Assistance League of Santa Ana volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.
Assistance League of Santa Ana is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in Santa Ana. Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs.
The Santa Ana chapter was organized in 1935 with about 50 members, chartered in 1937, and was the third chapter of National Assistance League. There are 120 Assistance League chapters in 26 states with just under 22,000 members. In 2017 – 18, Assistance League chapters served over 1.5 million people, returned over $38.8 million to local communities across the country, and invested 3.2 million service hours.
Assistance League of Santa Ana currently has 250 member volunteers working to make Santa Ana a better place to live and work through our programs. Assistance League of Santa Ana supports seven community based philanthropic programs benefiting everyone from infants to adults residing in Santa Ana. In 2017–18, our dedicated members volunteered over 16,000 hours. We encourage you to learn more about our chapter and the many ways you can become involved and make a difference.
The Thrift Shop on First Street is our main source of funding. The shop is staffed and managed entirely by our member volunteers. Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.
Other funding sources include corporate and private foundation grants, individual donations, and fundraisers like The Best Taste of Santa Ana, and The Carousel of Possible Dreams (through the Festival of Children Foundation).
During our last fiscal year (June 2017- May 2018), Assistance League of Santa Ana provided services and to thousands of Santa Ana community members. Operation School Bell®, our national philanthropy, provided uniforms, shoes, sox and underwear, jackets, and backpacks filled with supplies and a reading book, to 2,632 students in grades K-8; dental services, including cleaning, extractions, and fillings, to more than 350 students in grades K-12; $1,000 college scholarships to more than twenty graduating students within the CTE (Career Technical Education) program. In addition, hundred of students, families, and senior citizens, benefited from numerous outreach and other programs. Gift of Giving treats over forty families to a Christmas party and gifts, French Park Program brings gifts to 200 patients at Christmas time, and many more smaller, one time collaborations with other organizations in Santa Ana. In all, hundreds of thousands of dollars are directed to our community, all through the volunteer efforts of our members, and fundraising programs, including our Thrift Shop.
Strategic Plan: four main needs:
- Increase membership through new member events and functions.
- Increase income.
- Focus philanthropy service through community engagement and needs assessment.
- Maximize resource usage through needs assessment, new technology for streamlined operations, investigate better energy possibilities (solar power, etc.).
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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer
Assistance League of Santa Ana operates an on-site Thrift Store and accepts donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry and household items such as small appliances, books, and furniture. Cash donations may be made through our website, by mail or in person. We conduct fundraisers such as Taste of Santa Ana, Carousel of Possible Dreams (Festival of Children Foundation), and others throughout the year. We always welcome new members to our adult groups, and our Assisteens Auxiliary for 7th-12th graders.