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By IDAHO PRESS STAFF – December 27, 2020

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF BOISE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Past presidents celebrating chapter's 40th anniversaryBOISE – Assistance League of Boise is celebrating 40 years of service to Ada County and recently Canyon County. To mark the occasion, Gov. Brad Little and Garden City Mayor John Evans issued proclamations acknowledging their commitment and service to the community.

Since it’s inception, Assistance League of Boise has provided new school clothes to more than 72,000 children through Operation School Bell – the Assistance League flagship philanthropy – and served over 277,000 children in combined philanthropic efforts. Its volunteers have served over one million hours at a value of almost $20 million.

“The lives of Idahoans have been greatly improved by the gracious and charitable acts of Assistance League,” Gov. Brad Little said in a statement. “While it is easy to give our time and resources during times of ease, it is even more important to maintain that charity during times of hardship. Over the past 40 years, Assistance League has commendably maintained their philanthropic programs to better the lives of Ada County residents. Congratulations and happy anniversary!”

Assistance League of Boise is one of 120 chapters in National Assistance League with a mission to transform lives and strengthen communities. Started as Assistance Guild of Boise in 1976, then chartered with chapter status in 1980, Assistance League has grown to meet community needs, currently supporting nine philanthropies for underserved youth in our community. Sales from their Thrift Shop, located at 5825 N. Glenwood Street in Garden City, provides 80% of the revenues to support their philanthropies.

Kathy Palmrose, President of Assistance League of Boise, said, “Our 40th anniversary marks a significant milestone in our history, and we would like to thank our volunteers, our customers, our donors and community partners for their trust, loyalty and support of our vision, and goals in our community.”

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Thrift Shop Anniversary Sale

We are celebrating 38 years as a Thrift Shop.  Come celebrate with us!  Wednesday 1/13 through Saturday 1/16, everything in our Thrift Shop will be 50% off original prices.

Sunwest Bank Charitable Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks the Sunwest Bank Charitable Foundation for their generous grant for Operation School Bell. Thank you for helping us provide clothing to children in need!

St. Luke’s Awards Grants

Assistance League of Boise thanks St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund for their generous grants to Baby Bundles to help us provide clothing, diapers and other essentials to newborns and families in need in both Ada County and Canyon County.

Nagel Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks The John F. Nagel Foundation for their generous grants to Operation School Bell to help us provide clothing to children in need in both Ada County and Canyon County.

Thrift Shop Closed for The Holidays

Our Thrift Shop and Receiving will be closed December 20th through January 1st for the holidays.  They will both re-open on January 2nd at 10:00 AM.

Chapter Anniversary Sale

Come celebrate our chapter’s 40th anniversary with us!  EVERYTHING in our thrift shop will be 40% off from December 2nd through December 5th.

Vote For Assistance League of Boise’s Thrift Shop

Please vote for our thrift shop in the Idaho’s Best of 2021 survey.  Voting is open November 30th through December 18th.  Go to www.idahosbest.com/vote, click on Thrift Shops and vote for Assistance League. Proceeds from our Thrift Shop sales fund our philanthropies that benefit those in need in Ada County.

Mistletoe House

The holidays are HERE, and to help get you ready, stop by Mistletoe House all set up in the Assistance League Philanthropic Center. Holiday linens, jewelry, toys, trees, decorations and other home décor – we have it all at MISTLETOE HOUSE! Our holiday shopping hours are as follows: Friday, November 27 – 8:00 am to […]

Holiday Open House – Sleigh Bells Ring!

