Volunteerism in the Irvine Community

Assistance League of Irvine, founded in 1990, contributed more than 200,000 service hours by volunteers to the community through our Philanthropic Programs.

During the June 2019 – May 2020, Assistance League of Irvine:

  • Provided new clothes and shoes to nearly 750 children in need attending the Irvine Unified School District, as well as a book bag, grooming kit, and books through Operation School Bell®.
  • Sponsored our 2019 event hosting 3,000 students and parents at the Young Masters™ Art Show in collaboration with the City of Irvine and the Irvine Unified School District. The Young Masters Art Show recognizes the importance of art and creativity in a young child’s life. Approximately 8,500 young artists from grades K-6 have been honored since 1991. Each year there are nearly 600 pieces of art displayed at Irvine City Hall for two weeks in May. The opening day of the show includes free hands-on art activities, live entertainment and refreshments for children from the community.
  • Provided $24,500 in scholarships to income-qualified high school students planning to attend Irvine Valley College.  In addition, we awarded $10,000 in scholarships to deserving students currently attending Irvine Valley College.
  • Worked collaboratively with Families Forward and Human Options with the City of Irvine to provide clothing and other items to families in crisis.
  • Supported a successful independent youth auxiliary, Assisteens®, which was formed in 1993 to instill the values of volunteerism in young men and women grades 7-12.

For upcoming membership opportunities visit our Become a Member page.

Tours and Presentations

Assistance League of Irvine members are available to conduct tours of our facilities for you or your organization and explain how our various programs create a better community.  Call (949) 798-5020 for information.

Volunteers Enriching Lives for a Better Community

Assistance League of Irvine 2020-21 Board of Directors


Simone Dygert

Vice President Membership

Norma Hardgrove

Vice President Philanthropy

Annelle Arthur

Vice President Resource Development

Jane Hoffner

Vice President Marketing & Communications

Cheryl Moeller

Recording Secretary

Robin Sprang

Corresponding Secretary

Eileen Caldarelli


Michelle Tuchman

Assistant Treasurer

Nancy Leland

Finance Director

Gloria Urone

Assisteens® Liaison

Julie Campbell

Education Chair

Mary Earl Spencer

 Strategic Planning

Jill Housky

Thrift Shop Manager

Steve Hardgrove


Jan Thuney

Assistance League of Irvine 2020-21 Advisory Council

Jerome Carrasco – Attorney at Law

Janet Colclaser – City Council Aide, City of Irvine

Madelynn Hirneise – CEO Families Forward

Lee Holmes – Insurance Executive

Erica Negi – Irvine School District Parent Teachers Association

Elissa Oransky – Executive Director of Irvine Valley College Foundation

Karen Orlando – Director of Giving, Irvine Valley College Foundation

Greg Smith – Business Owner/Civic Leader

Margie Wakeham – Formerly of Families Forward