News and Events for Assistance League of Greater Wilmington

Emma Trask Middle School LTL Award Winners

Barbara Lloyd, ALGW member, presented Links to Learning awards to teachers of Trask Middle School. Principal Kim Clark proudly congratulated Lauren Bennett, Traci Lilley, Elizabeth Rappold and, of course, Mascot  Lloyd the Bear for their continuing dedication to bring innovative projects to enhance the education of their students.

New KnapSack Program in the Works

Brunswick Family Assistance will be the focus of our newest SnackPack program. The non-profit agency offers low-income families assistance with food, medical needs, rent and utilities. One of their goals is to make sure Brunswick County children have breakfast and lunch seven days a week for the 12 weeks they are out of school. Food […]

SOKS Donation

When the Slightly Off Key Stringalongs needed rehearsal space earlier this year, the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation came to their rescue. In April SOKS made a $500 donation to the church to thank them for the use of the space. All the practice led to a busy performance schedule this spring. On April 17 the […]

Kids on the Block

Whatever happened to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington’s Kids on the Block puppets? They’ve moved on to the bright lights of Las Vegas! Kids on the Block was once a major program featuring life-size puppets which entertained and educated over 7,000 elementary students in the tri-county area. With the advent of Covid, the program, unfortunately, […]

Feeding SECU Family House Residents

Our SECU Family House committee recently treated guests staying there to a spring dinner featuring everything from ham to homemade baked goods. The leftovers were packaged for lunch the next day. The facility’s guests stay there while visiting hospitalized loved ones at Novant Health/NHRMC. The committee is also stocking the pantry with snacks, such as […]

Final round for “You Gotta Have HeART!”

Over the last three years, we have been making donations to our Operation School Bell® schools, through our “You Gotta Have HeART!” program. Due to a successful year of fundraising, we are able to complete the program early, and by June, we will have presented a check to every elementary and pre-K program we serve. […]

Spring Flowers for SECU House

April showers bring May flowers, and our SECU House Committee put some of those flowers to work in their recent project. Roses, lantana, vines, geraniums, lilies, daisies, and more now fill nine planters that grace the front entrance and rear patio of the facility. The annual project is appreciated by the residents who stop to […]

New Board of Directors

Our new Board of Directors was inducted on May 4 at our Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Leading Assistance League of Greater Wilmington beginning June 1 are the following: VP Marketing Communications Ann George, VP School Philanthropy Marilyn Nygren, VP Resource Development Norma King, President Marsha Olender, VP Technology Joanne Cavan, VP Membership Susan Milholland, VP […]

BCC Appreciates Scholarships

Theresa Nelson, Executive Director of the Foundation at Brunswick Community College, and Shaylene Ball, Director of Nursing at the college, attended our April meeting to thank the chapter for our support.   Nelson explained that ALGW funded 10 nursing scholarships in 2021-2022 and 24 in 2022-2023. Ball discussed the non-traditional students who receive our scholarships—frequently […]

Links to Learning Helps Lincoln ES Booksters

Media Specialist Natalie Caddell of Lincoln Elementary School in Brunswick County rewarded reading at her school with a little help from our Links to Learning program. The educator grant program is designed to enhance curriculum and stimulate creative thought at our Operation School Bell schools.   Caddell received an $800 grant to help stage “Battle […]

Howe PreK Goes Dotty!

When Howe PreK learned they were about to receive a $1,000 “You Gotta Have HeART!” award as part of this year’s AL ACTION! project, Principal Leigh Ann Lampley was ecstatic. Howe, which opened last year, did not have an art program yet, but they were about to develop one.   Fast forward a few months […]

Arula Makes Donation

Arula, the Mayfaire Town Center clothing store that named our chapter as the recipient of their fourth quarter contribution to a non-profit, has made their donation—$1,234,62. In late March President Marsha Olender was handed the check for 10 percent of Arula’s Monday sales between mid-October and December 31.   We thank Arula for their generous […]

