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 of Capistrano Valley is an all–volunteer nonprofit organization whose members are dedicated to developing and implementing programs to provide humanitarian services in the community.


To be the leader in the community for philanthropic services.


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 2016-17 Board of Directors


Jan Jacobs


Carol Franklin

Vice President Membership

MJ Hasty

Vice President Philanthropies

Kathi Manuel

Vice President Resource Development

Sharon Gonzalez

Vice President Marketing/Communications

Karen DeNizio

Recording Secretary

Donna O’Donnell


Denise O’Donnell

Assistant Treasurer

Carla Schumacher

Vice President Strategic Planning

Gay Redcay

Assisteens Coordinator/Liaison

Nancy Cormier

Bargain Box Chair

Jacquie Glaser

Las Felices Liaison

Mary Ann Whittier