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Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Results: 2019/2020Fiscal Year --

Operation School Bell clothed 2,554 students from the Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Romoland and Lake Elsinore School Districts at Kohl's in Murrieta, Menifee and Temecula.


Save Our Students (SOS) - Kits were provided to serve a total of 239 students in Head Start Preschool programs with needed clothing and supplies.


Chapters for Children provided clothing in August 2016 to children of low-income military families at Camp Pendleton. Our chapter provided 534 pair of jeans to 267 boys and 13 gift cards serving a total of 280 boys.


Operation Bar Hug provided 3,400 bears to the four nearby hospital emergency rooms.


Operation Scholarships awarded 24 grants ($11,250) to Murrieta teachers and 4 grants ($1,800) to Lake Elsinore teachers for a total of $13,050 in teacher grants. In April and May 2017, the committee awarded an $875 scholarship to 38 high school students in the Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore School Districts ($33,250 total).


Operation Foster Youth provided service to 972 children. 113 children received Christmas gifts specific to that child’s request. 136 kids received new clothes from a generous donation of Gymboree clothing from Every Child’s Dream Foundation. More than 80 children new to foster care received a duffle bag full of new and gently used clothing, hygiene kits and shoe voucher. We also provided more than 450 foster kids with summer activity passes to amusement parks, water parks, bowling, roller skating and movie theaters. The program also helped seniors with graduation expenses, baby items to foster agencies and a foster youth attending culinary school.


Operation Non-Profit Partnerships provided backpacks to St. Vincent DePaul, Community Mission of Hope and Chaparral High School. In 'N Out gift cards were donated at Christmas for 75 teenagers through the Menifee Community Cupboard. Support was provided for the Breakthrough program as well as high school health techs in the Murrieta Unified School District. For ‘Make a Difference Day’ 10 Osmo Wonder Kits and 50 $10 incentive program certificates for middle school students were donated to the Menifee Union School District. Approximately 23 nonprofit groups use our meeting room for free on a regular basis. A total of 10,425 people received service through this program.


Operation SHADES, our financial literacy program, presented the seminar to 214 students in the Temecula and Lake Elsinore school districts.


Operation Community Outreach provided assistance to 35 people to meet one-time emergency needs. From emergencies such as house fires or accidents to people unable to get back home were the requests to this program.


Target demographics: Assistance League philanthropic programs benefit at risk children, individuals and families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: During our fiscal year 2019/2020, all philanthropic programs combined provided service and assistance to 17,911 recipients.

Geographic areas served: Assistance League serves the communities of Southwest Riverside County - Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and Romoland.

Programs:

Operation School Bell, provides new school clothing to identified low-income schoolchildren (K-12);


Chapters for Children is a partnership of seven local Southern California Assistance League chapters who combine financial resources and the time and energy of chapter volunteers each summer to create a "Thank you" weekend for Marine families. This program provides new school clothing to low income military families with dependent school children stationed at Camp Pendleton;


Save Our Students (SOS) provides duffle bags filled with items for immediate hygiene needs and a change of clothing distributed to Head Start, State preschool and Special Education Preschool classrooms;


Operation Community Outreach, meets a range of community needs on a one-time basis; Operation Foster Youth facilitates collaboration with local foster care homes and foster family agencies to provide service in the form of the basic essentials of clothing and necessary supplies to foster family agencies for children entering the foster care system;


Operation SHADES, provides financial literacy seminars concentrating on Foster Youth and at risk students who are Juniors and Seniors. Topics include goal setting, banking, budgeting, credit, job search and car costs


Operation Bear Hug, provides bears to children who are sick, traumatized or injured who visit local emergency rooms;


Operation Scholarships awards financial aid to graduating high school seniors in our local districts. Also, project grants are awarded to district teachers to enable them to provide enrichment activities for their students;


Operation Nonprofit Partnerships partners with other community nonprofit organizations to assist in providing needed services to the community. The program oversees the free use of the chapter meeting room by other 501(c)(3) organizations. Partnership service needs are defined as the provision of goods and services that the chapter determines meet a need in the community and that Assistance League has no philanthropic program in place to meet these needs.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

George-Hawkins.75

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Had an accident on my way from work home ...and seriously injured and asking for support.Thank you .

