Assistance League in Action


You gotta have heART!

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington launches its AL ACTION! event in February: a fundraiser to provide art supplies for several elementary schools in the tri-county area.

During February, anyone who enters the Assistance League Thrift Shop on Eastwood Road can donate $5 or more to purchase art supplies. To increase the number of schools receiving funds, ALGW will match the public’s donations up to $3000.

Thrift Shop visitors can also enjoy a student art show, featuring the works of Wrightsboro Elementary students taught by Bronwen Guthrie.

Assistance League chapters across the country produce AL ACTION! events during February to celebrate the birthday of their founder, Anne Banning. Most events benefit schools served by Assistance League’s flagship program, Operation School Bell®.

To contribute to the fundraiser, visit the AL Thrift Shop at 420 Eastwood Road on Thursday,  Friday or Saturday, 10-4, or click go to our Donate page.


Each February, Assistance League of Greater Wilmington participates in the nationwide Assistance League in Action! campaign honoring the February birthday of Anne Banning, who founded Assistance League more than one hundred years ago in the Los Angeles area.

For several years Assistance League of Greater Wilmington has taken this opportunity to help the libraries of some of our Operation School Bell® schools, but for 2021 we decided to make art supplies a priority.  From January 21 through February 27 our members and customers in our Thrift Shop were asked to make a difference by donating $5 to this project to help schools purchase art supplies.  Those who donated signed a colorful art-supply icon, which was posted in the shop display as shown in the photo.

2022 AL in Action

2021 AL in Action

The following schools were selected to receive the proceeds of the 2021 AL in Action! campaign, for the purchase of art supplies: Castle Hayne Elementary, Rocky Point Elementary, Supply Elementary.

The goal was to help one of our Operation School Bell schools in each of the three counties we serve.

Our campaign raised $1,088, and that amount was supplemented with other funds so that we can donate a total of $3,000 to the three schools that were selected as recipients.

We are happy to help these schools inspire creativity in their students.


This was a great success and we sold out!  Check our website often to find out the new ways that we raise funds to support our Philanthropic Programs.


  • Purchase clothing for a student in need

  • Give a new book to a student to read
  • Provide materials for a senior center’s walking trail
  • Fund an innovative teacher’s program
  • Or support one of our other philanthropic programs

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile was a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop at AmazonSmile, at no cost to you.

Unfortunately, Amazon discontinued this charity in February 2023.  We thank them for the support they have given to our chapter.

Serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties since 2008