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Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Inland North County, a chapter of NATIONAL ASSISTANCE LEAGUE®, is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve the lives of children and adults in need through philanthropic programs that are developed, funded and administered by an all-volunteer membership.

Target demographics: children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 8,500 children and families

Geographic areas served: inland n. county San Diego CA

Programs: Operation School Bell - provides school clothing, shoes and supplies to children in need Ready...Set...Read! - a motivational reading program sparking a love of reading through visits by children's authors, gifts of books and one-on-one classroom reading. Baby Real Deal - places infant simulators in middle and high schools designed to deter teen pregnancies. Operation Duffel Bags - provides gifts of duffel bags filled with useful items to foster teen graduates raised in the foster care system. Hug-A-Bear - gives bears to hospitals, shelters, police and fire departments which are distributed to children and senior adults in traumatic situations.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District is very appreciative of the Assistance League Operation School Bell that provides clothing from Kohls and Shoes from Payless - These are a few comments from our needy families who received the voucher for this Saturday.

Mother of four children from Pauma School, said that she was grateful and she appreciated the thoughtful gesture this program does for the families.
Female - Kinder
Male - 2nd grade
Female - 4th grade
Male - 4th grade

2. Mother of two children. One at the VC Primary and one at VC Elementary. She was almost in tears, because they are going through tough times and this program has made a difference for her two boys.
Male - 2nd grade
Male - 5th grade

3. Single mother of 5. Two attend VC schools. One at the Primary and one at the Elementary. The others are younger at home. She was overjoyed. She said that she didn't buy them new clothes for the school year. This would help them feel good about themselves.
Male - Kinder
Female - 3rd grade

4. Grandfather of three children at Pauma School, said the program that this offers was so appreciated. He took in five of his grandchildren and this has made him so happy. He can't wait to see their reaction.
Male - 3rd grade
Male - 4th grade
Male - 5th grade

5. Mother of two children who attend VC, said that this is a wonderful program and that people who brought it all together are ANGELS. Her husband is the bread winner for the family of 5. Thanks!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Mike Loarie. I am a Captain at the Escondido Police Department and Second In-Command. I have been working at EPD for almost 29 years, and I have been a resident of Escondido for 27 years.

During my career, I have had many occasions to work with the Assistance League of Inland North County. It started with participating on an advisory board and work with Operation School Bell many years ago. It continues when I make personal donations to their storefront. I choose them because I know their business plan has the best intentions, and I have seen the results. They are wonderful. They care about our community. As a resident, that means a great deal to me.

I have worked with many nonprofit organizations during my career, and the Assistance League of Inland North County has been incredible. The members are committed to substantial improvement, they are friendly, and they are professional. There may be some as good as the Assistance League of Inland North County, but there certainly is none better.

In late 2015, EPD was approached by the Assistance League of Inland North County with an offer we simply could not refuse. The Assistance League wanted to purchase something for us that would help our officers in the field to save lives - Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The AED is a proven life-saving device for heart attack patients.

We took delivery of 17 AEDs and deployed them into the field so that officers patrolling the area of Escondido would have them readily available. Our officers have a response time that is sometimes faster than the Escondido Fire Department because they are already in the field and not the Fire Station. When an officer can be on-scene minutes before the Fire Department, chances of survival of a patient increase exponentially.

We have yet to be able to report that the AEDs have saved a life, but I can absolutely tell you that it is a matter of time before that will happen. Had it not been for the generous donation, we may not have this type of equipment in our police vehicles and deployed 7/24.

I am sure there are many other contributions and stories that can be told about the Assistance League of Inland North County. I just do not know what they are; however, I am certain they exist.
We all can learn from the generosity that the staff at the Assistance League of Inland North County displays. The leadership to do something about a problem, the commitment to make the community better, and the willingness to donate time and talent is what comes to my mind when I think about the wonderful crew who make up our local Assistance League.