Ring in the holiday season with us! Lots of special holiday fashions and décor that only comes out once a year! Tell your friends, share this post, bring a friend. Wednesday, November 11th from 10:00 to 7:00 in our Thrift Shop at 5825 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID 83714. A mask is required to enter […]

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Dianne Bennett Receives 2020 Ada Edwards Laughlin Award

The Ada Edwards Laughlin Award is named for the co-founder of National Assistance League who remained “less visible”. Recipients are those that exemplify someone who works extremely hard, but often stays behind the scenes. The following narrative, written by Becky Woodruff, explains why Dianne Bennett is so deserving of this award: “Dianne Bennett has been […]

Support us with Fred Meyer Rewards

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Do you shop at Fred Meyer stores? They have a community plan that can earn Assistance League of Boise donations! All you need is a Fred Meyer Rewards card! If […]

Operation School Supplies Enjoys Another Successful Year!

This year, Assistance League of Boise delivered over 3,300 boxes of supplies to 91 schools to assist over 14,000 students throughout Ada County.  Many thanks to our volunteers, Fred Meyer and donors for your continued support of Operation School Supplies!

Voted 2nd Best Resale Store!

Assistance League of Boise’s Thrift Store was voted 2nd place in the 2020 Best of Treasure Valley survey by Idaho Statesman readers. Come visit our shop on Glenwood across from Hawks Stadium.  Proceeds from our Thrift Shop sales fund our philanthropies that benefit those in need in Ada County.  Donations are always welcome!

Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. Awards Grants

Assistance League of Boise thanks the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. for their generous grants for Operation School Bell in Ada County and Canyon County.  Thank you for helping us provide clothing to children in need!

National Thrift Shop & Customer Appreciation Days!

Celebrating You and National Thrift Shop Day …  All Week!  August 19th – 22nd, from 10:00 – 4:00.  50% off everything in the store!

Thrift Shop Open with Temporary Hours

Our Thrift Shop is open with shortened temporary hours! Hours Starting August 3rd: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 – 4:00.  Receiving donations during business hours AND Mondays and Tuesdays 1:00 – 4:00. To adhere to the current opening phase for Idaho, the following steps are being required:  masks are required, 6 feet separation is required, limited […]

Christmas in July!

Our annual Christmas in July sale will be held July 13th – 18th in our Thrift Shop.  Come see all the Christmas treasures we have!  Hours:  July 13 (Mon) 1:30 PM – 4 PM, July 14-17 (Tue-Fri) 11 AM – 4 PM, and July 18 (Sat) 10 AM – 2 PM.

Annual “Yard Sale”

Join us for our annual “Yard Sale” on July 30th & 31st from 10:00 to 4:00 in our Philanthropic Center, next door to our Thrift Shop.

IPA Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks Independent Pilots Association Foundation for their generous grant to Operation School Bell to help us provide clothing to children in need.

Cinderella’s Closet Closed for 2020 Prom Season

Due to county-wide prom cancellations and responsibility to our patrons and volunteers, Cinderella’s Closet will not open this year. If any proms are rescheduled for later, we will do our best to accommodate the need.  Thank you for your support.

Thrift Shop Closed due to COVID-19

Our Thrift Shop is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will evaluate the situation weekly and post any updates on our hours of operation. We want to protect our customers, members and the community we serve. We encourage you to be safe and follow all the guidelines that will keep you […]

Teen Retail Complete for 2020

Operation School Bell – Teen Retail held shopping events at JCPenney throughout February for Ada County teens to shop for school-appropriate clothing and shoes.  This year, the program served 989 middle school, junior high and high school students.  Thanks to all that made it such a success!

Project Hearing Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching

Assistance League of Boise awards scholarships annually to Ada County hearing impaired students planning to attend a college, vocational or school of the arts program.  Completed applications must be submitted by 4/1.  See our Project Hearing page under Programs for more information.

Want to Get Involved in Your Community?

Are you new to Boise? Recently retired? Or a professional looking for non-career related activities? Please join us for an open house for prospective members on 3/12/2020 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in our Philanthropic Center located behind our Thrift Shop on Glenwood across from Hawk’s Stadium. Learn about how we help in the community, […]

Operation School Bell – Elementary Wraps Up

Operation School Bell dressed 3,633 elementary school children during the 2019-20 school year!  Thank you to all our grantors, donors and members that helped make it possible!