Juliana R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago the assistance league put on a program for senior girls to receive a prom dress that they normally would not have been able to purchase. My daughter was able to go shopping (for free) for a dress and shoes and a purse to go to the prom. It was such a blessing at a difficult time.
I also received another huge blessing recently when I found the most comfy couch in the world at your store. It was half price at $40. I was ecstatic. Now everyone wants to sit on our sofa!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new resident in the area I was super leased to find my sofa sleeper, night stand, lamp and dresser for super low prices BUT great condition! I have since found needed glassware and serving dishes. I love to stop by and shop for the sake of shopping now

Veronica M. L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher and an active citizen. I have seen the Assistance League of Temecula Valley through the eyes of students provided with needed supplies to be prepared for school. I have also seen the Assistance League of Temecula Valley speak before city councils to share how their work benefits our local communities. I have been to the Assistance League Thrift Shop on 28720 Via Montezuma in Temecula to see volunteers of all ages serving tirelessly to support the work and mission of the Assistance League of Temecula Valley. This is truly a community effort as the Assistance League volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined ALTV just under 3 years ago. The positive energy, beginning with the orientation, was amazing. I wanted to find an organization that met my goals of giving back and helping those less fortunate, especially kids. What we do in our local area in Operation School Bell (clothes for kids), Foster Youth, Assisteens, financial literacy (Shades), Operation Scholarships (college scholarships and teacher grants), Operation Bear Hug and Chapters for Children is incredible. AND, it’s all done through our volunteers and income from our Thrift Store. So, 100 percent of what we generate goes back into the community. Very few nonprofits can say that. Needless to say, there are countless ways to volunteer. You find your own way. I chose Marketing/Communications and Operation Scholarships and sometimes, Operation School Bell. I find it an honor to represent this organization. Incredible nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I do outreach work to help the crisis pregnancy center in Lake Elsinore. The Assistance League has graciously helped to provide clothing in sizes newborn to 6 to help families out in their time of need. It is a great financial help as many are not able to provide the clothing growing children need. It is greatly appreciated, they are a loving caring organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League is a community organization which gives back to those in most need by donating clothing to Birth Choice which allows our clients in great need of clothing for their children. They give of their time to help others. They are a great asset to our community.. we appreciate their generosity immensely.

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Christa B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my favorite thrift store. The ladies (and men) who volunteer there are kind, thoughtful, and efficient. The thrift store is well run and has a wide variety of quality items. I try to go at least once a week. The causes they support help students in the local community. I truly love this place!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Assistance League is my go-to thrift store. They have friendly staff (all volunteers). They have a wide variety of items at great prices. I nearly always find something I just "have to have". And it makes me happy to know the money goes straight to the community and good causes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been shopping at Assistance League since I was a teenager, living in Temecula. I moved away for college and recently moved back and it has once again earned top spot, for me. Of all the thrift stores in town, this one beats the rest. The ladies volunteering their time here are sweet and helpful. You can tell they really care about the place, and their place in it. It’s super clean, super organized, super selections, SUPER prices! Plus they have even have great sales like first Friday of the month where it’s a half off sale the already greasy prices! I love the causes that my money goes towards, here. As a woman, and a mother, I couldn’t be more glad to give my money to this thrift store. Every time I see a post of someone asking where they can donate (and some specifically asking where else to donate besides the local SA) I ALWAYS say Assistance League. I really appreciate that even as the years have gone by they have kept their prices lower compared to other thrift stores. Some thrift stores around here are marking things retail store prices! I sometimes can’t believe it. They aren’t greedy like that here and understand people shop at thrift stores for reasons. They have set prices for selections of clothes; For example all short sleeves are one set price. They do have a boutique section which I still find to be reasonably priced and I still always find name brand things in the non boutique sections. I can’t say enough great things about Assistance League, seriously! They’ve for sure made it possible for a single income house of 4 to have their kids have enough clothes for the seasons!

Monica M.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Temecula is gem in our valley. These dedicated volunteers not only run a local thrift store, but they also, give so much to our local students, teachers and families through our the year. Each beginning of the school year, this groups donates to over 3,000 school children in Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, and Temecula through Operation School Bell. This program provides each low income student with new clothes and shoes for the school year. After this, unique program, the volunteers of the AL begin to accept applications from teachers who need financial assistance with purchasing education items. In Murrieta, several teachers have applied for a grant and have been granted funds to purchase Adaptive PE equipment for special needs students, and books for elementary classrooms. Additionally, the AL provides financial literacy to high school students, and financial support to homeless senior high school students. The AL of TV truly has heart for students and their wavering dedication to displayed through their programs. They really are making a difference and are showing the community that action and compassion is a wonderful combination.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Temecula has been a timeless foundation of support, generosity, and kindness in our community. I am humbled and amazed at how well the Assistance League of Temecula continues to be a leader in giving, sharing, and supporting our Community.

