I have been a voluteer at Clothes Corner - a division of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley - for just over a year.
We provide clothing, school supplies and basic necessities for disadvantaged school age children - kindergarten through 12th grade.
My time spent volunteering has been extremely rewarding. The countless volunteers are amazing and it is such a pleasure to see smiles on the children's faces when the receive a brand new pair of shoes or get to pick out a book that they can call their own.
I have worked in the Clothes Corner, a division of the volunteer league of SFV, that clothes over 2000 elementary to high-school aged children in new shoes, school uniforms, underwear, socks, a jacket, books and school supplies, along with a few gently used clothes, and special occasion outfits that we were able to collect throughout the year. We get to personally interact with these wonderful, appreciative children who often lack the basic items to attend school due to homelessness or economic family struggles and have been identified by school and/or social workers. Nothing compares to a child expressing excitement at "being able to shop" or having a tie for church.
I started as an active with the Volunteer League in 1993 and held various leadership positions over the years. This gave me the managerial skills and confidence that I've used in my career to succeed. I'm back volunteering at Clothes Corner as a sustaining member and it is pure joy to see the happy faces of children when they get to "shop" for their new clothes, books and toys. Just recently, one little boy asked how he got to be there. "Is it by invitation, only?" Yes, I said and he left feeling like the VIP that he is. And you can't help feeling wonderful after a morning of volunteering here.
My name is Jane Cody and I am a Sustaining Member of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. My project was Clothes Corner and it was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Just sending the children home with fresh new socks and underwear, which we take for granted, made me feel blessed to have been a part of it.
The Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley has given disadvantage children of all ages, a feeling of self worth. Children who were embarrassed and ashamed to attend school in their worn out clothing are given new shoes, uniforms, backpacks, books, etc., Being a volunteer at the league is a privilege. When a child receives new shoes and clothes , their outlook on life changes. I am so thrilled to be able to work there each week.
The Volunteer League has provided school clothing for thousands of poor grade school children for dozens of years. A strong core of volunteers works to raise money, buy the clothes and then distribute them. The League has also entertained at nursing homes, and provided enrichment programs at public schools. No one is paid except for a part-time administrator. It is an amazingly organization that has stood the test of time.
As an Advisor to the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley, I have seen the dedication and countless hours these women give to the organization in order to clothe underprivileged children and bring smiles to their faces.
The Volunteer League continues to brighten the lives of underprivileged children attending elementary and secondary school by providing the basic school wardrobe which enables the children to attend school with pride an dignity. The Choral Music group called the "Troopers", provides the joy of music to senior citizens living in assisted and retirement homes.
If you are retired and are looking for an organization that will be rewarding and put a smile on your face, then the “Volunteer League of SFV”, is the organization for you.
You will meet wonderful dedicated women who are helping clothe underprivileged children so that they will be able to attend school with pride and dignity.
Betty - Member of the Volunteer League of SFV
The Volunteer League has provided for the children of SFV for over 60 years and enriched the lives of senior citizens. The impact of what they provide to the underprivileged children of our community is crucial to their success in school. To be able to wear good clothing helps children focus on studying and build self esteem as they attend school. I have been a volunteer and involved with them for many years because when I see the smiling faces of the children who visit the Volunteer League I know that we are doing something really worth while and I have given my time in right place.
The Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley has several opportunities for energetic women to share their time with giving youngsters new clothes, singing to elders or teaching children via puppets about the disabled and what they can do. All of the League's involvements are highly regarded and very successful.
As a past President, I was continually learning about the community, out reach programs and creative ways to fund raise. There are limitless experiences to become involved and meet and make lasting friendships while helping others.
I started with the Volunteer League over 12 years ago. I loved clothing the children and watching their faces as they got all new clothes to go to school in. Clothing can help you fit in . It also helps your self esteem when you feel good about yourself.
I can honestly say I got more out of the volunteering. The more jobs I volunteered for the more confidence I felt. I took on jobs I never knew I could do but I learned every person can make a difference. It is a win win. You do something for someone else and you reap the benefits.
As a Board Member AND Volunteer with the Volunteer League it is a pleasure to write a most positive review of this unique and wonderful organization. When children leave our Clothes Corner with new
clothing, new shoes, gently used clothing, school supplies, toiletries, books and a toy , their smiles say
it all! Each year the need is greater for these children and their families. Our volunteer hours spent with them and assisting the directors at the League House are extremely rewarding. The hugs of thanks from these needy and appreciative families, often in desperate situations, show us how important the VLSFV is to the community and the valley! One day when I was volunteering , a nice man came to our front door. He explained, that when he was a child , many years ago. he and his siblings had been clothed and helped at our Clothes Corner. He stopped on his way to work to say "thanks for making a difference." It happens often. The service provided is life changing for many.
For over twenty-five years I have been a volunteer and donor to the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. Not only are the people of the organization professional and energetic, they contribute to the whole community of the San Fernando Valley, not just a small part of it. Providing clothes, books, and bathroom supplies to the children of the valley, they allow less fortunate children the ability to attend school and be just like everyone else. From this one spectrum of the young the Volunteer League members attend to the elderly too. The Choral Music program provides entertainment for nursing/retirement homes and brings smiles to all of our older valley residents. In addition as a teacher, it was always a treat when KIDS ON THE BLOCK group visited my school and performed their educational programs which introduced the students to the handicapped using all of their wonderful puppets. These three segments are just a small part of the Volunteer League. Our hundreds of members also provide time and energy to many other areas of the San Fernando Valley. Give them a call to find out more information or how you can make a difference.
I have volunteered for several organizations, and I believe the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley was the most rewarding by far. Their wide range of projects are stimulating and very helpful for recipients and volunteers alike. I recommend this fine group wholeheartedly.
The student continue to come to the Volunteer League's Clothes Corner for much needed school uniforms. Once in their new clothes, and gently used clothes, they do better in school and attend more school.....it just makes their self esteem soar! What a great project to be a part of. Come join us....we volunteers have fun with the students and we have a fun time with each other.
I have been a member of the Volunteer League for 17 years and help mostly with the children. Once when I was helping a young boy with brand new school clothes he was able to find some of our "gently" used clothing. He found a leather jacket. He tried it on and looked in the mirror and said, "lady, this is the best day of my life!" He made my day too!! Great knowing I am part of this 61 year old organization! Come join us and see what we are all about....we help clothe school kids, puppet show about disabilities performed in schools and a choral group that sings to seniors in nursing homes. Lots of possibilities!
As part of the Troupers of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley, we sing and entertain approximately 1200 Seniors in nursing homes and retirement centers each year. We bring joy and music into their lives. The Volunteer Leaague contributes so much to our community. Lives are lifted because of these wonderful ladies. Dorothy Much
The Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley offers several unique opportunities for women to contribute to the well being of the community. The group's main mission is to clothe children in need with brand new clothing,shoes,underwear,hygiene products and books. For ladies who enjoy singing, there is a choral group which sings to Seniors in rehab and nursing homes. For gals with an acting flair, a wonderful puppet show called "Kids On The Block" perforrms at local schools and via skits using disabled and able bodied puppets, introduces elementary aged children to what the disabled can do. Volunteers not only feel joy by helping others but develop lasting friendships with like -minded women. This is a true "win/win" experience!