This non-profit is essential to the Clear Lake Community. One of its programs is Operation School Bell where they clothe children pre-K - high school who are recommended by their schools in Clear Creek, Texas City, Friendswood, Galveston and La Porte. They help provide clothes to men and women who are trying to re-enter the workforce. They provide nutritious snacks for children in schools who are at-risk. They have Operation Cinderella to allow students recommended by their schools to be able to attend their school prom by providing formals, shoes, bags, jewelry, tux rentals for the guys, prom tickets, etc. Without this help, many students would be unable to attend their prom. They have a thrift shop which is completely volunteer-staffed to help raise funds for their philanthropic programs.
This is a wonderful organization. I have been a member for over 20 years.
I have volunteered for one organization or another my entire life. Five years ago I joined Assistance League and began to work in their philanthropies. I have never worked ANYWHERE with a group that does so much that gives such immediate benefit to the receiver...and the giver. Amazing group and amazing work.
There are so many nonprofit organizations in the community & many that I am apart of & involved in. But, Assistance League of Bay Area is most definitely a favorite! When you think of giving back, helping, volunteering & philanthropy, The Assistance League of Bay Area is all of that & much more. I admire all of the community leaders & all of the passion in each member & volunteer. The word Passion is an understatement when I think of the volunteers & members of the organization! Its the love & desire to help others that’s truly in their heart! I attended The Assistance League of Bay Area’s Annual Gala as a Guest one year. I was blown away of the organizations accomplishments that helped people & especially children in the community. My first event, I felt like I was with Family, a tight nit Community Family who all have the same heartfelt intentions to give back to the community & to pass on the love & care to others who are in need with less fortunes, guidance, life advice, confidence & to feel like they are loved & special!
I joined Assistance League of the Bay Area 9 years ago. My mother had been a member of Assistance League Sacramento for many years and had inspired me with her stories of serving with this wonderful organization. I have served in many capacities over these years and am continually amazed by the spirit of the members of this organization. The love, hard work, and compassion that the members show to our clients is truly inspiring! I love meeting with the families for Operation School Bell and see the excitement in the eyes of the children who leave this shopping experience with new clothing and hygiene items to help them succeed in school.
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 have been part of Assistance League since I retired in 2014. This organization operates as 100% volunteer. All funds raised or donated go directly to the important philanthropies serving our community - which is what attracted me to volunteer with this particular organization. I am proud of the work that is done - particularly in support of Operation School Bell. Over 2700 in-need children were given the opportunity to select their school clothes at one of our Kohl's dressing days. Impacting lives in such a positive way is a great way to spend my time since I retired.
Isn't it frustrating to show up as a volunteer and no one gives you a job to do because no one seems to be in charge or know what's going on? That was not a problem when I volunteered to work the Assistance League's back-to-school clothing program last year. (I am not a member.) The folks were well organized, jobs were assigned, and instructions were clear. The process seemed smooth and easy for volunteers and the families that benefited. Several families expressed their appreciation of not only the generosity of the Assistance League but the efficiency of the process. I'll gladly work the event again this year.
Assistance League of the bay area is a fantastic full volunteer charity nonprofit organization with 200 volunteers committed to helping the community!
I am overwhelmed with the dedication of people working resale shop to raise money to buy new clothes for children in the community so they can have the chance to succeed in life and therefore benefit all of us!
I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for 3 years. I was searching for an organization that helped children and others in my local community. What a surprise to find that over 3,000
kids are helped each year by caring and giving women. I am proud to be a part of this national organization!
As a retired educator, I began to really miss the feeling I used to have when I helped children of all ages be more successful at school. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey last year, I joined the Assistance League and became part of the Operation School Bell team. For me it is always a delight to see students proud of themselves in their new school clothes when they compare themselves to other students. That feeling of pride transfers to the classroom - I've seen it!! It is also very gratifying to see the look on the faces of parents who know and appreciate the A.L. members who demonstrate their caring for others by volunteering for this effort. I am proud to be a part of this team and help students of all ages as they head back to the schoolhouse!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Communities In Schools – Bay Area
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 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.
Once again, I’m honored to be a a part of this great non profit organization. this year I am the Chair of the Speakers Bureau.
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.
I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for several years and continue to be amazed by the number of lives we touch. We have NO paid management or administrative staff and all of our philanthropic programs are carried out by our very dedicated volunteer members.
Operation School Bell is our largest and perhaps the most well-known of our philanthropic programs. Last year we provided a week’s worth of school clothing, a gift card for shoes, and hygiene kit to over 2,000 students and we are well on our way to “dress” even more students during this school year. Each of our programs strives to improve the lives of those we serve in our community.
As a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area, I’m continuously reminded that when you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible. I joined as a way to give back to the community but, in so many ways, feel I have received far more than I could ever give.
Assistance League of the Bay Area works diligently to provide new school clothes for over 2000 children each year. These students can then attend school with pride in the way they look and can focus on learning. I am proud to work with this remarkable group of dedicated women who are making a difference in their community.
I attended Operation School Bell in LaPorte on Saturday, August 23rd. The entire school cafeteria was full of children and their families, who each got to leave with several sets of clothes and other items to prepare the children for school. The children get to actually try on the clothes to make sure they fit properly, or to see if a different style would be better for them, so they leave feeling more prepared and confident to begin the school year. The event is so well run that even with trying on the clothes it goes smoothly for all involved. Thank you Assistance League of the Bay Area!!!!!
Operation School Bell on Saturday, August 23, 2014 was a great event. Hundreds of kids were able to get much needed clothing for school. The school cafeteria was filled with families in need. The event was well organized and the kids were able to get clothing that fit and they liked. Volunteers worked hard to help get everyone what they needed. They really put their heart into it. The families were so appreciative too. This event helps people in need. Thanks to the Bay Area Assistance League and all the volunteers for making this possible.
I attended Project School Bell on Sat, Aug 23rd. I was very impressed in the set up and how well organized this event was. They were able to cloth numerous children at no cost their families. The children's glowing & grateful faces was so heart warming. I was glad to be apart of it. As we were waiting to cloth another family, I spoke with one of the members on other events they sponsor. Not only do they cloth children for school but they also provide prom dresses & tuxes for teenagers to go to prom that would otherwise not have the opportunity. The list goes on and on. The ladies that organize and participate in Project School Bell spend numerous hours in making sure that this event, as I'm sure all of their events, are successful. Thank you ladies for making a difference in our community and making my experience so rewarding.
I am extremely proud to be a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area. We are Making a Difference in Our Community by contributing over 27,800 volunteer hours to our philanthropies and fund-raising efforts in our chapter year 2013-2014. The value of our contribution is estimated at over $656,798 to our community using the value of a volunteer hour set by the US government. The dedication and hard work of our members is truly amazing to see!
This past year the Bay Area Assistance League was voted the best non-profit in the area by The Citizen. I am proud to be a member of such a dedicated group. Last year our members donated over 25,000 hours to our various philanthropies. Since 2004 our largest program, Operation School Bell, has nearly tripled the number of school aged children clothed, growing from over 700 to over 2000 annually. This clothing helps students fit in with other students and, through increased self esteem, makes them more eager to learn. These efforts are funded by an annual gala and an award -winning resale shop as well as corporate grants and private donations. Our 200 volunteers are eager to continue and expand this outreach to other school districts but lack the funding. We welcome additional donations to help us achieve our vision of "Self-worth and possibility for all."