Each year the Assistance League of the Eastside produces an amazing event called Operation School Bell. It is an opportunity for students to spend an evening with their families and shop for brand new school clothes at a local Fred Meyer. Our students not only look forward to the event but many of our families really count on the extra support that it provides. Our students love the event, are able to purchase many items they really need, and are given an opportunity that would not exist otherwise. Thank you!
As a new member to Assistance League of the Eastside, I am very impressed by the amount of good work we/they do in the community.
A few weeks ago I participated in the Operation School Bell project. It was so rewarding. The smiles on the students' faces as they were able to shop for school clothing were so bright. The parents who accompanied the students were saying thank you again and again.
I am looking forward to participating in more community outreach and working at Operation School Bell again next year.
I met a woman and her two middle school daughters during an Operation School Bell shopping event. It was her first time being served. She is recently divorced and far away from her family in India. She works two jobs to support her family. She had tears in her eyes when she told me how grateful she was for the generosity of the Assistance League of the Eastside and the amazing women who make it all possible.
Working with the Assistance League of the Eastside has been a very rewarding experience. To see the smiles on the faces of each and every child only gives a small indication of how massive an impact this nonprofit has on the lives of many in the area.
The organizers are very prompt, professional and extremely welcoming. They are very passionate about helping those in need and it shows each and every day we get to work with them.
We at Equinix have worked with ALE for 2 years now. This is such an amazing experience and a great way for our company to give back to our local community. We work with ALE on several different events. Prepping food for the "New Bethlehem Project", packing dental kits for school age kids in need, donating our hotel shampoos and Soaps, and helping out with "Operation School Bell". The Staff at ALE are amazing and provide clear communication on what our company needs to do. The staff make Volunteering easy. They are very personable and their passion for their work shows. We as a Company love collaborating with the ALE and will continue to participle in their outreach events in the years to come.
Thanks to the efforts of Assistance League of the Eastside, 100 of my high school students are able to get new, appropriate clothes to wear to school. And that is just my school - they help all schools in the Lake Washington School District along with others. Feeling that you do not fit in can be a barrier to coming to school. These new clothes help homeless and economically disadvantaged youth feel they can fit in and come to school with their heads held high. Education is vital to breaking the poverty cycle, and ALE is a huge partner in this effort.
This organization has been helping our students/families a lot. Our school received about 90 spots each fall that can provide low income students to shop new outfits. This event enhance the confidence of the students who come from financially challenged families that they can also wear "fashionable" clothes among peers.
C is a homeless boy who lives in the car and shelter for months. The family finally settled in our school attendance area. The child has only couple sets of summer clothes and he is suffering with the cold and rainy season. Joined the Operation School Bell event, the boy got several sets of winter clothes plus a jacket. The family is very thankful for the help.
B is a student who was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that she suddenly lost her ability to walk. Participated in the spring OSB, this child was able to get some larger size sweatpants that she felt comfortable when using the wheelchair.
Thanks to the organization and the unconditional love to our children. You have touched many young lives.
I am a school nurse at an elementary school with 600 students. We have about 35% free and reduced lunch rate. We were able to send 72 students to the Operation School Bell and our students were able to shop for $7200 worth of school clothes. My students come back the next morning so excited and proud of their new clothes, shoes, jackets etc. A few of them received scarfs for "free" - they were so excited - I believe those were donated by an Assistance League volunteer. SO AMAZING! One student said that he got his first "Nike" sweatshirt EVER and he had been wanting one for SOOO long. All of the children and their families are very appreciative of the shopping experience. THANK YOU OSB volunteers - you guys rock!!!
Assistance League of the Eastside has a program called Operation School Bell and it is HIGHLY organized, runs smoothly, and has great personal relations with those who use it. Most importantly, it provides resources to hundreds of kids on the Eastside who have financial hardship and can't afford new school clothes. Operation School Bell provides $150 for shopping at Fred Meyer for new school clothes so students can feel confident to attend school. I have a family whose had a tremendous hardship and trauma, they were forced into homelessness and one child only had one shirt and one pair of shorts to wear, every day. He was embarrassed to attend school, always wearing the same outfit. With the help of Operation School Bell, he was provided a means to shop and pick out clothing he liked to feel good about wearing to school. I found some clothing at my home and I offered it to this boy. He turned it down because it wasn't "his style" (and it wasn't) and some of the clothing did not fit. But with Operation School Bell, he was able to get clothing in his style and size that he wanted to wear to school. The program is managed well and makes it easy for school counselors to use the service to help provide a school shopping experience for kids. They support so many families at our school, which really helps our school culture and gives kids the confidence they need to attend school, feeling good about themselves.
I attended a local meeting recently and met an individual who has been supported twice by Assistance League of the Eastside. Additionally, I have known a family for almost 17 years and beginning last year her daughters who are students at an Eastside elementary school have received back to school clothing as participants in the Operation School Bell Program. In both of these cases, the individual and the mother of the students were absolutely excited and thankful for the support that this organization has given them. It makes it worth all of the time the volunteers spend with fundraising and volunteering within our eastside community.
