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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: 2016/2017Fiscal Year --

Operation School Bell clothed 2,098 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 2016/2017, 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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Christa B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have only ever encountered friendly and dedicated volunteers at the Assistance League. They have an excellent variety of items for sale. The items are of good quality. I've purchased a pool table (to refurbish), furniture, drapes and linens, clothing, and kitchen accessories from them. They have a well organized book section. They have toys and items for children. My personal favorite section is the furniture room. I love hunting for linens and pillows, as well as unique furniture. They also have sales, which makes shopping there even more fun! The Assistance League is the only thrift store I visit on a regular basis. And I know that the money they earn goes to a wonderful cause...helping children.

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...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League has generously supported Birth Choice of Temecula with donations of gently used clothing for the children of clients that come to the Center needing assistance.


They help us supply clothing for children from infants to size 3, which is a great help to our non profit association.


We deeply appreciate their caring, giving and generous hearts to the cause of helping moms and children in need

1

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.

1

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

1 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.

1

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.

1

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!

2

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!