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Assistance League of Conejo Valley

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Emergency Assistance, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Conejo Valley (ALCV), is a nonprofit service organization comprised of volunteers who identify, develop, implement, and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to improve the lives of children and adults in our community.

Results: Raised over $416,000 in the fiscal year 2017-2018 to return to the community. Provided new school clothing and shoes for 2,466 elementary, middle, and high school children. Distributed 3,200 teddy bears to hospitals, Urgent Care Center, our local Assault Survivor Center, foster kids in crisis, and local fire and sheriff stations. Distributed emergency clothing kits to 32 elementary schools. Donated 60 dictionaries to third-grade students. Entertained 1000 seniors at local senior facilities. Tutored 67 students in reading during weekly sessions at one local elementary school. Educated 800 third graders about how to deal with potentially dangerous situations through our I'm in Charge program. Donated more than 1,900 books to 951 elementary school students to have in their home to promote literacy. Provided 130 students with an eye exam and eyeglasses through our Vision for the Future program. Provided 2 adults with an eye exam and eyeglasses through a trial program for adults in need through a free clinic. Celebrated our sixth successful year operating a Thrift Shop, which provides consistent funds to keep our philanthropic programs viable and growing.

Target demographics: Assistance League of Conejo Valley envisions its future as a leading volunteer organization, locally recognized for providing support and opportunities to members of our community with a focus on enhancing the educational success of children and young adults.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided new school clothing and shoes for 2,466 elementary school children. Distributed 3,200 teddy bears to hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, our local Assault Survivor Center and local fire and sheriff stations. Distributed emergency clothing kits to 32 elementary schools. Donated 60 dictionaries to third grade students. Donated more than 1,900 books to to 951 elementary school students to have in their home to promote literacy. Entertained 1000 seniors at local senior facilities. Tutored 67 students in reading during weekly sessions at one local elementary school. Educated 800 third graders about how to deal with potentially dangerous situations through our I'm in Charge program. Provided 130 students with an eye exam and eyeglasses through our Vision for the Future program. Provided 2 adults with and eye exam and eyeglasses through a trial program for adults in need through a free clinic.

Geographic areas served: Assistance League of Conejo Valley is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers who identify, develop, implement, and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to improve the lives of children and adults in our community.

Programs: Operation School Bell®, Share-a-Bear, I'm in Charge,​ Spotlight on Seniors, Reading for Life, and Vision for the Future, Eye Can See.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to become a member of this great organization earlier this year, and I am incredibly happy that I did. I cannot overstate how impressed I am with all aspects of the Assistance League of Conejo Valley. The leadership is well-organized, the programs are effective and wide-ranging, the members are welcoming and talented, and the social opportunities are fun. The Thrift Shop is so well run, with so many innovative ideas for raising additional funds, that the monthly profits are astonishing, and all the revenue (with the exception of rent and utilities for the shop) go back into the 10 philanthropies that support children and adults in the Thousand Oaks and surrounding communities. I couldn't be more pleased to have joined this group of caring women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALCV is a grass roots organization comprised of local women who donate their time and efforts to help children and families in our community. The work they do is very important and meaningful. Many children, seniors and families benefit from the many programs ALCV sponsors.

1 Tammy Hare R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with this organization for nearly seven years, I can tell you that the volunteers put caring and commitment into action. The thrift shop is a wonderful fundraising vehicle for our 10 philanthropic programs serving the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune to join Assistance League of Conejo Valley earlier this year. I have belonged to other non-profit community volunteer groups in the Westlake area over the years, but could not be happier to have found Assistance League. This is an energetic group of happy women who share a passion for giving back to their community. The Thrift Shop seems to be the happiest place in town. In addition to members working there to fulfil their mandatory shifts, the back of the store is generally teaming with many more who come in to do extra hours so that their departments will sparkle. The care and attention to detail are unusual, and reflect the love and respect the members have for both their shoppers and the community overall. It is no wonder the store has become such an cash flow engine. Approximately $500,000 was raised by the Chapter last year, all of which was reinvested in our community to improve the lives of children and adults. I feel very privileged to be part of this wonderful group of women.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has ten philanthropic programs serving Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley and others. One wonderful program is called Vision for The Future which provides an eye exam and eyeglasses to students K-12 whose families can’t afford vision care. The students benefit from improved academic performance, increased self-esteem and a new view of the world around them. ALCV also provides an eye exam and glasses to adults in need identified by Simi Valley and Conejo Valley Free Clinics, as well as students attending Moorpark Community College.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so fortunate to have recently joined the Assistance League of Conejo Valley volunteer organization. Not only has it met my goals of giving back to my community in many different ways, but I have had the opportunity to connect with like minded, hard working volunteers who make work seem like fun! There is a little something for everyone to get involved .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League® of Conejo Valley consists of a vital group of dedicated women who work hard to uphold our Mission Statement to identify, develop, implement and fund programs to improve the lives of children and adults in our community. Our largest philanthropy is our Operation School Bell® clothing nights; we clothed 2500 students attending the Conejo Valley School District last year. Our vision program is expanding as word spreads throughout the Conejo Valley Unified School Districts through school nurses and personnel. We provided 126 children a complete eye exam and glasses since the start of that program. We have other programs that serve our community as well. Please check out our website at: ALConejovalley.org. ALCV envisions its future as a leading volunteer organization locally recognized for providing support and opportunities to residents in the Conejo Valley.