Best,

Michael J. Loarie
Captain

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This resource has been so helpful in our little town of Fallbrook ( Fallbrook Union Elementary School District) . We have a very high number of children/families who struggle to make ends meet and many live in poverty.
Every year, for the past 7 years, I have been impressed. My families that have been referred always come to me afterward and are so thankful. Its not often that they receive that level of assistance. Considering that many are simply trying to put food on the table it really comes as quite a surprise and is truly a blessing.
In addition, the folks that work there are SOOO helpful. They kindly accommodated a student after I made an error and added a person over my limit.

So kind and so helpful! Thank you Assistance League of Inland North County!!

Sincerely,
Krista Alexander - RN, BSN , Healthcare Specialist, La Paloma Elementary

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you Assistance League of Inland North County!!! Poway Unified School district and the Assistance League have had a partnership for many years now to support homeless students and families in our district. Every year, the Assistance League holds a shopping event "Operation School Bell." OSB is a great event that provides our homeless students and families with new shoes and clothing for school. The new clothing and shoes help our students feel supported and confident. Thank you Assistance League of Inland North County for supporting homeless students in Poway Unified!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Judy Davis and the Assistance League of Inland have been great with our families and the services they have provided. ALINC has a trauma-informed approach that allows families to walk into events and thrift store and feel comfortable. Majority of our families are facing many barriers and we strive to connect them to agencies like ALINC that is understanding and mindful of what are families are experiencing. We have had years of great support from ALINC and we feel very fortunate. ALINC is a perfect model for other agencies.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For over 10 years, I have had the pleasure of working with members of the Assistance League of Inland North County in connection with support for the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. The Assistance League has played a vital role in providing the graduates of San Pasqual Academy with the opportunity to continue their education and be prepared for life after high school. Through scholarships for the graduates, the Assistance League has not let financial need keep a deserving foster teen from going onto college.
Thanks to the support of the Assistance League of Inland North County, over 100 foster teens have been able to ‘go to college’—a feat that is rare in the foster care system. The members of the Assistance League also outfit every graduating senior with a ‘duffel bag’ of essential items to ensure the kids are properly equipped to start school in their dorm or apartment. The duffle bags contain microwave oven, hygiene products, towels, dinnerware, toaster oven, kitchen utensils, and many more essentials; all the items that a traditional family would provide to their graduating senior who is off to college or their first job.
I have personally observed the wonderful results of the Assistance League of Inland North County’s involvement in the lives of the foster teens. Foster teens supported by the Assistance League scholarships have completed their university studies and are productive citizens—going against the national statistics where only 1% of foster teens graduate from college.
The Assistance League of Inland North County continues to make a significant difference in the lives of the foster teens of San Diego County.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization and we were the fortunate recipients of one of their generous grants. They listened to our needs and funded items that were of great value to our program. Throughout the process, they were thorough and conscientious of how their funds were spent while supporting us and respecting our expertise in regards to what we needed. As a therapeutic horseback riding program, the equipment and supplies we need are very specific to our horses and students. Ingrid Mourey, Executive Director, Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center (PoVa)

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Inland North County is a shining nonprofit in their community. Their membership and leadership is dedicated to addressing the needs and positively impacting the lives of so many young people. They are dedicated to the organizations they partner with and serve in efforts to change young lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Inland North County has been a long time supporter of our nursing students here at Palomar College. Their commitment and partnership with the Palomar College Foundation and our students has made the difference in over 250 students' lives who have the desire and passion to succeed but not necessarily the financial means. They have supported Palomar College since 2008. In 2017, they increased their commitment to student success by adding an Emergency Medical/Paramedic scholarship here at Palomar College. An exceptional group of women that is entirely volunteer-run.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to report that the Assistance League of Inland North County in San Diego County has been supplying our hospital, Palomar Health, with teddy bears in their "Hug-a-Bear" program for many, many years. Children are comforted in the Emergency Department, the Laboratory, and Pediatric Unit at both hospital campuses, in Escondido and Poway. No sooner are the huge boxes emptied out, then they are delivering more boxes. We are very grateful for the generosity of the Assistance League year after year! Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for this organization. I am a high school health teacher in Escondido. Because of this organization 188 of my students were able to take infant simulators home this year. This gave them the opportunity to take care of the multiple needs of an infant in addition to their already demanding lives. To watch them return to school after getting up several times throughout the night and half put together because, "That baby didn't stop crying so I could get ready," is priceless! Thank You Assistance League!