Voted Best Thrift Store in Treasure Valley and Idaho!

Assistance League of Boise’s Thrift Shop was voted The Best Thrift Store in the Treasure Valley and The Best Thrift Store in Idaho in Idaho’s Best of 2020 survey.  Thanks to all who voted for our thrift shop! Proceeds from our thrift shop sales fund our philanthropies that benefit those in need in Ada County.

Thank You!

Happy New Year!  Assistance League of Boise would like to thank those who gave generous donations in 2019.

Baby Bundles Delivered to Canyon County Hospitals!

Helping newborn babies and their families in need …  Members of our Canyon County Branch purchased supplies, assembled bags and delivered Baby Bundles to St. Luke’s and St. Alphonsus in Nampa and West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.

Operation School Supplies Delivered!

We had another fantastic year providing over 2,800 boxes of much needed school supplies to 92 schools throughout Ada County.  The supplies will be provided to over 15,000 students in the Boise, West Ada and Kuna school districts. Many thanks to our volunteers, Fred Meyer and supporters.  Thank you for your continued support of Operation […]

Teen Retail Grows!

Thanks to generous donations, we were able to expand Operation School Bell – Teen Retail to serve homeless youth in high school this year.  In Spring 2019, Assistance League of Boise provided 981 middle, junior high and high school students in Ada County with a budget to shop for clothes and shoes at a local […]

First Operation School Bell Event in Canyon County!

Canyon County Branch of Assistance League of Boise held their first Operation School Bell event at the Nampa Marketplace Kohl's on May, 15, 2019. Thirty-three students, eleven from each of three school districts, Caldwell, Nampa, and Vallivue, participated in selecting clothes and shoes for school. The students ranged from first to eleventh grade and were [...]

Cinderella’s Closet Closed

Cinderella’s Closet is now closed for the 2019 Prom season.  This year, Assistance League of Boise rented 134 dresses and 129 tuxedos to Ada County students attending Prom! Cinderella’s Closet will open again next April for the 2020 Prom season.

Newman’s Own Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks Newman’s Own Foundation for their generous grant to Operation School Bell – Elementary to help us provide clothing to children in need.

Operation School Bell – Elementary Complete!

Operation School Bell – Elementary clothed 3,656 K-6th graders throughout Ada County during the 2018-19 school year!  Thank you to all our grantors, donors and members that helped make it possible!

#GivingTuesday – Thank You!

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday— the Assistance League of Boise appreciates your kindness and generosity. It's not too late to give; donate today at: https://www.assistanceleague.org/boise/donate/givingtuesday.

  • All
  • Events
  • News

Thrift Shop Anniversary Sale

We are celebrating 38 years as a Thrift Shop.  Come celebrate with us!  Wednesday 1/13 through Saturday 1/16, everything in our Thrift Shop will be 50% off original prices.

Sunwest Bank Charitable Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks the Sunwest Bank Charitable Foundation for their generous grant for Operation School Bell. Thank you for helping us provide clothing to children in need!

St. Luke’s Awards Grants

Assistance League of Boise thanks St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund for their generous grants to Baby Bundles to help us provide clothing, diapers and other essentials to newborns and families in need in both Ada County and Canyon County.

Nagel Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks The John F. Nagel Foundation for their generous grants to Operation School Bell to help us provide clothing to children in need in both Ada County and Canyon County.

Thrift Shop Closed for The Holidays

Our Thrift Shop and Receiving will be closed December 20th through January 1st for the holidays.  They will both re-open on January 2nd at 10:00 AM.

Chapter Anniversary Sale

Come celebrate our chapter’s 40th anniversary with us!  EVERYTHING in our thrift shop will be 40% off from December 2nd through December 5th.

Vote For Assistance League of Boise’s Thrift Shop

Please vote for our thrift shop in the Idaho’s Best of 2021 survey.  Voting is open November 30th through December 18th.  Go to www.idahosbest.com/vote, click on Thrift Shops and vote for Assistance League. Proceeds from our Thrift Shop sales fund our philanthropies that benefit those in need in Ada County.

