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Assistance League of the Bay Area

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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Assistance League of the Bay Area for over 20 years. They are by far one of the most generous, hardworking and professional organizations I know. For over two decades the Assistance League has provided clothes, hygiene products, food and other vital needs to the children we serve through Communities In Schools – Bay Area (CIS). More importantly they have provided students hope for a brighter future.

The Assistance League of the Bay Area works directly with CIS site coordinators to provide clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to children through Operation School Bell. Through Operation Cinderella seniors in High School who might not otherwise attend their school prom are given prom attire including tuxedos, dresses, jewelry and more. The Assistance League also provides eye glasses to many of our students as well as dental care to others through one of its members. Finally, through Operation Support Our Schools, the Assistance League of the Bay Area designates an Assistance League Liaison for each of the 16 schools where we have a program. This Assistance League Member provides a myriad of support through donations of food, gifts for our students during the holidays, provision of nutritional support and incentives for students to stay in school.

Thank you, Assistance League of the Bay Area, for transforming the lives of thousands of children a year through your support of CIS – Bay Area and your commitment to our community.

Peter C. Wuenschel, PhD
Executive Director
Communities In Schools – Bay Area

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of the Bay Area is an impeccable organization! The women of this organization give contributions of time, talent and treasure. They are completely selfless when it comes to elevating the lives of marginalized people. I work for an organization that benefits from the services provided by the group and have seen the direct impact of how important the Assistance League of the Bay Area is in changing lives!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was recently in the United Way Bay Area building for a meeting and noticed the Assistance League's Operation School Bell was in full force on the first floor! I stepped in (I am a school district administrator) and observed the number of volunteers outfitting little ones for the school year. But what truly moved me was not the number of workers, but the tender care and attention each was giving to their student through the fitting process. I left feeling so blessed for this organization and its heart - and how they ensure each child has what they need to 'blend in' with their classmates and, ultimately, a better chance at being successful in school.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The lovely ladies of the Assistance League of Bay Area go above and beyond to help me meet my students needs. Their tireless efforts make huge differences in all families they help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity with caring and professional people. I work for a school district in the community that this organization services. The majority of the students that I work with are either low income or homeless. Whenever I need something for one of our kids, I always call on this charity. Their response has always been very positive and very prompt. It seems that their motto is "to go beyond the call of duty" as they always provide, when possible, more then the original request. I cannot express how appreciative I am that this charity exists and I hope that they will continue to thrive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Bay Area has certainly been an extremely valuable asset in our community. As a social service provider, ALBA aids the families I work with on a regular basis. The ladies of ALBA frequently check in with my program to see what needs we have that they can help with. Whenever I have had a family who has lost their belongings in a fire, ALBA is the first point of contact I make when seeking outside services. They provide clothing and hygiene items so the families have one less worry on their mind when in emergency.
To help fund the wonderful services ALBA provides, they operate an upscale resale shop. The ALBA resale shop is an excellent place! Personally, I make donations and purchases from the shop because it is so clean and the volunteers are so friendly. I greatly admire all the work ALBA does for the Clear Lake area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is my first year working closely with Assistance League of Bay Area. I am a social worker in a school, and AL Bay Area has helped supply school clothes and supplies for many of my students. They are a tremendous resource.