"Caring and Commitment in Action"

Assistance League Fresno History
 The objective of our chapter of Assistance League® is to administer a program of philanthropic work within Fresno County.  Since its affiliation as a guild of National Assistance League® in May of 1988, the organization had grown to sponsor six programs.

The 1st program of the guild was Operation Bear Hug, established in 1988.  This program is designed to provide certified-safe toy bears to the Fresno/Clovis Police and Sheriffs Departments and other agencies for distribution to those who have suffered trauma.

In 1989, Teen Club was organized.  In conjunction with our chartering on March 17, 1994, Teen Club became recognized as Assisteens®.  This program is designed to help teens plan for a future in philanthropic work and fund-raising activities, along with personal enhancement and college entry skills.

Our 2nd program, Operation School Bell, began in the fall of 1990 and is designed to provide needed clothing for children, within specified school boundaries, who might otherwise be unable to attend school.  Our resale store formerly known as Bargain Boutique and now called AL Thrift Boutique was opened spring 2001 to provide revenue to support our programs.  Presently we clothe over 2700 children per year.

Operation Gift Box, our 3rd program, began in 2005 and provides holiday gift boxes to shut-in seniors.

In 2012, Dream Dress became our chapter's 4th program.  This program provides formal wear to girls that are homeless, in foster care or in need.  The formal clothing is for school dances, graduation and special events.

Busy Hands became our chapter's 5th and newest program in 2013. In this program local seniors make handcrafted items which are then donated to the Marjaree Mason Center and the Pregnancy Care Center. This program is unique in that it helps both those making and those receiving the handmade items.

Operation Caring is our 6th and newest program and was up and running June 2014. It  provides teddy bears, sweat clothes, blankets, hygiene kits and committee agreed upon miscellaneous items as needed for victim's of sexual assault, child abuse and family violence in Fresno County.  We also provide AL Thrift Store vouchers for court clothing for sexual assault and family violence victim's.

Our chapter of Assistance League® has truly grown, not just in size, but also in its impact on our community and is fulfilling the motto of our national organization. Assistance League® of Fresno is a 501(c)(3) organization, and as such, all donations are tax-deductible. Our Federal tax ID number is 77-0202024.


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