How can over 270 Assistance League member volunteers help more than 53,000 children and adults in need in our community? Through hard work, a generous spirit, a desire to help others and a large network of community partners, that’s how.
Our partner network includes 235 elementary and middle schools in DeKalb County, Fulton County and the Atlanta Public Schools; seven Georgia colleges and universities; numerous hospitals and medical centers; police and fire departments; and more than 15 social agencies and other charities.
To best serve the community, social workers, directors and financial aid officers identify those in need and act as liaisons between recipients and Assistance League. Here are the highlights for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2018.
Bears for Childrenprovided 6,530 cuddly bears to small children who have been injured or traumatized in some way, providing comfort and help in calming the child in distress.
Links to Education awarded $70,000 in scholarships to 39 students in seven colleges and universities for the 2017-2018 academic year.
New Beginnings served more than 31,470 children and adults in need through eight social agencies of which five are committed to homeless outreach and three are sexual assault centers.
Operation School Bell worked with social workers in 235 elementary and middle schools to provide 5,168 students with a week’s worth of school clothing. Of those served, 1,795 were homeless or fire victims. An additional 8,346 students received selected items of clothing and hygiene kits.
Shepherd Center Patient Support served over 280 patients who are victims of brain and spinal cord injuries by providing rehab-friendly t-shirts and tear-away pants. To patients for their birthdays, we also distributed backpacks that fit on wheelchairs. Durable Medical Equipment (DME) was added this fiscal year to the list of items provided.
Waste Not distributed excess items that we cannot sell in our Attic Treasures Thrift Shop, valued at $54,565, to numerous social agencies and other charities.
Wee Help assembled and distributed 1,430 layettes to 10 medical centers and agencies for mothers who cannot afford going-home clothing for their babies.