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National Assistance League

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Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The organization's primary purpose is to promote effective volunteerism through education, service and leadership development.

Programs: Operation school bell - this is a multi-part outreach program geared to elementary and middle school children in los gatos, campbell union, moreland and luther burbank school districts. Literacy - to encourage a love of reading in students, volunteers visit elementary school classrooms once a month to read aloud and then donate new books to the class library. The program provides quality new and gently used books as well as new english and/or spanish dictionaries to students for their personal use. Members also tutor 1st and 2nd grade students twice a week throughout the school year and collect children's books as part of a national make a difference day. Clothes for kids - this program works with area school districts to provide jackets, uniforms, and shoe vouchers to students living at or below the poverty line referred by school personnel, and fill emergency clothing needs of students as needed. Scholarship - elementary and middle school students, selected by school staff, are provided financial assistance to attend science camp in support of the 5th and 6th grade science curriculums. Volunteers in the garden - middle school students explore food to table gardening learning about nutrition as they work in their school garden. Program development - a pilot program steam (science, technology, education, art and math) was introduced to kindergarten through 5th grade students providing them the opportunity to do hands-on engineering projects.

family programs - new moms and their babies identified by santa clara county public health nurses are provided with baby bundles containing layette items, toys, board books, clothing, and diapers. In conjunction with the nurses, a family store provides a variety of items, including books and diapers that may be "purchased" using points earned by the mothers for attending medical appointments and parenting classes. Families also receive holiday and birthday gifts to ensure that all children in the family receive at least one gift. Also, created a lactation room for moms with new babies.

senior programs - in conjunction with saratoga adult daycare center, teams of chapter members plan, shop for and prepare nutritious lunches four days a week for the clients and also provide valuable social interaction.

teen philanthropic programs - the teen philanthropic programs include activities with seniors, city beautification projects, providing holiday gifts for children in need, and other community projects.

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