Welcome to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that is transforming lives and strengthening community through our philanthropic programs that serve the Greater Wilmington area.  Our local chapter is one of 120 chapters of National Assistance League that started in Los Angeles in the early 1900s.

All funds raised are returned to the local Greater Wilmington community.
Since 2008, our Philanthropic Programs have given over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

Thank you for your support!

 

Welcome to the 2019-2020
Assistance League of Greater Wilmington
Board of Directors

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Make a Difference

A $100 donation gives a child a backpack, 2 shirts, 2 pants, underwear, personal supplies, books and a big SMILE.

*Due to Charitable Solicitation  Registration requirements, Assistance League of Greater Wilmington is only able to accept out-of-state donations from these states:  Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont, Texas, Missouri and Wyoming.” Thank you.

Teacher Award Applications

Teacher Award Applications are available for the 2019-2020 school year.

Philanthropic Programs

Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell  is the national philanthropic program. Children in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties receive new clothing, school supplies and books to enhance self-esteem, promote learning, and encourage regular school attendance.

The Kids on the Block™

The Kids on the Block addresses disability awareness and social issues, using 3-foot puppets that interact with children. Volunteers from Assistance League of Greater Wilmington perform at elementary schools and community organizations in three counties, at no charge.

Links to Learning

Links to Learning is a program in which monetary awards are provided to educators to enhance the school curriculum and stimulate creative thinking in a variety of situations within the classroom setting.

Operation Seniors

This program presents a monthly social activity to seniors in low-income retirement facilities. Our chapter also supports the Grandparents Support Network through programs including the distribution of clothing and supplies to the children and hosting a holiday dinner for the grandparents.

Slightly Off Key Stringalongs

Slightly Off Key Stringalongs is a ukulele, rhythm instrument and singing group of members who present music programs at assisted living and long-term care facilities in our community.

Operation SECU Family House

SECU Family House is an overnight facility for out-of-town patients receiving medical care at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. We help to maintain their gardens.

Operation Scholar Support

We provide scholarships to students at Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College.

Operation Teddy Bear

We provide teddy bears to children receiving treatment at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and other facilities.

Our Statistics

1

MILLION DOLLARS

returned to the Greater Wilmington community

20,000

PEOPLE

served in the Greater Wilmington community in the 2018-2019 year

25,680

HOURS

volunteered by our 150 members in the 2018-2019 year

News & Events

$1,000,000

In less than 12 years our chapter has donated over $1,000,000 to those in need in our local area; New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.

Operation School Bell® supplies closets of items to area schools

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington delivered clothes closets to area schools and will fill them with clothes and hygiene kits for students in need all year.  

CONNECT2019 – Assistance League’s National Conference

Our representatives at National Conference for Assistance League at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, September 2019. Seated left to right:  Joanne Cavan, Chris Light, Sue Aber, Kathy Bassett Standing left to right:  Betsy Suman, Janet Plzak, Carol Jandrlich

Children Helping Children Via Assistance League

Tennessee schoolchildren held a book drive to benefit Hurricane Florence victims. See the whole article in the StarNews. Click on the article or here.

Snack Packs

Our newest program is to supply children with nutritious snacks. Members pack the bags after our regular meetings.

Bingo anyone?

Bingo at Leland House is a fun event.  Our volunteers meet monthly to socialize with the residents.

News & Events

Operation School Bell® supplies closets of items to area schools

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington delivered clothes closets to area schools and will fill them with clothes and hygiene kits for students in need all year.  

$1,000,000

In less than 12 years our chapter has donated over $1,000,000 to those in need in our local area; New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.

CONNECT2019 – Assistance League’s National Conference

Our representatives at National Conference for Assistance League at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, September 2019. Seated left to right:  Joanne Cavan, Chris Light, Sue Aber, Kathy Bassett Standing left to right:  Betsy Suman, Janet Plzak, Carol Jandrlich

Children Helping Children Via Assistance League

Tennessee schoolchildren held a book drive to benefit Hurricane Florence victims. See the whole article in the StarNews. Click on the article or here.

Teddy Bears = Smiles

Chief W. Sullivan, Pender County EMS, Burgaw, Patricia Gopsill, Assistance League of Greater Wilmington. Assistance League of Greater Wilmington has gifted Teddy Bears to the Pender County EMS.  They have stated that these bears bring comfort and smiles to the children who receive them in the time of need.

New Hanover County Community Foundation Grant

WILMINGTON -- The board of advisers of the New Hanover County Community Foundation announces $47,000 in local awards from the community grantmaking fund, the Suzanne and George Taylor Endowment, the Food Bank of Coastal Carolina Fund and the 1898 Memorial Fund, according to Kristi Sullivan, board president. This year the board will grant: $5,000 to Assistance [...]