Diablo Valley – Wells Fargo Returns as an Operation School Bell Partner

Wells Fargo employee volunteers (l to r) Rolan Bautista, Pat Collins, Jennifer Moore, Luis Lopton, Elise Kim, Eddie Pak, Carolina Alas-Hemphill (Team Leader and Chapter Advisor), Julie Craig-Taylor, Peggy Beeler, Melissa Jones, Annette Herrera and Nichole Talavera continue the Corporate Partner’s tradition during an Operation School Bell bagging event.

Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Operation School Bell-Clothing® is a nationally acclaimed, hands-on philanthropic program that has served the local community since 1994. Last year alone, 6,000 students in grades K-12 received new clothes, all of which contributed to improved school attendance, campus citizenship and academic performance.

Since 2006, Assistance League of Diablo Valley has forged a Corporate Partners component, resulting in employee volunteers from local businesses and corporations becoming hands-on involved and contributing financially to several of its philanthropic programs.

On October 3, at 9 a.m., Wells Fargo team leader and Chapter Advisor Carolina Alas-Hemphill arrived at the Community Resource Center in Walnut Creek, with a contingent of employee volunteers, some of them returnees, from Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Concord. Committed to a corporate responsibility “… to help create long-term economic growth and improved quality of life for everyone in our communities,” the attendees knew firsthand how to make a difference.

After a brief presentation from Corporate Partners Committee Co-Chairman Pam Pitts, the energetic employee volunteers reported to the chapter’s Annex, where they placed six pairs of socks, six pairs of underwear, one sweatshirt, two pairs of pants for boys or one pair of pants and one skort (upon request) for the girls, and three white, collared shirts into 250 reusable bags in a mere two hours! At 11 a.m, a bus arrived to transport the bagged uniforms to Meadow Homes Elementary School in Concord for distribution to eager and appreciative schoolchildren.

When two community-minded organizations pool their resources in support of our most treasured asset, our youth, everybody wins! “Together, we’ll go far!” truly defined the event. Thank you, Wells Fargo!

To learn more about Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s ten philanthropic programs, all primarily funded by Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop in Lafayette, please visit this website: assistanceleague.org/diablo-valley. You may also access information regarding Corporate Partners by clicking on the button located on the upper left corner of the screen.