News and Events for Assistance League of Greater Wilmington

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 […]

Operation Teddy Bear wins hearts at Novant Health in Brunswick County

100 adorable ALGW teddy bears were delivered to Christine Delbridge, Coordinator for Volunteer Services at Novant Health in Brunswick County. The bears will be given to young patients at the hospital at registration, in the emergency room and in pediatrics. The hospital has named each bear “Al” because of the Assistance League logo on its T-shirt. […]

Making the best of bad sit­u­a­tions: Children’s advocacy center creates safe space for abused kids

Our Teddy Bears are given to children to make them feel safe during this time. Click here for the Spectrum News highlight of this program.

1,200 Snack Packs

We got together to pack 1,200 Snack Packs for NourishNC to distribute to children over the summer.

Scholarships in the news

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Assistance League of Greater Wilmington (ALGW) has donated $10,000 to the Brunswick Community College Foundation (BCCF) to go toward student nurses. This donation will fund the league’s “Operation Scholar Support” initiative. “We are incredibly appreciative and grateful for our partnership with the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington” BCC Foundation Executive […]

Overcoming Covid restrictions to help those in need

In the Spring of 2020 Sue Aber, Assistance League VP of Philanthropic Programs, used social distancing to give a $10,000 check to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard board member Jane Radack.

Murrayville Elementary Rocks!

Murrayville Elementary students, teachers, staff and parents painted hundreds of rocks with art and messages of kindness.  On Saturday, April 24, Assistance League of Greater Wilmington volunteers were happy to help transform the piles of rocks into a "River of Kindness" as part of the Work on Wilmington event.   We loved helping the Murrayville [...]

Assistance League in Action

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 [...]

AARP Award

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington was awarded the 2020 AARP NC Coastal Inspiration Award for Intergenerational Education Trailblazer.  The AARP Inspiration Awards recognize people and organizations that have been working hard across the North Carolina Coastal Region to build better lives and communities.  The awardees are selected after a public nomination process and include Individual [...]

Annakin, the mannequin, makes a new friend

Shane Fernando, Vice President of Advancement and the Arts, Cape Fear Community College, recently stopped by the Thrift Shop to thank Assistance League of Greater Wilmington for our continued support of CFCC students.  Operation Scholar Support began in 2015 and has contributed more than $46,000 in scholarship funds to CFCC as well as an equal […]

Slightly Off-Key Stringalongs – Holiday 2020

The Slightly Off-Key Stringalongs, our singalong ukulele troupe that usually performs for hundreds of seniors in care facilities each year, have been unable to entertain seniors due to facility restrictions during the pandemic.   Searching for something they could do that would brighten the lives of seniors, members decided to make holiday gift bags for residents […]

“Tried And True…From Us to You” Cookbook

WHEN YOU BUY THIS COOKBOOK AT OUR THRIFT SHOP, YOU ARE HELPING ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF GREATER WILMINGTON…   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

Assistance League in Action

Every February, Assistance League ACTION! Week gives all 120 chapters nationwide an opportunity to conduct a special program in their community.  For the past two years, Assistance League of Greater Wilmington has expanded that week to the full month of February and focused on children’s literacy. For our Assistance League ACTION! project, a bright and […]


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.

Thrift Shop Bags and Bling

One of our favorite events at the Thrift Shop is “Bags and Bling”.  We save up our designer bags all year.  In the fall we have our sale and our customers come back every year to get a great deal.

Teddy Bears bring smiles

The Rocky Point Fire Department received teddy bears to give to children in distress.  These little bears bring comfort to these children.

Summer Social

It was fun to relax and get to know each other on a summer evening.

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 [...]

Legacy of Literacy

As part of the National Assistance League’s effort to promote literacy in every chapter, we collected donations at our Thrift Shop.  The proceeds will buy books for the Penderlea Elementary School Library.

Scholar Support

Three very deserving students received scholarships to help them reach for their dream careers.

Play at the Beach

We all had a great time at our annual fundraiser.  Over 200 members of our community played games, had lunch, won baskets, enjoyed the beach scenery and supported our Philanthropic Programs.  Thank you to all who joined us.

Serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties since 2008