"Caring and Commitment in Action"


Operation School Bell

Assistance League’s signature program across the country, Operation School Bell®, began serving children of Fresno County on October 5, 1990.

Assistance League® Fresno Chapter has clothed 25,000 children in the past 25 years. Last year we clothed over 2000 children in grades K-6th. Elementary school children identified by their school nurse, home school liaison or teacher are referred to our program. Children receive $50 Target vouchers, where they are able to experience their very own shopping trip to choose school clothing they like, that fits and is what they need to attend school.

Operation School Bell® has made remarkable strides to lay a foundation of learning for children by providing them with new school clothes, allowing them to arrive in the classroom better prepared to learn.

This program began with a simple sense of deep concern and caring. Today, it stands as a beacon for Assistance League’s understanding that a giving heart and simple acts can make a significant difference in a child’s life.

In The NEWS .....

December 6, 2013 - AL Fresno received its largest donation in the history of the chapter to its Operation School Bell® program. Domus Mitis Foundation donated $50,000 to Fresno's Operation School Bell program after learning of the Target voucher procedure used by the chapter.

"Domus Mitis Foundation was very impressed by our system of using the Target vouchers," said Cathy GordonOSB Chairman. "After explaining the need in the community for new school clothing for children and our desire to help more students t the middle school level, they doubled their original donation of $25,000", Gordon said.

Fresno's OSB program has been able to provide 500 more vouchers to K-6 grade students because of this donation and will be providing an additional 500 vouchers to middle school students in January. The program in total for the 2013-2014 school year will provide over 2,800 students in the Fresno area with $50 Target vouchers.


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