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Assistance League of the Bay Area

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Address:

P.O. Box 591131 Houston TX 77259 USA

Mission:

Assistance League of the Bay Area is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for at-risk populations through community-based philanthropic programs.

Results:

This year we have clothed over 2900 area students; provided prom attire for 150 high school seniors; provided tuition assistance for summer enrichment classes at University of Houston-Clear Lake; reached several students at risk for dropping out of school; and provided over 350 manicures at Baywind Nursing Home.

Target demographics:

We work with school age children in the Clear Creek, Dickinson, La Porte and Friendswood Independent School Districts. We also provide companionship to the elderly at an area nursing home.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We serve over 3500 people in the Bay Area each year.

Programs:

Operation School Bell, Assistance League Operation Cinderella, Assistance League Tuition Assistance in Partnership with University of Houston Clear Lake, Operation Support Our Schools, Assistance League Hands from the Heart and Assault Survivor Kits.

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bayarea.assistanceleague.org

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2 people found this review helpful

I was recently in the United Way Bay Area building for a meeting and noticed the Assistance League's Operation School Bell was in full force on the first floor! I stepped in (I am a school district administrator) and observed the number of volunteers outfitting little ones for the school year. But what truly moved me was not the number of workers, but the tender care and attention each was giving to their student through the fitting process. I left feeling so blessed for this organization and its heart - and how they ensure each child has what they need to 'blend in' with their classmates and, ultimately, a better chance at being successful in school.

 
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The lovely ladies of the Assistance League of Bay Area go above and beyond to help me meet my students needs. Their tireless efforts make huge differences in all families they help.

 
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My friend, Susan just got back from New Mexico, where she goes to volunteer as a

doctor on an Indian reservation. She was telling me that, although she is not a

religious person, she saw an awe-inspiring scene while driving. A thunderstorm had

just passed, leaving clouds of all shades of red, pink and purple. As she was coming dangerously close to driving off the road, because of looking at the incredible sky,

she rounded a curve and came upon an even more beautiful sight. A cliff just ahead

was striped in the same colors as the sky! She had tears in her eyes telling me about

it. So, I told her of having a similar feeling last Friday, while working for Operation

School Bell at one of the Dickinson dressing days. I was working at the check-out

desk, so had a ring-side seat to watch all the kids trying on clothes, while our Assistance

League helpers were knocking themselves out for these kids. They were literally

running, back and forth, exchanging sizes and colors, handing out praise and positive

comments for all our little "customers." They were behaving as if they were getting

paid millions! They were working as if they were trying for a promotion! I heard so

many phrases like "way to go" and "I could never do this without this great support

system". I admit to my own tears, while thinking "these women don't have to work

like this". They don't have to give up their time. They don't have to lift heavy boxes

or mop floors the size of football fields, or deal with problems for six straight

hours. Yet, they keep showing up for this really difficult task, of clothing over 3,000 at-

risk children, never letting their co-workers or the kids down, and never asking for

anything but the chance to help the less fortunate in our world. I'm not religious

either, but watching all that lifted my heart that day!


Ellen Lancaster


 
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I have been a member and volunteer for the Assistance League of the Bay Area for 14 years and each year my heart is filled with joy as we together with our community partners continue to "Make a Difference" and change lives today and forever. I have had the honor of serving in many areas of our organization but last year was the beginning of a new and exciting experience. I participated in the growth and promotion of our organization and witnessed the birth of a new partnership with (H-E-B) and how friendships can be dynamic. I look forward to continuing my service as a proud member in our organization. YPerrin

 
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I have been a member of ALBA for ten years. The Assistance League has several philanthropic programs, but my two favorite are Operation School Bell, and Operation Cinderella. Last week, I worked as a volunteer for Operation School Bell and watched the young children come in to receive their school clothing. They were precious...and so proud when they received their clothing. The other program, Operation Cinderella, helps Junior and Senior girls and boys with Prom Expenses. The boys receive a Tux and ticket...and the girls receive a Prom dress, jewelry, purse, shoes, and a Prom ticket. Watching the girls come in and shop for a dress is so much fun. And when they find "the one", they are indeed Cinderella!

 
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We change lives! I'm proud to have served this organization for 2 years. A mighty group of women who work tirelessly to support children of all school ages so each child can have a successful school experience.

 
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Assistance League of the Bay Area is a fantastic organization! They are a group of some of the finest women that I have ever met and every program they do with complete excellence. I have been blessed to see firsthand how they put smiles on thousands of kids every year as they clothe them with brand new school clothes. It touched me also to hear them talk about how important it is to find clothes that are stylish and don't make the kids stand out.

 
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I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for 3 years. I was searching for an organization that helped children and others in my local community. What a surprise to find that over 3,000
kids are helped each year by caring and giving women. I am proud to be a part of this national organization!

 
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I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for several years and continue to be amazed by the number of lives we touch. We have NO paid management or administrative staff and all of our philanthropic programs are carried out by our very dedicated volunteer members.

Operation School Bell is our largest and perhaps the most well-known of our philanthropic programs. Last year we provided a week’s worth of school clothing, a gift card for shoes, and hygiene kit to over 2,000 students and we are well on our way to “dress” even more students during this school year. Each of our programs strives to improve the lives of those we serve in our community.

As a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area, I’m continuously reminded that when you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible. I joined as a way to give back to the community but, in so many ways, feel I have received far more than I could ever give.

 
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Assistance League of the Bay Area works diligently to provide new school clothes for over 2000 children each year. These students can then attend school with pride in the way they look and can focus on learning. I am proud to work with this remarkable group of dedicated women who are making a difference in their community.

 
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