Assisteens Dedicate Many Hours to
Operation School Bell®

Though school has been out for the summer, Assisteens of the Bay Area still have been hard at work.

In addition to volunteering at the Assistance League of the Bay Area’s Resale Shop, helping the League City Animal Shelter, and responding to community service opportunities, Assisteens have contributed significantly to Operation School Bell.   Operation School Bell, the chapter’s largest philanthropy, provides clothing, a personal hygiene kit, shoes, and necessary accessories for children and teens who have been identified by school personnel as economically disadvantaged.

Assisteens provide the lion’s share of work as relates to assembling the personal hygiene kits.   Over two specific days, several members of the auxiliary worked to prepare over 1500 kits. This philanthropic program, Operation School Bell Support, is managed by the teens.

Assisteens, an all-teen auxiliary of Assistance League of the Bay Area, manages their own philanthropic programs, in addition to partnering with the chapter when needed, and helping out in the community when requested, Operation School Bell Support is one of the five programs they oversee.

Assisteens Attend National Conference at
California State University – Fullerton

In June, three officers from Assisteens of the Bay Area attended the 2017 National Assisteens Conference at California State University – Fullerton.  Of the 40+ chapters, 15 from across the country were able to attend.

This year’s theme, Building Bridges, was introduced by Keynote speaker Carolyn Carpenter, Executive Director and founding partner of New Ensemble Theatre, the founder and creator of the award-winning mega hit MOTEL 6 Feet Under Haunted House, the founder and CEO of Midnight Table Talks, and the founder of Hi Tech Haunts.  Workshops through the weekend focused on how to build bridges through effective communication and the use of social media, fostering teamwork, and diminishing cliques. The Assisteens also had the opportunity to share ideas on fundraising, philanthropic programs, and running effective meetings. In addition other workshops focused on budgeting and setting realistic goals for chapter finances.  The weekend was not all business; the teens were able to network with their peers during an ice cream social, build your own taco night, and game night.

Pictured from left to right, Chairman Daniel Monks, Chairman-Elect Allyson Mark, and Vice Chairman Philanthropic Activities Divya Sashital.

Assisteens Wrap Up Successful Year with Recognitions

The last meeting of the 2016-2017 year took place on Sunday, May 21 at University Baptist Church.

New officers for 2017-2018 were installed, seniors who fulfilled requirements were recognized, and Presidential Service Awards were awarded to those who qualified.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Seniors Recognized
Austin Arceneaux – 5 meetings and 64 hours
Zachary Earley – 5 meetings and 16.5 hours
Raquel Erb – 6 meetings and 20.5 hours
Michael Fowler – 5 meetings and 22.5 hours
Jessica McCarty – 5 meetings and 82.5 hours
Caroline Scogin – 6 meetings and 18 hours

Presidential Service Awardees
Completing a minimum of 100 hours with at least 50 coming from Assisteen-approved activities
Ashley Comin, with 108 hours
Margaret McCarty, with 114.5 hours
Pooja Sashital, with 126.5 hours
Amery Saldana, with 127 hours
Kit Matthews, with 129.5 hours
Ally Mark, with 155 hours
August Threatt, with 217.5 hours
Divya Sashital, with 314 hours
Special Recognitions
Will Hageman received the “Clutch Award”
Frank Fillip received the “Prince Charming Award”
August Threatt received the “Helping Hands Award”
Divya Sashital received the “Outstanding Volunteer Award”