Our Story

TRANSFORMING LIVES ● STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY

SINCE 1941

Who We Are

Assistance League of Orange is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in the Orange community. Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through direct involvement and innovative philanthropic programs.

Community Commitment

Since its charter in 1941, Assistance League of Orange member volunteers have consistently provided quality service to the Orange area. During the 2018-2019 year, nearly 350 members contributed over 38,000 hours to serve nearly 23,000 children and adults in our community.

Attempting to meet previously underserved needs, Assistance League of Orange supports 20 philanthropic programs. These programs provide services to every age range in the community.

Funding and Financials

The Thrift Shop is our main source of funding. The shop is staffed and managed entirely by our member volunteers. Donations are always welcome and are tax-deductible.

Mission

Assistance League of Orange is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian services to those in need within the community of Orange.

Vision

Offer a meaningful way for people of all ages to serve the community of Orange.

Core Values

Respect – Appreciation and consideration for others
Integrity – Honest and ethical communication and action
Compassion – Empathy, understanding, and patience with others
Commitment – Being responsible, reliable and accountable
Service – Actions that are caring, sharing and giving

Volunteers in Action

Local Impact

National Impact

Leadership

2020-2021

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Norma Hockensmith

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Karen O’Keefe

VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP

Barbara Swartz

VICE PRESIDENT PHILANTHROPICS

Leslie Sorrels

VICE PRESIDENT RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Rita Wade

TREASURER

Laura Farr

SECRETARY

Anita Kantak

CHAPTER CENTER CHAIRMAN

Sue Willets

CHAPTER LIAISON TO ASSISTEENS

Ginny Abelle

CHAPTER LIAISON TO ORANGE BLOSSOMS

Carolyn Seeley

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIRMAN

Mary Beth Martin

STRATEGIC PLANNING CHAIRMAN

Catherine Rose

Advisory Council

Zelda Benson
Managing Director- Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Tom Daley
President, Volt,  Retired

Mike Escobedo
Publisher, Plaza Review

Laurel Peniche Gartman
Lawyer, Law Offices of Laurel Peniche Gartman

Dr. Nooshin Kateb, D.D.S.
Dentist

Gary Remland
Owner & President, Remland Insurance Services Inc.

Brock Wagner
Deputy Superintendent, Retired, Tustin Unified School District

The Honorable Mark Murphy, Honorary Member
Mayor, Orange

The Honorable Tita Smith
Emerita Member, Orange

Fred Barrera, Deceased
Emeritus Member, Orange