Celebrating over 35 years of service in the Capistrano Valley!

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley 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 316 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.

Mission, Vision and Values


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

EIN# 95-3201899


IRS Form 990

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley 2018-19 Board of Directors


Kathi Manuel

President Elect

M J Hasty

First Vice President Membership

Lillian Rigdon

Second Vice President Philanthropies

Wendy Dahle

Third Vice President
Resource Development

Lisa Mulato

Vice President Marketing/

Donna O’Donnell

Recording Secretary

Lori Trombly


Gloria Meininger

Assistant Treasurer

Joyce Helland

Vice President
Strategic Planning

Cheryl Warnagieris

Assisteens Coordinator/

Jennifer Weiss

Bargain Box Chair

Carol Franklin

Las Felices Liaison

Jeannie Reiss