Community Service

Through Community Service, Altrusans are working to make Branch County a better place in which to live. One aspect of the Club’s service is financial support of worthy organizations and projects. Community Service fund requests are due July 31. Please download the form and follow the submission instructions.

Fund Request Form

Fundraising for these projects comes from two major events.  The annual Golf Scramble and Diamond Raffle:

Golf Scramble

The club has organizes, promotes and directs a golf scramble. About 30 teams participate in the event which is held at one of the local golf courses. Local businesses contribute with tee and cart sponsorship’s and door prizes.  The outing includes special event holes and of course prizes for the winning teams.

Diamond Raffle

Altrusa International of Branch County hold a Diamond Raffle fundraiser each year. First prize is a 3/4 carat diamond pendant or earrings. Second prize is $250 cash and third prize is $100 cash. The drawing is held the first Wednesday in December.  Diamond Raffle information

These fundraisers support the following service projects:

Parks Project

Altrusa is committed to our community.  Part of this involvement has been  in our  “4 Corners Park.”  As a club, we have been responsible for the flowers on the northwest corner for many years.  Park Project information

International Relations

One of the focuses of Altrusa International is fostering international relations. Each year, Altrusa International of Branch County’s International Relations Committee hosts an event or project with the goal of enhancing international relations in our local community. Last year, the club held a reception for the 20+ foreign exchange students in Branch County schools, their host parents, and Altrusa members. International Relations information

Vocational Scholarships

Altrusa supports adult women returning to school to further their careers.  Scholarship information


In 1977, Altrusa became the first volunteer service group to adopt literacy as the focus of its community activities. In response, the Altrusa International Foundation incorporated “Action for Literacy” into its philanthropic focus and established the ABC Literacy Grants program. The Foundation has supported the efforts of countless local literacy councils and programs through its literacy awards. Literacy information

Happy Feet

Altrusa’s newest community service project has been named “Happy Feet” because that is the intent of the project – to make sure children in Branch County have warm and comfortable shoes, boots, and socks. The committee members are working with Branch County Head Start teachers and Branch County Public school teachers to identify children in need. The committee members then supply the shoes or boots either from their inventory or from a purchase.


The Shelterhouse

Shelterhouse was founded by Altrusa International of Branch County


Our organization founded TeenSHARE housing for homeless teens which continues to be an active and busy place for homeless teens in Branch County.

CHC Breast Cancer Clinic
Rhonda Ives presented Genelle Welch with a check in the amount of $2,000 in support of the Community Health Center of Branch County breast cancer screening clinic.

Other Community Support

Altrusa International of Branch County has provided support for the following Branch County area organization

  • Women’s Health Fest
  • Tibbits Opera House
  • Naomi Davis Shelterhouse
  • American Legion Girl’s State
  • Food Bank of Southwest Michigan
  • Girls on the Run
  • CHC Breast Cancer Screening Clinic
  • Presbyterian Health Clinic
  • Great Start Collaborative