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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services, Thrift Shops, Victims Services

Mission: Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Results: This year we have clothed over 2000 area students; provided prom attire for 125 high school seniors; provided tuition assistance for summer enrichment classes at University of Houston-Clear Lake; reached several students at risk for dropping out of school; provided over 250 manicures at Baywind Nursing Home; distributed 41 kits for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse; assisted 18 referred clients with selecting job and interview-appropriate clothing from our award-winning Resale Shop; and donated over 3,600 books to Title I campuses valued at over $40,000.

Target demographics: We work with school age children in the Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, and La Porte Independent School Districts as well as the Mosbacher Odyssey Academy charter system with locations in Galveston, League City, and Seabrook, Texas. We serve adults by providing interview or job-appropriate clothing from our award-winning Resale Shop.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We serve over 3500 people in the Bay Area each year.

Programs: Operation School Bell, Assistance League Operation Cinderella, Operation Support Our Schools, Assault Survivor Kits, Ready for Work, and Community Outreach.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jennifer Quillin M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was personally touched one year while volunteering for Operation Cinderella. There was a very thoughtful young woman who carefully chose a prom dress and a graduation dress (we had extra short dresses that year). I was happy the boutique experience that Assistance League provides allowed her the time to pick what were certainly important garments for her senior year.

After choosing dresses, shoes, jewelry and an evening bag, she and her mother approached the "checkout" area. As the dresses were placed in plastic and the accessories in be-ribboned white bags, the young woman looked quizzically at the Assistance League member checking her out.

"What does this cost?" she asked.

"It doesn't cost anything," the member said. "It's free."

I will never forget the reaction of the young woman and her mother. The young woman was smiling and her mother was crying. And I realized that Operation Cinderella wasn't just impacting young ladies, it was impacting mothers and fathers and families.

I have volunteered for Operation Cinderella every year since I joined Assistance League of the Bay Area. I will never miss it!


Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization for 7 years now, and I am so proud to work alongside these wonderful people. We serve the Bay Area of Houston in so many different ways. We provide school clothes for children in need, prom attire for high school students who wouldn't be able to attend otherwise, and lend a helping hand to local schools in partnership with Communities in Schools. We also partner with United Way to provide clothing for adults going to job interviews. These women and high school Assisteens work tirelessly to meet the needs of families, all on a completely volunteer basis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I proudly serve with this organization and am proud to serve. We are an all volunteer organization. The children and families of the Bay Area are served by everything we do. Our entire focus is to do everything we can to make the lives of the families we serve, better. The resale shop is all volunteer, we accept all donations and are proud to be one of the top rated resale shops in our area. Please join us. volunteer, donate and serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League is a wonderful organization! They help school-aged, economically disadvantaged students that need nutritional support or appropriate campus clothing, and for those who are seniors in high school, the ability to attend prom.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization since 2004. I desired to join because of its mission of serving at-risk populations at the child, teen, and adult ages. It is been truly remarkable to see the smiles and tears of happiness when we were able to provide them an opportunity they might otherwise not have. Whether it's receiving school-appropriate clothing that is also stylish and similar to their peers, experiencing prom ensconced in beautiful clothing and accessories, or selecting fashionable interview clothing for that all-important job, Assistance League of the Bay Area is providing a hand up to someone who needs it. #wechangelives

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Bay Area is an organization who provides support to children, adults, and the elderly. Ranging from distributing a week's worth of clothes, prom attire, interview-appropriate wear, to assisting students who have been identified as at-risk for dropping out of school, to volunteering in the classrooms at a summer enrichment program at a local university, to spending quality time with senior citizens at a nursing home, or simply answering a one-time need of a family or individual due to a catastrophic situation, this group of dedicated women put caring and commitment into action in the communities we serve.

Our largest philanthropy, Operation School Bell, is the program that enables students who have been identified by their school district as economically disadvantaged, to receive a week's worth of clothing, appropriate undergarments, a personal hygiene kit, socks, and a $15 Payless shoe voucher. It is so heart-warming to participate in this each year. Parents and students are thrilled with the clothes and express themselves with hugs, tears, and smiles on their faces.

We can't meet all the students' needs who qualify as economically disadvantaged due to the limitations of our budget. We have fabulous funding initiatives - an annual event and a beautiful Resale Shop. However, in order to grow this outreach, we are dependent on grants from foundations and community-minded companies and individuals who desire to help us expand our reach.

We hope that will happen as we seek to inform others of the wonderful things we do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member and volunteer with the Assistance League of the Bay Area for over 6 years and have found the experience to be beneficial for both the volunteer and the recipient of our services. Whether wanting to be in a leadership role or a simple "indian" and many members like to refer to themselves as, there are opportunities for everyone. You may choose to volunteer in the resale shop to help raise funds for the organization or be hands on help with the philanthropies of Operation School Bell (clothing children in need in the four surrounding school districts with new, school appropriate clothing), Operation Cinderella (dressing young ladies and men with prom attire for their senior proms), or Hands from the Heart (giving manicures and fellowship to our senior residents at Baywind Nursing home) as well as others. There is something for everyone! All you have to do is dive in.

