Celebrating 30 years of service in Placer County!

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 2018

In the Fiscal Year ending May 31, 2018, our accomplishments include:

  • Providing 1,398 children with new clothing and shoes
  • Delivering backpacks, school supplies and dictionaries to 2,342 school children
  • Tutoring 276 children for 688 hours of classroom time
  • Supplying 2,165 teddy bears to hospitals and California Highway Patrol
  • Providing  948 hours of life skills classes for 133 students
  • Awarding $12,000 for community college scholarships
  • Visiting 53 senior care residents for 1,139 hours
  • Providing 69 people with clothing to re-enter the workforce
  • Helping 58 recipients with unforeseen emergency needs
  • Performing educational puppet shows for 3,767 children

At the end of our fiscal year, our chapter had 245 dedicated members who donated 44 K service hours and touched the lives of more than 10.8 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 chapter members are currently working diligently to provide even more to our community in the face of the economic downturn.

Our Chapter 5-Year Strategic Plan:

2018-2023 5-Year 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 VPMarketingComm@ALGreaterPlacer.org or call (530) 885-4397 for information.

Assistance League Impact Nationwide

Assistance League of Greater Placer 2018-19 Board of Directors


Charmaine Medkeff

President Elect

Sydney Whaley

Vice President Administration

Shirley Lessiak

Vice President Membership

Carol Schultz

Vice President Philanthropic Programs

April Shiro

Vice President Resource Development

Carolyn Thomas

Vice President Marketing Communications

Mary Jepsen


Anne Thompson

Recording Secretary

Janice Noland

Annual Report and Financials

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