Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

Assistance League of the Chesapeake programsThe members of Assistance League of the Chesapeake have one fundamental purpose: to strengthen our community through programs helping children, families and senior citizens. We are part of National Assistance League—an all-volunteer organization with over 23,000 members in 120 chapters across the United States. Over the life of our chapter, we’ve served 200,000 children and seniors and contributed over 100,000 hours of service in Anne Arundel County.

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Assistance League of the Chesapeake

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Pen Pal Enrichment ActivityAssistance League of the Chesapeake members volunteered 4,500 hours at our partner schools through our Project Literacy program. Our volunteers staff a monthly guest reader program, tutor children, work in classrooms, sponsor literacy-based enrichment programs, donate books to students, and organize several enrichment activities (like our Pen Pal activity) that promote positive behaviors for effective learning.

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Kids In NeedIn 2020-21, our chapter’s Kids In Need program gave 1,813 uniforms to students at seven Title I schools in Anne Arundel County. Parents and teachers at these public schools voted to have the students wear uniforms. A complete uniform includes pants, a shirt and sweatshirt, underwear, socks and toiletries. This number was smaller than in non-covid years, but we expect to be back to normal for the 2021-22 school year.

“The Kids In Need program takes a village, and our members are responsible for delivering school uniforms to thousands of students. Sometimes it’s the only new item of clothing these students will receive all year.”

Marie Bossie, Kids In Need Uniform Program Chair

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Project LiteracyAssistance League of the Chesapeake gave 1,640 books to students at our partner schools. Every student received a book to read over the summer.

“The Chessie reading program at Meade Heights Elementary School makes a real difference. The teachers are seeing much higher reading levels in their classes, a measurable outcome.”

Paula Sparks, AL Chesapeake Volunteer

Our members donated over $5,800 in supplies for expectant mothers to the Stork’s Nest redemption store at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. We do this annually at our Stork’s Nest Baby Shower. This initiative is part of the Center’s prenatal health initiatives program for underserved women. Young mothers attend classes on parenting and earn points that they redeem at the store for needed supplies.

Stork's Nest Baby Shower

Thirty-two students wrote 96 letters to their pen pals in this Assistance League of the Chesapeake-sponsored activity, which helped students hone their reading and writing skills. Below is one of the letters received by a student at Georgetown East Elementary School.

Dear Alison,

My name is Lilly. I love making friends. And I’m having a new member in my family too. My favorite color is red. I have friends too! I have 4 friends. What is your favorite season? Mine is summer. What’s your favorite animal? And your picture is wonderful! One more question. Are you a boy or a girl? You are AMAZING!

Your friend,


In a typical year, our chapter holds 19 sing-alongs for over 400 seniors at local assisted living and nursing home residences. Residents enjoy songs they remember from their youth, providing encouragement and companionship.

ALChesapeake Sing-Alongs

In a typical year, our chapter performs our Kids On the Block puppet show for 1,000 students at 13 schools in Anne Arundel County. This educational puppet troupe brings life-size puppets to visit elementary school classrooms throughout the county to talk with students about cultural differences, bullying and learning disabilities. The targeted scripts help children accept individual differences and learn valuable social skills.

Kids On the Block Puppeteers of Assistance League of the Chesapeake