City of Reno Proclaims Sept. 12, 2023 as Assistance League Operation School Bell Day

Whereas, Assistance League provides over 3,000 local deserving students with new clothing for school each year under its Operation School Bell program; and Whereas, being properly dressed for school enhances a student’s chance for success; and Whereas, success in school is essential for our next generation of leaders and workers in our community, and Whereas, […]

Three $10,000 Academic Enhancement Awards

This new program provides three $10,000 Academic Enhancement Awards to groups of WCSD teachers. We are looking for programs that enhance or develop new and different approaches to teaching. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 29, 2023. Guidelines and application forms are on this website under Programs – Links to Learning. For over 20 […]

Funding Ambulance Simulator for High School Students

Assistance League is delighted to see the ambulance simulator we purchased for the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology in Reno. It’s fully built and now is being stocked with supplies so high school students can get realistic training to help them become EMTs. This was a special project administered by our Links to Learning […]

“Hook a Book” for Nevada Reading Week

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks puts its money where its mouth is every day. In March 2023, as part of Nevada Reading Week, we invited students at both Veterans and Grace Warner Elementary Schools to choose books to take home. We loved helping them choose just the right book and seeing the excitement on their faces. […]

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 […]