Signature Projects

Back-Pack School Supply Drive

For the tenth consecutive year, Altrusa DFW and Christmas is for Children are joining forces to sponsor our School Supply Drive to assist children from The Battered Women’s Foundation and other local children in need.

We need your help with this worthy project! There are currently hundreds of children on a waiting list for school supplies, and it is our goal to provide a filled backpack to each and every one.

Supplies needed:

loose leaf paper – wide & college ruled
binders – 1” and 2”
spiral notebooks – wide & college ruled
graph paper
pencil bags or pouches
pens – red. Blue and black
colored construction paper
pocket folders – with brads
colored pencils
crayons – 24 & 48 count
glue sticks
glue bottles
scissors – blunt and sharp
washable markets
large erasers
Cash contributions are greatly appreciated! Last year our volunteers power-shopped in July, when retailers offered their lowest prices of he year on back to school supplies.

A $10 donation will buy 100 spiral notebooks
A $25 donation will buy all the school supplies for one elementary student
A $50 donation will purchase 9 backpacks
A $100 donation will completely fill 4 backpacks
Please make your tax-deductible donation payable to:

Altrusa International, Inc. of DFW, PO Box 92163, Southlake TX 76092
Need more information? Please contact Renee Sorgel at


The BWF is a visionary agency founded to aggressively fight the growing problem of domestic violence. The BWF understands that it takes more than temporary shelter to begin a new life of independence and self-sufficiency. It requires a complete lifestyle change – a change founded in renewed hope for the future. The BWF, incorporated as a 501(c)(3), is designed to complement the work of other organizations by providing long-term assistance to women attempting to break the cycle of abuse and hopelessness.

In addition to the expected services such as counseling, emergency food and clothing, and temporary shelter, the BWF offers a vital and unique two-year program designed to heal all areas of a client’s life. Clients receive assistance with permanent housing, education, child-care, transportation, job search skills, food and clothing, medical care and, most importantly, rebuilding their self-esteem and restoring hope.

With a very small budget and a goal of helping hundreds of mothers and children each year, the Foundation depends heavily on volunteers, corporate and private donations, and a network of services working together. Need more information? Please contact Linda Pavona at


Christmas is for Children (CIFC) is a non-profit organization [501(C)(3)] dedicated to providing all children the love, care and joy that comprise the spirit of Christmas. CIFC seeks organizations and individuals to contribute gifts, food, funds or time. CISD children and over 1,500 children throughout the DFW Metroplex benefited from the 2010 campaign.

Red Bag Food Drive: Altrusa DFW distributes 6,000 red food bags throughout Southlake and surrounding communities to collect enough food to help CIFC fill 1,000 food baskets that are provided to needy families in the area. Altrusa DFW also raises funds to pay for 600 turkeys that are distributed with the food baskets! Hundreds of volunteers throughout the community assist CIFC in assembling and distributing the food baskets in December.

Angel Program: Without sponsors our children would not have a holiday celebration. The sponsor furnishes a child with three things: something he wants, something she needs, and something educational

Other CIFC Programs: Toy Drive - Collect toys for children age 0 through 12. Baby Angel Program: Preemie and newborn clothing, infant car seats, infant carriers, diapers, developmental toys, and Spanish board books are donated to Parkland Memorial Hospital's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit specifically for prematurely born infants.

Food Drive: We have a complete list of suggested food items for these baskets that we will furnish you upon request. CIFC also needs volunteers to assemble the food baskets the week before Christmas. Change-A-Life: Students collect or earn loose change and deposit it in a special jar that we provide. All change is used to purchase perishable food items for food baskets.

Need more information? Please contact Trisha Murphy Rae at


Each summer Altrusa DFW makes a difference by volunteering to help our community’s children through Feed Our Kids. GRACE started this program in 2005 with the mission to provide lunches for area children during the summer weeks when free school lunches and breakfasts are not available. Feed Our Kids fills these “hungry” weeks with sack lunches, milk, smiles and a loving atmosphere. Altrusans typically provide lunch for 100 needy children Monday through Friday during the first week of June. Members provide all the food and drinks. They also provide crafts, sports equipment and books to entertain the children during their lunchtime. For more information, please contact Debbie Jenkins at


Munhu, Inc. Literacy Project

Munhu is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to help children orphaned by AIDS in rural Zimbabwe.
We provide direct support for children's education, assistance for children who are head of household and we extend our help to village communities as well.

“Munhu” is the word for a person, a human being, in Shona language (the majority spoken language in Zimbabwe after English). For our organization, Munhu represents our core value of caring for people in need, especially for children.

We believe that every child deserves an education. We believe in a world where every child should have an adequate education and live a healthy and dignified life. We hope you share this high ideal… so help us to make this dream a reality, starting with children in Zimbabwe!

Currently, there are over a million AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe. More than half will not return to school due to lack of financial support. We began in 2004 by funding 15 AIDS orphans and now, with the help of donors and volunteers like you, we currently support over 2000 children!

Need more information? Please contact Sipoh Gumbo at

Red Bag Food Drive – The Red Bag Food Drive is a joint service project between Altrusa DFW and Christmas is for Children. The goal of the project is to collect enough food to fill 1,000 food baskets that will be donated to needy families over the holidays. Need more information? Please contact Virginia Palmeri at
Scholarships for local high school seniors

Contact Renee Sorgel at

The Center for Transforming Lives (formerly the YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County) moves women, children and families from poverty to independence through housing stability, affordable high-quality child care and financial empowerment coaching. The Center for Transforming Lives impacted 2,300 women, children, and families in fiscal year 2015. Yet, the need continues to grow: one in 10 women and one in four children live in poverty in Tarrant County. 

Altrusa DFW holds gatherings for the residents and members several times a year.  Our goal is to help the residents with social skills, with the most imortant first step being to improve their self-confidence so that they know they are "good enough" to go to restaurants, plays, art museums, etc.  We strive to be role models and/or mentors for these women and to help them just have fun sometimes. We have also held discussions on various topics of interest.  In addition, Altrusa DFW has remodeled one of the community kitchens at the center and provided new bedding for their bedrooms.  We have provided higher education scholarships and helped with financial emergencies.  Our involvement has made a difference in these women's lives! Need more information? Please contact Linda Hurt at


Donate Now
Your help makes a real difference
Get Involved
Improves lives in your community
Altrusa In Action
Affecting communities like yours
Copyright (c) 2017 Altrusa International, Inc. All rights reserved.
One North LaSalle St., Suite 1955, Chicago, IL 60602 • 1-312-427-4410 •