Altrusa Gig Harbor

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β€œIt is not enough to be good. Altrusans must be good for something.”
β€” from the Principles of Altrusa by Mamie L. Bass

Altrusa is a service organization dedicated to building a stronger community through Service, Partnership, Leadership, Friendship & Fun.

Altrusa International of Gig Harbor was chartered in 1981.  Our members participate in a variety of activities that support Gig Harbor's children. Altrusa projects include:

  • $100,000 raised for the Boys & Girls Club commercial kitchen
  • Scholarships for the Peninsula Youth Orchestra and new music stands
  • Million Cookie Challenge to send cookies to our overseas troops
  • Purses and toiletries donated to the Purdy Prison Purse Program
  • Make a Difference Day Children's Book Drive
  • Mother's Day Jewelry Sale


Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to raise money and awareness in the fight to end hunger.  Altrusa and the Empty Bowls event are raising funds to provide Summer Food Scholarships through the Boys & Girls Club.  Empty Bowls diners purchase a simple meal of soup and bread, choose an artisan-made bowl, and take home the bowl as a reminder that there is hunger in our community.

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Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Gig Harbor Boys & Girls Club
8502 Skansie Avenue NW, Gig Harbor

For more information or to discuss a donation or volunteer to help, call Jan Hohman at (253) 514-8908 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check for updates on Facebook at Altrusa Gig Harbor.

Did you know . . .

During the school year, as many as 2,200 school-age children qualify for free or reduced price lunches in Peninsula School District--hat equals one in four kids.  In most of the surrounding communities there are summer lunch programs; however, there are none in Gig Harbor.

Download the Empty Bowls FAQs here.

Download the Empty Bowls flier here.