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Review for Assistance League of the Bay Area, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is the most wonderful organization! I joined while I was working and I continue to volunteer as a retiree. One of the most wonderful programs is Operation School Bell. To see the looks on the children's faces when they put on the clothes is indescribable . In many cases, this is the first time they have had new clothes. They are used to hand-me-downs which are faded or patched. They even get to pick out a book. That is usually the first time they have received a book to keep. They ask"Is this for me? Can I take it home?"
Another wonderful project is Operation Cinderella. Girls who have never thought they would get to go to the high school prom, feel like Cinderella at the ball. Each girl gets to select a gown, jewelry, shoes and a purse. Then to top it off, she gets a gift certificate to have her hair and nails done. A guy gets to rent a tux and even gets help with the cost of the prom tickets. Of course Assistance League members are the fairy godmothers. There are other programs as well. From our resale shop we are able to clothe women and men who are going on job interviews. We also help provide snacks to children in need. We have two big fundraisers each year, a gala and our wonderful award-winning resale shop. The shop is completely run by volunteers, no paid staff. If you prefer not to sell on the floor, there is a processing area where you can help. The shop carries clothing for men and women, shoes for men and women as well as accessories like purses, gloves, scarves, lingerie , home goods, pictures and furniture. All items are donated by members and the community. Many of our members not only sell items, but buy as well.
In the past, I have served on the Board and even served as President. This is a wonderful group of women who contribute time/ money to this group. We also have help from those in the community who appreciate our service . They help provide grants that help make our service to the community possible.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Assistance League of the Bay Area, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit is essential to the Clear Lake Community. One of its programs is Operation School Bell where they clothe children pre-K - high school who are recommended by their schools in Clear Creek, Texas City, Friendswood, Galveston and La Porte. They help provide clothes to men and women who are trying to re-enter the workforce. They provide nutritious snacks for children in schools who are at-risk. They have Operation Cinderella to allow students recommended by their schools to be able to attend their school prom by providing formals, shoes, bags, jewelry, tux rentals for the guys, prom tickets, etc. Without this help, many students would be unable to attend their prom. They have a thrift shop which is completely volunteer-staffed to help raise funds for their philanthropic programs.
This is a wonderful organization. I have been a member for over 20 years.

Role:  Volunteer