1 Audrey H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ALCV is an incredable group of hard working women raising money to giveback to the community and help so many children in need. In doing so, they enrich the lives of so many.
It is all done with voulteers !! The ALCV Thrift Store is amazing & raises so much to help those in need. Fabulous orgaization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be a part of the ALCV. They are an amazing group of hard working women. Many hours are spent at our wondeful Thrift Store raising money. We do this so we can give back to our community !! We have provided new school clothing and shoes for 2,323 elementary school children. Distributed 2,160 teddy bears to hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, our local Assault Survivor Center and local fire and sheriff stations. Distributed emergency clothing kits to 32 elementary schools. Donated 165 dictionaries to third grade students. Donated 2,000 books to an elementary and middle school homework club library and to many schools in the community.
Together the women of the ALCV make a difference in the lives of many.......

1 Susan Gabbert J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The woman in this organization are compassionate and donate hours of their time and talents for the community. Our biggest fund raiser is the thrift shop, known for it's high quality items. The profits from the store help provide funding for clothing nights at local retail stores for needy children; eye exam and glasses for both low income youth and adults; creating care bear for hospitals and abuse victims; members read to children in elementary schools and gives a new book to each student; members teach an "I'm in Charge" safety program for 3rd graders in the Conejo Valley. Members also distribute emergency clothing kits for 32 elementary schools. We support an AssistTeens program for high school student to promote leadership skills and volunteering. Our talented singers perform for seniors and the crafty ladies knit hats. It is an amazing organization that deserves recognition and grant funding.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The membership is a group of hard-working and dedicated individuals who give freely of their time and talent in order to enrich their community. Over 35,000 total hours were donated between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What a great group of 115 volunteers who give so generously of their time and talent!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great shop like a boutique. Items are in excellent condition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being Historian for ALCV has allowed me to see all the faces of the children and adults this chapter has helped. They are all so pleased to hold up their new clothes so that I can photograph them. The vision program has been a wonderful addition to our organization giving the gift of sight to so many whom could not afford it. This Chapter also has a Reading For Life program. We collect or buy new or gently used books to give to children in area schools to begin and add to their in home libraries. This is a wonderful group of women who work hard to give back to the community and never complain.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of ladies work non-stop from running their Thrift Store, clothing children in the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley and Moorpark, providing eye appointments and new glasses for children that can't see, helping in classrooms, collecting books - the list is goes on and on. The Thrift Shop was voted best Thrift Shop in east Ventura County and they were presented with the Philanthropy of the Year award. They also take some time out for fun with Holiday Tree making clinics, Bunco and mah Jang and evening socials with their significant others. Check this group out and you will come away with friends for life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few months ago I took a donation to the Assistance League of Conejo Valley Thrift Shop. The volunteers who were working that day were very kind and helpful, as I had a fractured ankle and was wearing a boot. They came to my car to help me and took everything into the shop.
I was so impressed that I asked to learn more about the charity, as I was new to the area at the time. Two of the members took a lot of time to welcome me to Conejo Valley and give me literature about the organization and becoming a volunteer. I am now a brand new member and am very excited about supporting their many valuable activities that do so much good for the needy children and adults of Conejo Valley.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization raises money to provide school clothes for needy children, eye glasses and exams for those who cannot afford to see an eye Doctor. In addition, they run programs in the various elementary schools in Simi, Moorpark, Conejo Valley and Las Virgenes districts.
I cannot say enough about the "good" this group does.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALCV is a wonderful organization... they are an incredibly organized group of ladies with capabilities in every facet of running a profitable business. With 100% of the profits going toward making a better life for the children and seniors in our community, I’m proud to be a part of such a hard working and dedicated group of individuals. A great team! Sincerely, Norma Phillips

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at ALCV for several years. I see first hand what good we do for our community. It’s fun to volunteer there and meet the people we help with our great merchandise and great values! Everyone always seems so happy to be there..workers S well as shoppers! I feel we really help our community with this thrift shop!
Diane Hawkinson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that puts at-risk children in a better place.

marilynaadam

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring volunteers working hard to help children and adults in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Among many great programs, Assistance League provides teddy bears (called Casey Bears) to area emergency rooms and urgent care facilities to give to children who are there for injuries or illnesses. When my daughter was 3 she fell and hit her head and had to go to an urgent care. They gave her one of these Casey Bears. She LOVED that bear. She had many stuffed animals to choose from and she chose Casey Bear as her favorite. Casey Bears eyes were are scratched and her ear was handing off from all the love and care they gave each other for many years. My daughter is now 17 and remembers Casey Bear with love and fondness.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a regular shopper at the Thrift Shop and they always have the best clothes and things for my house at amazing prices. Their designer clothing section is always stocked with clothes I want to wear, and I love their jewelry too. I bought a crockpot that had never been used for a great price. The people who work there are always so nice and the shop is beautiful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Conejo Valley Thrift Shop is the cleanest and most organized looking Thrift Shop in the Conejo Valley and surrounding area. The workers are helpful and polite. All the merchandise is displayed beautifully.