About Altrusa International of Youngstown, Ohio

The Altrusa Club of Youngstown helps to build a better community through hands-on service chosen specifically to meet the needs of the Mahoning Valley.  We use our leadership abilities, contacts, and commitment to community service to make where we live an even better place.

Altrusa International Youngstown was chartered in 1956.  The mission of the local chapter is to promote literacy in the community through many hands-on projects.

Our Annual Shoppapalooza!  Luncheon, held in October, includes a delicious lunch, fun shopping and social time, plus great raffle prizes. It's a fundraiser for our Annual Book Festival. Contact us for details!

Altrusa’s largest Literacy Project in partnership with Mill Creek Metro Parks, Western Reserve Public Media and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, is the “PLANT THE SEED TO READ” Book Fair which takes place at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Youngstown in April of each year.  Altrusa gives out more than 1,000 books to the children who attend.  Nothing beats the joy of seeing the look on a child's face when they get to choose their very own book to take home!

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Providing school supplies and books to children at the Boys & Girls Club of Younstown.

On June 16th & 17th we had our first "Garage Sale" fundraiser for service projects.

A good time was had by all as members helped set-up, price, & man the stations!

New members got a chance to meet, chat, & get to know all members better while

working for Altrusa. We raised over $1000.00  This success amazed us all!

Here are some additional things our members are doing to contribute to a better community:

  • Support the Kim Cunningham Tiberio Scholarship, awarded to YSU students in Respiratory Therapy.
  • Donate personal care items to Sojourner House Women's Shelter.
  • Partner with other organizations to decorate Christmas trees at the Davis Center/Fellows Riverside Gardens.
  • Donate school supplies to Casa Madre, the HIV/AIDS ministry of the Ursuline Sisters, and to Salvation Army.
  • Support women and their children in Uganda through the Bead for Life program.
  • Support projects for children at the Rescue Mission and Boys and Girls Clubs.
  • Participate in Make a Difference Day. 


Creating craft items for raffle & sale at our annual shoppapalooza
Installation of new members at our annual spring garden party

Join Us!

Altrusa Youngstown meets on the second Thursday of each month.

We have flexible opportunities for service and appreciate the value of our members' time.  We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences who share our common goals.

For further information about Altrusa Youngstown or how to join contact: Sharmon Lesnak, info@altrusayoungstown.org

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