Our Philanthropic Programs

The Assistance League of Capistrano Valley funds the following philanthropic programs.  We invite you to learn more about each of our philanthropic programs that serve children in the Capistrano Valley Unified School District and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

Operation School Bell®

The Operation School Bell® philanthropy provides school clothing to elementary and middle school students in the Capistrano Unified School District. Since 1980, Operation School Bell® has provided over 42,557 students with new school clothing which has been shown to raise self-esteem and improve school attendance.  Learn More

Chapters for Children/Camp Pendleton

This philanthropy provides clothing to students, infants, and toddlers of military families serving at Camp Pendleton. Since 2005, Chapters for Children has provided over 24,095 infants, toddlers and school-aged children from military families with new clothing and supplies.  Learn More

Links to Learning

The Links to Learning philanthropy provides grants to middle school teachers and staff in the Capistrano Unified School District.  Since 2000, over 93,831 middle school students have benefited from numerous grants totaling over $608,600.  Learn More


Our chapter sponsors the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (Independence for Needy Single Parents Instilled via Responsible Education) scholarships for Saddleback CalWORKs students.  Our goal is to provide a helping hand to these parents, change their lives, and provide good role models for their children. Thirty recipients have been awarded $111,580 in scholarships since 2014.  Learn More

Scholarships for Military Families

This philanthropy provides scholarships for graduating high school seniors of military families.  Since 2009, over 56 deserving high school seniors, dependents of military families in the Capistrano Unified and Oceanside School Districts have received $83,000 in college or trade school scholarships. The application deadline for this year is April 22, 2022.  Application

Why are scholarships important?

The average cost of college has more-than doubled in the 21st century, with an annual growth rate of 7.1%.

$35,551 is the average cost to attend college in the US, including books, supplies and living expenses.

$32,880 is the average amount borrowed to attain a Bachelor’s degree at a public university.

Childrens Literacy

From 1991 to 2019, this philanthropy provided reading assistance to children with learning disabilities in the Capistrano Unified School District. Assistance League member volunteers read to over 2,000 special needs children and donated over 3,500 books.

Piloting in September 2022, Assistance League of Capistrano Valley is partnering with the Parentis Foundation, a non-profit that pairs adult volunteer tutor/mentors with at-risk youth using a proven intervention strategy to increase literacy. Assistance League of Capistrano Valley members will mentor Capistrano Valley students two times a week.


Our Hug-A-Bear program provides comfort to children experiencing trauma in stressful situations during their hospital stay.  Approximately 150 bears are given to children annually at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach.

Trauma Togs

The Trauma Togs programs provides sweatshirt tops and bottoms to adults who have had their clothes cut off during a medical emergency at the Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach.