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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Assistance League of Las Vegas is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of children through philanthropic programs in the Las Vegas community. Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs. Assistance League of Las Vegas is part of a national organization.

Target demographics: Low income children (grades K-12) in Clark County Nevada

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 8,000 Clark County School Children

Geographic areas served: Clark County, NV

Programs: Operation School Bell® - Imagine being a student without the clothes to dress appropriately for an ordinary school day. Every year thousands of students in need, from kindergarten through 12th grade, may not attend school because they simply do not have adequate clothing. Now, imagine what a gift it would be to shop for new clothing: pants, belts, shirts, underwear, socks, shoes and a hooded sweatshirt or jacket. They are also provided with a hygiene kit, school supplies and can choose an age appropriate book for their enjoyment. When these students are referred to Operation School Bell by the Clark County School District, they are transported to our facility where they are partnered with a volunteer to select their new clothing and other essentials. While we are happy to know this new clothing increases their incentive for regular school attendance, higher academic performance and enhanced self-esteem, our true reward comes from the big smile such a small gesture brings to every student’s face. Since Operation School Bell’s 1977-1978 inception, we have clothed 152,976 students. AL’s Closet - Assistance League of Las Vegas has recognized the tremendous increase in need for immediate, emergency clothing, especially in the low income, at-risk schools. To meet this emergent need for adequate school clothing, AL’s Closet was developed in January 2009. AL’s Closet is designed to be a supplemental clothing program which provides clothing directly to at-risk Clark County schools in low income neighborhoods. This school-based program will never be a replacement for Operation School Bell® but is an enhancement program allowing us to reach more children in need. Bears Program distributes our huggable Assistance League of Las Vegas teddy bears to 28 agencies. These agencies deal with children in crisis. If an agency comes upon a child in a dangerous or traumatic situation, they are able to comfort that child with one of our bears. The agencies include firemen, policemen and sexual abuse centers. Hope High assists Clark County high school students who are at risk, encouraging them to stay in school. We provided them with backpacks, bus passes and fast food gift cards. Layettes, which include an infant tee shirt, body suit, bib, booties and a cap, are provided to University Medical Center, Women’s Resource Medical Centers and Nellis Air Force Base new mothers. They are delivered monthly for University Medical Center’s Baby Steps prenatal program which provides health care and classes for new mothers. Upon completion of the program the mothers are eligible for “goodies”, including the Assistance League of Las Vegas layettes. Kids on the Block puppets provides skits on issues of physical, emotional and cultural differences to second and third graders. The presentations address many curriculum skills, such as listening, asking questions, investigating feelings of others, and developing an understanding of differences in students including special needs, illness, and divorce. They also explore the effects of bullying on others. Scholarship Program - Our Scholarship program offers scholarships to Clark County high school seniors who are planning on attending accredited Nevada colleges and trade schools. Students graduating from Clark County High Schools may apply for a scholarship to help with funding their higher education. Scholarships are available for four-year, two-year and trade schools that are accredited in the State of Nevada, and are awarded based on financial need, school/community activities and scholastic achievements. During the 2018-2019 school year Assistance League of Las Vegas will be awarding $100,000 in scholarships. We are proud to be able to assist accomplished young people on their path to success. Desert Sage Auxiliary was formed to complement the fundraising and philanthropic efforts of the chapter. Desert Sage provides an opportunity for those who wish to give service to the community but have limited daytime hours to volunteer. The focus of Desert Sage is to provide assistance for children and adults in the community. Their programs are: Angels Assistance provides the following: Tray favors to area hospital pediatric wards. These goodie bags include coloring books, crayons, crafts and puzzles for children hospitalized during the holidays. Memory boxes are delivered to area hospitals which are given to families who have suffered the loss of a newborn. The memory box contains a hand-made gown and bonnet, a book on grief in both English and Spanish; and a hand-made angel pin. Blankets and health care kits are provided to hospitals to give to indigent mothers who have given birth in the hospital. Shadow Buddies™ are dolls provided to area pediatric oncologists to give to children who are scheduled to undergo a procedure so the doctor can explain what the child can expect, and the child is allowed to keep the buddy with them during treatment. Help for Hope Scholars provides laptop computers to incoming students who are accepted into the UNLV HOPE Scholars Program. Assisteens® Auxiliary was formed in Las Vegas in 1996. Membership is open to teens in grades seven through twelve. The students research and select their own projects which are then funded entirely by their own fundraising efforts. This process teaches them leadership and how to respond to the needs of the community while experiencing the joys of volunteering. They provide the following programs in the Las Vegas community: Perfect Fit is a program funded and supported by the Assisteens Auxiliary. It provides plus size clothing for teens who come to Operation School Bell®. Once each year Assisteens Auxiliary members go shopping for this clothing. They carefully select trendy clothing they think the students would like. In addition, Assisteens also make and donate blankets to our veterans. Thrift Shop sales help to support our philanthropic programs. The shop is staffed and managed entirely by our member volunteers. We were proud to be recognized by Desert Companion Magazine as the Best Quality Thrift Shop in Las Vegas in 2014, 2018 and 2019 and voted Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Thrift Shop 2017 and 2018. Our members work hard to make sure the merchandise is always in good condition, clean, and priced fairly. Come see for yourself!