katiedid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Inland North County in 2013-2014 returned $361,864 to help meet special needs of area residents. Eleven philanthropic programs operated by volunteers touched the l ives of over 9135 children and adults. This is an amazing organization with no paid employees.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I regularly shop at Assistance League of Inland North County and find exceptional bargains. The shop is always clean and items are displayed beautifully! The volunteers are very friendly and helpful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

You could feel the anticipation in the air as Kohl’s, San Marcos, opened its doors to Operation School Bell, Assistance League Inland North County’s school clothes program for children in need. Inland North County provides teens and children with a $100.00 Kohl’s gift card, which is kept at the register until they check out at the counter. The excitement of the children, smiles on the faces of their parents and guardians, and sometimes tears in the eyes of the volunteers, make this a special time for all. Approximately 1400 children received gift cards.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League volunteers have been reading to the 5th grade students at our school for years. This year, I had the pleasure of having Mrs. Paley as my class reader. Her attention, interest, and teaching style provided invaluable benefit to my students. They gained confidence, fluency, and a love of reading. This generous outpouring of time and energy was an outstanding gift to our class as a whole. Mrs. Paley donated countless hours of her time. The Assistance League also provided books for the children and arranged for a noted author to speak to all of the students in our school. We can't thank you enough for your time and caring. We hope to pay it forward in the future.

Mike96

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is constantly giving back to the community and the kids schools. There are numerous programs that not only clothe young kids but teach young girls about what it takes to take care of babies.
This is an all voluntary organization. A.L.'s Thrift store is not like your typical thrift store. It carries quality items, whether it be clothing or toys or furniture and still at thrift store prices. And all the money goes back into their helpful programs. They are definitely a community non-profit service organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received an email today notifying me that the Assistance League of Inland North County had given a generous donation to buy books for our middle school library. California school libraries used to be funded at a flat $20 per student. Currently, funding is at the principal's discretion, and is often under $1000 per school. My budget just doubled, thanks to the donation from the Assistance League! My students are avid readers, and several of them helped me at lunch time today, pouring through reviews to be sure we spent our money wisely.

I love the work that they do, and can't wait to visit their newly updated thrift store. Kudos to them for helping so many local children!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Assistance League has been quite active at the elementary school at which I teach. We have several volunteers here on campus assisting multiple grade levels. My volunteer spends a half hour each week reading with and helping my students grow academically. Sometimes I have a child who I know needs a little extra TLC and she is always there, ready to give them her full attention. Part of my reading program requires that students be able to recognize and read basic sight words. If it weren't for my volunteer being able to listen to each of them read these words, they would not be the stellar readers they are now. Additionally, she also helps them with a multitude of other things, such as math, handwriting, writing, and reading books for AR tests. I am fortunate that my volunteer is a retired teacher and can help me assess students as well. Assistance League provides invaluable support to my students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our volunteer worked with our 5 first grade classes every week for half a day. She helped them improve their reading fluency and vocabulary. It was so valuable also because she was able to work with students that needed separate one on one assistance like English learners and students below grade level. I am so appreciative of all her help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have an Assistance League volunteer help me for a half an hour a week in my classroom. It may not seem like a lot of time but for the students that they touch it is more than enough! One of the best things is that many of the volunteers are former teachers. They understand what is needed for the students they work with. I especially put them with my students that need that one on one help. I have seen so much growth in the students that my volunteer helped. My students also get the added benefit of the generosity of the group during Christmas. Each child in first grade received 2 books. What a great gift! This group also donates an author assembly each year to expose our K-5 school to reading and writing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Inland North County has been supporting the readers at our Elementary school for a decade and we are so blessed that they do! Every year thoughtful, caring members come into our classes and spend time reading with our kids on a one-on-one basis. I cannot adequately express what a fabulous impact this attention and shared love of reading have on our kids! Every Christmas and at the end of each school year they make sure every student they've read with goes home with 2 wonderful books of their very own. Thank you, Connie Etheridge and all the fantastic volunteers for your kind support! You guys rock!!