Assistance League of the Eastside has been a long-time partner with our school district. We have students in need of clothing to ensure they can start their new school year with confidence and enthusiasm. Equally important, when our students are able to shop with their parent this provides time for them together to shop and collaborate on what clothing they need. Assistance League of the Eastside is alway great explaining to our parents in different languages how to stretch their spending amount that is given. I even saw a 5th grader and middle school students doing math with their parents to see if they had gone over or had some more money to spend. When crises or emergencies should occur they always collaborate with us to see if they can help. We truly appreciate their support and collaboration to help our students succeed academically and social/emotionally! We are truly grateful!
Assistance League of the Eastside is an amazing group of women who are dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in the Eastside area of Seattle. They work tirelessly to raise funds to give school aged children the opportunity to purchase brand news clothes/shoes at the beginning of each year, as well as supporting women in homeless shelters and those who have been the victims of sexual assault/physical assault. I am proud to be part of this organization.
In May we shopped for back packs and then stuffed them full with a plethora of useful items (sunglasses and cases, water bottle, deodorant, ear plugs, wet wipes, hand lotion, lip balm, sun screen, energy bars, battery operated fans, and more). We took them to the shelter and set them up on each lady's bed so they would see them when the facility reopened for the evening. They were delighted with these gifts just in time for summer weather. These women have experienced homelessness and are working their way back to a stable life. We at Assistance League are very happy to be able to support them in their efforts.
I've been involved with a variety of charities for over 30 years. Assistance League of the Eastside has proven to be the most rewarding I've ever associated with. These generous and hard working women team up together to accomplish big things in our local community. From providing Assault Survivor Kits to survivors at the hospital when they are vulnerable and in the greatest need, to giving kids the opportunity to choose new clothes for the school year so they can feel warm, confident and ready to learn when their parents can't provide, to supplying welcome baskets of basic necessities when women experiencing homelessness enter a shelter, this group is making a big difference in people's lives.
It may seem as if the Eastside community is affluent, but the need continues to be great and is increasing. As both a (retired) teacher and volunteer, I have seen students' self-esteem and academic success boosted from wearing new clothes they were able to select at shopping events through Assistance League of the Eastside's signature program, Operation School Bell®. From helping dispense hope to students, women experiencing homelessness, those fleeing domestic violence, and survivors of abuse, this all volunteer organization is really creating a difference in our community.
As we prepare to clothe 4000 school children, I'm thinking back on the commitment to build this Assistance League of the Eastside program, Operation School Bell. Years of vision, hard work, fun along the way, and appreciation from so many families!
Assistance League of the Eastside is an amazing all-volunteer nonprofit doing great things for people in need on the Eastside. Help4Homeless Welcome Baskets along with a signed card from committee members are given out to a woman or a family entering temporary housing. These baskets contain basic need items to start women and families out for success. One woman at a shelter - cried, "Is this for me?" She was overwhelmed just knowing someone cared about her!
I volunteered as a shopping assistant the other night for Operation School Bell. Seeing the smiles on the children and parents' faces reminds me why this organization is so powerful. Assistance League of the Eastside helps change lives by restoring dignity and confidence in a variety of ways and programs.
The selfless women that make up the membership of Assistance League of the Eastside is so impressive! The amount of QUALITY service they provide to the community is so admirable. I love the fact that they are a 100% all volunteer organization too! Their programs address the pertinent needs of the day!
Last night I worked at our Operation School Bell. One first time participant was quite stunned that the clothes his child would be receiving were free to him. He didn’t speak English but his son, our client translated for him. It took three different explanations from me to convince him it was true. He was so grateful. This was one child of the 162 we clothed last night alone. Our target this year is 3000.
As a board member for the past couple of years in our chapter, it is an amazing experience working with dedicated, caring and passionate women. We, as an organization through our philanthropic programs are committed to our vision and purpose of transforming lives, strengthening the community on the Eastside.
I have volunteered with the Assistance League of the Eastside since 2004. its emphasis is transforming the lives of Eastside children and adults one individual at a time. From helping women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, or the violence of assault to building children's self esteem through providing new clothes, the Assistance League of the Eastside provides essential needs in our very own community.
To whom it may concern,
I am writing on behalf of the Operation School Bell Program and all that it has done for the students who attend Clara Barton Elementary. Our school serves many families who have fallen on hard times and therefore have little resources to provide for their children. Operation School Bell has provided 65 students with the opportunity to not only receive new clothes-but to pick them out and shop for themselves, a detail that makes all the difference!
As a School Counselor starting out at a brand-new school, I was so grateful to offer OSB to our students. The day after the event takes place is one of my favorite days! I can’t tell you how many proud kids wait at my door, eager to show off their new light up shoes or the first warm coat they’ve ever had. In the past, our staff would use personal funds to purchase basic need items for students who were in desperate need. Operation School Bell is a blessing to all of us, and I cannot imagine Clara Barton without it.
Thank you for the love and generosity you show our community.
School Counselor, Clara Barton Elementary
I've been a member of this organization for over three years and I am amazed at the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Through our Operation School Bell® program we have been able to provide new school clothes to over 3000 children in need each year. We believe that new school clothing will contribute to a child's self-esteem and successful school experience
This group of women work tirelessly all year long to raise funds to provide new school clothes for children in need ages K-12th grade.
During the month of October volunteers from the organization and community volunteers give their time for 19 nights at three different stores to help over 3500 children. The joy on the children's faces and the appreciation from their parents tells us how much need there is in the community.