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 our 2020-2021 fiscal year –  Assistance League of Irvine:

  • Provided new clothes and shoes to nearly 450 children in need attending the Irvine Unified School District, as well as a book bag and grooming kit through Operation School Bell®.
  • Spring 2020 and Covid-19 brought in-person events to a halt. Our Young Masters™ Art Show in collaboration with the City of Irvine and the Irvine Unified School District in-person event was cancelled. The Young Masters Art is visible on the IUSD website. 
  • 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 Advisory Council

Advisory Board

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

Margie Wakeham – Formerly of Families Forward

Assistance League of Irvine 2020-21 Board of Directors


Mary Earl Spencer

Vice President Membership

Renae Boyum

Vice President Philanthropy

Annelle Arthur

Vice President Resource Development

Janet Lisle

Vice President Marketing & Communications

Simone Dygert

Recording Secretary

Robin Sprang

Corresponding Secretary

Kay Cotton


Michelle Tuchman

Assisteens® Liaison

Julie Campbell

Education Chair

Barbara Gilcrest

 Strategic Planning

Jill Housky

Thrift Shop Manager

Norma Hardgrove


Jan Thuney