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Assistance League of Riverside

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews 2,185

Address:

3707 Sunnyside Dr. Riverside CA 92506 USA

Mission:

Assistance League of Riverside is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to clothing, comforting and educating the children of our community.

Geographic areas served:

Riverside County

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951-682-3445
www.riverside.assistanceleague.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have belonged to ALR for several years, having started as a Community Volunteer working in Snack Attack. Through the years I have worked in the Thrift Shop and its "back room"; Operation School Bell and Threads for Teens; Snack Attack; Hearts and Hands; Teen Support; and Bear Pals. What is so nice about this organization is that you can participate as little or as much as you choose; contribute and give back to our own community; and laugh and make great friendships while you are working. I am very proud to say that there is not one paid person in the organization--just simple people wanting to make a difference in the community and along the way having fun and making long term friendships.

 
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Assistance League, Riverside is an organization made up of volunteers working to meet the needs of children in our community. Ever since the economic decline, we have seen an upward movement toward more and more families needing assistance. Snack Attack began with about 100 families (roughly) whose children were on meal programs during the week at school, but were lacking in food for the week end. Since its inception we are now over 700+ children served weekly. RUSD advises how many per school need serving. Don't be confused by the name "Snack Attack". These are healthy, nourishing food bags packed and distributed. Schools report children are less likely to be absent on Fridays now because they want to make sure they receive their bag. Operation School Bell is another program designed to clothe children. Children are dressed in brand new clothes, jackets, and receive shoe vouchers for new shoes. They receive hygiene kits, books geared to their educational level and some school supplies. There seems to be a direct correlation between a child having new clothes and their self esteem among their peers. Again, these children are referred by their respective schools. I could go on about the many other programs we have that are specifically geared to meet these children's need. As the needs continue to grow, so does our need for more and more funds and volunteers. We welcome people in the community to contact us to learn about how they might become and integral part of Assistance League, Riverside, and be able to give back to the community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Assistance League of Riverside is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping the children of our community. I became a member just a couple of years ago when I was looking to do a little volunteer work now that I am retired. During my career, I served on professional and community nonprofit boards. I was committed to those groups, but now I was looking for something different. I was blown away by the dedication of the Assistance League members that I met. Our members spend many hours on our programs for children and working in our thrift shop or soliciting donations to support those programs. A few examples of the results of their efforts: over 1,900 children received new school clothes during the 2015-16 school year; 950 snack bags were distributed every Friday during the school year to children who might have little else to eat over the weekend; and 152 students were given $100 each to help defray the cost of college campus visits.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the fact that the Assistance League of Riverside is an all volunteer organization and all the funds that are raised through the sales at their thrift shop support programs for Riverside area school children. I now belong to the organization and value the energy and commitment of the members and volunteers. I have seen the smile on a child's face as he receives his new clothing, book bag, and supplies for school. I have read the thank yous from the children who receive snack attack bags. I have read the thank yous from older students who received SAT study guides or college scholarships and realize that we make an amazing positive impact for the children we reach.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Over the years we have donated $$, reusable clothing and housewares to ALR. It is a delight to see the children that are helped by giving to this all-volunteer organization. It's good to know that they use everything to help the kids in our community. That's right, they use everything for local needs!!
Seeing kids get new clothes and their smiles make Assistance League of Riverside my favorite non-profit.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My experiences with Assistance League Riverside have been very rewarding as a volunteer and Board member. We engage with the community through our Thrift Store, working with the school districts to aid children of low income families by providing school clothes and weekend snacks. We provide SAT study guides to area high schools for students to use to prepare for their testing and scholarships to area seniors for their college funding. We deliver cuddly bears to area hospitals for their use in the urgent care areas to calm distressed children. We work with other non-profits to provide helpful items for foster children aging out of the system. As a volunteer we reap the benefit of sharing our background knowledge and skills to an organization dedicated to clothing, comforting and educating the children of our community. "Hearts that Care - Hands that Share"

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Volunteering with the Assistance League of Riverside filled a spot in my days that became vacant when I retired from working for Riverside County Department of Social Services two years ago. This organizations has a wonderful group of women to work with. The Thrift Store we run provides funds to dress needy children with school clothes and supplies, provide healthy weekend snacks for needy children, awarding scholarships, and provide reasonably priced clothing for those that shop at our store.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personnaly experienced he results of this organization in seeing the joy on children's faces when they come in to pick their new clothes from our Operaton School Bell project

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make canges to this organization, I would encourage more businesses, corps., etc. to donate money to help with our mission.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with his nonprofit is meeting new people in the community and being proud to identify my membership.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kinds of volunteers (there are no paid staff) that I have met have been ladies that also volunteer in other parts of our community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, we could increase the areas of Riverside County we cannot at this time serve.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend even more time with them

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are the recession issues families are facing. More and more are being referred to us for help and we must find the funds to address their needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have no negative things to identify about this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Assistance League has given me the opportunity to give back to my community in a positive, rewarding way. To see a smile light up the face of a child who has just been given his own toothbrush and reading book, to have a teacher thank me for delivering snack bags to homeless children so that they can have something to eat over the weekend, to hear from a nurse that a child has been comforted by a snuggly little bear - these are the rewards that make my day worthwhile.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friends and fun that our volunteers share as we work together to provide comfort, clothing and education to the children in our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The most caring, thoughtful, generous volunteers imaginable. I am proud to be a member of Assistance League and of the Riverside Chapter!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand current program services to help more children, develop new programs to serve additional needs and open up facilities in surrounding areas to establish additional chapters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been involved with this organization for 7 years. The support they give to the children of the community is wonderful. Thru Operation School Bell, Snack Attack, they give vital help to the children of Riverside. It has been an honor to be part of this all volunteer agency.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

what I enjoyed most is seeing the looks on the faces of the children while providing them new clothing to start school.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The volunteers are wonderful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Before becoming a member just this last year I had been familiar with the work of the Assistance League of Riverside for many years. As an elementary teacher and principal I knew firs hand that it makes an important contribution to our commmunity especially through the Operation School Bell program. I knew of a first and second grade brother and sister who only came to school on alternate days in the cold weather--they had one sweater between them and traded off wearing it. When we noticed their odd attendance pattern and the reason behind it, Operation School Bell was there to help. The children started coming to school every day proudly wearing their new clothes. This is just one of many similar stories about the difference this organization makes in the lives of children every day.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

realizing that the volunteers are totally dedicated and selfless in their efforts to assist the children of our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional, kind and caring in the way that they go about the carrying out the mission of the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide assistance to volunteers in neighboring communities to help them start their own AL chapter; purchase a van and pay a driver to deliver the Snack Attack bags; hire a part time office staff; cloth a lot more children--the sky's the limit!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Assistance League volunteers are the most caring and giving volunteers with whom I have ever worked. They give countless hours of their time, cheerfully and selflessly. And they do it because of moments like the child who thanked his Operation School Bell dresser for giving him his own toothbrush because he had been sharing one brush with his entire family. Or for the little boy who was most interested in the underwear he received and was so proud of the book he was given that he couldn't tear himself away from the mirror, posing with book under arm. Or for the Homeless children who can't wait for Fridays when they receive their weekend snack bag through Operation Snack Attack.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of so many children in our community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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