I became aware of the Thousand Oaks Assistance League of Conejo Valley from a friend several years ago and have been a very satisfied donor and customer ever since. They have a staff of friendly and incredibly helpful volunteers. The store is very well laid out, clean and organized. I love the work they do to strengthen the community with the various programs they have throughout the year. Several times a year they open with special hours to promote or showcase a different theme, making it it fun way to shop with great prices. After doing business here over the years, I have learned how much they do to provide and give back to the local communities and I am happy to be able to support them
I hate to sound cliche, but I never write reviews. Due to the compassionate nature of the volunteers at the shop I couldn't help but seek out the opportunity to commend them for all their help and hard work. Not only did the staff help me gather some great finds, they were so kind to direct me to resources and programs I could utilize to for my children. This shop, along with the awesome volunteers.... truly a gem that benefits our local community.
Even through these challenging COVID-19 times, this organization and it's membership have remained relentless in the mission to serve the community. When the Thrift Shop and schools had to close in March, donations were given for Chrome books to needy at-home learners and to a local food pantry to help the hungry. Now the Thrift Shop is open again and its revenue can continue to benefit the many philanthropic programs of the organization.
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.
Recently found the Assistance League Thrift Shop, tucked in a corner of a shopping center.
The place is clean, organized and run totally by volunteers. The store was divided in sections and all items were in pristine condition, plus prices were bargains. I see why the local newspaper each year has them as the Thrift Shop to go to in the Conejo Valley. I was told new merchandise is available each day they are open, so I will be going on a regular basis.
Thank you so much for your review, Carol. We will be happy to see you at the Thrift Shop!
ALCV's contribution to the community, especially their efforts in supporting children, adults, and families in the area is admirable. Their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed, and we are so grateful for the efforts placed in order to benefit and make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review, Betty.
ALCV is a fantastic organization, providing much needed support for those in need in the local community. When their standard methods were impacted by COVID-19, they identified alternate means by which they could contribute meaningfully for those who need it.
Thank you for your review, Jennie. We appreciate your recognition of our efforts and your support.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret... I love thrift stores. Buying secondhand is better for the environment and helps support communities instead of corporations. However, I’m picky about my shopping- the organization needs to be inclusive, staffed by volunteers, and needs to have a mission I support. The Assistance League of Conejo Valley Thrift Store checks each of my boxes, and then some.
Some highlights of the organization for me over the last year: ALCV positively impacted almost 200k people in their community, provided thousands of low-income/high-risk children with new shoes, coats, and clothing for school, and provided local low income families with eye exams and glasses through their Visions for the Future and Eye Can See programs (I’m a sucker for puns and clever names).
I poked my head into the ALCV shop on Thousand Oaks Blvd and was struck by how tidy everything was! It was very obvious that the volunteers contribute quite a bit of time and effort to ensuring the store is clean, inviting, and well-organized. This is not your grandma’s junk store- no headless angel statutes or stained Gap sweaters here! Checkout was efficient and painless, and the volunteer behind the counter was warm and friendly. I’ve been back several times since, and have never had a negative experience or come away empty-handed.
Thank you very much for your support of our Thrift Shop and for sharing your secret with others!
I love the ALCV thrift shop, especially knowing it's staffed entirely by volunteers and it all benefits the local community. Just in the last year ALCV has affected the lives of over 180,000 people in the community who need their help. :)
Thank you so much for your review and for supporting our mission to improve the lives of children and adults in our community.
This is an extraordinary group of volunteers, working cooperatively together, even in these challenging times, to stay faithful to the mission of developing, funding and implementing philanthropic programs to meet the needs of our community.
Assistance League® of Conejo Valley gives back to the community in so many ways. Through their Operation School Bell® program, they provide needy K-12 students in the Conejo Valley the opportunity to purchase new clothes and shoes at an area Target and Burlington stores. Their vision program provide eye exams and eyeglasses to qualified K-12 students and adults in the Conejo Valley. These programs and 11 others are funded by the profits generated in their amazing Thrift Shop staffed by volunteers. Please check out alconejovalley.org to check them out.
