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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Service Clubs, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: Assistance League® of the Eastside is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic projects.

Results: Our Philanthropic Program Numbers Through the Years: Clothed over 39,000 children in the Bellevue, Lake Washington, and Northshore School Districts, through Operation School Bell®; Provided over 17,500 survivors of assault across Washington State with Assault Survivor Kits®; Supported over 4,000 individuals beginning a new life free of violence through Starting Over Support; Provided support to over 440 homeless women through Help4Homeless program; Returned over $4.5 million to our community

Target demographics: clothe disadvantaged students in the Bellevue School District, Lake Washington School District and Northshore School District; support survivors of assault and the homeless; assist families affected by domestic violence

Direct beneficiaries per year: SCHOOL KIDS CLOTHED- 4065 (1000 MORE THAN LAST YEAR) ; ASSAULT SURVIVORS ASSISTED - 1737; FAMILY MEMBERS FLEEING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPED - 500 ; HOMELESS WOMEN AIDED - 291; VOLUNTEER HOURS DONATED - 21,365 (VALUED AT $492,896); REVENUES GIVEN DIRECTLY BACK TO COMMUNITY - 85%

Geographic areas served: the Eastside of Lake Washington in the Seattle Area to include Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, Bothell & Kenmore

Programs: Operation School Bell, Assault Survivor Kits, Help for Homeless, and Starting Over Support

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a result of the generosity of Assistance League of the Eastside, over 1,000 students had the opportunity to pick out new school clothes at the shopping event at our local Fred Meyer. Many of our families depend on this event to clothe their growing children. As the need in our district has grown, Assistance League of the Eastside has graciously expanded their program to help more families, including high school students and unaccompanied minors. Over the years they have streamlined the application process and it is a pleasure to collaborate with them. The shopping nights are always a joyous experience. This program creates beautiful smiles on so many faces. Students arrive a school the next day, feeling confident and proud in their new outfits. We consider Assistance League of the Eastside a valued partner in supporting our struggling families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Compassion, practicality, and detail all wrapped into one organization. The Assistance League of the Eastside is quick to help where they can at Acres of Diamonds. We are delighted by their friendship with our families. Whether they are putting on a recovery/birthday party, writing encouraging cards, or donating welcome baskets their kindness makes an impact in the moms and kids that call Acres home.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Eastside is a blessing to Acres of Diamonds Families!

They are passionate about helping our moms and kids. Not only do they provide welcome baskets, which make our moms feel at home and set them up for success, but they also show support by hosting birthday parties, serving in our Kids Program, and sending encouraging letters. The members of this organization know that needs change and they are always asking how their support and resources can be most effective. We are blessed by their consistent and continued outreach to our families. Their friendship has impacted our moms and kids in ways we could never fully express.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first experience with this organization was volunteering to help at Operation School Bell, where students are given funds to shop for school clothes. It touched so many lives, I was amazed. I saw so many smiles on kids' and parents' faces and heard "thank you" so often that I could tell I was making a difference. Five years later I am very involved in Assistance League of the Eastside from raising funds to administrative duties, but my favorite thing to do is volunteer at Operation School Bell. A great organization making a difference in people's lives!

Patricia Twinkletoes D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistant League of the Eastside is a power house non profit organization! Assistant League of the Eastside gives so much back to our local community helping homeless families, victims of domestic violence and helping clothe children in need. I have seen the changes in students lives that have been served with operation school bell and the confidence that comes from being able to shop for their owns clothes for school. The smiles on the family's faces as they leave the store after a successful shopping experience makes me tear up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of women opens their hearts to women and children in need in many ways. They clothe children through Operation School Bell, 3800 this year! I have had opportunities to work in all phases of OSB, learning new skills and sharing my life experiences. We are all volunteers, so donations go directly to our clients.

Feroze M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering my time for a shift at an event organized by ALE...specifically, Operation School Bell. This program provides clothing assistance to needy children of all ages via paid-for shopping events at local Fred Meyer stores. I met the most dedicated, enthusiastic bunch of organizers and volunteers from ALE during this event, which proceeded like clockwork from start to finish. Most priceless, however was seeing the joy on the faces of the kids at the check-out counter, as they left with new clothing of their choice for the new school year. ALE is truly an organization which makes an impact on thousands of young lives in the area!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Operation School Bell does an amazing job of helping students get the clothes they need for school. I know our students that have been hekped really appreciate it and we have definitely seen these students connect better to the school. As a counselor, I have also gone to watch them in action and see the compassion and care that is given to the children during their shopping. Every student I talk to says how much this changes their lives. Thank you Operation School Bell!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is so welcoming and gracious to their volunteers! Because of the many needs in the community, the morale of the volunteers is crucial to helping those in need. The children who have the shopping experience express such thankfulness for their clothes and are sure to fit in better at school. This organization enables many school children to be successful!

2 Jennifer642

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Eastside has been incredibly helpful to the homeless moms and kids we serve at Acres of Diamonds. I am personally so grateful for their efforts to make sure every new family that moves here is welcomed with all they need to start their new life.

Our families come from the streets, cars and other unsafe places. When they arrive the welcome baskets from Assistance League let them know right away that they matter and that there is a huge community of people who believe in their ability to make long term life change... which always starts with their first night of safety.

Assistance League is incredibly strong at learning what the needs are in the community, and working to meet them. They understand that not all forms of help are helpful! They ask good questions, and tailor their gifts to things that will truly be a hand up versus a hand out.

When they come on campus and host our birthday parties, they make the families feel loved and celebrated. Their parties have become a big highlight for our moms and kids.

Thank you Assistance League of the Eastside for all you do.
Jen Paddock

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Eastside is an amazing organization comprised of wonderful members. They have done an incredible amount for our homeless women at The Sophia Way, which is located on the eastside. Our women have benefited tremendously from our partnership. Thank you ALE!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with this group for almost 2 years and what a joy it is to work Operation School Bell! Last night one of our 11 year old clients asked to take a photo with us, since this was the very first time she was able to pick out new clothes for school. Her gratitude was so heartfelt, that I can't wait to work this event again.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Principal of Redmond High School and I can't tell you how much we appreciate the support of the Assistance League through Operation School Bell. Because of this initiative, our students whose families cannot afford to buy them school clothes are able to start the school year looking and feeling "just like everyone else" - something that is enormously important to an adolescent. This support does more than give a student clothes to wear, and the ability to choose those clothes for him/herself (another very important thing for young people) but, by removing the anxiety, it also removes one barrier to academic success. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed at the work that this organization does. I can't wait to join their efforts in the future again! thank you for all that you do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For more than ten years, Assistance League of the Eastside has been our phenomenal partner, working with LifeWire to provide critical supportive services to domestic violence survivors and their children. They created the Starting Over Support Baskets Program for LifeWire--providing essential household items year round for the homeless families we serve.

The true impact of the Assistance League of the Eastside is found in the compassion they show for families and children in need in our community. We are grateful to partner with such a dynamic team who puts caring and commitment into action to make our community a better place.