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for the past five years. We give so much to our community! We dress students (Operation School Bell), give comfort to children in need (our Bear Program), help new mothers with baby blankets (Layettes), address children’s questions and concerns about peers with disabilities and social issues (Kids on the block) and Desert Sage ensures that UNLV Hope Scholars have a new laptop computer to help in their success in college. I work in the Thrift Shop and am totally amazed at the quality of donations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit helps kids with new clothes, shoes and a backpack throughout the school year. We donate to college kids who need financial help and supplies. We distribute stuffed bears to area first-responders to help with emergencies involving kids. We have a wonderful thrift shop where folks can get terrific buys on clothes and household goods. The organization is comprised of many, many terrific women who really care about kids and try their best to provide for the kids necessities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new resident to Nevada and was a volunteer at another chapter in California. When my family moved from Arizona to California in 1969, my mother found an Assistance League chapter locally and shopped there until she passed!
I LOVE volunteering and this chapter has 400+ genuine (NO PAY) volunteers who truly care. I felt very welcome when joining this chapter!
Our main philanthropic program is Operation School Bell (OSB) where over 8,000 school clothing and supplies were provided to at-risk students from Clark County School District. Assistance League of Las Vegas has other programs that include newborn layettes to local hospitals, backpacks to homeless students and more. There is SO much need in Las Vegas and Assistance League is so generous.
From housewares, clothing, furniture and everything in between, Assistance League is the place to go!


Madlyn Jamison P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization serving the needs of the children of Clark county.

Debbie65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member volunteer of Assistance League Las Vegas since 2007. It is amazing how well organized and efficient this all volunteer group is. All donations go to our philanthropic programs, not to a CEO. Operation School Bell consistently clothes and gives out health kits to approximately 8000 CCSD students a year. There is nothing like hearing a child thank you for the first toothbrush he has ever had of his own. The Assistance League Thrift Shop is the best in Las Vegas. This organization not only helps children and families in the community, but encourages its members to grow also.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been an honor to be a volunteer at Assistance League of Las Vegas. What fun to work with such a dedicated group of people in everything from Operation School Bell to Kids on the Block puppeteers, to our great Thrift Shop and so much more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Las Vegas is an incredible community of strictly
volunteers that work together to improve the lives of at risk children. When
joining them, after having left my previous chapter in Los Angeles, I
immediately felt welcomed. It was clear that this was a group of women
committed to each other and the mission they hold in their hearts. The
facilities are amazing and provide the volunteers and community a wonderful
space in which to do the work.

Assistance League of Las Vegas provides a wonderful opportunity for
volunteers. The chance to work directly with those we serve, the children,
allows the work to be both rewarding and motivating. You leave knowing
you've made a difference and wanting to return to do more.

As a big believer in the importance of education and one I instilled in my
own children, I am ecstatic at the work Assistance League of Las Vegas is
doing to improve the educational environment and opportunities for those
facing considerable obstacles in their quest for education. I am in awe of
the scholarships to UNLV, and the partnerships with a variety of educational
programs throughout the city create a web of support services for those who
need the help the most.

Assistance League of Las Vegas excels at creating dynamic events that engage
the community and create opportunity to reach as many children as possible.
The Operation School Bell event runs throughout the school year and clothes
8,000 students. When I saw rack after rack of new clothing, I got
goosebumps. It is a testament to how well all work together to manage an
event of this magnitude.

Moreover, Assistance League of Las Vegas understands that no successful
nonprofit is an island. Our work is more meaningful and impactful when we
work together. By helping other non-profits around Las Vegas, such as those
serving the homeless population, Assistance League of Las Vegas ensures that
their work can help support other organizations as well.

