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Assistance League of the Bay Area

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services, Thrift Shops, Victims Services

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

Results: This year we have clothed over 2000 area students; provided prom attire for 125 high school seniors; provided tuition assistance for summer enrichment classes at University of Houston-Clear Lake; reached several students at risk for dropping out of school; provided over 250 manicures at Baywind Nursing Home; distributed 41 kits for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse; assisted 18 referred clients with selecting job and interview-appropriate clothing from our award-winning Resale Shop; and donated over 3,600 books to Title I campuses valued at over $40,000.

Target demographics: We work with school age children in the Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, and La Porte Independent School Districts as well as the Mosbacher Odyssey Academy charter system with locations in Galveston, League City, and Seabrook, Texas. We serve adults by providing interview or job-appropriate clothing from our award-winning Resale Shop.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We serve over 3500 people in the Bay Area each year.

Programs: Operation School Bell, Assistance League Operation Cinderella, Operation Support Our Schools, Assault Survivor Kits, Ready for Work, and Community Outreach.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Bay Area is An incredible 100% volunteer organization. For many years this organization has helped cloth over 2,000 youngsters a year. The need is great and after last year’s storm it grew to 3,000 kiddos. It’s members are Committed, organized and passionate about its philanthropic programs. ALBA receives donations, grants and sales through its Resale Shop to fund its projects. Great local organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Following Hurricane Harvey's flooding of the area. many families were left with nothing - no home, clothing, food, books. A new group of economically disadvantaged families were part of our schools. Assistance League of the Bay Area members stepped up and learned about these needs. Food , new clothing, shoes, and underwear were supplied to students and their families identified by the school staff. Mattresses, bedding, towels. a small refrigerator, cleaning supplies, eye exams, glasses and dental services were purchased and given to students and their families. These good works will continue as the need still persists.

Jennifer Quillin M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was personally touched one year while volunteering for Operation Cinderella. There was a very thoughtful young woman who carefully chose a prom dress and a graduation dress (we had extra short dresses that year). I was happy the boutique experience that Assistance League provides allowed her the time to pick what were certainly important garments for her senior year.

After choosing dresses, shoes, jewelry and an evening bag, she and her mother approached the "checkout" area. As the dresses were placed in plastic and the accessories in be-ribboned white bags, the young woman looked quizzically at the Assistance League member checking her out.

"What does this cost?" she asked.

"It doesn't cost anything," the member said. "It's free."

I will never forget the reaction of the young woman and her mother. The young woman was smiling and her mother was crying. And I realized that Operation Cinderella wasn't just impacting young ladies, it was impacting mothers and fathers and families.

I have volunteered for Operation Cinderella every year since I joined Assistance League of the Bay Area. I will never miss it!


Jill Romero S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

To know and work with the members of this organization is to watch selflessness in action. In the midst of tragedy, members got to work hand in hand to assist the community. As Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on our area and our lives, members can be seen volunteering in every capacity until the organization's own programs are back up and running. Doesn't matter if they personally suffered through the storm or not, it is in their nature to give back and help change lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Assistance League of the Bay Area for over 20 years. They are by far one of the most generous, hardworking and professional organizations I know. For over two decades the Assistance League has provided clothes, hygiene products, food and other vital needs to the children we serve through Communities In Schools – Bay Area (CIS). More importantly they have provided students hope for a brighter future.

The Assistance League of the Bay Area works directly with CIS site coordinators to provide clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to children through Operation School Bell. Through Operation Cinderella seniors in High School who might not otherwise attend their school prom are given prom attire including tuxedos, dresses, jewelry and more. The Assistance League also provides eye glasses to many of our students as well as dental care to others through one of its members. Finally, through Operation Support Our Schools, the Assistance League of the Bay Area designates an Assistance League Liaison for each of the 16 schools where we have a program. This Assistance League Member provides a myriad of support through donations of food, gifts for our students during the holidays, provision of nutritional support and incentives for students to stay in school.

Thank you, Assistance League of the Bay Area, for transforming the lives of thousands of children a year through your support of CIS – Bay Area and your commitment to our community.

