Operation School Bell®
Elementary and middle school students in need are brought to Assistance League to “shop” for brand new clothing. They all leave with a huge bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence.
May Fair Arts Festival now in its 43rd year is a program of Assistance League® of Norman and is our gift to the community. Assistance League is a non‐profit organization serving the Norman community by giving time and financial support to a variety of philanthropic programs to support our community. During 2014 chapter members provided more than 13,000 hours of volunteer service.
One Tuesday of each month, Assistance League of Norman members play bingo and provide a social time for clients of Full Circle Life Enrichment Center. Full Circle is a non-profit organization that provides daily adult respite care. Chapter members provide bingo prizes and refreshments for the Full Circle clients.
Through this program Assistance League of Norman provides the Norman Rape Crisis Center with kits containing a new sweat suit, flip-flops, and grooming supplies to be given to survivors of rape and other violent assault.
The Women’s Resource Center operates tje Norman Rape Crisis Center. The center provides an environment where an assault victim can be examined by a forensic nurse and interviewed by police in a private and comfortable environment
Since 1988 Assistance League of Norman members have provided cuddly bears to children in the community who are in the midst of a crisis or facing a traumatic event. Bears are distributed to children through local agencies such as the Norman Police Department, Food and Shelter for Friends, and Norman Regional Hospital.
Grooming kits are provided to women and their children residing in the Norman Women’s Shelter operated by the Norman Women’s Resource Center. The shelter provides a safe home for women and children who have left an abusive spouse or partner. When the family leaves the shelter to begin a new life, Assistance League of Norman provides up to $100 in groceries and cleaning supplies for the family.
Community Outreach allows a flexible, quick response strategy by which Assistance League of Norman can respond to specific community needs that do not fit within currently existing programs and that can be addressed on a one-time-only or short-term basis. For example, we were one of the first on the scene after the May 20, 2013 tornado bringing supplies, food, and water to those affected by the storms in Moore.
thousand dollars returned to Cleveland County
hundred students served in Norman and Little Axe
thousand hours volunteered
We feel that after thirty eight years of clothing children, we have learned how to make the Operation School Bell® program a success. In 1978, we clothed 70 children; in 2015-2016, we clothed 1670 children! Our long term goal is to continually increase our outreach to those students in need. To this end, we remain committed to a fiscally sound policy of purchasing clothes that are both peer appropriate and of sound value.
Over the years we have discovered that quality clothing trumps quantity; the clothing offered the children must be the same type clothing they would find in a branded shopping experience and the clothing must be easy care and durable. Our purchasing experiences have been refined and we are consistent with regard to quality control. A product purchased that does not meet our high standards is returned.
Maintaining the dignity of our students is a primary goal of Operation School Bell. Our pilot program at Kohl’s is an outgrowth of feedback from our older students who preferred a different type of shopping experience.
809 Wall Street
Norman, OK 73069
Members frequently work Tuesdays 9 am to noon