Overall, Assistance League of America is an exemplary nonprofit whose work
is doing considerable good in the communities of Las Vegas that need help
finding ways out of impoverished conditions. The infrastructure, the
procedures, and the people doing the work all lend to their continued
success at enriching the lives of children in need

Amy Elizabeth C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to experience Operation School Bell during my volunteer opportunities with Assistance League of Las Vegas...I encountered a group of dedicated and caring women, who have been providing children with clothing, toiletries, books and a genuine concern for each child that is dressed with comfort and pride at their selections. My daughter and I experienced first hand the joy of assisting a child shopping. We will never forget the little blonde girl with big blue eyes turn around in the mirror and look at her reflection with a tear running down her cheek declaring that she looked beautiful...she did !! The life changing moments for a child who has a new outfit, new shoes and leaves with a sparkle and a smile has placed a heart stamp on mine forever. Assistance League has been a valuable and needed resource for our community and I feel truly blessed to have the experiences with them throughout my time there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization full of helpful and passionate volunteers. I am proud to have volunteered for Assistance League of Las Vegas!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best thrift store in the county, all volunteer workers for the right reasons and all proceeds go back into the community to help those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired, I looked for an organization to serve. When I learned it was an all-volunteer organization—no employees—I joined Assistance League of Las Vegas. That was nine years ago. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I continue to be amazed by the commitment of the members, who work tirelessly for Assistance League and all the members of the community who are served each year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am frequently privileged to supervise a roomful of students waiting to shop in the Operation School Bell® Store. While they await their turns, they participate in a coloring contest. One day as I was distributing contest sheets, a boy pointed to the Assistance League® logo and blurted out, "My teddybear has that picture on his t-shirt." It just so happened that in the next room, a group of volunteers were preparing bears for delivery to various first responder groups, so I asked him if he would like to see where his bear had been born. Of course he did. He happily told the volunteers he had been given a bear at Child Protective Services and how much he LOVED it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined Assistance League Las Vegas 28 years ago. It has brought much joy to my life. The children that are helped through our programs throughout the year make a difference in our community.
Many of them have grown up to be kind, caring individuals, who also volunteer their time to the needs they see. I have had the pleasure of meeting some of these adults, who were once Operation School Bell Kids. It does make a difference in children’s lives.
It is a wonderful group of people that volunteer hundreds of hours to try and give back to our community and in the process creat friendships

