Mission: Administer community philanthropic projects that enrich the lives of the community.
Programs: Provides new school clothing, shoes and grooming kits to needy children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in the norman and little axe oklahoma public schools. Students are referred to operation school bell by counselors in the school system
sponsors may fair, an annual arts festival featuring over 100 artists and crafts people. The festival, a long-standing norman tradition is well attended by the community who come to andrew's park to enjoy fine art, children's art activities, a student art show, restaurant specialties and state entertainment. The 2014 fair featured a 5k run to promote physical fitness in the community.
assistance league of norman has several other philanthropic projects. "bears for children" provides soft stuffed animals to children involved in accidents or other traumatic siturations. "care kits" provides grooming kits to battered women and children in the women's resource center and housekeeping supplies and groceries when they move into their own home. "assault survivor kits (ask)" provides clothing and other items to rape victims following an exam at the rape crisis center. "seniors r&r" provides entertainment and companionship to ederly citizens attending full circle day center. Children are given a new book through the chapter's "book of my own" collection. Community outreach, is a short-term project, that meets immediate need within the community.
After teaching in Norman, OK, and seeing the impact that Operation School Bell had on many of my students, I now get to volunteer in the store. It is AMAZING...a true operation of many volunteers running the group as well, or better, than any for profit business. The smiles that we see on children make every minute worth it! I love volunteering for a group that truly makes a difference for our kids and our community.