Assistance League of Conejo Valley has continued to search for new ways to impact those most needy in the community, even as COVID 19 has necessitated the closing of their thrift shop. I am continually impressed with the dedication of the members who give hours of their time each week to their mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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.......
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.
Great shop like a boutique. Items are in excellent condition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Caring volunteers working hard to help children and adults in our community.
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.
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.
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.
I have volunteered for ALCV for several years now and am impressed by the outreach they have in the Conejo Valley. They raised $375,000 in fiscal year 2016-2017 to return to
the community to support their philanthropy programs. With Operation School Bell, 2,730 elementary school children had the opportunity to shop for new school clothes and shoes. The vision program provided 56 students with an eye exam and new glasses. Other programs~ Share A Bear, Assault Survivor Kits, Emergency Clothing Kits, Literacy, Spotlight on Seniors, I'm In Charge, and Reading For Life, impacted the lives of many residents of the Conejo Valley. ALCV strives to enhance the educational success of children and young adults in the Conejo Valley.
The expression on the faces of children who get to shop for back to school clothes through the Operation School Bell program is priceless. The Thrift Shop sells high quality clothing and household items at very reasonable prices. A variety of programs help young to old with literacy programs, share a bear, vision help and good old fashioned entertainment for seniors!
Assistance League Conejo Valley is a membership of the hardest working women I know. The Thrift Shop is the main source of income for this group along with grants and individual donations. That money is put to good use by giving sight to children and adults with free vision testing. Clothing children for school is another wonderful project taking place. There is endless giving with this group of volunteers. A great group of ladies giving back to their community many times over.
The Assistance League of Conejo Valley® (ALCV) has many philanthropic programs that directly benefit local children and adults. Programs supported include Operation School Bell® program which supplies clothing and to school kids. The ‘Vision for the Future’ and 'Eye Can See' programs provide eye exams and glasses to eligible children and adults. There are programs that provide emergency and basic supplies to those in an assault or crisis situation. There are programs where volunteers visit schools to assist with literacy or to teach kids about safety through the 'I’m In Charge' program. There is a fun entertainment group through the Spotlight on Seniors program which provides entertainment to area seniors. The Assisteens® program empowers young adults to develop leadership and other skills through volunteering. The Assistance League programs are diverse which allow for a variety of ways to benefit our local community through one organization. The ALCV also has a great Thrift Store in Thousand Oaks. The hardworking ladies of ALCV are also fun to work with and I like that our work directly benefits our community.
I feel honored to be a member of this great organization. We bring a lot of smiles to children in need, weather it is for clothes, or new eye glasses, literacy, and many other ways.
It is greatly fulfilling to know that all our hard work is giving back in our own community of Conejo Valley.
As the Membership VP, I can vouch that the 100 plus members of this Assistance League chapter are enthusiastic, capable and dedicated whether staffing its amazing Thrift Shop or working with one of its nine philanthropies. The difference Assistance League Conejo Valley is making in the community is astounding and certainly appreciated by thousands whose lives have been enriched as a result of its contributions.
ALCV is a well-run organization offering philanthropic programs that serve children, adults, and families in our community. Add to that a group of caring, loving, driven, and energetic women all working toward the same goal.
I joined Assistance League® of Conejo Valley after hearing about all the great programs they support in our community including Operation School Bell which allows children in our local schools to purchase new clothing. The children are always excited and really enjoy the shopping events. We also have a new program, Vision for the Future, which provides eye exams and glasses for children. It is through the efforts of our volunteers who manage our thrift shop that these and other programs are possible. This is a wonderful organization filled with such passionate people and I am glad to be a part of it.
In my five years as a member and three years as a Board member, I am honored to be part of a caring group working to improve the lives of others in our community. Just this year we added a new philanthropic program called "Vision for the Future" which provides an eye exam and prescription glasses for those needing vision care. The gift of sight empowers these students. We have helped students from elementary to high school.
This organization is part of a national organization that has been around for over 80 years! I joined Assistance League® Conejo Valley in 2012 to offer community service in my community. I have enjoyed my four years working in many capacities in the group. Last year I was co-chair of our Clothing Shopping Night program. Many of the programs revolve around children and as a lifelong teacher I've always been interested in anything that benefits our youth. Our largest program is Operation School Bell® where we help to clothe elementary students which can boost both self esteem and motivation. The parents are also very appreciative of our assistance and every year we receive notes of gratitude such as the one attached.
