“Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless,
but because they are priceless.”

We are one of 120 chapters of National Assistance League, which was founded in 1935, to promote the growth of effective volunteerism. Annually, our dedicated chapter members volunteer over 23,000 hours and return over $129,000 to our local communities through our philanthropic programs. Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary as a chapter of National Assistance League. We invite you to join us in the celebration by helping us in our service to our communities. Membership is open to those who wish to be of service to our community and have the time, creativity and passion to volunteer.  The joy of giving is expressed through extraordinary programs chosen to meet the specific needs of our community.

A visit to our Thrift Shop gives the best opportunity for a conversation with any of our members. Seeing and hearing the joy of membership face-to-face is the best way for potential members to meet us and to learn about our chapter.

Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings where camaraderie is evident through the news sharing, recognition of members’ good works and, if we’re fortunate, playful presentations to promote an upcoming event. Our monthly chapter meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June, at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA. Our social gathering begins at 9:30 am and the meeting begins at 10 am.

There are multiple personal and professional benefits of volunteering. At Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito, members manage committees and sit on our Board of Directors. These functions present excellent opportunities to share your skills or to learn new skills. Learning new skills broadens your horizons and keeps your brain and body active which leads to growth in personal confidence and an improved outlook on life. Volunteering connects you to communities – the communities you serve as well as the community you join as a volunteer. You meet different kinds of people, make new friends, and have fun all while making a positive difference in people’s lives. The positive difference affects everyone – including yourself.

Membership Levels and Expectations

Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito welcomes new members as Voting Members, Nonvoting Members and PALS. For information on these categories, please contact us at alrsd100@gmail.com

Membership Application


Having fun together at Grand April Affair!


Ready to help children choose new school clothes!

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Getting ready to deliver Assault Survivor Kits®

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We enjoy each others company.

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We take time to appreciate each other.

New Member Orientation

New member welcome

Volunteer of the Month

Jane Woulfe

May 2021 – Jane joined in 2009 and was asked if she’d be willing to take over the jewelry displays at the shop. Jane said yes and continues to be delighted at the treasure hunt that ensues each time she opens a bag of donated jewelry items.

Lisa Zimnowodzki

May 2021 – Lisa joined ALRSD 5+ years ago. She enjoyed working on fundraising events, but has found the backroom donation processing to be the perfect spot for her. Thank you, Lisa, for your weekly processing in the backroom and for the unusually demanding effort that went into our successful Mother’s Day jewelry sale.

Penelope Johnson

April 2021 – This volunteer of the month has served on the Board as secretary. She introduced the Chapter to the North County Philanthropy Council, a group that works to enhance all local charities. Through them, we received a mentor and were introduced to Salesforce. Her work on the Legacy Committee is the main reason for […]

Suzy Perry

March 2021 – She has been a member of ALRSD since 2011. She has overseen the PREP program and during COVID she made sure that we have done everything possible to support the Head Start kids and the staff. For Operation School Bell Marshalls – she single-handedly communicated with Marshalls and the Head Start staff to coordinate this […]