Mistletoe House

The holidays are HERE, and to help get you ready, stop by Mistletoe House all set up in the Assistance League Philanthropic Center. Holiday linens, jewelry, toys, trees, decorations and other home décor – we have it all at MISTLETOE HOUSE! Our holiday shopping hours are as follows: Friday, November 27 – 8:00 am to […]

Holiday Open House – Sleigh Bells Ring!

Ring in the holiday season with us! Lots of special holiday fashions and décor that only comes out once a year! Tell your friends, share this post, bring a friend. Wednesday, November 11th from 10:00 to 7:00 in our Thrift Shop at 5825 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID 83714. A mask is required to enter […]

Susan Troyer Receives the 2020 Peg McCurdy Award

The Peg McCurdy Award is for the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. The award was established in 1989-1990 to honor our pint-sized walking ambassador of goodwill. This award was to recognize Peg for her many years of outstanding support of the Assistance League, the membership, and our program. She did it all! Since then, it has […]

Dianne Bennett Receives 2020 Ada Edwards Laughlin Award

The Ada Edwards Laughlin Award is named for the co-founder of National Assistance League who remained “less visible”. Recipients are those that exemplify someone who works extremely hard, but often stays behind the scenes. The following narrative, written by Becky Woodruff, explains why Dianne Bennett is so deserving of this award: “Dianne Bennett has been […]

Support us with Fred Meyer Rewards

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Do you shop at Fred Meyer stores? They have a community plan that can earn Assistance League of Boise donations! All you need is a Fred Meyer Rewards card! If […]

Operation School Supplies Enjoys Another Successful Year!

This year, Assistance League of Boise delivered over 3,300 boxes of supplies to 91 schools to assist over 14,000 students throughout Ada County.  Many thanks to our volunteers, Fred Meyer and donors for your continued support of Operation School Supplies!

Voted 2nd Best Resale Store!

Assistance League of Boise’s Thrift Store was voted 2nd place in the 2020 Best of Treasure Valley survey by Idaho Statesman readers. Come visit our shop on Glenwood across from Hawks Stadium.  Proceeds from our Thrift Shop sales fund our philanthropies that benefit those in need in Ada County.  Donations are always welcome!

Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. Awards Grants

Assistance League of Boise thanks the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. for their generous grants for Operation School Bell in Ada County and Canyon County.  Thank you for helping us provide clothing to children in need!

National Thrift Shop & Customer Appreciation Days!

Celebrating You and National Thrift Shop Day …  All Week!  August 19th – 22nd, from 10:00 – 4:00.  50% off everything in the store!

Thrift Shop Open with Temporary Hours

Our Thrift Shop is open with shortened temporary hours! Hours Starting August 3rd: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 – 4:00.  Receiving donations during business hours AND Mondays and Tuesdays 1:00 – 4:00. To adhere to the current opening phase for Idaho, the following steps are being required:  masks are required, 6 feet separation is required, limited […]

Christmas in July!

Our annual Christmas in July sale will be held July 13th – 18th in our Thrift Shop.  Come see all the Christmas treasures we have!  Hours:  July 13 (Mon) 1:30 PM – 4 PM, July 14-17 (Tue-Fri) 11 AM – 4 PM, and July 18 (Sat) 10 AM – 2 PM.

Annual “Yard Sale”

Join us for our annual “Yard Sale” on July 30th & 31st from 10:00 to 4:00 in our Philanthropic Center, next door to our Thrift Shop.

IPA Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks Independent Pilots Association Foundation for their generous grant to Operation School Bell to help us provide clothing to children in need.

Cinderella’s Closet Closed for 2020 Prom Season

Due to county-wide prom cancellations and responsibility to our patrons and volunteers, Cinderella’s Closet will not open this year. If any proms are rescheduled for later, we will do our best to accommodate the need.  Thank you for your support.

