With 26,000 member volunteers giving over 3.2 million service hours annually, Assistance League exemplifies what National Volunteer Week is all about--namely, "inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities."
National Volunteer Week, April 12-18 this year, was established by Points of Light in 1974 to demonstrate the power of people working together to meet local challenges. It has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of special events and projects.
Assistance League is remarkable in that, unlike most national charities, the focus is on the local community. With support and guidance from the national organization, the 120 chapters of Assistance League design and implement programs to address otherwise unmet local needs. All funds they raise stay in those individual communities, helping people in need achieve a better quality of life.
This month the Road Trip begins at our newest shop in our chain - San Luis Obispo. With a late April Grand Opening planned, the shop will offer gently used clothing, household items, furniture and jewelry. Donations will support Operation School Bell. Watch for Grand Opening articles and photos on Chapter Headlines. After a scenic drive through the mountains, the Road Trip visits Assistance League Thrift Shop in Bakersfield. The store opened in 1956 and is the chapter's primary fundraiser. Operated solely by member volunteers, they provide quality merchandise and reasonable prices to valued customers. Clothing and shoes for children and adults, household items, books, sport equipment, toys, linens and small electronics are sold at bargain prices. More...
Click on MAP to see locations and contact information for our 120 chapters and 98 thrift shops, consignment shops, program shops and gift shops.
In 2013-2014, $38.8 million was returned to local communities; 1.5 million people were assisted; nearly 26,000 member volunteers in 120 chapters contributed 3.2+ million service hours; Operation School Bell assisted 330,915 children last year and 4.3 million since 1958. Click to read Impact Stories.
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Thrfit Shop Road Trip is in Southern California.