Altrusa International of Pendleton was recently honored with the Altrusa District Twelve Mamie L. Bass Community Service Award.

The award was given in recognition for the club’s KARE (Kids at Risk Empowered) project. The award is presented in memory of Mamie L. Bass, the first national Altrusa president.

Deborah Wagner said the award really goes to each business, community member and Altrusan who donated money, goods and/or time to help Pendleton’s homeless students. The outreach and support resulted in a successful year, Wagner said in a press release. Through the project, 59 homeless students in Pendleton were provided assistance during the 2017-18 school year.

The KARE project provides clothing, school, hygiene and survival supplies to homeless students in the district. Identified students complete a survey regarding individual needs. Altrusa’s KARE committee uses those lists to obtain needed items, which are then distributed by school counselors. Altrusa helps to fill the gaps, thereby maintaining students’ dignity and encouraging students to remain in school, Wagner said.

The Altrusa KARE project will start its second full year in the fall and again needs assistance from the community. For more information, call Karen Rose at 541-969-3587 or send donations (with “KARE project” in the memo line) to: Altrusa International of Pendleton, P.O. Box 1735, Pendleton, OR 97801.

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