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!
I have had the privilege of working alongside the Assistance League of the Eastside staff for the last eight years during their annual Operation School Bell event. Operation School Bell provides qualifying students, ranging from elementary thru high school, the opportunity to shop for school clothing and shoes. These are students who may otherwise not get to participate in “back to school shopping”, as the majority of children, do due to financial hardship. This year the Assistance League served 3,295 students from 75 schools in 3 school districts at 19 shopping events at 3 local Fred Meyer stores! So unbelievable!!! In doing so, they worked all year long to raise and spent nearly $400,000 for our kids. Each and every year they continue to make changes to their systems and protocols to improve and make things as quick, easy, and enjoyable for our families as possible. They have even created incredible software that has facilitated a check-in/follow-up process that is a well-oiled machine. As a school district employee, I have had the privilege of seeing the impact their investment makes in the lives of each and every student that gets to participate. Most of us remember the excitement we would have on the eve of the first day of school, taking great care to pick out our favorite outfit. What a joy it has been to watch our students come to school the day after the event, displaying the same sense of pride in having chosen their favorite clothes to wear. It’s not just clothes and shoes, however, that the Assistance League has gifted our students with. They have provided our students with choices and experiences that they would not have had, and in doing so gave them the chance to be just like their peers. A sense of belonging is such a critical thing at any age, but especially as each ones moves through their school years. I will always be so grateful to the Assistance League of the Eastside and I know our families are as well. If anyone is looking to invest in a non-profit having a local and direct impact, the Assistance League of the Eastside would be an excellent choice.
ALE's Operation School Bell program in which the Bellevue School District participates, consistently exceeds the expectations of families and students! ALE/OSB offers the unique chance for these students, who are challenged in so many different ways, to actually pick out NEW clothes for themselves. It is an empowering experience that produces positive effects both at home and in school. When these students feel pride, it shows! Thank you Assistance League of the Eastside!
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.
I love volunteering for Operation School Bell, especially helping at check-out, seeing the delighted faces of the students, excited after their shopping spree. I often ask the kids to show me their favorite outfit or shoes. Most have definite plans to rock a certain look and are eager to show off a special item. Their delight is positivity heartwarming and I feel privileged to play a small part in impacting the lives of local youth.
I knew about the Assistance League because my Mom was a member in Calif. for 34 years & I heard about what her chapter was doing there. So when my life opened up & I had room to help others Assistance League of the Eastside (ALE) felt like the perfect place to go & after 2 months I already know I've made the right decision. This group is so welcoming & really takes the time & energy to training the new people on how & why this organization works! After the orientation I helped stuff dental bags for Operation School Bell (OSB), a well organized process that gave me time to get to know some of the new & long term members. Then I helped at OSB & what a surprising, rewarding adventure. I worked 3 nights & it was so fun to watch the kids excitement on getting new clothes for school & to hear the parents gratitude for the support they felt.
I have worked with other volunteer organization in my career, but I must say ALE is definitely one of the best. Well organized:
* to make every donation they receive count,
* to insure every volunteer is informed & feels appreciated
* to fill the needs of the communities they service
* & to Keep donors involved & informed of what they are contributing to.
A few years ago I was looking how I could help in my community. Assistance League of the Eastside was the first to pop up on my screen. After reading what the non-profit does, I was sold and joined at the next informational coffee, which was also posted on their website. I love what ALE does for the community. We give around 3600 children from local school districts on free or reduced lunch clothing from Fred Meyer, we help woman who are experiencing homelessness or running from domestic violence and we help woman with children as well. We also have plenty of social activities for us volunteers to enjoy. I've been a member for 6 years now and plan on being a member for many years to come. ALE is 5 stars!!!
For four years, Assistance League of the Eastside has provided me with an amazing volunteer experience. The human and monetary resources available to help our local Eastside residents gives one a warm sense of giving back, and working alongside like minded friends makes me feel at home!
I joined 5 yrs ago to come alongside the wonderfully appreciative kids and their families for back to school clothes shopping.
I have been an active member of Assistance League of the Eastside for many years. I'm very proud of the growth and impact of this all volunteer organization. Operation School Bell began by providing 90 students with school clothing. This year 3500 students will select new school clothes! I will never forget the little boy who told me he had never had NEW shoes before.
