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Assistance League Of North Coast

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PO Box 2682 Carlsbad CA 92018 USA


Assistance League North Coast is dedicated to serving the needs, primarily of children, in the communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista.


FOOTSTEPS - Our Footsteps program provides new school shoes to children whose families cannot keep up with growing feet and daily wear and tear.

Through referrals from school principals and counselors, Assistance League North Coast aids children from 33 Oceanside, Vista, and Carlsbad elementary schools and MAAC Project Pre-school sites. 

Most Wednesday mornings during the school year, we meet a bus load of kids at a Payless ShoeSource store.  Our members team up one on one with each child so they can pick out shoes that fit and that they will be proud to wear to school.

Each child also receives 6 pairs of socks and a health kit. $35,000 is budgeted for 2009-2010.  This is our largest project at the present time.  We appreciate Payless ShoeSource as a great partner in this project.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Assistance League is wonderful! Our students at Palmquist Elementary are so blessed to have their support. A few years ago we received grant money from them to buy new library books to support our Core curriculum, which we spent on non fiction books. The kids love them and they are checked out most of the time. We have also received books to support our Accelerated Reading program. When the kids get 30 points they get to choose a free book to keep. They are so excited to see the great selection from the Assistance League. Their faces light up and they run to show their teacher and friends what they picked out. The selection this year from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation is awesome! Our libraries get so little funding that it is such a help to be able to spend all my book fair money on new library books instead of prizes. They also gave us red shirts that we give the top readers from each grade at the end of the year. The schools of the Oceanside Unified School District really appreciate the Assistance League. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Assistance Leagure of North Coast supports Maryland Elementary in Vista, CA.

Maryland is a Title I school with 96% of the students on free/reduced lunch and appoximately 36% of our students are homeless as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act. Our students do not come to school with a strong skill set to make them successful. We strive to create an environment where our kids feel safe and cared for. This is why the Assistance League is so valuable to Maryland. They supports us in a variety of ways:

The CATCH (Caring Adults Teaching Children How) mentors are Assistance League volunteers who come weekly to read and mentor students. We typically select those students whose home life is not very stable. We believe that matching them with a 'Caring Adult' gives them one more person in their life who cares. The students look forward to their weekly visit with their mentor. The relationship with the mentor is such that the mentor requests to have the same student each year until they promote to middle school.

The 'I Love to Read' books program helps put books into the hand of our students. The Assistance League provides books and t-shirts for incentive programs.

We select those students who do not get the opportunity to go to a store and purchase new clothes and shoes. The Footsteps program offers those students that opportunity. We are grateful to Payless Shoe Source store for partnering with the Assistance league to provide our students with new shoes, socks, and personal hygiene items. It is very rewarding to see the children get to 'pick' their new shoes. The pride and joy on their face is priceless.

The Assistance League also provides Maryland with Emergency Clothing. Children have accidents at school and often parents are unable to get off work to bring a change of clothing. The Emergency Clothing we have on-hand allows us to get our kids changed and back in class to learn.

We are very grateful to have this 'rich' partnership with the Assistance League of North Coast.

Carol LaBreche
Maryland Elementary
Vista, CA

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Rating: 5 stars  

ALNC runs a thrift store in Oceanside completely managed by volunteers. The profit made from the sale of donated items is used to support the 12 ALNC philanthrophic programs. Just recently ALNC members joined with Barnes and Noble for the book store's annual book drive. ALNC was the designated recipient for these books collected for a month at B & N book store. The members volunteered time to do story time for children at the book store, volunteers also collected 2700 books, individually wrapped each book with holiday paper and a special card, then delivered the books to every child at a local high poverty school. Many of these kids had never had their own books. Getting kids excited about learning and being prepared to learn is very important to the members of ALNC.

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Assistance League North Coast has a new program called "I love to read". This program donates books to elementary schools as incentives for children to read. This month the elementary school in Vista, Crestview, got 500 books and over the Thanksgiving week 29 children read the required number of books to get a reward. "The kids were so excited to get a book to take home and read" said the Librarian. What a great program."

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

The hands on approach the Assistance League uses in many of their programs. They don't just give money--they give time, effort and love.

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

Improve the communities they serve with programs which would focus on education. I think they would make a even bigger impact by using the programs they have now and expanding them. They might also purchase a building for their Thrift Shop

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