Operation School Bell® is the signature philanthropic program of all Assistance League chapters.
At Assistance League of East Valley, we address the needs of children from K through 12th grade, focusing on three areas.
Homeless Teens is a new focus area for Assistance League of East Valley though Operation School Bell. We have begun work with both the Chandler and Gilbert School Districts. Both school districts identify homeless school age children. We strive to assist the schools to provide opportunities for these students 7th-12 grade, to succeed. We are providing clothing, shoes, toiletries as well as special needs such as summer school tuition or dual enrollment for high school students. In 2019-2020 we reached 516 students.
At the beginning of each school year our chapter provides new school clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to kindergarten through sixth grade students in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Kyrene school districts. These services are available to students who have been identified by their schools as children in need. A goal of this program is to enhance self-esteem and encourage regular attendance. During the 2019-2020 year our chapter worked in partnership with Target to provide new clothing for 872 of these children.
Our chapter is currently working with the:
Higley Unified School District Mesa School District
Queen Creek Unified School District Kyrene School District
Gilbert School District Tempe School District
Assistance League of East Valley also provides uniforms to twenty-four elementary schools in Chandler, Mesa and Tempe. Approximately 9,078 children received two tops and two pairs of shorts/pants. School nurses at these schools also receive sweatshirts, shoes, socks, hygiene kits and underwear to distribute to students as needed.
Frye, Galveston, Hartford, Shumway and San Marcos Elementary in the Chandler Unified School District.
Eisenhower, Guerrero, Holmes, Lehi, Lincoln, Longfellow, Lowell and Whitman Elementary in the Mesa Public School District.
Aguilar, Arredondo, Carmanati, Curry, Frank, Holdeman, Laird, Nevitt, Scales, Thew and Wood Elementary in the Tempe Elementary School District.