Barbara279

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for 8 years and during that time I have held numerous positions within the organization. I am so impressed with the spirit of the women who belong to this organization! Their can-do attitude makes it possible to accomplish the near impossible when it comes to dressing children for Operation School Bell or Operation Cinderella, helping the schools within our service area, and aiding the families of these children. As Treasurer, I have seen how they utilize their funds wisely for the good of the community. This all-volunteer organization works hard to fundraise through an award-winning Resale Shop, an annual Gala, selling cookbooks, and searching for additional assistance through grants and foundations. All money raised by this organization is returned to the community through their philanthropies. Truly a wonderful organization to support through my time and your gifts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer organization in my area and found the Assistance League! Never have I witnessed an all volunteer group give so much to the community - clothing, food, dental and vision care, scholarships, prom attire for high school seniors, job interview appropriate clothing and companionship to seniors citizens in an area nursing home! This is probably the best kept secret in the Bay Area. These volunteers are ready to help when called upon and work tirelessly to secure ways of helping those in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for the Assistance League of the Bay Area in 2014 after retiring in 2013. I had always wanted to serve my community in a capacity that allowed me to give back to CCISD. My parents were teachers in the district and I was a student in the district from Kindergarten through 12th grade (go Wildcats!). A dear friend invited me to attend a social at her home and I met several current members who shared with me their stories of volunteering with the Assistance League. Their passion was infectious and so I signed up. I love to work at the Resale Shop! The shop is beautiful and every day is a surprise. Our members work very hard to create a lovely shopping experience. Everything I do for Assistance League, every day I serve, every person I meet just reminds me more and more why I give back what was so freely given to me. The Assistance League of the Bay Area is my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We change lives! I'm proud to have served this organization for 2 years. A mighty group of women who work tirelessly to support children of all school ages so each child can have a successful school experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member and volunteer for the Assistance League of the Bay Area for 14 years and each year my heart is filled with joy as we together with our community partners continue to "Make a Difference" and change lives today and forever. I have had the honor of serving in many areas of our organization but last year was the beginning of a new and exciting experience. I participated in the growth and promotion of our organization and witnessed the birth of a new partnership with (H-E-B) and how friendships can be dynamic. I look forward to continuing my service as a proud member in our organization. YPerrin

2 Madeline N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of ALBA for ten years. The Assistance League has several philanthropic programs, but my two favorite are Operation School Bell, and Operation Cinderella. Last week, I worked as a volunteer for Operation School Bell and watched the young children come in to receive their school clothing. They were precious...and so proud when they received their clothing. The other program, Operation Cinderella, helps Junior and Senior girls and boys with Prom Expenses. The boys receive a Tux and ticket...and the girls receive a Prom dress, jewelry, purse, shoes, and a Prom ticket. Watching the girls come in and shop for a dress is so much fun. And when they find "the one", they are indeed Cinderella!

1 Kathleen90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for 3 years. I was searching for an organization that helped children and others in my local community. What a surprise to find that over 3,000
kids are helped each year by caring and giving women. I am proud to be a part of this national organization!

1 Brunella A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Bay Area works diligently to provide new school clothes for over 2000 children each year. These students can then attend school with pride in the way they look and can focus on learning. I am proud to work with this remarkable group of dedicated women who are making a difference in their community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely proud to be a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area. We are Making a Difference in Our Community by contributing over 27,800 volunteer hours to our philanthropies and fund-raising efforts in our chapter year 2013-2014. The value of our contribution is estimated at over $656,798 to our community using the value of a volunteer hour set by the US government. The dedication and hard work of our members is truly amazing to see!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past year the Bay Area Assistance League was voted the best non-profit in the area by The Citizen. I am proud to be a member of such a dedicated group. Last year our members donated over 25,000 hours to our various philanthropies. Since 2004 our largest program, Operation School Bell, has nearly tripled the number of school aged children clothed, growing from over 700 to over 2000 annually. This clothing helps students fit in with other students and, through increased self esteem, makes them more eager to learn. These efforts are funded by an annual gala and an award -winning resale shop as well as corporate grants and private donations. Our 200 volunteers are eager to continue and expand this outreach to other school districts but lack the funding. We welcome additional donations to help us achieve our vision of "Self-worth and possibility for all."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Bay Area makes a difference!
Over 2,000 kids were given 3-4 new outfits for school. Some have never had new clothes. We expect to clothe more kids this season which continues all school year long.
We also do community outreach to kids at risk, adults, and elderly.
We are always looking for more dedicated volunteers. Great organization to get involved in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of the Bay Area near Houston, Texas is a charity that raises money
to provide clothing for children in need, among other things. I have never seen volunteers work as hard or be as dedicated to a cause. Over 2000 children each year benefit from this charity. As a former
child in need, I personally relate to this cause. I have enjoyed being a member and volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of the Bay Area supports the school age children of our community by providing clothing, hygiene kits, eye exams ,prom dresses or tuxedos, and scholarships for summer enrichment classes offered by a local university. The organization also offers Hands From the Heart manicures to a local nursing home.The Assistance League also has an active teen volunteer auxiliary. Being a volunteer for almost 15 years in this organization has been a privilege and honor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for many organizations in our area but found that it was very hard to track progress and wanted to be with an organization that truly made a noticeable difference. Since volunteering with this organization, I have been involved in many worthwhile projects that have true measures of success. The Assistance League of the Bay Area helps so many people, from children to the elderly. There is not one single story that makes everything I have done worthwhile, but many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The members of the Assistance League of the Bay Area have made an incredible impact on the welfare of those in need in our community. Timeless effort and passion to helping clothe and care for the welfare of children in need is about as good as it gets. Well done!