I have been a voluteer at Clothes Corner - a division of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley - for just over a year.
We provide clothing, school supplies and basic necessities for disadvantaged school age children - kindergarten through 12th grade.
My time spent volunteering has been extremely rewarding. The countless volunteers are amazing and it is such a pleasure to see smiles on the children's faces when the receive a brand new pair of shoes or get to pick out a book that they can call their own.
I have worked in the Clothes Corner, a division of the volunteer league of SFV, that clothes over 2000 elementary to high-school aged children in new shoes, school uniforms, underwear, socks, a jacket, books and school supplies, along with a few gently used clothes, and special occasion outfits that we were able to collect throughout the year. We get to personally interact with these wonderful, appreciative children who often lack the basic items to attend school due to homelessness or economic family struggles and have been identified by school and/or social workers. Nothing compares to a child expressing excitement at "being able to shop" or having a tie for church.
I started as an active with the Volunteer League in 1993 and held various leadership positions over the years. This gave me the managerial skills and confidence that I've used in my career to succeed. I'm back volunteering at Clothes Corner as a sustaining member and it is pure joy to see the happy faces of children when they get to "shop" for their new clothes, books and toys. Just recently, one little boy asked how he got to be there. "Is it by invitation, only?" Yes, I said and he left feeling like the VIP that he is. And you can't help feeling wonderful after a morning of volunteering here.
My name is Jane Cody and I am a Sustaining Member of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. My project was Clothes Corner and it was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Just sending the children home with fresh new socks and underwear, which we take for granted, made me feel blessed to have been a part of it.
The Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley has given disadvantage children of all ages, a feeling of self worth. Children who were embarrassed and ashamed to attend school in their worn out clothing are given new shoes, uniforms, backpacks, books, etc., Being a volunteer at the league is a privilege. When a child receives new shoes and clothes , their outlook on life changes. I am so thrilled to be able to work there each week.
The Volunteer League has provided school clothing for thousands of poor grade school children for dozens of years. A strong core of volunteers works to raise money, buy the clothes and then distribute them. The League has also entertained at nursing homes, and provided enrichment programs at public schools. No one is paid except for a part-time administrator. It is an amazingly organization that has stood the test of time.
As an Advisor to the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley, I have seen the dedication and countless hours these women give to the organization in order to clothe underprivileged children and bring smiles to their faces.
The Volunteer League continues to brighten the lives of underprivileged children attending elementary and secondary school by providing the basic school wardrobe which enables the children to attend school with pride an dignity. The Choral Music group called the "Troopers", provides the joy of music to senior citizens living in assisted and retirement homes.
If you are retired and are looking for an organization that will be rewarding and put a smile on your face, then the “Volunteer League of SFV”, is the organization for you.
You will meet wonderful dedicated women who are helping clothe underprivileged children so that they will be able to attend school with pride and dignity.
Betty - Member of the Volunteer League of SFV
The Volunteer League has provided for the children of SFV for over 60 years and enriched the lives of senior citizens. The impact of what they provide to the underprivileged children of our community is crucial to their success in school. To be able to wear good clothing helps children focus on studying and build self esteem as they attend school. I have been a volunteer and involved with them for many years because when I see the smiling faces of the children who visit the Volunteer League I know that we are doing something really worth while and I have given my time in right place.