altrusa Portland

According to the international website:

Altrusa is an international non-profit organization that strives to make our local communities better through leadership, partnership, and service. Altrusa historically has been, and still is, a community service organization with a focus on literacy and other local needs.

The Portland chapter was founded back in 1929 and is still going strong! Erica had the wonderful opportunity to attend a dinner meeting in November, and she was totally blown away. What an incredible group of people! Erica thought they were all so welcoming and eager to share stories and information about their group.

What services does
Altrusa Portland focus on?


On the second Thursday of every month, Altrusa Portland serves supper at St. Peter's through the Wayside Food Program. Altrusa members also provide dinner for the families staying at the Portland Ronald McDonald house once a month.


Throughout the year, Altrusa Portland hosts a number of literacy events for children such as going into classrooms and reading to kindergarten classes, organizing book drives, and gifting books to children. They also donate gently used books to Long Creek Youth Development Center, Cumberland County Jail, and Windham Correctional Center.


Altrusa Portland also helps with upkeep at the Barron Center. If you have a green thumb, they would love your help!

To Get Involved

Today, there are thirty-six Altrusa Portland members, and they are growing! If you would like to learn more about becoming a member, visit the Altrusa Portland website by clicking here.

For those of you just looking to volunteer, Altrusa Portland has something for you as well! The group always welcomes volunteers without requiring you to be a member. Click here to check out their upcoming events!

Topics: Maine


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