What We're All About
It all began in 2002 when a few dynamic women of Garland decided to form an Altrusa club to serve the communities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, Texas. To this day, Altrusa Garland has remained dedicated to improving our community in a variety of ways. While our primary focus remains on literacy, we also undertake a variety of other projects from boxes to the military, support of local food banks, serving our un-housed neighbors, supporting women's shelters, senior citizens, and so much more.

Things We're Proud Of:

  • “Welcome to Chillville” grant for Founders
    Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

  • Weaver Elementary grant for Early
    Childhood Special Education Program

  • Make a Difference Day – helping our

  • Future Readers of Garland – promoting

  • Care packages for local nursing
    home residents

  • Boxes to the Military – providing personal
    items to overseas troops

Working together for Literacy!

It takes team work to make the dream work. Altrusa Garland partnered with Boy Scout troops 548 and 1959 to assemble 7 Little Free Libraries. The 8th LFL belongs to Altrusa Lake Cities…another partnership, when we pooled our resources and purchased these kits. The libraries will go up at various places in our community. Boy Scout Troops will help with the installation of the boxes. Altrusa Garland will provide books free for the taking. So thankful for the help of these young men, and their parents/troop leaders. We are all working to promote literacy in our community, reaching one million lives, one book at a time.

Supporting Youth

Garland Altrusans partnered with Boy Scout Troops 1199 and 1989 to paint the Tutoring Room at the Garland Police Boxing Gym, whose mission is to provide a socially acceptable, after-school program for at-risk youth. In addition to the refreshed room space, Altrusa will be providing new computers, a printer, headphones, furniture and supplies to support the Gym's mission.

Caring for our Military

Military care packages are stuffed annually with "comforts of home" to military personnel deployed overseas.  The boxes also contain messages of support letting them know they are in our thoughts and prayers for their sacrifices for our freedoms. 

Altrusa's Motto: 

Patriotism  * Efficiency  *  Service


Join Us!

Our members work hard to make a difference in our community. Whether reading to elementary school children, working  in partnership with the local food bank, collecting  supplies and shipping care packages to our active military, or many other worthy causes, we have a project made for you. Contact our Club President through email on the social media link for more information and come join us!


2023 Marjorie Hall Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Lizbeth Vasquez and Leena Van, our two recipients of the MHC scholarship this year.  Here's a little bit about each of these well deserving young women.
Lizabeth Vasquez
Graduating in the top 8% of her class at Lakeview Centennial High School, Lizbeth Vasquez plans to attend SMU and pursue pre-med.  In addition to her high school diploma, Lizbeth has earned medical certifications at the Gilbreath-Reed Center and her Associates of Science from Dallas College (Eastfield campus).  Choosing the medical field is deeply tied to her family and experiences they have had with doctors, stating, "I want to make a difference in the (medical) field ensuring that patients will get the correct diagnosis without breaking them."
Leena Van
Leena Van will graduate in the top 7% of the senior class at North Garland High School and attend the University of Southern California in the fall.  Her future plans include a double major in Computer Science and Business Administration.  In her essay, Leena shared that her degree will provide opportunity impact inclusivity in modern technology.  She stated, "I aim to break down walls of the digital divide with an emphasis on underrepresented communities by creating accessible software applications and digital media.
Congratulations and good luck to these two well-deserving young women.