Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name: Women’s Club of Altoona

Years in existence: 73 years

Members: 106

Type of Non-Profit: Philanthropic membership organization

Populations served: The Women’s Club encourages women to become involved and assume leadership roles to improve life in the Altoona area. It serves the residents of Altoona and Blair County, especially women and children.

Areas of focus: The Women’s Club encourages civic, educational and social betterment through a variety of community service projects and preserves its historic property. The Allegheny Furnace, built in 1811, is the second oldest iron furnace in Blair County. The Clubhouse, the oldest house in Altoona, served as a store for Elias Baker.

What services or programs does your non-profit provide? Members support the Domestic Abuse Project and Teen Shelter, provide student tickets for Altoona Symphony Orchestra concerts, present scholarships and art awards, purchase Christmas gifts for foster children and volunteer to pack meals/provide support to the Mountain Lion Back Pack Program.

Members complete needlework projects, conduct highway clean-up along 17th Street, support Angel Feet Ministries, provide bingo for residents of Maybrook Hills, ring bells for the Salvation Army and provide Coats for Kids.

A traditional, home-made dinner is prepared and served for Food for Families on Thanksgiving day.

Awareness of heart disease risks is raised through Go Red for Women.

New members are welcome.

Upcoming Event(s): The Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. A Night at the Races fundraiser is Friday, May 4. Tickets ($15) and horses ($10) can be purchased from any member. Wear your best Derby hat and join the fun.

Contact information: 944-6341 or rbbss@aol.com

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