Middle School Shopping Night a Success

More than 120 students spent an evening shopping for school clothes and supplies at Target, courtesy of ALGW’s program. With additional funding from the Landfall Foundation, the chapter was able to serve five middle schools in the tri-county area and spent over $14,000 to help the students and their families. The results? “You have no […]

Snipes Academy Receives Closet Supplies

Snipes Academy recently received new clothes and hygiene items to stock their Operation School Bell® closet—directly from the hands of our School Philanthropy Committee members.   After a long period of having to drop off items to the schools’ doorways because of Covid concerns, committee members were able to once again enter school buildings to […]

Grandparents Get Easter Surprise

Members of our Operation Seniors Committee joined with AARP to provide supplies for an Easter dinner for the Grandparent Support Network. The committee picked up food supplies, assembled the dinner baskets and gave them to the grandparents while they and their grandchildren were attending our Easter egg hunt at Empie Park on April 6. The […]

BCC Scholars and Donors Meet

Three student nurses from Brunswick Community College were among many students thanking donors at the Donor-Scholar Luncheon in March. This year our chapter donated $25,000 in scholarship money to students in the nursing program, which recently received national accreditation. To date, we have donated a total of $105,500 to each of our area community colleges.

Play at the Beach a “Fun”raising Success

Play at the Beach, our biggest fundraiser of the year brought in over $12,000 for our philanthropic programs. Over 200 women enjoyed games and lunch at Shell Island Resort. With nearly 6,000 raffle tickets sold for 36 beautiful baskets, a 50/50 raffle and three door prizes, our generous attendees supported the event in a huge […]

New Recruits for MS Shopping Night

The spring series of Middle School Shopping Nights began the last week of February with Williston MS. The event pairs select students and parents with chapter members to shop for $100 in school clothing and supplies at Target. Starbucks sweetened the deal with complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. Members were surprised to see two new […]

Nourish NC Recognizes Donors

Chapter officers were invited to the donor appreciation luncheon at Nourish NC’s new location during February. The Snack Pack committee has purchased healthy snackable items and filled 2000 packs so far this year. Nourish NC delivers them to hungry school children.

Nurses Appreciate KNAPSacks

School nurses in our Operation School Bell® schools have begun receiving supplies to help them meet the needs of their students. From snacks to hygiene items, all are gratefully accepted by both the nurses and the students they see.

Links to Learning Projects Grow

Snipes Academy of Art & Design recently tagged us on their Facebook post about their Links to Learning project—growing their own vegetables in raised bed planters. The Links to Learning program awards grants of up to $1000 each for educators to enhance their curriculum and stimulate creative thought. The program rewarded a total of $63,445 […]

Putting Our Heart in School Art

Five local elementary schools will receive $1,000 each to purchase new materials and equipment through our “You Gotta Have HeART!” program:  Mary Washington Howe Pre-K Center, Malpass Corner Elementary School, and Mary C. Williams Elementary School (all in New Hanover County), plus Supply Elementary School (Brunswick County) and Winter Park Elementary School (Pender County). Designed to improve and enhance the school’s  visual […]

Operation Teddy Bear Expands

Our teddy bears can now be found in Wrightsville Beach Police Department patrol cars. Capt. Jason Bishop stated that the bears help calm children in trauma. To date we have distributed 1,656 bears to the Carousel Center, all the Novant Health centers and all the ambulance services in the tri-county area

SECU Family House Enjoys Chili Dinner

What tastes good on a rainy, windy night? Chili! Our SECU Family House Committee provided a warm meal for residents at the Novant Health/NHRMC facility for the overnight guests visiting their hospitalized loved ones. The residents appreciated the gesture—and the leftovers available for lunches.

Grandparents Group Makes Wreaths

Our Grandparent Support Network committee brought holiday joy to 25 grandparents with a  wreath-making event at the YWCA in November. Chapter members instructed and helped the group create their wreaths. Many of the supplies were donated.