scourtemarsh

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined less than a year ago and I am now a Board member. This organization really encourages growth. I am thrilled. Everything is very well organized and there is always a lot to do. Children benefit, along with a multitude of others, since we also give out scholarships, comfort bears, layettes, books, etc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer with Assistance League (since the end of November 2017) and I am already very impressed by how organized and neat everything is. Hard to believe, when you find out the Charity is run EXCLUSIVELY by volunteers. No paid Board of Directors!!! It is run like a well-oiled machine, each committee is composed of highly capable women (mostly women) and things get done efficiently. I am proud to say I am now a part of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Non Profit is run by volunteers so all of the proceeds go to helping people in the community, mainly children. I started volunteering with them because they had a great reputation in the community and they are fiscally very responsible.
They have a Thrift Store that is run, very well. It is clean and the items are not over priced.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most recently I joined the Assistance League of Las Vegas and have been pleasantly surprised at the warm welcome of the group. They have a first class facility which provides many needed services to the community. Nevada is a young state and with the influx of new people entering our community, the state education and mental health service centers have been overworked. Here is where the Assistance League has shown residents of their caring spirit and loving help. I am proud to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization has no paid staff, except for maintenance workers and has many projects serving children and citizens in Las Vegas. Some of the many projects include: Operation School Bell provides new clothing for students from low income families, the Desert Sage Auxiliary supports homeless college students with lap tops and gift cards ; Angel’s Assistance projects to include handmade gown/bonnet and booklet for parents of babies who die in birthing process.
I am a proud member of the Desert Sage Auxiliary!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of ALLV for 6 years. Everyone, from the President down, is a volunteer. We were able to clothe over 9,000 needy children this year, provide teddy bears for traumatized children and layettes to newborns. It is amazing what dedication can accomplish.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization ran by wonderful volunteers. I love shopping at their thrift store with so many awesome finds and the best part is all the money goes towards their programs for the kids in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Assistance League this February, 2018. I never realized all the wonderful work these ladies (and gentlemen) do for the community of Las Vegas. I had been looking for a couple of years where I would love to be and do the most good. I was welcomed in warmly and can't speak enough about all the programs the AL has for the community, and the children. God Bless the Assistance League and may it be around forever. I look forward to many years of service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to Las Vegas just over a year ago; upon moving I started looking for volunteer opportunities to start embedding myself in my new community. I found the Assistance League of Las Vegas last October and joined. I expected that I would have an opportunity to volunteer but what I didn't expect was to meet and bond with other volunteers so quickly. Not only does ALLV do great work through programs such as Operation School Bell, the ALLV Thrift Shop, Kids on the Block, and more, but they have brought a sense of community to me that I appreciate and value. I would recommend ALLV to any new member of the community, as well as long-term members of the community that would either like to participate as a volunteer or benefit from the services that ALLV provides.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for a large bank in Las Vegas and we have the opportunity to participate in this event several times throughout the year. Our team member love attending Operation School Bell because they get to see an immediate difference in the self-esteem of a child in need. Helping these kids is healing and humbling. As a volunteer, you can't help but walk away a better person after interacting with a child, helping them pick out brand new clothes in a store-like environment. As the child walks out of the dressing room in their new attire, their smile melts your heart. Many have mentioned this was the first time they had brand new socks or shoes. Wow!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Since 2013, I have had the pleasure of working with Assisteens®, an auxiliary of Assistance League®. This group of adolescents regularly shows me what is right with today's teens. So far this year 33 members have volunteered over 630 hours to improve lives in our community. They have given up precious Saturdays to guide children through Operation School Bell. They have spent Sundays making blankets for OSB, dressing bears for first responders, and earning money to shop for plus-size clothing to accommodate the larger students who come through OSB. They collected and distributed 263 books to children who didn't have a book to call their own. Most heartwarming though was their decision this year to forego their own holiday party to host one for underprivileged students. In December they served 57 youngsters breakfast and lunch, helped them shop at OSB, provided each a photo op with Santa, presented each a stocking full of goodies, and had each choose a stuffed animal and book. If these teens are our future, it seems to me we are in very good hands!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a retired eye surgeon, and a long time member of Desert Sage, the evening part of Las Vegas Assistance League. We aid kids on many ways, one of which is Operation School Bell.
We clothe needy kids referred by school teachers, with shoes, underwear, shirts, pants, jackets, school supplies, etc. We have a big
store, and members let the kids choose. Often, these are the first
new clothes student has. We have
many projects, such as Shadow Buddies, where we provide show
and tell dolls, matched to the patient.
This allows the cancer specialists to
show the kid what is going on, and the
kid to show his classmates. It allows the ill kid to have a pal to accompany him.
We also have written about twenty
kid's books, in Spanish and English, for
five and six year olds to own, and read
with their parents. I wrote one of them, about my dachshund, Max. They are fun to read, and are on easy topics.
We have so many good projects, it
is hard to mention them all.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a personal shopper for School Bell. As a teacher, I took a Continuing Education Class on working with students who live in poverty. The instructor gave us this criteria: After dinner, students from the upper class are asked "How was the presentation?" Students from middle class are asked "Did you like it?" Students who live in poverty are asked "Did you get enough?" When children come to me in School Bell, they barely have enough. When they leave, after they have selected new shoes, clothes, and a coat, they are proud of their presentation. This program elevates children in every way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteers, giving of their heart and time to help children in need, are what make Assistance League Las Vegas (ALLV) unique and special. For over 40 years, ALLV has been an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. I have been honored to be a member for 9 years. Volunteers work diligently to impact Clark County children through our many programs. Operation School Bell provides a school-appropriate wardrobe to over 8,000 students annually. Students with the most need are referred to us by the school district. Besides leaving with a bag of brand new clothes (jeans, shirts, jacket, socks, shoes, underwear, hygiene supplies, blanket, hat and gloves, reading book), students leave our facility with HUGE smiles and a remnewed sense of self-confidence!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered with a community group at Operation School Bell for six years before I became an active member of Assistance League of Las Vegas. The organization is amazing- it is an all volunteer group that dresses 8,000+ children per year! I am inspired by the caring and dedicated members that came before me, and who continue to make the work of Assistance League their lifelong passion.
The children that I have had the privilege to work with are so sweet and are truly appreciative of the help that we are providing to them, but also to their families. I have had numerous children tell me that their parents (or caregiver) will be so excited for them to have the new clothes and school supplies that we provide. These children want to go to school and learn, and I enjoy helping them be successful.
I am honored to be part of this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

