Assistance League of Huntington Beach values our Assisteens®, which is an auxiliary for students in grades 7-12. We began this auxiliary in 2006 with the support of dedicated volunteers and mentors. Assisteens gives teenagers the opportunity to develop leadership skills while performing community service. Students help with efforts in the Thrift Shop as well as develop volunteer opportunities in the community. During the year, the teens typically donate over 2,000 volunteer hours to the local community through our chapter’s philanthropic programs and activities. Summertime and school vacations provide great opportunities for more volunteer hours. Business skills in retail along with leadership skills help in providing a good resume for future employers.
Please call our Assistance League Huntington Beach office (714-596-9935) if you would like more information on the Assisteens auxiliary.
Assisteens Consent Form
Click here to download Assisteens Forms -Contact Mary Belcher, liaison
Project Self-Sufficiency Christmas Party
Every year, Assisteens volunteer to work at the annual Project Self-Sufficiency Christmas Party. The event is always a huge success, as single parents bring their children to celebrate the holidays with food, music, crafts, and games. Assisteens set up a “store” for the children to “shop” free of charge for their parents. This gives each child an opportunity to recognize their mom or dad with an item that they’ve selected especially for their loved one. They are then escorted to a wrapping station where they wrap the gift with the help of one of the Assisteens. What a thrill it is to see the smiling faces of the children as they give their gifts to their parents!
Thrift Shop and Boutique
Every member participates in working at the Thrift Shop and Boutique located on Slater Avenue in Huntington Beach. The store provides low cost, gently used clothing items, and small household goods for the community. Assisteens regularly work the checkout counter, as well they take inventory, sort, and label the items for resale. The opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile project is what keeps the members coming back week after week to help.
Counseling-Emancipated Foster Youth Golden West College
Assisteens support the emotional health and educational planning of Emancipated Foster Youth who attend classes at Golden West College by providing food cards and package snacks to help assure youth attend regularly scheduled counseling sessions. The funds Assisteens earn by working the Thrfit Shop and the annual fundraiser benefit these local teens. Assisteens gain a feeling of accomplishment supporting their own age group. They know that they are providing a useful service for a vital segment of our community, and are happy to work to ensure that this need is fulfilled.