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Attorneys Susan Rankin and Karen Washington delivered turkeys and all the trimmings on Nov. 18, 2017 for the members of Shared Housing. Both women are in Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas and volunteer to make the city of Dallas a better place to live.

2017 “Angels of Freedom” Awarded to the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas

35th year in service to the community, Altrusa Club members will Celebrate on Tuesday, volunteer again on Thursday 

Altrusa International of Downton Dallas members will celebrate service to the Dallas community at the club’s next luncheon meeting December 5, 2017 at The City Club on the 69th floor of the Bank of America Building downtown.

The Downtown Dallas club is 35 years old and part of an International network of Altrusans, with over 300 clubs worldwide.

On November 2, 2017, the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas honored the volunteer efforts of Altrusa International Inc. of Downtown Dallas by awarding it the “2017 Angel of Freedom Award.” The reception and ceremony took place at the offices of Thompson & Knight, a law firm which also supports the work of HRI and received an Angel of Freedom Award as well.

The club currently has over 55 active members, with two more joining this week. Anyone interested in helping the local community can attend a meeting or a service project to learn more.

This year the downtown club has moved 12 of its luncheon meetings to the evening, to accommodate business men and women who can’t get away at the noon lunch time to attend meetings in downtown Dallas. Season’s 52 at NorthPark and Highland Park Cafeteria in Casa Linda plaza have hosted the evening meetings. More are planned for 2018.

In addition to the luncheon this week, members will work together Thursday night wrapping hundreds of presents intended for refugee families to help them celebrate the holidays. This service project has become an annual event for the club. Other annual service projects include delivering turkeys for Thanksgiving to families of Shared Housing and volunteering at Career Day at the Irma Rangel Leadership School for Girls downtown. Monthly service includes helping women choose appropriate  interview clothes at Attitudes and Attire, and reading to children through Storyline.

Altrusa is a service organization for civic-minded people who strive to create better communities worldwide. The downtown club’s focus is on helping women and children in the Dallas Metroplex by performing service projects to fulfill the mission of “Educating Families for a Better Future.” Downtown Dallas Altrusans work with over two dozen local nonprofit agencies including Aberg Literacy, Attitudes and Attire, Community Partners of Dallas, Big Thought, Bar None, Educational First Steps, among many others.

To learn more about Altrusa see the club's website: or the club's Facebook page: Altrusa International, Inc. of Downtown Dallas

Contact Christina Coultas, Membership Chair, to attend a luncheon, evening meeting or service project: or for more information President NICOLE LEBOEUF at:

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