EXTENDED THRIFT SHOP CLOSURE

In keeping with the Federal Mandate to continue self-confinement, and our desire to protect our loyal customers and our member volunteers from COVID-19, San Diego’s Favorite Thrift Shop on the corner of First and University will be closed through April 30th, 2020.

By necessity, the ever popular Treasure Bazaar, originally scheduled for March 21st, is postponed until further notice, as is our Customer Appreciation Day planned for March 28th .

In keeping with CDC recommendations,we are also NOT ACCEPTING ANY DONATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We will keep you posted as to the date, and will happily receive them at that time.

Thank you for your loyal patronage, and stay safe and stay home!

TREASURE BAZAAR

POSTPONED:  Our 17th Annual Treasure Bazaar, originally scheduled for March 21, 2020, has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.  Once again we will offer all of our finest goods: Jewelry; Fine Art; Furniture; Vintage Clothing, Hats &  Linens; Collectibles of all sorts.  Please check back for the new date of this not-to-be-missed event!

FRIENDSHIP LUNCHEON

Our biannual Friendship Luncheon, entitled “Cherish the Children,” was a fundraiser for our community service projects.  The afternoon event at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse featured a Raffle, Silent and Live Auctions, and Live Musical Entertainment.  Thanks to everyone whose participation helped this event exceed our expectations, with special thanks to Luncheon Chair, Patti Albano and her comnmitte, and to auction organizer, Karen MacDonald.  And we are very indebted to all our sponsors!

WIBAC AFTERNOON TEA

Women in Business Aiding Community’s Afternoon Tea, originally scheduled for April, has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 2-4pm.  In addition to a pairing of fine teas, the event will feature silent auction baskets, a drawing for gift cards, and a Hat Contest with prizes.

Attendees should plan to come early in order to find parking, and to look over the Silent Auction Gift Baskets.

Our WIBAC Auxiliary has designated this year’s proceeds to benefit Assistance League programs and also Youth in Transition, a program which provides transition-age youth (ages 18-26) aging out of the foster youth program, with emergency support and essential resources.

Assisteens Sunday Thrift Shop Event Makes It Possible to Help Underserved Children and Adults

Assistance League of Greater San Diego celebrates the second successful year of their Assisteens Auxiliary. Twenty committed teens, grades nine through twelve, from five different local high schools meet monthly to learn leadership skills and volunteer in the community. They are part of the larger National Assistance League®️. From planning philanthropic projects to volunteering over 500 hours per school year, this group is all about helping underserved children and adults in our community.

On Sunday, November 17, the Assisteens Auxiliary opened our Greater San Diego Thrift Shop to the public from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., a day when we are normally closed.   The teenage volunteers publicized the event via social media. They enjoyed working hard in the shop and in the back room alongside adult members. Inside the store itself, the teens welcomed shoppers, bagged purchased items, wrapped breakables, and helped customers. In the back room, they sorted donations, steamed clothes and organized a book donation. At the end of the day, nearly $500 in sales was raised to fund a philanthropic project planned by Assisteens to help those in need.

Then, on December 21, early Saturday morning, the teens distributed the blankets, backpacks and gently used coats and sweat shirts to underserved community members. Complete with smiles, bright eyes, and helpfulness, they brought warmth and happiness to community members in need. This was a life-changing experience for the teens and for the recipients of their generosity.

Assisteens also volunteer with our Operation School Bell®️ Program by serving as personal shoppers to children in need who come to various Target locations to receive new school clothes provided by Assistance League. Volunteering for Special Olympics events is also a favorite project.

Many thanks to our customers who shop at our Thrift Shop. You make it possible for Assistance League and the Assisteens Auxiliary to Transform Lives – Strengthen Community.

UPPER DIVISION SCHOLARSHIPS

Assistance League of Greater San Diego provides scholarships for full-time community college students transitioning to bachelor’s degree programs. Scholarships will be awarded in May for the 2020-21 school year. We encourage you to check out the details below!

These deserving students were some of the recipients of Upper Division Scholarships in Spring 2019.