Celebrating over 40 years of service in the Capistrano Valley!

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in the community.  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 chapter’s member volunteers support the students in the elementary and middle schools within the Capistrano Unified School District in south Orange County. In a joint project with other local Assistance League chapters, we also help support the families on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

Our philanthropic organization provides many volunteer opportunities to serve the communities of Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. We own the Bargain Box Thrift Store, which is a major source of revenue. Combined with fundraising efforts and grants, we support 8 major philanthropic programs. Our two auxiliaries, Las Felices and Assisteens® help support our efforts in the community.


Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.


Essential needs are met in our communities and families flourish.


Accountability – Willingness to accept responsibility
Integrity – Doing the right thing in a reliable way
Respect – Treating all with courtesy
Commitment – Dedicated to a course of action

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley 2020-21 Board of Directors

Joyce Helland
President Elect
Cheryl Warnagieris
First Vice President Membership
Lory Trombly
Second Vice President Philanthropies
Kathy Kirtz
Third Vice President
Resource Development
Kathy McWade
Vice President Marketing/
Jennifer Hirchag
Recording Secretary
Gale Short
Kathi Manuel
Assistant Treasurer
Gloria Meininger
Vice President
Strategic Planning
Kelly Gill
Assisteens Coordinator/
Jenneffer Weiss
Bargain Box Chair
Sharon Gonzalez
Las Felices Liaison
Jeannie Reiss


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