Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell is the national philanthropic program in which all Assistance League chapters take part. 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.

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.

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. It is a fun group of women who feel they receive more than they give in their efforts to bring a little bit of sunshine to the residents.

Operation Scholar Support

Scholarships are provided to students at Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College.

Operation Tender Loving Care

Operation Tender Loving Care assists with community needs on a one-time or short-term basis.

In 2020 we donated $10,000 each to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and NourishNC to help meet food needs in our community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kids on the Block

The Kids on the Block puppets teach children about disability awareness, learning differences, bullying, and other social issues, using 3-foot puppets that interact with children. Volunteers from Assistance League of Greater Wilmington perform at elementary schools in three counties, at no charge.   Our entertaining programs are enjoyed by more than 1,000 children each year.

Operation Seniors

Operation Seniors presents monthly social activities to seniors in some low-income retirement facilities. Programs range from games, various crafts and travel programs to outings in the community.  In addition, our chapter celebrates the Grandparents Support Network with a special holiday dinner.

Operation Teddy Bear

Our chapter provides teddy bears to children receiving treatment at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and other local facilities.

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 It’s in the Bag

The unused goods that are donated to our thrift shop are given to other philanthropic facilities and programs.