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Volunteer Corner

Wendy Morris – Volunteer of the Year 2021 – 2022

We cannot think of anyone who more exemplifies the AL mission statement and has done more to make a positive difference in the lives of children and adults in our community

Here is just a brief summary of her many accomplishments over the past year which as you know has been a year like no other.  There was no play book or precedent for the challenges she faced.  And the pressure to perform was huge!  But when faced with this challenge, she just dove into researching the facts and finding out what needed to be done because she knew we were depending upon her.  What is the one thing that our chapter cannot survive without?  Yes, it’s our thrift shop and its very hard working, cheerful, and inspiring leader Wendy Morris!

Wendy was ready to make the hard decisions that had to be made when she closed the shop last March, but that was the easy part.  Getting it back open is what was truly challenging.  She researched all the state, county and city guidelines, completed the forms, obtained gallons and gallons of hand sanitizer, organized the building of plexiglass shields (thank you Katie and Jim Fish), and was ready to open the shop as soon as the health guidelines allowed it.  She always had the safety of our members and customers in the forefront of her mind.  She has been an inspiration to all those who worked with her on a daily basis which is the ultimate quality of a good leader.

So, while the shop was closed, Wendy and her team were constantly working to prepare for the reopening.  Then once it reopened, they worked even harder under her guidance to create promotions to increase sales.  She interacted with our marketing ladies to create a video and publish articles to advertise our shop and its sales.  She conducted much needed maintenance around the shop to keep it operating smoothly and looking neat and up to date. She increased sales by having members seek out alternative outlets in the community and online for certain higher priced items. But the most impressive achievement was that after over a year of pandemic stress, Wendy asked to continue for a third year as Manager of the Thrift Shop because she really wanted to see it through to completion. She could easily have walked away but that isn’t what Wendy does.

Wendy you are truly an inspiration for without you, this year could have ended very differently, and we have you to thank for helping us get through it so successfully.  We value everything about you and want you to know how much we appreciate you.  Thank you and congratulations on being selected Volunteer of the Year for 2020-2021!

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Assisteens back in Action

The Assisteens are happy to be meeting in person again and have been quite busy.  They have volunteered for Feeding San Diego, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, Meals on Wheels, the Thrift Shop, and Flowers for Seniors.  We currently have 31 members and are meeting monthly at San Dieguito United Methodist Church.  Space for new […]


Although the PREP tutoring program has been put on hold because of the pandemic, we have tried to find other ways that we can help the Head Start kids. One of our customers, obviously a teacher, made a very generous donation of wall charts and other classroom décor. After picking out what would be appropriate […]

OSB Marshalls

The first OSB at Marshalls was held on April 13, 2021. There were 25 families represented. A grant from the Solana Beach City Council allows us to offer all of the children at Solana Beach Head Start an opportunity to purchase school clothes. The mayor of Solana Beach, Lesa Heebner, stopped by to show her support! She […]

Preschool English Literacy Program (PREP)

Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito recently participated in National Assistance League’s Action Week.  In our event, “Bravo for Books”, new books were purchased for Solana Beach Head Start and the Ada Harris Elementary School library in the Cardiff School District; and over 300 books were delivered to Skyline Elementary to be sent home with the […]

Operation School Bell/Target

Operation School Bell®/Target took place this fall from 10/1/2019 through 10/22/2019.  We clothed just under 1200 school children. The event was featured on KUSI News!  Click on the image above to view the aired news.

Flowers For Seniors

The “Flowers for Seniors” Committee got together in February 2021 and created beautiful flower arrangements.  They delivered the flowers to the Sunrise Senior Center at La Costa for their patients.  The flowers were donated by Albert and Fernando at Franco’s Flowers on Leucadia Blvd.

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Visit Our Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop is our primary source of funding for our philanthropic programs.  We are proud of our reputation as one of the best and friendliest thrift shops in the Coastal North County San Diego area.  Our members work hard to make sure the merchandise is always good quality, clean, and priced fairly.

Shop Information

1542 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA  92024
(located in the Taco Bell mall)

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Fri :  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sat : 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

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