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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 for 2023.

Our Latest News & Events

The Bargain Box Thrift Store Wins the 2023 Best of San Clemente Silver Award!

We are thrilled to announce that our little thrift store, The Bargain Box, was voted one of the best thrift stores in San Clemente! 🎉 Huge thanks to our amazing community for your support and recognition. Here’s to more treasure hunting together! 💫

Drive-Thru Donation Day

❤️ Drive up, Drop off, Do good! 🌼 Get a jump on your spring cleaning and bring your gently used items to the Bargain Box Thrift Store. 🚙 We will collect your donations from your car in the parking lot. ❇️ Donate gently used clothing, home decor, furniture (no mattresses or bed frames), housewares, jewelry, […]

Igniting Potential Philanthropy

We are thrilled to announce our new philanthropy, Igniting Potential. This program will provide financial and hands-on support to San Clemente High School AVID students. AVID is for all students with a priority to serve those determined to be ‘in the middle,’ often low income/first generation college bound, or without other supports. ALCV will support […]

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