The Assistance League was established in Los Angeles in the early 1890. It was the very first nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization begun on the West Coast to recognize that volunteers held so much potential and could be so influential in helping those in need.
Over the last century and more, the Assistance League has grown to 118 chapters from coast to coast, even as far as Hawaii. These hardworking volunteers offer their talent, time and treasure to others through community service.
In the Triangle (Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding area) Chapter, Jean reports that there are over 80 women volunteers who support women and children in need through a number of programs.
Recently, they completed the traditional calendar school Operation School Bell deliveries. The Assistance League of the Triangle has provided approximately 620 children in nine triangle area schools with the following new items: backpack, shoes, jeans, t-shirt, hoodie, socks, and underwear. Ultimately, we will serve a total of about 945 students by then end of our year through our various Operation School Bell programs.
Another recent event was the Make A Difference Day, Children’s Book Drive. The hardworking volunteers managed to collect 1,123 books that were distributed to the Kid’s Place (the children’s wing) at Wake Med Hospital, Interact, and our Operation School Bell schools.
In addition to the various programs the Assistance League of the Triangle organizes, they also operate a year-round A-Z Resale Shop. The Antiques to Zippers Resale Shop is a beautiful resale shop in North Raleigh that is the major fundraiser for the nonprofit group. This shop is run by all volunteer members and 100% of the profit is returned to the community through the chapter’s projects. Jean recommends that you visit the shop because they always have new items coming in through donations. Also, if you have gently used household items, please consider donating them to the A-Z Shop.
All of The Assistance League programs are described in more detail on their website.