About Us

A little 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.  Our organization provides many volunteer opportunities to serve the communities of Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

We manage and staff the Bargain Box Thrift Store in San Clemente, which is our primary source of revenue. Combined with fundraising efforts and grants, we support six 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
Carol Franklin
Assistant Treasurer
Gloria Meininger
Vice President
Strategic Planning
Kelly Gill
Assisteens Coordinator/
Jenneffer Weiss
Bargain Box Chair
Kathi Manuel
Las Felices Liaison
Jeannie Reiss