Other Assistance League of the Eastside programs touch assault survivors, domestic violence survivors and homeless women in our community. 83% of the funds raised are returned to the community through these programs. This organization is a very good steward of your donation!
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.
I love volunteering with this amazing group of women. They are focused, organized, and productive. We are helping people in need right here in our own community and having fun and learning much as we do it.
If you are looking for a great place to donate your time or money, take a serious look at this org. I've participated in many and they are truly a cut above.
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I have worked with many nonprofits, but have never been more impressed by the dedication and professionalism of a group of volunteers than I am with ALE. This organization does exceptional work to bring much needed assistance, compassion, and comfort to those in need within our community and across the state of Washington. While I now commit time to volunteer with this group, I also support them financially because I know that every dollar they receive will be put to work to make a difference in someone's life.
I have been a member of Assistance League of the Eastside for 3 years. My favorite time of year is October when we host children of low income families at 3 of our local Fred Meyer stores, The children choose their new school clothes- picking just what they love! Outfits, shoes and coats to be ready for the winter. School counselors select the children from our local schools and report increased confidence and engagement as they return to school. The joy on their faces and the gratitude of their parents or guardians is priceless. 3500 local children each year are delighted by this all volunteer non-profit. Love this organization!
The Assistance League of the Eastside is a great organization that provides sweat sets and personal care supplies for victims of sexual assault that come through our Emergency Department for a forensic exam. Often these victims have their clothing taken as evidence and have nothing to leave in except hospital gowns. With the help of the clothing donations from the Assistance League of the Eastside group, these victims are given dignity as they are discharged from the hospital to move forward in their lives after their trauma.
The Assistance League of the Eastside provide comfort and compassion to the victims that come to our hospital seeking care and justice after suffering the most horrific personal violation imaginable.
With their donation of new sweatshirt and pant sets along with personal toiletry care items, victims of sexual assault leave the hospital after their forensic exam with new clothes to wear. This small gesture goes a long way as many clothing items are taken as evidence in a case against the person who assaulted these victims.
The emergency department at our small, rural hospital is so grateful to this non-profit group for providing their much appreciated donations. We see the value of their service passed along to the patients we serve who come to us as victims of assault and leave with new, clean clothes and personal items and therefore are on the path to becoming survivors.
Thank you Assistance League of the Eastside! Your generosity allows our nurses to provide better care to the victims of sexual assault who come through our doors.
i am a retailer and have been working with the Assistance League the past few years. What a wonderful program . Such a gem to the community. Thank you for being so great.
Wonderful program, doing so much for the community. Very rewarding amazing ladies. A blessing to us all. They give us hope in the good of humanity
Ginger Clough Operation School Bell Counselor Liaison was always available to answer questions from staff in a kind friendly manner, she was also very organized and informed staff when a family didn't show up to the event, this was very helpful for it gave families the opportunity to come shop the next scheduled shopping date.
From one of the nurses at Evergreen Health Medical Center: Thanks again for all you do. I had a case last night with a very short gal who came in with some worn out second hand clothes. A older teen but not cognitively developed passed about 8. I had to take all her clothes and it was very nice to be able to give her cute little undies and hooded sweats to go home in after she cleaned herself up. She had been very cold and it was the perfect thing for her.
I am really impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers and the good work they are doing. The needy families were treated with respect and love. It is great that needy children are able to buy the clothes of their own choice.
You help our patients feel whole again. Sometimes they come in without any clothing or we give their clothes to police during our sexual assault exam as evidence in their case. It is very comforting to be able to give them some cozy new clothes and a nice toiletry kit to get cleaned up. What a wonderful service you provide, thank you!
When I am able to give clothes and toiletries to patients who have been through the trauma of a sexual assault, it really makes the patient feel so much better. Many times patients are asked give up their clothes as evidence, but have nothing to wear home. The Assistance League of the Eastside ensures every patient can have clothes to leave in. Thanks so much!!!
Our Medical facility has been working with the Assistance League of the Eastside for many years now. They provide new, clean clothing as well as toiletries to us. When an assault survivor comes into our facility for treatment, we then, are able to make these patients feel more comfortable by offering them a clean change of clothes and personal items to put them more at ease. Thank you for providing this invaluable service to us and our patients!