On a very busy Saturday, I had a little boy about 8 years old. We went shopping in our OSB store and he was overwhelmed by all the clothes besides getting to pick out what he liked. He had never been shopping before this shopping spree. After 15 minutes of shopping, I returned him to the other children that were having pizza for lunch. He said I have had new clothes, energy bar, string cheese and now pizza, wow, is this what it is like to have a Birthday Party. Dressing little Micky made me realize why I work so many days and so hard helping these young children so deserving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for 5 years and love working for this organization. We are all volunteers working everyday to make a difference in the lives of the children and their families in our community. We have a Thrift Shop that helps provide funds for our many philanthropic programs which include Operation School Bell, Assistance League's Closets in elementary schools, Bears provided to various agencies for children in crisis, Layette program to name a few.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Las Vegas for 8 years now. We are 100 % volunteers with NO PAID STAFF. All donations go 100% to help children in need in the Las Vegas Valley. Last year Operation School Bell, our signature program, was able to help over 8000 children in need of school clothing. We are helping to make successful young adults out of these school children. When you don't have to worry about what you are wearing to school you can concentrate on your studies and succeed in school then succeed in LIFE !!!!! What a great feeling it is to be making a difference in the world we live in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League Las Vegas is the best non-profit organization there is. Everyone is a volunteer. No one gets a paycheck so ALL the monies raised goes directly back into the Las Vegas Valley. Our largest program is Operation School Bell. We clothe under privileged and homeless children in the Clark County School District. Every year our numbers grow -- last year we clothed over 8000 children. If someone is looking for a place to donate they don't need to look any further...... Assistance League Las Vegas will use their donation for the good of Las Vegas !

1 Bonnie48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 9th year volunteering - I have been in many organizations through the years but ALLV is exceptional - Every volunteer is there to help either through the thrift store or School Bell program but the most fun is being a KIDS ON THE BLOCK puppeteer - we go to many schools and perform shows teaching the audience that disabilities just make us different but really we are all the same - our Bullying skits are very relevant in today's world (unfortunately) - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What an honor it is to serve the membership of Assistance League of Las Vegas! Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our membership, donors, agencies, community volunteers and the children we serve. We are making a difference bringing hope and encouragement continually. We offer the ability for others to enhance their lives in many satisfying ways. We are proud to be housed in a Reynolds Foundation building that provides an inviting environment to work and to accomplish our goals in fulfilling our mission to provide goods and services to children in need. We welcome others who would like to learn more about us or even become a member or a donor. Assistance League of Las Vegas is an amazing place where last year members gave 40,000 hours of time. That is truly amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Las Vegas is an amazing non-profit organization that provides goods and services to children in need by members who are not paid, who offer their helping hands over and over again to benefit others. The rewards for serving with Assistance League of Las Vegas come back two-fold again and again. Members not only serve others, but have the opportunity to further develop their own skills and create new interests with the help and encouragement of other members. I am so proud to be a member who welcomes children who come to us for new clothing and other items. I am proud to be a puppeteer who preforms a skit about blindness to educate third grade students about this disability. I am proud to help facilitate the ongoing operation of Assistance League of Las Vegas. I would encourage everyone who desires to help others to take a look at joining us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a member with the amazing women of Assistance League since 1990 . I am so gratified at how hard members and volunteers work. What a wonderful group of people and how much we are able to accomplish to enhance the lives of children and their families. Whether one works with Operation School Bell, clothing needy children, the Thrift Store, selling donations of items from our friends in the community to help pay the bills, or any of the other branches of ALLV, our all volunteer membership excells at going the extra mile to help those who are in need of our services. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization!
Suzanne Rivers

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 10th year as a volunteer in assistance league. I have enjoyed working in the Thrift Shop to raise money . The comments that I hear from the customers all the time is that the shop is always so clean and organized!!!!! The customers know what we are all about and a lot times they say (keep the change) I know that it is for a good cause!!!!
Judy Weniger

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Las Vegas has many dedicated volunteers who truly make a difference for children. Not only do they provide clothing for school children in need, they do puppet shows about difficult topics lake bullying and abuse, provide bears to traumatized children, layettes for needy newborns and memory boxes for parents of babies that do not survive( this one still makes me cry).
you will find ladies of many different backgrounds working side by side. There are so many different things to do that almost every one can find a fun and satisfying niche. Mine is the thrift shop and helping run the building since we have no hired managers. I have been at it for 16 years and plan to make more than 20 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is my 13th year as a volunteer in the Assistance League. I have enjoyed helping to raise money in the Thrift Shop for the children in the community that we serve. Delivering bears to the Rape Crisis Center I have heard heart-breaking stories where our bears have made a difference, and delivering clothes to the Assistance League Closet at Roundy School, an at-risk school, to help out children in emergency situations has been very gratifying. Our children have many needs and I am proud to help in my small way to make their burden easier.
Joan Hendricks