An Overview of All Our Philanthropic Programs


Assistance League of Irvine’s largest philanthropy is Operation School Bell, a free, confidential clothing service for children in need. Since the program began in June 1990, more than 12,000 students in the Irvine Unified School District have been served. Assistance League of Irvine works closely with teachers, school nurses and principals who identify children who would benefit from these services. Additionally, we collaborate with Families Forward and Human Options.

“I don’t get new clothes very often and when I do I feel awesome!”


Creative Educators Award is a funding program, through the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, which provides grants to Irvine teachers for projects to benefit their schools and students. Grant programs are selected each year for funding. Assistance League of Irvine participates as a co-sponsor of this Irvine program.


Family Emergency Support program assists local victims of domestic abuse who find themselves at the Human Options shelter with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. Household items and other goods are also provided when families transition out of the shelter into independent living arrangements.


Share the Wealth of Giving program increases our return to the community by distributing excess and unusable donated items to other local non-profit agencies with 501(c)(3) status, or entities otherwise pre-approved for such donations (e.g., Working Wardrobes, Clothing the Homeless), and are not to be sold for a profit.


The Young Masters Art Show is held in April or May at the Irvine Civic Center in conjunction with Orange County’s Imagination Celebration ( and the Irvine Unified School District. The works displayed are selected by the District’s classroom teachers and art specialists; one piece of artwork per classroom, grades K-6, is chosen at each school. The art is on exhibit in the Irvine City Hall lobby throughout the two-week celebration.

Highlighting the show is Festivities Day, where our honored artists, their families, friends and community leaders partake in an afternoon of live music, hands-on art projects and fun. Assistance League of Irvine funds this event, which is free of charge to all.

IMG_2833“Thank you all so much for the amazing experience, we all really enjoyed it.”


Program to provide scholarships based on financial need for SAT and/or ACT prep classes for students currently in their junior year attending an Irvine Unified high school.

Students receiving Prep for Success scholarships may sign up for the SAT/ACT combo class, SAT only, or ACT only. Classes are conducted by CCPrep.

ind-living-croppedAll classes are taught in small groups of approximately 10-12 students in order to maximize individual attention. Practice tests and final reviews are in larger groups. All classes are taught by CCPrep instructors. If a student has a conflict with part of their schedule, CCPrep will do their best to offer alternative options. Classes are offered after school or evening with some sessions on Saturday or Sunday. All courses include 30-60 minutes of homework between sessions.


The Assistance League of Irvine – Irvine Valley College Scholarship Program was established in 2007 with a $10,000 endowment and a strong belief in the benefits of earning a college degree, along with our desire to promote higher education in our community. From the interest earned on the principal balance, along with additional philanthropic-program funds designated by the Chapter, scholarships are awarded each year to deserving students attending Irvine Valley College.

In 2014, Assistance League Irvine established a new philanthropic program which provides needs based scholarships for qualified Irvine Unified School District graduating seniors planning to attend Irvine Valley College. To date, more than $107,150.00 in scholarships has been awarded. This program is continuing with a minimum of $10,000 in scholarships available to IUSD seniors graduating in 2020.

The deadline for the 2021-22 applications begins February 26 and ends Friday, April 23. Awards will be announced in early May.



High school students get to experience life as an undergraduate arts major, in which they receive practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field, and Claire Trevor School of the Arts faculty. With rigorous college-level coursework, the option to receive university credit, and social and professional networking, this immersive summer experience is the perfect place for learning and development in a fun, challenging environment!


Challenged teens and adults are given on-site training at Assistance League of Irvine Thrift & Gift Shop during regular business hours.


Assistance League of Irvine established a Vision Care program in 2014 to underwrite the expense of new glasses for income-qualified students attending Irvine Unified School District campuses. We work with Irvine optometrist Dr. Bryant Vo from Parkview Optometry, who performs the eye exams.

If corrective lenses are prescribed, a student can select his or her frame of choice from a wide variety of contemporary styles. Typically within 10 working days, a student’s family is notified that the glasses are ready for a final fitting and pick up.