Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs
We are one of 120 chapters of Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1906 whose driving force is to "...be of assistance to everyone who needs it." Assistance League of Saddleback Valley (ALSV) began as a Guild in 1989, becoming a full-fledged Chapter in 1992. We are a 100% volunteer organization that supports eight philanthropic programs including Operation School Bell, the signature philanthropy for Assistance League. We also sponsor Links to Learning--mini-grants to help local teachers purchase items to enhance their curriculum materials, two Operation Camp Pendleton programs--provides K-12 school clothing and works with the Base Preschool to provide books, Field Study--provides transportation for at-risk students to attend an off-site hands-on science program, Support Literacy--provides one on one classroom assistance for K-2 students at a local elementary school, South County Outreach Adopt-A-Family--supports at-risk families at Christmas providing food and gifts; also have year-round food drives to support the food pantry, Senior Outreach--deliver meals-on-wheels and a friendly visit to seniors, and Community Connections which enables us to participate in single-day community philanthropic events.
For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, our accomplishments were as follows: We clothed over 1,100 children attending our local elementary and high schools and subsidized transportation costs for students at Title I schools to allow participation in the Trabuco Elementary School Field Study program. Forty-four teachers were awarded funds for materials and equipment to enhance libraries and classrooms which benefited more than 20,193 students. Delivered over 1,100 meals to house-bound seniors and provided cards and seasonal crafts for various occasions, Our Assisteens auxiliary works at a local senior center providing tutoring for electronic devices and manicures for local seniors. Twenty-five at-risk families were provided with food and family gifts at Christmas. We provided 41 Baby Love bags with newborn layette items including handknit blankets, caps and sweaters, to Mission and Saddleback Hospitals for low-income mothers. Through Operation Camp Pendleton, we participated in a clothing event to provide jeans to over 370 girls of military families. We support K-1 teachers at Santiago Elementary School by providing learning group assistance in the classroom. We held several food drives to collect donations and nearly 1700 pounds of food for South County Outreach, a local food bank. We collected over 1700 books to donate to the preschool program at Camp Pendleton's ASYMCA, and 150 Easter baskets were delivered to the ASYMCA.
Donations and grants to support our philanthropies more robustly. For Operation School Bell alone, there are at least 4,000 at-risk children in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District who would qualify for $100 worth of new school clothing. This year, 2018-2019, we clothed over 1,100 children. There are many who still need help. The number of students we can help is limited by the amount of funds we can raise. We have the heart but not the money.
Board Chair Statement
ALSV is a passionately dedicated group of women who are determined to make a difference in our community. We are a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer nonprofit organization. Acquiring new members is a constant goal so that we can do more to assist the at-risk families who work and reside here. Orange County is a wonderful place to live but that isn't the whole picture. There are families where the parents earn minimum-wage, parents who go to a local food bank because they can't afford to feed their children, children attending school in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District who are homeless. These families have loving parents who need assistance. There are elderly citizens whose only visitors are the ladies who deliver Meals-On-Wheels to them. There is much to be done and every helping hand is appreciated. New ideas and members expand our ability to help.
We are always looking for members who are comfortable with new technology; who like working on social media so that we can more effectively promote our fundraising and philanthropy.
Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer
Donors can mail a check and/or make in-kind donations to support our annual Christmas Tree Luncheon fundraiser. We also collect children's books and host smaller fundraising activities where we welcome community participation.