Welcome to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington

Assistance League in Action

Annakin is excited! This month Assistance League of Greater Wilmington springs into action to collect funds to provide area elementary school children with much-needed art supplies.
Annakin loves the arts and realizes that artistic expression has a great deal to do with learning. That’s why so many STEM programs in schools have become STEAM programs—science, technology, engineering, art , and math.
Participation in art helps build creativity, collaboration, confidence, cultural awareness and empathy, and critical thinking. Check out the Arts in Action website for more info. Art also helps with basic learning and even behavior, as seen in this short video from Edutopia.

If you’d like to help Annakin and Assistance League of Greater Wilmington support elementary school visual art programs, drop by the shop, make a $5 donation, and add your name to the art-themed display.

Everybody wins when we discover the “art ” in “heart ”!


The Thrift Shop is open.

Click here for our current Thrift Shop hours
Donation information.

Precautions being taken for your and our safety and continued good health:

          • Must wear a mask while in the store

          • Must observe socially distancing

          • Must use hand sanitizer when entering shop

          • Public restrooms are not currently available

          • Dressing room not currently available

          • 10 customers allowed in the store at one time

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 used to serve the people of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.
Since 2008, our Philanthropic Programs have given over $1,200,000 to help those in need.

Thank you for your support!


It is with deep regret that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Assistance League® of Greater Wilmington has cancelled this February’s Play at the Beach.  Since 2008, we have returned to the community over $1, 200,000 to help those in need.

We invite you to put the tea kettle on to boil, slide your feet into those fluffy slippers, settle into your favorite chair and relax at home with a hot cup of your favorite tea.

While enjoying your tea, take a few moments to read about and remind yourself of all the good we do through our philanthropic programs. Then, please go to our Donate page and give the amount you would have spent for the afternoon (or more) One hundred percent of your donation will directly benefit the students, teachers, families and seniors we serve.

Please consider a donation to fund our Philanthropic Programs.

Still Helping…Always Caring

We are Assistance League

Welcome to the 2020-2021
Assistance League of Greater Wilmington
Board of Directors

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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 and provide quarterly and special holiday meals.

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 2019-2020 Statistics


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People Served This Year



Volunteer Hours


In 2020, Assistance League marks 85 years of serving those in need in 120 communities across the country.   Operation School Bell® is the signature philanthropic program, serving local communities by providing clothing and supplies as well as helping meet the health, hunger and literacy needs of those served. Our culture is one of inclusion for all as we work hard to effectively serve our community’s needs. Chapters individually identify and engage with community partners to advance our commitment to transform lives and strengthen community. Assistance League strives to provide an equitable, safe and supportive presence in our communities.

Serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties since 2008