Altrusa International of Chula Vista’s support of Casa de los Pobres (House of the Poor) in Tijuana, Mexico, and its focus on international relations throughout the year garnered it the organization’s prestigious Dr. Nina Fay Calhoun International Relations Award. The award was presented to club members recently at the District Eleven Conference in Burbank and makes the Club eligible for the award at the International Conference scheduled this summer.
“Our Chula Vista Club was inspired to support the work of the Sisters and volunteers of Casa de los Pobres after a presentation last year,” said Lou Ann Vogler, Chula Vista’s Altrusa President. “While the program assists many children, our goal was to help 31 children feel special and ready-to-learn by giving them ‘back-to-school packs’ filled with new school supplies.”
Funds for the program were raised by the club’s annual fashion show. Club members purchased the supplies, filled the backpacks and delivered them to the childrencontributing more than 120 service hours to the project. Casa de los Pobres serves those in most need, giving scholarship to the children to pay for school registration, uniforms, shoes, bus money and daily breakfasts.
In addition to its support of Casa de los Pobres, Chula Vista’s Altrusa Club observed World Literacy Day, United Nation Day and Human Rights Day. The Chula Vista Club competed for the award with other District Eleven member clubs from California and Arizona.
The Chula Vista Altrusa Club was chartered in 1958 and supports a number of programs and projects including the Chula Vista Public Library’s Literacy Program, South Bay Community Services, OnStage Playhouse, South Bay and Borderview YMCAs, and the Sweetwater Union High School District’s “Compact for Success.” Fundraisers, grants and donations help support the programs. The club’s monthly dinner/program meeting is held on the third Wednesday at Anthony’s Fish Grotto on Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista. The cost of dinner is $20.
Altrusa International is a volunteer service organization of business and professional leaders dedicated to improving their communities through service. It was founded in 1917 and now has clubs throughout the United States and 20 other countries. Prominent members have included First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.