Make a Difference Day (MADD)

Each year, Altrusa International of Gainesville participates in national Make a Difference Day with a project that enhances literacy and learning in the community.

October 22, 2016 has been set as Make a Difference Day. This year members of Altrusa will be creating a reading nook for a local non-profit. A list of needed items will be available soon

In 2015, members of Altrusa helped to clean out the library at Altrusa House, removing older books and movies. These items were donated to the Vocational Committee's garage sale.  The newly created space in the library will be organized as a resource center for caregivers.

In 2014, members of Altrusa participated in Make A Difference Day by creating a library for the residents of House of Hope’s “Her House.” House of Hope is a non-profit program in Alachua County helping people transition out of prison or other disadvantaged situations. Altrusans gathered monetary donations to pay for the new bookcase at the facility and stocked the new shelving with books, games, reading materials, and movies. Altrusans also donated money for magazine subscriptions for the residents of “Her House” to enjoy during their time there.

In 2013, Altrusans spent the day at Mt. Carmel Academy helping young students find fun in learning about math, storytelling, crafts, and cookie decorating.  Altrusans provided a delicious and healthy lunch for everyone and gave gift bags of books for everyone who participated. 

In 2012, Altrusans Made a Difference at the Gainesville SW Advocacy Group (SWAG)  family resource center, hosting a Halloween party with games, storytelling from the Alachua County Libraries staff, and tasty treats.  Altrusa provided gift bags to participants.

Altrusans Make a Difference at the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG) in 2013
Altrusans at Mt. Carmel Academy for Make a Difference Day in 2013
Altrusans Make a Difference at Mt. Carmel Academy
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