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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Assistance League of the Bay Area is a fantastic organization! They are a group of some of the finest women that I have ever met and every program they do with complete excellence. I have been blessed to see firsthand how they put smiles on thousands of kids every year as they clothe them with brand new school clothes. It touched me also to hear them talk about how important it is to find clothes that are stylish and don't make the kids stand out.