EXPLORE OUR HISTORY…

1989

Seven women formed a service organization dedicated to helping vulnerable children and adults in their community.

1991

Operation School Bell® began and provided clothing to 30 school children in its inaugural year.

Breakfast with Santa began to provide a special breakfast to local foster children and their families.

1992

Senior Caring was added as a program to serve low-income seniors.

1993

Assistance League of Bend was officially chartered as the 92nd chapter of Assistance League.

The Chapter House was purchased.

1995

Kitchen Kaleidoscope began as a signature fundraiser.

Cottage Collectibles, a thrift shop, began to provide additional funding.

Festival of Trees began as a major annual fundraiser.

1997

Hats, Hats, Hats was introduced to provide handmade hats to chemo patients.

2001

Assistance League of Bend formed an Advisory Council in the Spring of 2001.

2002

Assistance League of Bend became a “21 Cares for Kids” partner.

2003

These Kids are Cookin’ began to promote healthy eating to low-income elementary students.

Be There Be Square, a program that rewards at-risk teens for perfect attendance at the alternative high school, began.

2007

A major expansion of the Chapter House remodeled the existing chapter house and added on to accommodate dressing students in need for Operation School Bell.

2009

Operation School Bell dressing was moved from the chapter house to a local retail store.

2010

Combined Communications became a media partner.

2015

My Life Story Books was introduced to provide hand-crafted memory books for foster children.

2018

Cinderella’s Closet opens to provide prom dresses to local teens who would be otherwise unable to attend their school prom due to lack of appropriate clothing.

 

CHARTER MEMBERS

Lois Battleson

BJ deGruchy

Jill Ergenbright

Joanne Gehlert

Ann Hamilton

Marj Johnson

Chris Lovlien

Linda Moore

Marci Olson

Marilyn Peterson

Shari Schneider

Char Weichman

(L to R) BJ deGruchy, Char Weichman, Linda Moore, Marj Johnson, Jill Ergenbright, Joanne Gehlert, Betty Hallmeyer, Marci Olson and Mary Kuchs.

PAST PRESIDENTS

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

2012-2014

2012-2012

2011-2012

2009-2011

2008-2009

2007-2008

2005-2007

2003-2005

Joan Craig

Anita Saalfeld

Gia Hartmeier

Nancy Martin

Carolyn Blake

Connie Dean

Marti Sheppard

Jamie Gunderson

Deanna Ritchie

Joan Craig

Suzanne Browning

2001-2003

2000-2001

1999-2000

1998-1999

1997-1998

1995-1997

1994-1995

1993-1994

1991-1993

1989-1991

Stacy Luersen

BJ deGruchy

Lenore Groat

Dorothy Dougherty

Judy Roth

Polly LePore

Linda Moore

Char Weichman

Marci Olson

Shari Schneider

L - R Stacy Luerson, BJ deGruchy, Linda Moore, Marti Sheppard, Lenore Groat, Jamie Gunderson, Shari Schneider, Dorothy Dougherty, Joan Craig

ADA EDWARDS LAUGHLIN AWARD RECIPIENTS

2017

2016

2015

2013

2011

2010

Karen Druery

Rosanne Raley

Linda Hollemon

Carolyn Hellmers

Candace Wimer

Dorothy Dougherty

2008

2007

2004

2000

1996

1994

Connie Dean

Lena Hartshorn

Nancy Martin

Jill Ergenbright

Marci Olson

Marj Johnson

L - R Carolyn Hellmers 2013 Linda Hollemon 2015 Recipients

NATIONAL OPERATION SCHOOL BELL AWARD RECIPIENTS

2016

2015

2011

2007

2008

Tim and Kathy Garling, Jackalope Grill

Chris Schroeder-Fain

The Chackel Family and Ghost Tree Invitational Golf Tournament

Jim Norman and Norman Building Design

Bob Shaw and News Channel 21

2015 Recipient Chris Schroeder-Fain