Want to Volunteer?

Become a member! Join an incredible group of volunteers dedicated to making a difference in Washoe County.  Inquire about the next opportunity to join and help with our 11 philanthropic programs and Thrift Shop.

News & Events

Read the latest news about our very active philanthropic programs. We also are proud of our #1 rated Thrift Shop.

Paying it Forward

Assistance League volunteers make our community a better place for students, seniors and veterans. We contribute over $1 million a year to the Reno-Sparks community through our 11 philanthropic programs. Recently, we gave six $10,000 awards to local schools through our Links to Learning program.

Mt Rose Teachers get $10,000 award

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 city of Reno.  Get weekly updates by emailing ALRSmarketing2@gmail.com. Our next online auction will be August 2, 3 and 4 at estatesales.org with a picker sale August 7 from 10am to 1pm. We also have a 24/7 auctions at estatesales.org.

Senior Sampler

The Senior Sampler program affords community senior crafters, 60 years old and over, with a venue in which their handcrafted items are displayed and sold.  100% of proceeds are returned to the senior crafter. The Senior Sampler is located inside our Thrift Shop.

Children Need Your Support

This year, more than ever, children in our community needed our support. A growing number of families in our area were unable to afford suitable clothing, toiletries, and computers. We appreciate your continued generosity. Donate here.

Watch this video from the Aging and Awesome TV show to see what Assistance League brings to our community.

Philanthropic Programs

Operation School Bell ®

Elementary and middle-school students shop for brand-new clothing.  They all leave with a huge bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence.

Food Pantry

Qualified seniors are given supplemental bags of food each month.


Provides grooming kits to Operation School Bell, Food Pantry, and Students in Transition recipients as requested by those committees.

Links to Learning

Supplies monetary awards to educators in Washoe County School District for classroom materials.

Assault Survivor Kits®

Kits are given to victims of sexual assault.

Read to ME

Volunteers read weekly to preschool and kindergarten children. Assistance League of Reno-Sparks works in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and the Washoe County School District.


The program’s primary function is to enable the Thrift Shop to distribute goods that it are not able to used. These goods are usable by other nonprofits. This program is the “green arm” of Assistance League.

Senior Sampler

Sells items crafted by local seniors on consignment.

Students in Transition

Provides, to selected high-school students, clothing; school fees; caps and gowns; and scholarships for workforce-certification programs.

Veterans Outreach

Provides veterans with needed supplies.

We Care

Provides services and supplies to children in the transitional group home, Kids Kottage.

Annual Statistics


thousand dollars returned to Washoe County


thousand people served in Washoe County


thousand hours volunteered