Thrift Shop Closed due to COVID-19

Our Thrift Shop is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will evaluate the situation weekly and post any updates on our hours of operation. We want to protect our customers, members and the community we serve. We encourage you to be safe and follow all the guidelines that will keep you […]

Teen Retail Complete for 2020

Operation School Bell – Teen Retail held shopping events at JCPenney throughout February for Ada County teens to shop for school-appropriate clothing and shoes.  This year, the program served 989 middle school, junior high and high school students.  Thanks to all that made it such a success!

Project Hearing Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching

Assistance League of Boise awards scholarships annually to Ada County hearing impaired students planning to attend a college, vocational or school of the arts program.  Completed applications must be submitted by 4/1.  See our Project Hearing page under Programs for more information.

Want to Get Involved in Your Community?

Are you new to Boise? Recently retired? Or a professional looking for non-career related activities? Please join us for an open house for prospective members on 3/12/2020 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in our Philanthropic Center located behind our Thrift Shop on Glenwood across from Hawk’s Stadium. Learn about how we help in the community, […]

Operation School Bell – Elementary Wraps Up

Operation School Bell dressed 3,633 elementary school children during the 2019-20 school year!  Thank you to all our grantors, donors and members that helped make it possible!

Voted Best Thrift Store in Treasure Valley and Idaho!

Assistance League of Boise’s Thrift Shop was voted The Best Thrift Store in the Treasure Valley and The Best Thrift Store in Idaho in Idaho’s Best of 2020 survey.  Thanks to all who voted for our thrift shop! Proceeds from our thrift shop sales fund our philanthropies that benefit those in need in Ada County.

Thank You!

Happy New Year!  Assistance League of Boise would like to thank those who gave generous donations in 2019.

Baby Bundles Delivered to Canyon County Hospitals!

Helping newborn babies and their families in need …  Members of our Canyon County Branch purchased supplies, assembled bags and delivered Baby Bundles to St. Luke’s and St. Alphonsus in Nampa and West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.

Operation School Supplies Delivered!

We had another fantastic year providing over 2,800 boxes of much needed school supplies to 92 schools throughout Ada County.  The supplies will be provided to over 15,000 students in the Boise, West Ada and Kuna school districts. Many thanks to our volunteers, Fred Meyer and supporters.  Thank you for your continued support of Operation […]

Teen Retail Grows!

Thanks to generous donations, we were able to expand Operation School Bell – Teen Retail to serve homeless youth in high school this year.  In Spring 2019, Assistance League of Boise provided 981 middle, junior high and high school students in Ada County with a budget to shop for clothes and shoes at a local […]

First Operation School Bell Event in Canyon County!

Canyon County Branch of Assistance League of Boise held their first Operation School Bell event at the Nampa Marketplace Kohl's on May, 15, 2019. Thirty-three students, eleven from each of three school districts, Caldwell, Nampa, and Vallivue, participated in selecting clothes and shoes for school. The students ranged from first to eleventh grade and were [...]

Cinderella’s Closet Closed

Cinderella’s Closet is now closed for the 2019 Prom season.  This year, Assistance League of Boise rented 134 dresses and 129 tuxedos to Ada County students attending Prom! Cinderella’s Closet will open again next April for the 2020 Prom season.

Newman’s Own Foundation Awards Grant

Assistance League of Boise thanks Newman’s Own Foundation for their generous grant to Operation School Bell – Elementary to help us provide clothing to children in need.

Operation School Bell – Elementary Complete!

Operation School Bell – Elementary clothed 3,656 K-6th graders throughout Ada County during the 2018-19 school year!  Thank you to all our grantors, donors and members that helped make it possible!

#GivingTuesday – Thank You!

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday— the Assistance League of Boise appreciates your kindness and generosity. It's not too late to give; donate today at: https://www.assistanceleague.org/boise/donate/givingtuesday.