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End-of-Year Luncheon Celebrates the “Many Hats We Wear”

Assistance League of the Chesapeake members met for their annual end-of-year luncheon on June 13. Our theme was “The Many Hats We Wear,” and we celebrated all that our members do in the community. “The ability of women to fill so many roles demonstrates our versatility, resilience, and ability to adapt to various situations and […]

Thank you, Constellation!

Thank you, Constellation Energy, for the $500 Community Champions grant to purchase winter hats and gloves for children attending Title I schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Of the 691 hats and glove sets that Assistance League of the Chesapeake, Inc. volunteer members donated to these school children, 288 were purchased with this grant. Thank […]

Thank you to our 2022-2023 Grantors

We appreciate the community’s support of Assistance League of the Chesapeake. Parole Rotary Annapolis Rotary Crabfeast Anne Arundel Women Giving Together ACDS LDC Maryland Live! ACDS County Executive Community Support Grant Bombas Constellation Energy

Constellation Energy Awards Grant to Assistance League of the Chesapeake

Thank you to Constellation Energy for awarding us a $500 Community Champions grant. We used the funds to provide 168 winter hat and glove sets for children attending Tyler Heights Elementary School in Annapolis, MD. Through member donations, we also donated 425 sets of hats and gloves to five other local schools. Thank you for […]

Kids On The Block

The Kids On The Block (KOTB) puppeteers have been entertaining second-graders in Anne Arundel County for a decade and a half with a series of plays about bullying, as well as the positive aspects of learning to use kindness and caring in how we treat others, both in and out of school. All children love […]

The Kids On The Block are Back!

The Kids On The Block puppet troupe is back! Our volunteers and their life-size puppets took a couple of years off due to Covid, but they found a creative way to continue performing by filming a complete show that will be shared via YouTube with area elementary schools. The Kids On The Block show helps […]

Record Grants Received for 2022-23

Assistance League of the Chesapeake is pleased to announce that the total grant dollars received for the 2022-23 year has reached $56,500. We received official word that we were awarded the Maryland Live! grant for 2023 of $35,000 to provide uniforms for Operation School Bell Kids in Need for Meade Heights and Van Bokkelen elementary […]

Author Kim Lee Donates Books to Support our Literacy Program

Kim Lee, a local author from Baltimore, donated books to Assistance League of the Chesapeake to support our Project Literacy program. Project Literacy supports area Title I schools with tutoring, classroom help and enrichment activities. Shown in the photo is Ms. Lee with her book, The Night Owl, at Georgetown East Elementary School, one of […]

15th Anniversary Luncheon

What started as an idea to bring Assistance League to the Annapolis area has grown into an organization that each year: gives thousands of school uniforms to students performs anti-bullying puppet shows for area second graders provides books, tutoring and classroom assistance to two area elementary schools leads seniors in sing-alongs at local assisted living […]

Members Remember: The Birth of the Stork’s Nest Baby Shower

Over 14 years ago, our board members were researching ways our chapter could support a local hospital. Grier Smokovich, our Philanthropic chair at the time, met with the women at Baltimore Washington Medical Center who ran their Stork’s Nest program to see if it was what we were looking for. What is the Stork’s Nest? […]

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Helps Kids In Need

Sharon Lee Tegler featured Assistance League of the Chesapeake’s work helping local students in her “Around the Park Again” website. Read the full story here.    

Providing Uniforms for School Students in our County

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Partnering with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to Provide Uniforms for Students Remember the feeling you had when you got new school clothes and the pride you felt wearing them the first day of school? The Assistance League of the Chesapeake®  (ALC) wants more students to have that feeling when […]

ALC Installs Officers for 2021-22

Shown above are Teresa Tudor, Nell Till, Elaine Atkinson, Gilda Sebold, Cindy Culp, Jodee Hechler and Ellen Kalas. Assistance League of the Chesapeake held its first in-person meeting outdoors at local Quiet Waters Park and installed the officers and appointive chairs who will serve the chapter in 2021-22. Officers include: President: Elaine Atkinson V.P. Membership: […]

Anne Banning Leadership Award Given to Marie Bossie

The Anne Banning Leadership Award is named after the founder of Assistance League, who promoted the growth of effective volunteerism through leadership and education. This award demonstrates the importance and value of leadership to Assistance League chapters, while also honoring the accomplishments and dedication of the recipient. This year, the recipient of this special award  […]

2020-21 Accomplishments

Kids In Need We served 7 schools, who had a combined total of 3,600 students this school year. Of that number, approximately 924 students returned to the classroom for hybrid learning. We provided 863 of those students with uniforms. The rest were provided from the emergency closets at the schools, as students continued to trickle […]

Hats and Gloves (and Socks)

