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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jill Romero S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

To know and work with the members of this organization is to watch selflessness in action. In the midst of tragedy, members got to work hand in hand to assist the community. As Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on our area and our lives, members can be seen volunteering in every capacity until the organization's own programs are back up and running. Doesn't matter if they personally suffered through the storm or not, it is in their nature to give back and help change lives.

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of Assistance League of the Bay Area. We change lives in our community with our six philanthropic programs. Our 180-member volunteers work magic from La Porte to Galveston Island. Our focus is helping children and in turn their families succeed in school and life. From clothing children for school to providing nutritional support to the students during the school year to donating books to classrooms and school libraries, Assistance League of the Bay Area is improving lives in our area.

I like that all the money we raise in our area on an annual basis stays in the community we serve. If you combine our annual fundraising with the value of our volunteer service hours, each year we are investing over one million dollars into our local community. And this is done by an organization that is 100% volunteer! Join us. Support our programs.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

My friend, Susan just got back from New Mexico, where she goes to volunteer as a

doctor on an Indian reservation. She was telling me that, although she is not a

religious person, she saw an awe-inspiring scene while driving. A thunderstorm had

just passed, leaving clouds of all shades of red, pink and purple. As she was coming dangerously close to driving off the road, because of looking at the incredible sky,

she rounded a curve and came upon an even more beautiful sight. A cliff just ahead

was striped in the same colors as the sky! She had tears in her eyes telling me about

it. So, I told her of having a similar feeling last Friday, while working for Operation

School Bell at one of the Dickinson dressing days. I was working at the check-out

desk, so had a ring-side seat to watch all the kids trying on clothes, while our Assistance

League helpers were knocking themselves out for these kids. They were literally

running, back and forth, exchanging sizes and colors, handing out praise and positive

comments for all our little "customers." They were behaving as if they were getting

paid millions! They were working as if they were trying for a promotion! I heard so

many phrases like "way to go" and "I could never do this without this great support

system". I admit to my own tears, while thinking "these women don't have to work

like this". They don't have to give up their time. They don't have to lift heavy boxes

or mop floors the size of football fields, or deal with problems for six straight

hours. Yet, they keep showing up for this really difficult task, of clothing over 3,000 at-

risk children, never letting their co-workers or the kids down, and never asking for

anything but the chance to help the less fortunate in our world. I'm not religious

either, but watching all that lifted my heart that day!


Ellen Lancaster


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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area for several years and continue to be amazed by the number of lives we touch. We have NO paid management or administrative staff and all of our philanthropic programs are carried out by our very dedicated volunteer members.

Operation School Bell is our largest and perhaps the most well-known of our philanthropic programs. Last year we provided a week’s worth of school clothing, a gift card for shoes, and hygiene kit to over 2,000 students and we are well on our way to “dress” even more students during this school year. Each of our programs strives to improve the lives of those we serve in our community.

As a member of Assistance League of the Bay Area, I’m continuously reminded that when you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible. I joined as a way to give back to the community but, in so many ways, feel I have received far more than I could ever give.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Bay Area is a wonderful organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and the elderly in the bay area. We are member driven, as our members both raise the funds for and deliver the services of our philanthropic programs. Our programs include: a partnership with Communities in Schools Bay Area (one of the things we do through this partnership is help pay for vision exams/glasses for students); scholarships to economically challenged students in local school districts to attend summer enrichment programs at the University of Houston - Clear Lake (we also provide volunteer assistance in the classroom for this program); manicures and compainionship for elderly residents at a local nursing home; prom attire for seniors identified by their schools as needing assistance to be able to attend their prom (for the girls - gowns, jewelry, purses and shoes and for the boys - tuxedo rentals) through our Operation Cinderella program; interview outfits to individuals reentering the workforce through referrals from the United Way; and last but by no means least we have Operation School Bell where we chothe children identified by their schools has having a need - each elementary student receives pants, tops, underware, a hygeine kit, and a voucher for shoes & each secondary student receives a hygeine kit, shoe voucher, and clothing based upon the individual needs for school appropriate attire. It is an organization for which I am proud to be affiliated.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of the Bay Area is a vital organization in our community. We are honored to be able to provide services to the at-risk populations in our area. We are so pleased to be named Clear Creek Independent School District's Community Partner of the Year. When you see the face of a child receiving his own toothbrush for the first time, you can't help but be moved. We witness mothers and their and high school senior girls embracing and crying tears of joy after receiving a prom dress, shoes, jewelry and all of the other accoutremets that enable the daughter to experience prom.