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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 Audrey H.1

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

4 Gail68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 !!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Deborah146

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that makes a significant impact on the 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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.