This organization is unique in that it fulfills its mission to serve, so well; all while operating in a way that is responsible, diligent, and strategic about its solvency and stability. The Assistance League of Temecula is undoubtedly one of the best run non-profit organizations I've come across. It's leadership and vision has always been admirable & inspiring. The devoted volunteers, the programs, and the operation as a whole are tremendous.

This organization is truly an unsung hero in our community. It does so much to support so many. And, it invests in itself, as needed, to enable it to give and do more. They set the bar for what a mighty non-profit organization looks like.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am never disappointed. I have found a treasure or two and use this store for on of a kind outfits. I also love the bargains when I need an item or two for centerpieces for an event or decor for the home. Dnating to this organization and knowing that someone appreciates it or it was a need for a job interview etc. is rewarding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the women who generously serve their community in AL do so with professionalism and joy. They are so friendly and some even funny! And the sales and merchandise are great too. Thank you all!

Sandra K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on a path of weight loss for the past 4.5 years dropping 70 pounds. I could not afford to purchase brand new clothing every time I left a size behind. The ALTV has made it possible for me to afford to buy clothing in my new right size. I'm grateful to the organization, volunteers and donors who support this wonderful charity. You help me, and more importantly, you help our community. Thank you.

Mike S.16

Donor

Rating: 5

Having been associated with the Assistance League for many years, I am continually amazed at how far everyone in the organization goes to help others in the community. The Assistance League of Temecula Valley is consistently recognized as an outstanding non-profit leader in our area . I am proud to support them, buy from them and to know many who volunteer and support this terrific effort for those who need them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a Menifee Rotary Meeting with my husband. The speaker was from Assistance League of Temecula Valley. I was amazed at the numerous number projects they participate in or run. Operation School Bell especially touched my heart. These ladies are always giving. Their work certainly encouraged me to become more involved in helping children have new school clothes. You cannot imagine the joy it is to see a child thrilled with new socks and t-shirts for school. The League has helped with art supplies for elementary schools. Encouraging a child in art encourages interest in school.

I visited the thrift store and it is beautiful. I seriously have more fun shopping the boutique sale than I have shopping at Nordstrom’s annual sale.

Wherever there is a need in the community, the Assistance League of Temecula Valley is there to help.

Thank you!

Anne M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first visited the Assistance League thrift store in Temecula about three years ago and make a point of visiting whenever I am out that way. The volunteers who staff the store are fabulous. I usually check out the "boutique" which is the up-scale women's clothing and the kids sections. My kids enjoy looking through the toys. But the best part is knowing that my purchases are supporting the local community - especially women and children in need. Over time I've chatted with the ladies who work at the store and have learned about some of the ways they provide no-cost clothing and furniture to families in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous place to meet wonderful people and give back to society.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Temecula's Assistance League is always clean, neat and well-staffed with friendly and helpful volunteers. There are always new things to see and find. When my husband and I go there, it is always a pleasure and fun.

Rita O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League Temecula is a wonderful place to volunteer with all the community programs they offer! There is a spot for everyone no matter how large or small your time to give back. There are over 100 lovely people waiting to be a friend and share their enthusiasm with you! Come join us!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a 15 year volunteer of Assistance League and spend a lot of time accepting donations at our "back door". What I hear most often when I ask what brought our donor to us is that they are doing it "for the kids". Our philanthropic programs serve thousands of children each year, all in the communities of Menifee, Romoland, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula. Having been a volunteer in many areas, the fact that all the funds raised by our chapter stay in these communities is very important to me as it seems to be for our donors as well. Their generosity is "giving back to the community".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Discovered Assistance League of Temecula in 1994 and have enjoyed the treasure hunting ever since. I enjoy the high quality of clothing, home goods and collectibles.

Thank you for all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I drive from Escondido to Temecula to visit this store. They always have lots of goodies to look through. It is well organized and easy to navigate. I really like the ladies who work the check-out - they are very pleasant and fun to talk with. The gentlemen working the back are very helpful and friendly as well. It's a great place to shop.

