News and Events for Assistance League of Greater Wilmington

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.

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.

Wrightsboro Elementary – Links to Learning

Links to learning awarded Wrightsboro Elementary supplies for their Think Lab! Think Lab #4 – 3rd Grade, Mrs. Cotter Student:  Natalia Figuera playing Suspend Other Think Lab projects were: Think Lab! #1 – 2nd Grade, Ms. Miller, students:  A’siyah Norman, Taliz Jamison, and Jaela Dutton  playing RollerCoaster Think Lab! #2 – 2nd Grade, Ms. Miller, […]

North Carolina Community Foundation Grant

The New Hanover County Community Foundation, from the Suzanne and George Taylor Endowment Fund, granted us a generous amount for Operation School Bell®. This grant was made possible through a recommendation from the board of the New Hanover County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. This donation will help our chapter […]

Slightly Off Key Stringalongs

Practice and lunch at Porters Neck Country Club.  The group is getting ready for another year of entertaining our seniors in the Greater Wilmington area.  Sometimes it is hard to know who is having more fun.

Talbots Sale

On May 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM Talbots in Mayfaire is donating 10% of sales to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington. The proceeds will go toward teacher awards, clothing for children in need, scholarships and our other Philanthropic Programs. Please plan to stop by to support a great cause.

Belk Charity Days

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington has been proud to partner with Belk for their charity days ever since we introduced a chapter in the greater Wilmington area.  Selling tickets within our organization and to the general public brings many residents to help the cause.  Our volunteers also help on the sale days.  In these ways we contribute […]

Azalea Festival

Approximately 20 members of Assistance League of Greater Wilmington marched in the 2017 North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade held on April 8, 2017. This is the largest parade in Eastern North Carolina and organizers state it was viewed by 100,000 people.  The Wilmington chapter felt this would be an excellent instrument to expose Assistance League […]

Leadership Conference

Many members of our chapter attended the Leadership Training Conference offered by National Assistance League. Cindy Burgess from Assistance League of Northern Virginia and Cher Erickson from Assistance League of Charlotte conducted the event emphasizing leadership and an overall understanding of National Assistance League.  Our members were excited to learn new and innovative ways to […]

Landfall Grant

At the 2017 Landfall Foundation awards ceremony,  Assistance League of Greater Wilmington received a grant of $5,000 to be used in Operation School Bell®. Kathy Bassett, President of our chapter, and Nancy Rudary, Grant Committee, accepted this generous gift.

The Kids on the Block

Here’s a link to a Star-News article on our chapter and The Kids on the Block™. Our recent article

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Every month all of our volunteers report the hours that they have spent on Assistance League activities. For the fiscal year 2015-2016 there were 28,686 member volunteer hours reported. The volunteer worth is calculated at $23.50 per hour. This gives our total value at $681,285.00.
We are happy to give our time to help those in […]

Scholarship Awards

At our December Regular Meeting, a check for $2000 was awarded to Brunswick Community College for two scholarships for women returning to work. Another $2000 was awarded Cape Fear Community College for similar recipients

Play at the Beach

Play at the Beach, a primary fundraiser of Assistance League of Greater Wilmington, is a fun-filled February day at the beach for the community at large. Individuals can assemble tables of four and can play games of their choosing such as bridge, mahjong or Mexican Train. The cost is $35.00 per person and includes a […]

Serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties since 2008