One of the primary philanthropies of Altrusa International of Hermiston is literacy.
Members of the service organization took to the streets and handed out children’s books during the Umatilla County Fair parade. In addition, they have helped create free little libraries throughout the region. People are encouraged to visit the little red libraries and take a book to read — and replace it with another for someone else to read. Books are available for all ages.
The international organization, which recently celebrated 100 years, works to improve a sense of community and working together. The club’s name, “Altrusa,” is derived from combining altruism and USA.