Lilly Pulitzer Benefits ALGW with Community Giving event

Lilly Pulitzer at Mayfaire Town Center hosted a special shopping event to benefit ALGW on Saturday, September 17. Between noon and 4 p.m., 10 percent of all sales were donated to our philanthropic events—if shoppers said, “Assistance League” at checkout. An ALGW team was there to tell shoppers all about it.We thank Lilly Pulitzer for […]

Scholarship Check Presented to UNCW

University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Watson College of Education was recently named as the third area college to receive scholarship funding through our Operation Scholar Support philanthropic program. Dawn Carter, Director of Development for the university, accepted a $10,000 check on November 17 for scholarships for future teachers.

Osann Accepts Leadership Award

Sheila Osann, founding president of Assistance League of Greater Wilmington, was presented the Anne Banning Leadership Award on October 6, in recognition of her leadership and accomplishments. Osann’s contributions include the publication of the Thrift Shop’s bi-monthly ad email, the formation of Middle School Shopping Night, and serving in various offices on the Board of […]

Mayfaire Store Donates 10% on Mondays

Arula, a clothing store for mid-size and plus-size women, has selected Assistance League of Greater Wilmington to receive its contribution to a deserving nonprofit for this quarter. Arula will donate 10 percent of their Monday sales, between mid-October and December 31, to the chapter. Head to Arula on any Monday to do some holiday shopping and […]

Landfall Foundation presents grant

The Middle School Shopping Night program received a huge boost in the form of a $7,500 grant from the Landfall Foundation. The award was presented at a special event on November 3. Because of the grant, the program will be able to run a second round of shopping nights for area middle schools who are […]

Grandparents learn about disaster preparedness

Our Grandparents Support Network committee arranged for 18 grandparents to learn more about preparing for disasters. The group attended a workshop produced by AARP and presented by Audrey Hart, New Hanover County Emergency Management Specialist on October 27. In addition to the instruction, the grandparents received an AARP emergency preparedness kit containing a mylar blanket, food, water, […]

Links to Learning awards reach record number

There are smiles on the faces of 85 innovative educators in the tri-county area who recently learned they have been selected for our Links to Learning award. This is the largest number of awards ever given in a year. The committee is thrilled with this year’s response. The Links to Learning program, which is designed […]


Through the generosity and creativity of many chapter members, were able to give dozens of beautiful packages of baked goods were presented to the residents at AHEPA on October 12. Residents look forward to visits from the committee, who provide games, crafts, treats and companionship to the residents. Caption: The AHEPA Committee looks forward to presenting […]

SECU Family House

Thirty SECU Family House residents enjoyed an Octoberfest meal on October 12, prepared by chapter members. The group served a German menu featuring bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and cookies.  SECU Family House provides lodging for families visiting hospitalized loved ones at Novant Health/NHRMC. Assistance League of Greater Wilmington provides meals and other touches to […]

Slightly Off-Key Stringalongs

They’re back! Our Slightly Off-Key Stringalongs (SOKS) ukulele ensemble joyfully returned to performing for area seniors. Smiles, giggles, and joyful tears were plentiful as SOKS entertained at Woodbury Wellness and Stonebridge Assisted Living in Hampstead, where SOKS played back-to-back gigs on October 10. Caption: SOKS members are ready with a song and a smile for […]

Middle School Shopping Nights

Middle School Shopping Night, our newest Operation School Bell program, has made 126 students from Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties very happy. With $100 each from our chapter and an additional $10 from Target, the students were able to shop with an Assistance League member and select their own clothes and school supplies for […]

800 Teddy Bears

A total of 800 cuddly ALGW teddy bears were delivered to agencies across Wilmington to comfort those in distress. The Carousel Center in Wilmington, which focuses on children victimized by physical or sexual abuse uses their bears to calm new clients when they first arrive. Other deliveries were made to Novant Health Women and Children’s […]