Peter C. Wuenschel, PhD
Executive Director
Communities In Schools – Bay Area

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of the Bay Area is an impeccable organization! The women of this organization give contributions of time, talent and treasure. They are completely selfless when it comes to elevating the lives of marginalized people. I work for an organization that benefits from the services provided by the group and have seen the direct impact of how important the Assistance League of the Bay Area is in changing lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization for 7 years now, and I am so proud to work alongside these wonderful people. We serve the Bay Area of Houston in so many different ways. We provide school clothes for children in need, prom attire for high school students who wouldn't be able to attend otherwise, and lend a helping hand to local schools in partnership with Communities in Schools. We also partner with United Way to provide clothing for adults going to job interviews. These women and high school Assisteens work tirelessly to meet the needs of families, all on a completely volunteer basis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I proudly serve with this organization and am proud to serve. We are an all volunteer organization. The children and families of the Bay Area are served by everything we do. Our entire focus is to do everything we can to make the lives of the families we serve, better. The resale shop is all volunteer, we accept all donations and are proud to be one of the top rated resale shops in our area. Please join us. volunteer, donate and serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League is a wonderful organization! They help school-aged, economically disadvantaged students that need nutritional support or appropriate campus clothing, and for those who are seniors in high school, the ability to attend prom.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization since 2004. I desired to join because of its mission of serving at-risk populations at the child, teen, and adult ages. It is been truly remarkable to see the smiles and tears of happiness when we were able to provide them an opportunity they might otherwise not have. Whether it's receiving school-appropriate clothing that is also stylish and similar to their peers, experiencing prom ensconced in beautiful clothing and accessories, or selecting fashionable interview clothing for that all-important job, Assistance League of the Bay Area is providing a hand up to someone who needs it. #wechangelives

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Bay Area is an organization who provides support to children, adults, and the elderly. Ranging from distributing a week's worth of clothes, prom attire, interview-appropriate wear, to assisting students who have been identified as at-risk for dropping out of school, to volunteering in the classrooms at a summer enrichment program at a local university, to spending quality time with senior citizens at a nursing home, or simply answering a one-time need of a family or individual due to a catastrophic situation, this group of dedicated women put caring and commitment into action in the communities we serve.

Our largest philanthropy, Operation School Bell, is the program that enables students who have been identified by their school district as economically disadvantaged, to receive a week's worth of clothing, appropriate undergarments, a personal hygiene kit, socks, and a $15 Payless shoe voucher. It is so heart-warming to participate in this each year. Parents and students are thrilled with the clothes and express themselves with hugs, tears, and smiles on their faces.

We can't meet all the students' needs who qualify as economically disadvantaged due to the limitations of our budget. We have fabulous funding initiatives - an annual event and a beautiful Resale Shop. However, in order to grow this outreach, we are dependent on grants from foundations and community-minded companies and individuals who desire to help us expand our reach.

We hope that will happen as we seek to inform others of the wonderful things we do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of Assistance League of the Bay Area. We change lives in our community with our six philanthropic programs. Our 180-member volunteers work magic from La Porte to Galveston Island. Our focus is helping children and in turn their families succeed in school and life. From clothing children for school to providing nutritional support to the students during the school year to donating books to classrooms and school libraries, Assistance League of the Bay Area is improving lives in our area.

I like that all the money we raise in our area on an annual basis stays in the community we serve. If you combine our annual fundraising with the value of our volunteer service hours, each year we are investing over one million dollars into our local community. And this is done by an organization that is 100% volunteer! Join us. Support our programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member and volunteer with the Assistance League of the Bay Area for over 6 years and have found the experience to be beneficial for both the volunteer and the recipient of our services. Whether wanting to be in a leadership role or a simple "indian" and many members like to refer to themselves as, there are opportunities for everyone. You may choose to volunteer in the resale shop to help raise funds for the organization or be hands on help with the philanthropies of Operation School Bell (clothing children in need in the four surrounding school districts with new, school appropriate clothing), Operation Cinderella (dressing young ladies and men with prom attire for their senior proms), or Hands from the Heart (giving manicures and fellowship to our senior residents at Baywind Nursing home) as well as others. There is something for everyone! All you have to do is dive in.

Barbara279

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for 8 years and during that time I have held numerous positions within the organization. I am so impressed with the spirit of the women who belong to this organization! Their can-do attitude makes it possible to accomplish the near impossible when it comes to dressing children for Operation School Bell or Operation Cinderella, helping the schools within our service area, and aiding the families of these children. As Treasurer, I have seen how they utilize their funds wisely for the good of the community. This all-volunteer organization works hard to fundraise through an award-winning Resale Shop, an annual Gala, selling cookbooks, and searching for additional assistance through grants and foundations. All money raised by this organization is returned to the community through their philanthropies. Truly a wonderful organization to support through my time and your gifts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer organization in my area and found the Assistance League! Never have I witnessed an all volunteer group give so much to the community - clothing, food, dental and vision care, scholarships, prom attire for high school seniors, job interview appropriate clothing and companionship to seniors citizens in an area nursing home! This is probably the best kept secret in the Bay Area. These volunteers are ready to help when called upon and work tirelessly to secure ways of helping those in need.

