Come find great buys in both the Thrift Shop and our Shop on the Corner

Shopping Hours: Tues | Wed | Thurs | Sat: 10 am – 2 pm
Donations: Mon-Thurs & Sat from 10 – Noon

The Blue Portal Gift Shop in Old Town
is a philanthropic program of ALA benefiting senior artisans in NM.

Their Shopping Hours are: Wed – Sat: 11 am – 4 pm and Sun: 1 pm – 4 pm

What is Assistance League of Albuquerque?

We are the Albuquerque Chapter of National Assistance League. Our local 501(c)(3) nonprofit is run by over 300 committed member volunteers who work tirelessly to benefit both adults and children in our community through a variety of programs.

Learn more about our chapter.

Who are we – the member volunteers?

We come from a variety of careers including teachers, nurses, business owners and more. We use our life-learned skills and talents to successfully run this many-faceted business. We find that being involved in this philanthropic adventure is as fulfilling for us as it is to those we serve. And we are always looking for new members. ​

Consider joining us!

Current Events

What are our three largest community programs?

Operation School Bell®

This program makes kids smile and feel good. OSB provides vouchers for new clothing and shoes for in-need students in 32 Title 1 schools. Additionally, our partnership with  KRQE Cares Shoes for Kids initiative allows us to provide shoes for EVERY student in six of the schools. And we measure their feet!

The Blue Portal

This program gives senior NM artists and crafters a venue to have their items sold in a beautiful Old Town Shop, which we own and staff. The artists receive 100% of the sale price. In the 5 months from July-Nov 2019, we wrote checks for more than $100,000 to pay more than 500 artists

Kids Are Pretty Special

When children are removed from a household, ABQ’s (CYFD) Children, Youth and Families Dept. keeps them until they go into foster care. But CYFD  doesn’t have enough funds to provide the extra things like another outfit to wear, diapers, or formula to drink. We fulfill that need.