Thanks to Assistance League of the Chesapeake, 650 students will receive a hat and gloves this winter! An additional 125 pairs of gloves were also collected and will be distributed to in-need local children. As part of its Kids In Need (KIN) program, our members set up collection boxes at members’ homes and at John […]

Kids In Need

What is Kids In Need? Through Kids In Need (KIN), we provide a new uniform to students at seven local Title I schools. The uniform package includes a pair of khaki pants, a sweatshirt, a polo shirt, socks, underwear and a bag of toiletries. The toiletries include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap. Assistance […]

540 Students Receive Pajamas, Undies and Socks Thanks to Assistance League of the Chesapeake

As many things do, it started with a simple phone call. From there, Assistance League of the Chesapeake members rallied to provide pajamas, undies and socks to all 540 students at Tyler Heights Elementary School (THE) in Annapolis. Back in September, Sarah Daniels, a counselor at THE, contacted one of our members, Pam Meehan. Sarah […]

Stork’s Nest Baby Shower 2020

The piles of boxes of diapers, umbrella strollers, clothing, bottles and other baby paraphernalia grew as members of Assistance League of the Chesapeake dropped of their donations at their annual Stork’s Nest Baby Shower. Soon it was taking eight ALC members and representatives of the Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) to take the donations from […]

Our Chapter’s Accomplishments in 2019-20

Our chapter of Assistance League was really busy in the past fiscal year. Though the coronavirus put most of our programs on hold, we worked creatively to serve our community. In response to the pandemic, our chapter donated 30 Chromebook computers and headsets to two local elementary schools to lend to families that have more […]

Assistance League Members Donate 30 Chromebook Computers to Families at Local Elementary Schools

Assistance League members Yolanda Perry and Marty Sippel along with Tiffany Foster (center), Meade Heights principal. New computers give underserved students the resources they need at Meade Heights and Georgetown East elementary schools. With its usual programs on hiatus due to the pandemic, Assistance League of the Chesapeake members wanted to continue to make contributions […]

Helping Kids In Need

Our terrific grants chair, Kim Taft, asked me to take a look at a grant application she was working on. She very neatly spelled out our work with Kids In Need. That’s the program where we provide new school clothing (in the form of uniforms) to students at seven area schools. I was struck by […]

“Going the Distance”

To honor Black History Month, Assistance League of the Chesapeake sponsored a performance of “Going the Distance” by the Smithsonian Discovery Theater. The performance was held on February 14, 2020, at Georgetown East Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland. We received the funds for the performance through a grant award from the Arts Council of Anne […]

2019 Stork’s Nest Baby Shower

Assistance League of the Chesapeake members gathered December 12 at a very special baby shower to support and celebrate the Stork’s Nest program of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The event was held in Annapolis at the Moorings Bistro restaurant. Sixty Assistance League members and guests donated over $5,800 worth of baby […]

Constellation Community Champions Grant

Thanks to Constellation Energy’s Community Champions grant, Assistance League of the Chesapeake purchased 390 hat and glove sets for the children at Tyler Heights Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland. The grant was used as part of our Operation School Bell program.

The Price is Right! Or, the Value of an Assistance League Volunteer Hour

We had a terrific regular meeting last week. Michele led us in a special “sparkler” to illustrate the value of our volunteer hours. That number, $112,434.31, was revealed in our own special version of “The Price is Right” with Caroline and Vicki “coming on down” to put numbers in the correct dollar order. Thanks to […]

Time, Talent, Treasure

Assistance League of the Chesapeake thrives on the support of its members, who give their time and talent, while also supporting us through financial contributions – their treasure. Thus the alliterative title of this blog post, “Time, Talent, Treasure.” Time: Our members donate upwards of 7,000 hours each year to running our programs and doing […]

AL Chesapeake Awarded $25,000 Grant

Assistance League of the Chesapeake has been awarded a $25,000 grant to support Kids In Need and Project Literacy. The grant comes from the Local Development Council of Maryland. The funds will go to support our work at Van Bokkelen and Meade Heights elementary schools and MacArthur Middle School. It will also help pay for […]

Coming to You From a Sound-Proof Booth in Annapolis!

Kids In Need chair Marie Bossie and I spent a half-hour together late last month in a sound-proof booth! We were at the WNAV radio station being interviewed by Donna Cole for her program, “1430 Connection with Donna Cole.” The program aired on July 7. Though I was nervous in the beginning, talking about one […]

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Receives Grant from Parole Rotary

Assistance League of the Chesapeake is the proud recipient of a Parole Rotary Foundation grant of $3,000. The grant was awarded on June 11, 2019. The Parole Rotary Foundation was established by the Rotary Club of Parole (Annapolis) to support programs that focus on the needs of the local community. The award was presented by […]