Akron, Ohio Altrusa - SERVICE PROJECTS
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Princess Night: The Akron Club's "Princess Night" project began in 2000. Gently worn Prom gowns are collected from donations from the local community. The gowns and accessories are displayed in a boutique setting in a local church on a designated Saturday morning in April. Area high school girls in need of a Prom dress are invited to attend Princess Night, where they select their free gown. Also available for the girls are complimentary makeovers, jewelry, accessories and light alterations. The Club enlists local college girls to act as "personal shoppers" to help the high school girls try on and choose their gown.

The women of Altrusa International of Akron, Ohio, hosted a FUN-derwear event at St. Luke’s church in Cuyahoga Falls! It was FUN and it involved UNDERWEAR! Altrusans organized this event to raise awareness of the Street Outreach Services (SOS) new drop-in center for homeless youth located on Exchange Street. The event included decadent desserts, a “yoga for the brain” Zentangle lesson and a presentation by staff of the new drop-in center. Admission to the event was a package of new underwear…a much needed resource for their clothing room. Nearly 200 pair of underwear was collected that evening.

Other Service Projects 

Helping Hands: The club provides starter kits for women and children who are moving from Access Shelter or AMHA to a more permanent home.

Vocational Education Grants:  Akron provides scholarships annually to qualifying students in area vocational and collegeiate programs. 

In addition, past projects that have been supported include the following:
Access Shelter
Akron Art Museum 
Akron Soap Box Derby
Akron Women Against Rape
Akron & Summit County Federation of Women's Clubs
American Red Cross
Battered Women’s Shelter
Cancer Society Relay for Life
Children’s Concert Society
The Children’s Home
Civic Education Society
Council for Retarded Children
Edwin Shaw Hospital
Girl Scouts
Good Neighbors
Goodwill Industries Harvest Home
Hospice Visiting Nurse
International Institute
Literacy Projects
Multiple Sclerosis
Practical Nursing School
Project Arc
Project: LEARN (Founders of Akron Chapter)
Ronald McDonald House
Student Loan Fund Inc.
Summit County Adult Literacy Council
University of Akron International Student Scholarship Fund & International Student Activities
Victims Assistance Program
Vocational Guidance
Vocational Scholarships




Club members collected diapers for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Book Giveaway: The club is in its sixth year giving books away at the Haven of Rest annual summer picnic at be held at Grace Park, Akron, OH.
Altrusans gave away over 500 books to needy kids at the 2017 Community picnic.
Admission to the Funderwear Event was a package of underwear.
Members of Akron Altrusa host an Ice Cream Social for the children of Camp Sunshine over the summer
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