Update October, 2017 - Our numbers increase yearly, the need continues. This year will exceed clothing 25,000 since this program was established. "These ladies make magic happen," according to the children served. We serve the children identified by the counselors as those in most need. Our members are all volunteers who step up everything to transform lives and strengthen the communities we serve. We have no paid staff. Please visit our website www.portland.assistanceleague.org for additional information.
Update on Operation School Bell®. This year 2015-16 we will provide new clothing for 2950 children living below poverty level and/or homeless in the Beaverton and Hillsboro School Districts. The Head Start children receive a jacket, underwear, socks, dental kit, activity book, crayons and a shoe card. Elementary children receive a jacket, two pair of jeans/leggings or sweats, two t-shirts, socks, underwear, dental kit, shoe card and a book.
Middle and high school students are provided with a budget of $125 to enjoy a shopping evening at either the Beaverton or Hillsboro Fred Meyer. The shopping event occurs in January.
Operation School Bell stepped up when three families were burned out of their apartments. Six children received emergency clothing in order to start school. They will be included in the other clothing events also.
Assistance League will provide clothing for any student, referred by his/her counselor, until we clear our shelves.
The students must attend a Beaverton or Hillsboro School and a referral is needed.
Please consider a monetary donation, shopping in our Thrift or Consignment Shops (4000 SW 117th Avenue, Beaverton), consigning your items, donating in good condition resale clothing and housewares, and/or attending our major fundraising event April 9, 2016 "School Daze." For additional information www.portland.assistanceleague.org
If is difficult not to get emotional when you see the difference Assistance League of Greater Portland is making in so many lives in our community! Last year alone, over 2,600 children in need received brand new school clothes. And, that is just the tip of the iceberg! We also prepare kits for victims of assault who need to leave their clothing at hospitals for evidence. Then, we make Life Story Books for children leaving foster care and going to permanent families. These precious books are the child's personal history. We also partner with Janus Youth at Cordero, a residential treatment facility for young men.
Please visit our Thrift and Consignement Shops to find some amazing one-of-a-kind bargains!
THIS ORGANIZATION PUTS CARING AND COMMITTMENT INTO ACTION THROUGH COMMUNITY BASED PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAMS WE ASSIST SMALL CHILDREN, MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO FALL BELOW THE POVERTY LINE AND NEED CLOTHING AND SHOES. WE SHARE OUR SKILLS WITH A PROGRAM FOR ADJUDICATED YOUNG MEN WHO THE STATE HAS DEEMED TREATMNT POSITIVE. RAPE?/ASSAULT VICTIMS RECEIVE A SURVIVORS KIT UPON LEAVING THE HOSPITALSO THATTHEIR SELF ESTEEM ALLOWS THEM TO RETURN HOME IN STREET CLOTHES. FOR YOUNG CHILDREN GOING INTO THEIR FIRST ADOPTIVE HOME, THE LADIES MAKE LIFE STORY BOOKS WHICH THEY MAKE AND WORK WITH 3 COUNTY CHILDRENS SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THE VOLUNTEERS ARE DEDICATED, CREATIVE AND POSITIVE ABOUT WHAT THE lEAGUE PROVIDES FOR oREGON
All funds stay in the community to support our philanthropic programs. This year we are providing Assault Survivor Kits to seven area hospitals. Meeting a recipient of this program was humbling. The positive comments about how much it meant to have clean clothes and hygiene supplies to leave the Emergency Room brought tears to those who heard the story. Assistance League® Portland and across the country support this program.
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