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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


Where shopping means giving!

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.

Our Latest News & Events

Post-Holiday Bargain Box Drive-Thru Donation Event

Drive Up, Drop Off, Do Good! The Assistance League of Capistrano Valley will be holding a Drive-Thru Donation event on Saturday, January 7th from 9AM-2PM. We want to make donating as easy as possible by collecting your items from your car and providing you a receipt. We accept gently used clothing, home decor, furniture (no […]

$44,708 in Clothing for 566 CUSD Students

Our latest Operation School Bell event was held over six evenings in November.  In-need Capistrano Unified School District elementary and middle school students purchased $80 worth of clothing. Thank you to San Clemente Walmart for your ongoing support in hosting our clothing events!

Giving Tuesday 2022

Support the Assistance League of Capistrano Valley on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving. Your gift will support local in-need families. Click here to view a short video about our programs.