Altrusa Club of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois - Information

Mission Statement

To be the model service organization whose members embrace altruism, leadership, and friendship.

Membership to open, upon invitation, to anyone willing to embrace our mission.  Contact us at the e-mail address in the column at the right.


For 65 years the Altrusa Club of Champaign-Urbana has been developing and carrying out innovative service projects.  Early projects have included baking and sending brownies to soldiers in Korea and Viet Nam; donations to the Hazel Iungerich City Park; giving a hearing aid to a needy student and a piano and books to Skelton Place, the first low income public housing in the County.  Altrusa was the first organization to provide recognition of women athletes by hosting the U of I Women's Sports banquet in the mid-70’s, continuing until the University took over the sponsorship.  We purchased uniforms, warm up suits and travel bags for the Ms Kids wheelchair athletes and helped send them to the 21st Wheelchair games.

In 1998, our club invited all Altrusa Clubs to become to conduct literacy projects, share project ideas and to register and report the success of their efforts via the Internet for make a Difference Day. We then compiled and reported all the data received. USA Weekend magazine gave a $2,000 Make a Difference Day award to the Altrusa International Foundation in recognition of this successful program.  This program has now became an Altrusa tradition, which is now administered by the Altrusa International office.

 With an emphasis on literacy, the club has, for the past twelve years, co-sponsored “Read Across America”, supplying volunteers, funds, and management to this nation-wide literacy event that attracts over 1,000 children locally. The club has also funded annual shopping trips to a bookstore for 60-80 children of migrant workers; worked with “Books 2 Prisoners”, donated new books to middle schools to honor 8th-graders who exemplify Altrusa ideals; purchased books, car seats and carpet for the Evenstart program for families in the Urbana Adult Ed program, books and supplies for schools, given magazine subscriptions, books and magazines to nursing homes and to the county jail and youth detention center; and sewn lap blankets for clinic patients, and made book bags for toddlers at the Courage Connection (formerly called the Center for Women in Transition) and for children in the GOALS program.

 More recent projects include assisting in the graduation reception for students who receive their GEDs; hosting the Champaign Unit 4 Pre-kindergarten fair for families of children unable to enroll in the pre-kindergarten program after it has reached its capacity; packaging reading materials for Pre-Ks; supporting the GOALS project for teen mothers; distributing books to various locations as part of World Book Night; packing foodstuffs at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and helping with their canned goods collection at area schools; starting and working a food pantry at Centennial High School; registering clients of the Daily Bread soup kitchen for SNAP; supporting a pre-K program for African-American boys, and distributing end-of-day excess bread from Panera Bread restaurant to various shelters.  In 2015, Altrusa received the McKinley Peace and Justice Award in recognition of the GOALS project and a grant from the Champaign-Urbana Marathon proceeds for non-perishable items for the high school food pantry.

Reaching beyond the local community, the club donated funds for solar ovens for African refugee centers; gave “Thanksgiving in June” dinners for attendees of an International Librarians Conference at the U of I; and we provided the reception for the 30th anniversary of the East Central Illinois Refugee Center. The Club also purchased picture dictionaries for the center and ESL classes for recent immigrants. This project received the District Six Nina Fay Calhoun Award.


The Altrusa Club of Champaign-Urbana is an active and enthusiastic group of volunteers.  In our 50+ year history, we've been involved in dozens of causes and below is a sampling of our current projects.  We welcome new members at any time.  Please use the information at the right to contact us.


Members of the Altrusa Club of Champaign-Urbana are tenacious fundraisers, and we tap into multiple resources to finance our projects.  We hold an annual holiday silent auction with items donated by members and solicited from local businesses.  We also routinely obtain funds from successful grant applications, craft sales, raffles, and any other opportunity that our savvy fundraising committee finds.

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Meeting Date and Time

Business Meeting:  Every 1st Tuesday @ 7 PM

Dinner Meeting:  Every 3rd Tuesday @ 6:30 PM (6:00 PM social)


Club Contact: Kathleen Bennett, President

Altrusa Club of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

P O Box 6811
Champaign, IL 61821

Club Officers

President:  Kathleen Bennett

President-Elect: Holladay Thompson

Vice President: Barbara Daly

Recording Secretary: Carol Colburn

Corresponding Secretary:  Barb Daly

Foundation Treasurer: Cheryl Barber

Operations Treasurer:  Bev Herzog

Past President: Dawn Aubrey

Committee Chairs

Service Committee Co-Chairs:  Kelly Boeger, Dawn Aubrey

Fundraising Co-Chairs: Mary Waters, Holly Thompson

Membership Chair:  Bev Herzog

Communications Co-Chairs:  Katie Smith, Marta Grothe

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