Gerry-Leigh Johnson

Jennifer S.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took my daughter one day to just look around and have some fun. Out of nowhere my daughter screams with joy. She saw fabulous dress for proms and saw her dress. The quality of the gown was fantastic. The assistant there helped her to the dressing room and suggested some shoes and a handbag. all went so well together. The total was under $100. We couldn't believe it. She not only wore the dress to her Scholarship Pageant 3 times in a row but she wore it to prom as well. She loves this silver and gold gown. We continue to go back for many other things and the staff there were so helpful and fun. We would love to thank the Assistance League of Temecula Valley for having such wonderful finds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at a local school for preschoolers of low income families. Every year, the Assistance League sponsors a Fall Festival which our children and families attend. It is a wonderful affair in which all have a great time and we get to interact together outside of the school. The really supportive and caring act the league provides follows this event. They donate all of the extra pumpkins to the school so each child will be able to claim one for themselves to decorate. There faces light up when they receive the pumpkins and show great pride when they finish their creative work on them. This organization is a prime example of a nonprofit that cares...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The store is well managed, clean and the people are very special. Very special means that they are helpful, kind and always willing to assist.

Nothing but great experiences in finding gifts for grandchildren and for ourselves. I like how the items are priced as a product, not priced by individual garment.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister, niece and I always meet for the first Friday sale -- we have such a great time together shopping all the wonderful items throughout the store. Even though this is a very popular sale day, and the lines are long, the volunteers are courteous, helpful and friendly. As we leave with bulging shopping bags we look forward to the next first Friday sale. We have too much fun to ever miss it.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League has given me a purpose to wake up in the morning. I have made good friends and together we have helped give back to our community. We have fun while contributing to a worth while cause.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Assitance league is the best, all the merchandise is displayed well, its clean and neat. The book section is is order by Author and by material. Wonderful for readers. They have a boutique area for nicer clothers and shoes and purses even dresses for your girls to wear to parties. Plus, and to us one of the most important parts, its easy to donate. They are open to accept donations most of the normal business hours. The volunteers are all very nice and helpful, thank you, for your donationa and ask you to come again because they appreciate you and your donations. They also have special sales everyweek, and once a month they have a 50% off sale. Its truly a great, well run and special place.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great selection of clothing, books, furniture, pictures and other household items. Friendly volunteer staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have great experience every time I go into Assistance League of Temecula Valley. The Ladies that volunteer there are friendly and willing to help you with any questions you have. The Assistance League Prices are reasonably-priced . This is my favorite thrift store.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just moved to Temecula a few months ago and was talking to someone about volunteering. He mentioned how the Assistance League of Temecula Valley did so much with kids. The more I found out the more I liked. This organization does so much....clothe over 2100 low income kids for new school clothes, supports military families, educate teens on financial literacy, award teacher grants to buy school supplies, college scholarships to local seniors, etc. Mostly financed through their thriftshop and vast array of volunteers. Great organization

2 Jason H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I have been involved with the ALTV since first learning about them in 2010. This truly is an amazing group of people that are so giving of themselves for the good of others. All of the money raised by the sales in there huge thrift store goes right back into our local community helping kids in need. Because I have seen the good they do first hand, this is the only place I take my donations to. If you have not yet visited this thrift store or met any of these very special people, I highly suggest you do. You too will be an ALTV fan for life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have supported the amazing efforts for the kids and our communities by the Assistance League of Temecula Valley for many years. We have nothing but admiration for the passionate efforts of all of their members. Their organization is well run. We love watching them flourish and help more people !!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Temecula is a fantastic organization. They have assisted our foster family agency with donations of brand new clothing, toys, baby items and more for the children and families that we serve. They also have provided our foster children with tickets to local amusement parks, water parks, and other fun activities. They really care about foster children and are always willing to go the extra mile to help the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Temecula has been an incredible supporter of our agency and our foster youth! From clothing, to college financial Assistance, holiday gifts, supporters of our summer activities, to letting us use their facility for meetings. They are great!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Valley News is the local newspaper serving the Southwest Riverside County and we have witnessed first-hand the impact of the services and products provided by Assistance League of Temecula Valley. They have literally touched the lives of tens of thousands.
The non-profit is staffed by all volunteers and has been serving local communities for over twenty-six years; they currently serve six communities with their nine programs. Their thrift shop, a converted bowling alley, is their main source of revenue (along with donations). Donors -- large and small alike -- are impressed with the high rate of return to the community and often maintain ongoing giving relationships. John Hine Mazda and Subaru in Temecula is just one of their major supporters.
Their programs include Operation School Bell (in partnership with local department stores) which clothes thousands of kids for school; Operation Bear Hugs which provides thousands of teddy bears to local hospitals and emergency rooms; Operation SHADES which provides financial literacy classes and resources; Operation Foster Youth which provides resources, activities and other opportunities for foster youth and their families.
Assistance League of Temecula Valley provides grants for teachers and scholarships for students. Last year this totaled almost $50,000.
The non-profit organization also partners with seven other AL chapters in Chapters for Children, providing for low-income military kids. They also provide resources/services and meeting spaces for other non-profits, partnering with them to meet community needs. Their Community Outreach program provides one-time emergency funds to assist those with house fires and accidents.
This is a fiscally-responsible and community-involved non-profit that has been faithfully serving community needs through volunteers for decades.
We have enjoyed a great working relationship with them throughout many of those years and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their success stories with our tens of thousands of community readers.

