Providing over 30 years of service in
Placer County!

Assistance League® of Greater Placer is one of the more than 120 chapters of Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action.

In 1987, Assistance Guild® of Auburn Foothills was formed with Betty Crandall as President.  Its first project was member involvement at the Women’s Center in Auburn. Guild members furnished a room with activities for children and provided adult supervision. This environment allowed the mothers attending the Women’s Center to explore employment opportunities and counseling.

Throughout the next seven years, the chapter expanded its philanthropic programs and opened the Thrift Shop to support its community endeavors.  In 1993, the Guild became Assistance League of Auburn Foothills, a formally chartered chapter of National Assistance League. In 2005, its name changed to Assistance League of Greater Placer to better reflect the area served.  Today this organization serves Placer communities and surrounding areas and has enlarged the Thrift Shop which is the chapter’s primary source of funding.

Mission, Vision and Values


Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.


Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.


Assistance League of Greater Placer, with a rich history of supporting the vision and talents of volunteers engaged in personal service to their communities, embraces the following values

                            Commitment – Leadership – Ethics – Accountability – Respect

Our Fiscal Year - Ending May 2020

In the Fiscal Year ending May 31, 2020, our accomplishments include:

  • Providing 1,752 children with new clothing and shoes
  • Delivering backpacks, school supplies and dictionaries to 1,678 school children
  • Tutoring 300 children for 326 hours of classroom time
  • Supplying 1,760 teddy bears to hospitals and California Highway Patrol
  • Providing  484 hours of life skills classes for 30 students
  • Awarding $19,763 for community college scholarships
  • Visiting 55 senior care residents for 474 hours
  • Providing 37 people with clothing to re-enter the workforce
  • Helping 57 recipients with unforeseen emergency needs
  • Performing educational puppet shows for 2,344 children

At the end of our fiscal year, our chapter had 214 dedicated members who donated 40.3 K service hours and touched the lives of more than 8.1 K people served in Placer communities and surrounding areas. We have raised funds to support our philanthropic programs through our Thrift Shop, Annual Appeal, Bingo Round-up fundraiser, Fall Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser, grants from various organizations and donations from individuals.


The Assistance League Thrift Shop is managed and staffed completely by member volunteers and is stocked with gently used donations of clothing and other merchandise. Proceeds from our Thrift Shop, in addition to our Annual Appeal, Bingo Fundraiser, Tea and Fashion Show, grants and donations, support our philanthropic programs in Placer County and adjoining communities. Tax-deductible donations are appreciated.

The chapter members are working diligently to continue providing services to even more members of our community in the face of the economic downturn.

Our Chapter 5-Year Strategic Plan:

2021-26 Strategic Plan


Assistance League of Greater Placer members are available to provide fashion shows for women’s groups or organizations and provide presentations explaining how our various programs create a better community.  Contact or call (530) 885-4397 for information.

Assistance League Impact Nationwide

Assistance League of Greater Placer 2021-2022 Board of Directors


Joanne Kutzman


Katie Smith 

Vice President Education Administration

Caryl Day-Johnsen

Vice President Membership

Janet Patten

Vice President Philanthropic Programs

Carol Brock

Vice President Resource Development

Janice Noland 

Vice President Marketing Communications

Elisa Montes


Trudi Riley-Quinn

Recording Secretary

Linda Dunn

Assisteen Liaison

Anne Thompson


Janet Wheatley

Annual Report and Financials

We are proud to be a GuideStar Platinum Participant!  Click on the GuideStar logo to review the Nonprofit Report on Assistance League of Greater Placer provided by GuideStar.