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Our philanthropic programs support Capistrano Valley teachers and students, and families serving at Camp Pendleton.

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Our transparency has earned us the Candid GuideStar Exchange Platinum Seal of Transparency.

Our Philanthropic Programs Address Community Needs


of teachers purchase school supplies

The Links to Learning philanthropy supports teachers and students by providing grants to CUSD educators



of CUSD children live in low income households

Our Operation School Bell® program helps low income families with new school clothing



of single mothers in college live in or near poverty

Our I.N.S.P.IR.E. program provides financial support to single parents by granting scholarships


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Bargain Box Thrift Store

The Bargain Box Thrift Store is our main source of revenue for funding are philanthropic programs. The store is staffed and managed by our member volunteers.  Visit our thrift store page for more detail.

About Us

The Assistance League of Capistrano Valley is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 40 years. Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs. Founded in 1977, our member volunteers support children in the Capistrano Unified School District in south Orange County. In a joint program with other local Assistance League chapters, we also support families serving at Camp Pendleton Marine Base.


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Transparency & Accountability

We know that you care about how effectively your donation is being used. That’s why we show you how every dollar was spent, how you made a difference, and how grateful the students and teachers are!  We are proud to have earned the Candid GuideStar Exchange Platinum Seal of Transparency for 2023.

Our Latest News & Events

$45,000 in Scholarships to 30 High School Seniors

Congratulations to these San Clemente High School seniors who were awarded scholarships from the Assistance League of Capistrano Valley! Since 2009, our Scholarships for High School Seniors has given scholarships to Capistrano Unified and Oceanside School District graduating seniors of military families. In 2023, this program was expanded to include families in need of financial […]

ALCV Awarded the Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency

The Assistance League of Capistrano Valley is proud to be rewarded with the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency! The Platinum Seal of Transparency is the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.  Click here to view our GuideStar Exchange nonprofit report. Assistance League of Capistrano Valley offers volunteer opportunities […]

‘Assisteens’ Celebrate 40 Years Of Exemplary Work

The “Assisteens” of Capistrano Valley are celebrating 40 years of encouraging philanthropic service and self-improvement to teenage girls across South Orange County. Founded in 1983, the “Assisteens” mission is to teach teens from 8th grade to 12th grade about giving back to the community around them. Click here to read the Patch article.