Paul Bandong
VP, Reeder Media Group
dba Valley News, Village News, Anza Valley Outlook
SoCal News & Marketing

3 Susan C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's so nice to have the Assistance League as part of our community. Their shop in Temecula is always well organized and very clean. The staff is always super friendly and helpful. I enjoy hunting for unique treasures and the best part is that the money goes to help children. That's a double bonus! They also have many fun events to help raise more funds during the year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Temecula Valley is an amazing non-profit that does a lot to help school children in many different facets, from scholarships to clothing. The organization is entirely volunteer driven and they generate most of the revenue through their thrift shop to be able to fund all of their various gifting events.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have the Assistance League of Temecula Valley serving Menifee and our local communities. I have been a volunteer, donor, shopper and supporter of them for the past few years. I love knowing that all the donations I bring to their Thrift Shop, and the shopping I do there, goes back out into the community. They are a great group; dedicated, smart, enterprising and caring. If you have checked them out, you should!

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Donor

Rating: 5

These people have been great for our community. As the Mayor of Wildomar, CA we have been supporting this group for many years through our community block grants. It's been my pleasure to know them personally. Love their work on behalf of our children in the Temecula Valley.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic, helpful and friendly volunteers! The store is well organized and clean. Always a treasure to be found. I love that my purchases help my own community.

2 Vickie P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my many years volunteering for charitable organizations, I have found the Assistance League Temecula Valley to be a well-organized pillar for the community. The Thrift Shop is top-shelf, offering quality merchandise at great prices run 100% by volunteer staff.

We have a variety of programs to help at-risk children of our community to grow and thrive. Watching the faces of kids who have never been the first to wear their clothes, picking out a brand new wardrobe is absolutely the best reward I can imagine.

If I didn't have other obligations, I would commit a full-time schedule to the Assistance League, as many of my tireless colleagues do!



1 Joymk

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer member of this wonderful organization since June 2016. I started out working a few hours a month in the thrift shop, not wanting to make too big of a commitment of my time. One year later, I was inspired to do more and I joined the board. I am very fortunate and honored to be able to contribute my time to this great cause.

The thrift shop is the main revenue driving contributor, with proceeds going back to local philanthropic programs. One primary program is Operation School Bell (OSB) which benefits students from low income families. It is heart warming to see the joy in the faces of these kids when they walk away with new school clothes. OSB is one of many programs of this local chapter that helps those in need.

The thrift shop is clean, organized, and always has so many nice, quality items. The prices are unbelievable! So many customers have commented about this being one of the best thrift shops they have ever been to.

The organization is run 100% by volunteers. It operates like a small corporation, under the policies and guidelines of National Assistance League.

I am so glad I found my way to Assistance League!

7 Shelley19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in different non-profits for over 35 years. When I joined the Assistance League of Temecula Valley I was overwhelmed with the attention to detail in all that they do. The formula for success is obvious when you start out sorting clothes and in a year are on the Board. I have met a lot of women who are also retired and still want to contribute to the community in which they live. It is definitely a community based organization. So I can tell my other friends with pride that I help children and others in need right here in our town. I love it!

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3 Dorcas S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in my fourth year of volunteering with Assistance League of Temecula Valley and am still in awe of the level of commitment and hours of hard work that is given by our members. Our dedication to serving the needs of disadvantaged students and families in southwest Riverside County has never been stronger. Many thanks to all of our volunteers, supporters and shoppers for your help in achieving our goals.

3 Jennifer295

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Assistance League for helping the community with a great thrift store, Operation School Bell and many other helps. You are number one. Jenny Cartell, a frequent shopper :)

3 dekof2013

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE this place!

The staff is super friendly and the merchandise is fantastic!

I have come across so many great treasures here and it's very inexpensive. Why would I want to pay $30 for a shirt when I can get at the Assistance League thrift store for $2? Plus, it feels good when I can satisfy my shopping urge and give back to the community at the same time. You have to check this place out!