All scheduling for Operation School Bell is  done through school counselors.  To register your child, contact the counselor at your child’s school.

Philanthropic Programs

Operation School Bell®

El Paso County students in Elementary School, Middle School and High School are provided with vouchers that they can use at Kohl’s Department Store to buy new school clothes, including shoes.  These students have been recommended by their school counselors.  They leave Kohl’s with a big bag of clothes and a hygiene kit.

Operation Can You Hear Me?

Preschoolers are screened for hearing problems.  If any are found, the children are referred to a local audiologist to determine the extent of their hearing loss, and hearing aids are provided if needed.

Assault Survivor Kits®

Emergency clothing and hygiene items are supplied to a local hospital who provides them to survivors of assault.

Buddy Bear

Teddy bears are provided to local institutions who give them to individuals in traumatic situations.

Sweet Dreams

A new mattress/box springs sets are provided to teens being emancipated from foster care.

Halloween Wishes

Halloween costumes provided to children in need.

2019-20 Statistics


thousand dollars returned to El Paso County


thousand people served in El Paso County


thousand hours volunteered

News & Events

Wacky Tea 2022 Shirley Miekka's table

Annual Meeting 2022 at the Pinery

Fun Fair 2021

School Bell

Assistance League of Colorado Springs

Bargain Box is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Donations are taken from 10:00 to 2:00 pm.

Officers 2022-23 The Busy Bees

Inside the Bargain Box

Shirley Kempeke receives Ada Edward Laughlin Award in 2022

A total of 110 books for young readers of all ages were donated, bagged, and delivered to Family Promise

Working at the Bargain Box

Bargain Box Window Display