I watched this organization for 2 years before becoming a volunteer. The Thrift Shop is beautiful; run efficiently with all volunteers. The monies go back into the community. The joy and privilege of participating in an Assistance League clothing night is unforgettable. Whether volunteering in a school literacy program or entertaining seniors this is an energetic and amazing group of women who give thousands of hours a year to the local Conejo Valley.
Assistance League Conejo Valley makes an enormous impact in the Conejo Valley area. Thousands of children are helped through programs like Operation School Bell, where low-income school children get a shopping night to buy new school clothes, and Vision for the Future, which provides eye exams and glasses for kids who can't afford them. These programs and more are financed through the Assistance League Thrift Shop, a busy operation run and staffed by member volunteers. I am proud to be a member of the Assistance League Conejo Valley.
A dear friend and long time member of our Assistance League chapter, invited me to join a few years ago. I'd been looking for a group to join, one where I could make a contribution to the local community as well as work alongside other good people. This was the perfect option for me. I am proud to be a member of the organization and I'm happy to do what I can to better the lives of everyone who lives here. The Assistance League Thrift Shop is by far the best and nicest one in town and everyone who shops there says the same thing. It is organized and well kept and it's a pleasure to work as volunteer and to shop there. I'm a fan, and I tell everyone about the shop and about The Assistance League Chapter of the Conejo Valley!
I was working in the ALCV thrift shop as a member when a woman came in looking for a "poodle" skirt. I asked our other ladies working first of all what is a poodle skirt??? Then we searched and did not find one. I told her of another shop down the street to check. Don't you know within a half hour our members are opening donations and there is a poodle skirt in one of the bags. We called the other thrift shop and said if the lady was still there that we indeed had a skirt. She came back and bought the skirt for $10 !!!
I have experienced great satisfaction and joy in working with Assistance League® of Conejo Valley's philanthropic programs that clothe and educate elementary school children. We host 17 Clothing Nights a year for students to select new school outfits that make them feel special. Recently I received a letter from a single mother profusely thanking us for helping her two boys obtain new school clothes since money was tight. Through the success of our well run Thrift Store, we are able to keep expanding the reach of our philanthropies to bring smiles to the faces of more and more children.
The members of Assistance League of Conejo Valley are selfless in giving of themselves to the community. Each day someone is touched by their generous spirit. They work hard and are dedicated, to making sure their programs improve the lives of adults and children. Always with a smile, they make a positive difference in lives of those in need.
This organization is over the top with all the good work they do. ALCV runs a Thrift Shop to earn money to clothe hundreds of needy children in our community Every member works in the Thrift Shop and then goes on to work on our Philanthropic programs. It is a great group of dedicated women who have fun while doing their charity work.
Fantastic organization that makes a significant impact on the community.
I have been a member of this generous and heartwarming organization for over 12 years. Our philanthropic programs serve thousands of children, adults and families in our community, and are designed to provide relief and comfort to our neighbors in need. We live in an area of tremendous prosperity, but also profound poverty. Sadly, there are thousands of school children living right here in our neighborhoods who have never had a new pair of shoes or new dress. Our signature Clothing Program helps alleviate that need. Every September we take 2500 unprivileged kids shopping for new school clothes. They are so excited to shop and wear their new purchases! Does wonders for raising their self esteem, allowing them to start the year on an evening footing with their peers.
We have 11 other programs, including our Homemade Jammers ukulele group who bring musical entertainment to assisted living facilities. We take great pride that our 150 volunteers, including our 50 Assisteens, provide compassionate and caring services to each person we serve. Most of our funding comes from our very successful Assisitance League Thrift Shop, located in Thousand Oaks… often dubbed the “Nordstrom of Thrift Shops”. Come by and go shopping at our store, knowing that the proceeds are helping kids and their families live a more comfortable life.
Being able to write checks to help nonprofit organizations is great, but being able to see those beautiful faces when they get their wrist bands at target night to select their brand new school clothing for the first time is priceless. I am honored to be part of Assistance League of Conejo valley and being able to make a difference in people's life.