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 volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Vision

Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.

Core Values

Commitment– Be loyal, responsible, reliable, and dedicated
Integrity
– Keep your word and commitments, modeling strong ethics and morals
Compassion – Show kindness, understanding, warmth, caring and patience with others
Service – Contribute to the welfare of others by helping through caring, sharing and giving
Respect – Be appreciative and considerate of others, while fostering an environment of inclusion, diversity and equity

Volunteers in Action

Local Impact

National Impact

Leadership

2021-2022

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Karen O’Keefe

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Leslie Sorrels

VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP

Barbara Swartz

VICE PRESIDENT PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAMS

Lynn Herndon

VICE PRESIDENT RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Karen Goodwin

TREASURER

Diane Lanois

SECRETARY

Carolyn Seeley

CHAPTER CENTER CHAIRMAN

Sue Willets

CHAPTER LIAISON TO ASSISTEENS

Ginny Abell

CHAPTER LIAISON TO ORANGE BLOSSOMS

Daena Hullinger

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS CHAIRMAN

Catherine Rose

STRATEGIC PLANNING CHAIRMAN

Claire Kocek

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

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