SAVE THE DATE: Our 17th Annual Treasure Bazaar will be held on Saturday, March 21st. Once again we will offer all of our finest goods: Jewelry; Fine Art; Furniture; Vintage Clothing, Hats & Linens; Collectibles of all sorts. You will not go away empty handed!
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
The Assistance League Greater San Diego Upper Division Scholarship Program is beginning its 6th year serving students transitioning from local community colleges to 4 year fully accredited colleges and universities.
Since its inception, the ALGSD has awarded scholarships to:
5 students attending UCSD, 1 attending UCLA, 11 attending San Diego State University,1 attending Cal Poly,Pomona, 5 attending UC Berkeley and 1 attending Laguna College of Art and Design.
The caliber of student applying for our scholarships is incredibly high, and all have shown how great our investment in their futures has been, including:
A young woman working 2 jobs and 1 volunteer position, finishing up pre-med
at UCSD and beginning medical school;
A brilliant physics major at UC Berkeley who received a fellowship to CERN
(the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland and who wants to train as an astronaut;
A man from Iraqi Kurdistan who lost both legs in a land mine explosion and
goes to SDSU each day in a wheelchair majoring in International Business and
plans to attend law school;
2 young women in the nursing program at SDSU;
A young man at UC Berkeley hoping to start his own non-profit someday,
focused on giving back to his community;
And many more.
These people you have just heard about have gone through our rigorous
selection process, where AL committee members evaluate and interview each
student and follow up on their progress as the school year goes on. All to ensure that our AL money is well invested.
To learn more, please be sure to read our “Spotlight On Scholarships” in the
monthly newsletter. Each month we highlight a scholarship recipient that,
because of us, has a wonderful future.