Assistance League members pack food for students in need

Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies program provides food for students who might otherwise lack meals over the weekend. Children in need, take home a backpack of healthy meals and snacks from school on Friday and return on Monday mornings fed and ready to learn. Because students were attending school virtually during much of the pandemic, Assistance League of Atlanta provided the students’ and their families with bags of food. In all, 1,900 bags were distributed during the 2020-2021 fiscal year, even in the summer months.

Some 2019 scholarship winners

Links to Education

Links to Education provides scholarships to deserving college students pursuing post-secondary education at Georgia institutions of higher learning.  Since 2003, Assistance League of Atlanta’s Links to Education program has awarded $994,000 in need-based scholarships to 595 college students.

Happy children receiving new school clothing

Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell provides new clothing, uniforms, jackets, socks, belts, underwear, hygiene kits and shoes to elementary and middle school students in the Atlanta area. The 235 schools normally served by Assistance League of Atlanta limited their in-person classes due to the pandemic. As a result, the number of new clothing items distributed was substantially less this year. Of the ??? provided with a week’s worth of clothing, 255 (49%) were homeless or fire victims. An additional 7,405 students received selected items of clothing. We also distributed 3,393 children’s books and 1,844 hygiene kits to the schools through the social workers.

Waste Not donates baby equipment to other charities.

Waste Not

Waste Not donates items that cannot be sold in our Attic Treasures thrift shop or used by our philanthropic programs to other charities and social agencies.  The program provides donated clothing, shoes, housewares, linens, baby items, medical equipment and toiletries for those in crisis. In the last fiscal year, Waste Not donated goods worth approximately $40,000.

Bears for Children

Bears for Children provides new, child-safe cuddly teddy bears to comfort frightened children during crisis situations and hospital stays.  During the fiscal year ending May 31, 2021, Assistance League of Atlanta comforted 1,230 traumatized children through hospitals, police stations and fire departments.

Bears ready to go to traumatized children

New Beginnings

New Beginnings provides new household goods, clothing and personal care items to those affected by homelessness, abuse and domestic violence.  During the fiscal year ending May 31, 2021, Assistance League of Atlanta brought comfort and dignity to more than 33,500 children and adults who are receiving treatment or short-term care at eight social agencies.

Attic Treasures Thrift Shop donates two business outfits to Mary Hall Freedom House residents as they prepare to enter the job market.

Shepherd Center Patient Support

Shepherd Center Patient Support supplies new clothing (T-shirts and tear-a-way pants) appropriate for physical therapy to aid injured patients in their recovery.  Assistance League of Atlanta also helps patients, many of whom are far from home, celebrate birthdays with gifts of lightweight backpacks that fit on wheelchairs. Assistance League served over 221 patients this past fiscal year.

Assistance League member volunteer with Shepherd Center coordinator at the clothes closet

Wee Help

Wee Help assembles and delivers layettes for newborns to Atlanta-area hospitals for mothers in need. Each layette contains a gown, footed sleeper, onesie, hooded towel, diapers, wipes, socks and a hand-knitted cap. In the fiscal year ending May 31, 2021, Wee Help delivered over 1,000 layettes to mothers in Atlanta-area hospitals and clinics.

Layette items in each package