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Operation School Bell® Helps Students In Communities Across the Nation

It seems improbable that one of the richest nations in the world would have children that find attending school painful because their parents cannot afford even the most basic items of school apparel. However, some students attend irregularly or never enroll at all. Others act out their insecurity with behavioral problems in the classroom or give up on tasks because of frustration. Breaking the cycle of poverty isn't easy, but it's possible. Studies support that education is one of the most viable pathways to breaking poverty barriers. Clothing and supplying children for a new school year can be costly, but there is help for families who can't afford the expense, and that help often comes through Assistance League's Operation School Bell program.  More...

Today's Volunteers Welcome Flexibility

Volunteerism, the core of Assistance League, is undergoing change. As members of the organization, Assistance League volunteers have always been dedicated to creating, implementing and funding philanthropic programs to meet community needs. To achieve these goals, members were required to serve certain numbers of hours in various areas. Today's volunteer, however, expects more flexibility in where and how they contribute their time and talents and Assistance League chapters are responding. More...

Thrift Shop Road Trip in Northern California and Reno-Sparks

The Thrift Shop Road Trip visited Fresno in March for their 20th anniversary. Fresno's Assistance League Thrift Boutique opened on Blackstone Avenue four years ago to give the store a more visible and larger location. The store carries furniture as well as gently used clothing for men, women, teens and children. Also featured are linens, household goods, children's toys and book. Holiday and seasonal items are popular. Since opening in 2001, the Thrift Shop has contributed nearly $350,000 to the philanthropic programs of the chapter.  More...

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Click on MAP to see locations and contact information for our 120 chapters and 98 thrift shops, consignment shops, program shops and gift shops.


Quick Facts

In 2012-2013 $38+ million returned to local communities; 1.5 million people assisted; 26,000 member volunteers in 120 chapters who contributed 3.2+ million service hours; Operation School Bell assisted 330,815 children last year and nearly 4 million since 1958.

Thrift Shop Road Trip

Thrift Shop Road Trip is in Northern California and Reno-Sparks.


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