1 Arlis.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for the Assistance League of the Bay Area in 2014 after retiring in 2013. I had always wanted to serve my community in a capacity that allowed me to give back to CCISD. My parents were teachers in the district and I was a student in the district from Kindergarten through 12th grade (go Wildcats!). A dear friend invited me to attend a social at her home and I met several current members who shared with me their stories of volunteering with the Assistance League. Their passion was infectious and so I signed up. I love to work at the Resale Shop! The shop is beautiful and every day is a surprise. Our members work very hard to create a lovely shopping experience. Everything I do for Assistance League, every day I serve, every person I meet just reminds me more and more why I give back what was so freely given to me. The Assistance League of the Bay Area is my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We change lives! I'm proud to have served this organization for 2 years. A mighty group of women who work tirelessly to support children of all school ages so each child can have a successful school experience.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was recently in the United Way Bay Area building for a meeting and noticed the Assistance League's Operation School Bell was in full force on the first floor! I stepped in (I am a school district administrator) and observed the number of volunteers outfitting little ones for the school year. But what truly moved me was not the number of workers, but the tender care and attention each was giving to their student through the fitting process. I left feeling so blessed for this organization and its heart - and how they ensure each child has what they need to 'blend in' with their classmates and, ultimately, a better chance at being successful in school.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The lovely ladies of the Assistance League of Bay Area go above and beyond to help me meet my students needs. Their tireless efforts make huge differences in all families they help.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My friend, Susan just got back from New Mexico, where she goes to volunteer as a

doctor on an Indian reservation. She was telling me that, although she is not a

religious person, she saw an awe-inspiring scene while driving. A thunderstorm had

just passed, leaving clouds of all shades of red, pink and purple. As she was coming dangerously close to driving off the road, because of looking at the incredible sky,

she rounded a curve and came upon an even more beautiful sight. A cliff just ahead

was striped in the same colors as the sky! She had tears in her eyes telling me about

it. So, I told her of having a similar feeling last Friday, while working for Operation

School Bell at one of the Dickinson dressing days. I was working at the check-out

desk, so had a ring-side seat to watch all the kids trying on clothes, while our Assistance

League helpers were knocking themselves out for these kids. They were literally

running, back and forth, exchanging sizes and colors, handing out praise and positive

comments for all our little "customers." They were behaving as if they were getting

paid millions! They were working as if they were trying for a promotion! I heard so

many phrases like "way to go" and "I could never do this without this great support

system". I admit to my own tears, while thinking "these women don't have to work

like this". They don't have to give up their time. They don't have to lift heavy boxes

or mop floors the size of football fields, or deal with problems for six straight

hours. Yet, they keep showing up for this really difficult task, of clothing over 3,000 at-

risk children, never letting their co-workers or the kids down, and never asking for

anything but the chance to help the less fortunate in our world. I'm not religious

either, but watching all that lifted my heart that day!


Ellen Lancaster


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member and volunteer for the Assistance League of the Bay Area for 14 years and each year my heart is filled with joy as we together with our community partners continue to "Make a Difference" and change lives today and forever. I have had the honor of serving in many areas of our organization but last year was the beginning of a new and exciting experience. I participated in the growth and promotion of our organization and witnessed the birth of a new partnership with (H-E-B) and how friendships can be dynamic. I look forward to continuing my service as a proud member in our organization. YPerrin

2 Madeline N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of ALBA for ten years. The Assistance League has several philanthropic programs, but my two favorite are Operation School Bell, and Operation Cinderella. Last week, I worked as a volunteer for Operation School Bell and watched the young children come in to receive their school clothing. They were precious...and so proud when they received their clothing. The other program, Operation Cinderella, helps Junior and Senior girls and boys with Prom Expenses. The boys receive a Tux and ticket...and the girls receive a Prom dress, jewelry, purse, shoes, and a Prom ticket. Watching the girls come in and shop for a dress is so much fun. And when they find "the one", they are indeed Cinderella!