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Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Administer community philanthropic projects that enrich the lives of the community.

Programs: Provides new school clothing, shoes and grooming kits to needy children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in the norman and little axe oklahoma public schools. Students are referred to operation school bell by counselors in the school system

sponsors may fair, an annual arts festival featuring over 100 artists and crafts people. The festival, a long-standing norman tradition is well attended by the community who come to andrew's park to enjoy fine art, children's art activities, a student art show, restaurant specialties and state entertainment. The 2014 fair featured a 5k run to promote physical fitness in the community.

assistance league of norman has several other philanthropic projects. "bears for children" provides soft stuffed animals to children involved in accidents or other traumatic siturations. "care kits" provides grooming kits to battered women and children in the women's resource center and housekeeping supplies and groceries when they move into their own home. "assault survivor kits (ask)" provides clothing and other items to rape victims following an exam at the rape crisis center. "seniors r&r" provides entertainment and companionship to ederly citizens attending full circle day center. Children are given a new book through the chapter's "book of my own" collection. Community outreach, is a short-term project, that meets immediate need within the community.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you Assistance League for such an amazing program! Operation School Bell is a program my students enjoy more than any other. Your donors are appreciated and your staff is top notch!
Thank You!
Sara Smith
Counselor
Jefferson Elementary

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had heard about Operation School Bell when I was a classroom teacher from students and faculty. Students were always excited upon their return and they always had a little more pep in their step. After taking students as their counselor, I can see first hand just how awesome this program is. Students are always greeted and made to feel welcome and they are able to take home items that they want and need. This program helps so many students and their families and can not imagine not having this available in our community.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an active member of Assistance League of Norman for over 21 years. My favorite is the Operation School Bell project. This project provides brand new clothing to Norman and Little Axe Public School students in need. Each child has a personal shopper, assisting them in selecting fashionable, on trend clothing. Each student visiting the on site store receives pants, tops, socks & underwear, a winter coat, grooming kit, and a voucher for shoes at a local shoe store. The students also get to select gently used items from the other side of the store, where they often double the amount of fun clothing that they proudly carry home in a new, completely stuffed full, backpack!
The impact that this program has on these children is remarkable. They can hardly wait to show off their new clothing, and an immediate change can be perceived in their self confidence. Receiving new clothing can immediately level the playing field for these students. They are proud to come to school in their new clothes, and boosting their confidence, and providing them with new clothing often gives them the extra push to want to stay in school and succeed. Teachers, counselors, bus drivers and other school officials have told us of the impact that we make on their students. What a difference it can make to give a child some new things. What a win-win situation for all involved.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

About 60 students from the middle school I work at are services by school bell every year. We are so lucky to have a program to provide necessities to our children. The smiles and excitement each child has going to and from school bell says it all. Thank you assistance league!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough positive things about the Assistance League of Norman! Their program, Operation School Bell, has clothed more of our students than I can count. Beyond that, they do not just provide clothes for our students, they make our students feel special and important. It would great to just send clothes to school for our students to take home, but this is so much more! They welcome our students to their facility, provide one on one assistance as students browse for clothes, and send them home with a bag full of brand new clothes that students were able to personally pick out for themselves. The sense of pride and empowerment behind the smiles on my students' faces when they leave are priceless.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We love Operation School Bell! Being a Title 1 School we have many students in need of clothing. School Bell goes about and beyond to accommodate our students. Every year we need to clothe more students than the allotted spots we are provided each year. School Bell lets us bring as many students as we need, above and beyond how many students we have spots for. The School Bell ladies are fantastic and you can tell they really enjoy helping the students shop for new clothes. Several times, if a student is unable to make it to School Bell they allow us to shop for them and bring them their clothes. The students LOVE going to School Bell. Being able to provide students with new shoes, coats and warm clothes is so important and we would not be able to do it without the support of School Bell!!!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known many students throughout the years who have been helped by the Assistance League of Norman's Operation School Bell and I have many heart-warming stories. However, my favorite was shared by a student this year.

This year, the Assistance League made the truly innovative decision to allow high school students to actually shop for their clothes at Kohl's. My students have always appreciated the opportunity to get new clothing at the Assistance League office, where Operation School Bell is housed, but they were very excited about a "real" shopping experience. Keep in mind that there is not a lot of discretionary income in these households and shopping trips are rare.

Many students came in to show me their new clothes, but one girl's story in particular, humbled me and warmed my heart. She loved her new clothes, but what she really enjoyed was the opportunity to shop with her mother. This 16 year old girl had only been clothes shopping with her mom on one other occasion and the trip to Kohl's, made possible by the generosity of the Assistance League of Norman, provided much more than needed clothing to this family.

Thank you, Assistance League of Norman!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an elementary classroom teacher, I could always see the excitement in the students eyes when it was time for their trip to Operation School Bell and even more so when they returned! This year, I got to take 14 7th graders, as their middle school counselor. Now, I could experience the excitement first hand! As well as, the relief of their guardians knowing they would be taken care of. I had parent calls and students asking if they could go and when it would be. The kids that have been before, can't wait to go back! It is such a welcoming, comfortable, clean place for them. It's like a department store! The volunteers are so helpful to the students! Middle School can be a tough time for kids. This gives them some self confidence that is needed at this point in their lives. One less thing to worry about! Operation School Bell is an incredible program and a vital part of Norman Public Schools. Don't know what we would do without it! Thank you to OSB!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Norman is an incredible resource to the Norman community. The support they provide is unmatched. As a counselor in Norman, I have depended on them for assistance numerous times. It never fails that they not only fulfill our needs but they go above and beyond and with a smile on their faces! Monroe Elementary is forever grateful of the volunteers, donors and supporters of this great organization!

Review from Guidestar

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a school counselor at one of the elementary schools that the Assistance League serves through Operation School Bell. The volunteers that serve our kids are helpful, friendly, and have a big heart for our kids. They always leave feeling loved and spoiled. The clothes that they provide are top-notch as well. We are so grateful for OSB!