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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.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Conejo Valley was just chosen NON PROFIT OF THE YEAR by the local Chamber of Commerce and is comprised of 100+ dynamic, caring and generous women. The organization serves 9 local communities by providing school clothes and shoes for over 2400 children, distributing over 2500 CASEY Bears to those in need of comfort, entertaining over 600 seniors with music and song and donating dictionaries and school supplies to low income schools and homework clubs.
The boutique style Thrift Shop along with donations and grants fund the important work of this group.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Caroline L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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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.......

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 tam4fam

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.


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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.