Programs in Service to our Community
Assault Survivors Kits are provided to fulfill needs and support the SANE nurses at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Assistance League provides clothing and comfort items for children and adolescent assault survivors examined at the hospital and clinic. Sadly, 250 – 400 patients are seen every year. We are happy to provide them some comfort and care.
Scholarships and mentors will be provided to 64 students this year, a record number. We are proud of the 21 who graduated from Austin Community College this past spring. Our advocates provide support to help these scholars reach their graduation goals.
This spring, Fresh Start gave 40 young people exiting the foster care system life kits to help them transition to their next stage of life. The individualized kits included microwave ovens, linens, kitchen items, etc. Assistance League helped sponsor a graduation party for seniors, providing 62 of the college-bound students with laptop computers.
Operation School Bell is nearly at the 100,000 mark in providing new school clothes to students attending schools in Del Valle, Manor and Austin ISD. This year, 150 ALA members worked in this program to help students attend school looking their best.
Operation Wish List has selected Cowan Elementary School this year to receive needed supplies and educational material. Faculty and staff are excitedly completing their wish lists. ALA will help make those wishes come true early in 2019.
OWL also provides books each summer through the Buford Book Bus program that supplies students and school libraries with new books.
Outreach is designed to address one-time or short-term needs in the community. With a new committee and budget this year we expect to complete projects totaling $15,000 to help people with sudden unexpected needs.
Toy Cart continues to serve more than 20,000 patients and their visitors every year, providing toys, games, books, and magazines. Our Crafts Committee provides hand-created caps, booties, blankets and pillow cases to be distributed to babies in NICU and their families.
Waste Not is our recycling program. Goods not able to be sold in THRIFT HOUSE are passed on to other 501(c)(3) agencies to ensure that nothing goes to waste. The value of these items generally exceeds $15,000 annually.