Local Altrusa chapter receives national recognition for project

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Altrusa Club members are known for raising money and contributing to various community projects and helping out those in need. The club is receiving national recognition this weekend for one of those projects .

During the national “Make A Difference Day,” last October, the club chose to be more hands on by getting down and dirty, literally. Members of the group gathered to clear away and landscape the yard of the recently built Habitat for Humanity home that belongs to Paulette Aguilar.

“It was a good thing for us (Altrusa) to do, to get involved with Habitat for Humanity,” said Wanda Graham, Altrusan and community service committee member.

The club will be listed in the April 13-15 issue of USA Weekend magazine, for their efforts to help make a difference in their community, according to a press release issued by USA Weekend, which is circulated in Sunday newspapers nationally, including the PNT.

Since landscaping is not included in the build of Habitat for Humanity homes, the club chose the project as way to provide a little something extra for the new home and homeowner, Graham said.

“The funds (for the home) don’t go towards landscaping, they go towards habitation,” Graham said.

“We heard there was a need and we could help in that way, we decided to do it,” said Altrusa member Judy White.

The day was filled with many volunteers, including Altrusa club members, business owners, personnel from Cannon Air Force Base and the homeowner and her children. The materials were purchased with the help of an anonymous donor and the rest was provided by GardenSource nursery. Labor and equipment was provided by True Value, Graham said.

“Our club really enjoyed it. It was pretty neat to get out there and help them,” Graham said.

Both Graham and White shared the story of the homeowner’s son who sat down on the porch and ran his hands back and forth over the grass. It looked to them like he was petting the grass and as he did, he had a look of pride and happiness, they said.

“The little bit we did, made us feel so much better. We hope to do it again,” White said.