I have never worked with a more committed group of volunteers. We willingly give of our time, because we recognize the need for assistance to the underserved children of our community. We help these children feel better about themselves by providing them with new clothes, backpacks for school, nutritious weekend snacks, books of their own, and much more. Our hope is that we can help them gain self-confidence thus increasing their opportunity to succeed in school.
Assistance League of Riverside does so much for the underprivileged children of our community! They provide thousands of children the opportunity to "shop" (free of charge) for new school clothes. They give comfort kits to children waiting for their parents in places that might scare them (like police stations). They give SAT books to over 1000 AVID sophomores in the area, over 400 scholarships to help with the cost of going on Northern California College Visitation trips to AVID juniors, and 4 $1000 scholarships to AVID seniors. They provide hundreds of bags of food each weekend for kids who still need to eat when there's no school lunch program to help them out on the weekend. And they do so much more!
Top that off with having the best Thrift Shop in the area and you have a stellar organization. Way to go ALR!
I have belonged to ALR for several years, having started as a Community Volunteer working in Snack Attack. Through the years I have worked in the Thrift Shop and its "back room"; Operation School Bell and Threads for Teens; Snack Attack; Hearts and Hands; Teen Support; and Bear Pals. What is so nice about this organization is that you can participate as little or as much as you choose; contribute and give back to our own community; and laugh and make great friendships while you are working. I am very proud to say that there is not one paid person in the organization--just simple people wanting to make a difference in the community and along the way having fun and making long term friendships.
I love the fact that the Assistance League of Riverside is an all volunteer organization and all the funds that are raised through the sales at their thrift shop support programs for Riverside area school children. I now belong to the organization and value the energy and commitment of the members and volunteers. I have seen the smile on a child's face as he receives his new clothing, book bag, and supplies for school. I have read the thank yous from the children who receive snack attack bags. I have read the thank yous from older students who received SAT study guides or college scholarships and realize that we make an amazing positive impact for the children we reach.
Review from Guidestar
My experiences with Assistance League Riverside have been very rewarding as a volunteer and Board member. We engage with the community through our Thrift Store, working with the school districts to aid children of low income families by providing school clothes and weekend snacks. We provide SAT study guides to area high schools for students to use to prepare for their testing and scholarships to area seniors for their college funding. We deliver cuddly bears to area hospitals for their use in the urgent care areas to calm distressed children. We work with other non-profits to provide helpful items for foster children aging out of the system. As a volunteer we reap the benefit of sharing our background knowledge and skills to an organization dedicated to clothing, comforting and educating the children of our community. "Hearts that Care - Hands that Share"
Volunteering with the Assistance League of Riverside filled a spot in my days that became vacant when I retired from working for Riverside County Department of Social Services two years ago. This organizations has a wonderful group of women to work with. The Thrift Store we run provides funds to dress needy children with school clothes and supplies, provide healthy weekend snacks for needy children, awarding scholarships, and provide reasonably priced clothing for those that shop at our store.
Assistance League has given me the opportunity to give back to my community in a positive, rewarding way. To see a smile light up the face of a child who has just been given his own toothbrush and reading book, to have a teacher thank me for delivering snack bags to homeless children so that they can have something to eat over the weekend, to hear from a nurse that a child has been comforted by a snuggly little bear - these are the rewards that make my day worthwhile.
I have been involved with this organization for 7 years. The support they give to the children of the community is wonderful. Thru Operation School Bell, Snack Attack, they give vital help to the children of Riverside. It has been an honor to be part of this all volunteer agency.
Before becoming a member just this last year I had been familiar with the work of the Assistance League of Riverside for many years. As an elementary teacher and principal I knew firs hand that it makes an important contribution to our commmunity especially through the Operation School Bell program. I knew of a first and second grade brother and sister who only came to school on alternate days in the cold weather--they had one sweater between them and traded off wearing it. When we noticed their odd attendance pattern and the reason behind it, Operation School Bell was there to help. The children started coming to school every day proudly wearing their new clothes. This is just one of many similar stories about the difference this organization makes in the lives of children every day.
Volunteering with the Assistance League of Riverside had been a rewarding and unique ex-perience. The most memorable moments are thoes dressing children. Helping them to choose clothes for school and sending them home with a full bag of new jeans, t-shirts, jacket etc. Often you receive a warm hug and a big smile. This is what I call "warm fuzzy" moments. Could there be anything better than to know you helped a child on their way thru life.
I retired from teaching in June of 2005. I knew that I wanted to remain active and I wanted to work in a philanthropic organiztion that helped children. Two members of ALR came to my high school delivering SAT books and wanted to see my chemistry lab/room. I expressed my wishes to do volunteer work to them and they invited me to come to the September meeting. I did. Wow!!! An all volunteer organization that clothes, comforts and assists in the education of chilren in the community. I met and continue to meet the most dedicated, caring, hard-working and generous individuals I have ever had the privilige to know. What a great organization. We clothe needy children with new school clothes and supplies; Supply SAT study books to area high schools; provide weekend lunch bags to homeless children; give stuffed bears to young children in hospitals and to those who are going through the court system as well as other endeavors to assist the community. Sandy Ryan, Riverside, CA