Operation School Bell, Assistance League’s national philanthropic program, has provided clothing for school-age children in communities nationwide since 1997.
There is a clear and growing need in our community for these services. School psychologists and social workers have observed that children who come to school and feel that they are inadequately dressed are at a disadvantage. Appropriate school clothing improves school attendance, classroom performance, conduct, self-esteem, and health.
Through Operation School Bell, we provide each child with new, school appropriate clothing based on a student’s personal needs through a partnership with Kohl’s Department Stores as well as a hygiene kit assembled by Assisteens of the Bay Area.
Funding for Operation School Bell is raised through the chapter’s award-winning Resale Shop located at 100 E NASA Parkway, Suite 80 in Webster, an annual fundraiser and a solid grants program. Other generous funding comes from private and community donations.
Since 2001, Assistance League of the Bay Area has provided clothing to over 25,000 through Operation School Bell
Operation School Bell Milestones:
2004: Provided clothing to over 700 students
2005: Provided clothing to more than 400 victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
2006: Provided clothing to more than 1100 students in the community
2007: Clothed over 1600 students
2008: Clothed over 2000 students
2009: Clothed 1520 students
2010: Clothed 1881 students
2011: Clothed 1721 students
2012: Clothed 1806 students
2013: Clothed 1927 students
2014: Clothed 2041 students
2015: Clothed 2474 students
2016: Clothed 2010 students