Lilly Pulitzer

ALGW thanks Lilly Pulitzer at Mayfaire Town Center for making us the beneficiary of their “Shop and Share” event on August 20. The store donated $371, which was 10% of their profit that day, to our Operation School Bell® program. Customers donated an additional $142 in school supplies. Caption: The enthusiasm of Lilly Pulitzer’s Assistant […]

Brunswick CC receives Scholarship Assistance

Student nurses at Brunswick Community College received an assist from our chapter in the form of an additional $15,000 for scholarships next year. Dr. Gene Smith, BCC President, and Elizabeth Wassum, Executive Director of the BCC Foundation were thrilled with the extra funding. Elizabeth said, “This is fantastic! It will be so great for the […]

Operation Scholar Support presented Scholarship Assistance to Cape Fear Community

Operation Scholar Support presented Cape Fear Community College with an additional $15,000 for scholarships in June. Shane Fernando, CFCC’s Vice President, Advancement and the Arts, and Logan Thompson, Director of Philanthropy, visited the Thrift Shop to receive their award. “Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for […]

NourishNC receives $15,000

Assistance League® of Greater Wilmington donated $15,000 to NourishNC in June to supplement our initiative to provide food items to students and their families over the summer. Our program helps serve more than 1,600 students a month. NourishNC Executive Director Steve McCrossan and Program Director Katelyn Mattox expressed their appreciation to our chapter for our […]

Our Publicity 2021-2022 – Click on Read More to get the links to the articles

North Brunswick Magazine—”Assistance League® of Greater Wilmington Donates to Brunswick Community College Student Nurses” NBM Summer 2021 Edition by Carolina Marketing Company – Issuu Page 23 WECT—Wilmington Thrift Store Sees More Donations, Increased Demand This Holiday Season” –December 2021 Pender Post – “Assistance League of Wilmington awards grants to CFES teachers”—January 2022 Magnolia Greens […]

Operation SECU Family House Receives Mini Refrigerators

In the past, Assistance League has provided cooked meals to the residents at the SECU Family House, where the residents could socialize, cook and eat together. With the reality of Covid, communal meals are not possible. To limit the exposure of SECU residents to Covid and provide them with an extra level of comfort and security, […]

Operation School Bell® Helping Even More Students

Operation School Bell, Assistance League’s flagship philanthropic program, has expanded this year. Three Pre-K schools have received closets full of student clothing and supplies, plus the Nurses KNAPSacks program is now serving ten high schools. Elementary and Pre-K schools have been notified of our new sneaker program — each school can now order ten pairs […]

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, […]

WECT – Thrift Shop on the news

Wilmington thrift store sees more donations, increased demand this holiday season By Zach Solon Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 9:31 PM EST WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – As global supply chain issues have left several items out of stock both online and in retail stores, one thrift store in Wilmington has seen an increase in both donations […]

Operation Scholar Support – Brunswick Community College

A $10,000 check was presented to to Dr. Gene Smith, Brunswick Community College President, and Elizabeth Wassum, Executive Director of the Foundation of Brunswick Community College (BCC) in October, to help educate non-traditional nursing students at the college. To date, we have given $65,500 to BCC for scholarships for student nurses. Most of the scholarship recipients have […]

Landfall Grant

The Landfall Foundation presented Assistance League of Greater Wilmington with a check for $7,500 to help underwrite the cost of our Stand Out and Read (SOAR) program. SOAR provides each third grader in our 24 Operation School Bell Schools in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties with the gift of an age-appropriate book to encourage […]

Operation Scholarship Support – Cape Fear Community College

At our September regular meeting (via Zoom), we presented our guest speaker, Shane Fernando, Vice President of Advancement & the Arts at  (CFCC), with a ceremonial check for $10,000. To date, we have given $65,500 to CFCC to provide scholarships to students. Fernando said that approximately 80% of their students seek financial aid. The majority of […]

New membership program takes off

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington launched the “first flight” of our new Membership Orientation and Onboarding program and welcomed eight new members in September. After learning more about our history, our programs and ways to become involved, the enthusiastic volunteers were eager to begin participating in a number of our philanthropic activities and working in […]

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