Funding School Projects and Events

We are so happy we could help the deserving and enthusiastic Echo Loder staff support their students with our Links to Learning awards. Just look at those smiles! This year we happily awarded over $80,000 to teachers and $30,000 to libraries at sixteen Washoe County schools.

Operation School Bell

We finished the fall shopping events for Operation School Bell. We invite elementary school students (selected by their school counselors) to shop for up to $120 worth of new school clothes. About 100 students and their parents enjoyed the shopping experience at Sparks Target, and we also sponsored events at many Walmarts and the Reno […]

Scholarship Winners

Assistance League carefully selects students who are returning to college after taking time off (life does get in the way) to get the education they need to have the career of their dreams. Because of the pandemic, we didn’t meet these scholars. TMCC (Truckee Meadows Community College) had a wonderful event where we were able […]

Veterans Stand Down

Over 20 Assistance League volunteers helped make the. 2022 Veterans Stand Down in Reno a great success. We provided over 250 rolling duffel bags, over 300 winter coats, and over100 gloves for this outreach event. The event was held to engage homeless veterans and present them with longer-term health treatment and housing opportunities. Assistance League […]

Anne Banning Leadership Award Winners

Carol Harriman and Ellen Fockler have been awarded the extremely coveted Anne Banning Leadership award for their unflinchingly courageous leadership through the pandemic. The Anne Banning Leadership Award is named for the founder of Assistance League who promoted the growth and effective volunteerism through leadership and education. As presidents during the past two years, these […]

Ada Edwards Laughlin Award Winner

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks honored Debbie with the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award for her dedication of time and energy to making the Thrift Shop thrive. Many of you have seen Debbie, who works tirelessly in our back room getting your donations ready to be displayed in the Thrift Shop. Here’s Debbie holding her award with […]

Helping High School Students Graduate

The Assistance League Students in Transition program offers funding for academic fees and other needed services to homeless high school students. We really enjoy taking them shopping for new school clothes at Kohls. They all do better in school when they can look their best.

6th Annual Veterans Baby Shower

Assistance League was proud to provide gifts for the 6th annual Veterans Baby Shower sponsored by the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Assistance League provided 31 filled diaper bags, gift bags, and 70 Costco-sized boxes of diapers (two per veteran). Veterans were from the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Air National Guard, Marines and […]

Operation School Bell Wraps Up 2021-22 School Year

Assistance League has finished this year’s Operation School Bell® shopping events after clothing over 3,000 students at local Walmart and Target stores. The students are selected by the school counselors. Elementary students get to shop for $100 worth of clothing. Middle school students get to shop for $125 worth of clothing. We enjoy the delight […]

Buy a Coat for a Veteran

During the week of March 8-12, 2022, Assistance League is having a coat drive for homeless and home-bound men and women veterans. It’s easy – you can buy a gently used coat for $5-$10 in the Thrift Shop, and Assistance League will see that it goes to a veteran. We will even provide a donation […]