When caring and commitment are put into action,
the results are astonishing

Chapter History

  • In 1966, 34 Sacramento women, embracing this powerful vision, created an official guild and started the journey for Assistance League of Sacramento
  • In 1968, Assistance League of Sacramento, became the 45th chapter of National Assistance League with 52 members
  • The first chapter program served seniors in two convalescent hospitals who were unable to shop for themselves
  • The chapter has expanded to support eight programs in the Greater Sacramento area
  • After eight years of fundraisers, a small thrift shop was opened in 1987
  • In 2014, the chapter purchased its own building to increase revenues to grow programs supporting the community
  • Assistance League Center celebrated its grand opening in 2015, where our programs and resale shop continue to thrive
  • This 100% volunteer organization has touched hundreds of thousands of lives in the Greater Sacramento area

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National Assistance League History

  • Assistance League was the first nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization founded in the West to recognize the potential of volunteers in helping those less fortunate to a better, more meaningful life
  • Our founder, Ann Banning, was a member of a small group of prominent Los Angeles women who did local charitable work beginning in the mid 1890s, calling it Assistance League
  • In April 1906, the women of Assistance League responded to the San Francisco earthquake and fire by collecting money and sewing clothes
  • In 1919, Anne Banning and a group of twelve friends, including Ada Edwards Laughlin, recognized as co-founder, formed Assistance League of Southern California to provide food and clothing for local families severely impacted by World War I
  • A bungalow in Hollywood was purchased as the community house in 1923. The first services were Good Samaritan, Day Nursery, Girls’ Club and Theatre for Children
  • Film Location Bureau, Attic Tearoom, Women’s Exchange and Trousseau Shop provided the revenue. Originating between 1920 and 1930, these were pioneer services emulated by both public and private agencies
  • Anne Banning and Ada Laughlin organized National Assistance League® in 1935 to promote the growth of effective volunteerism through leadership training and education
  • Anne Banning felt it was fine to serve youth, but important for youth to serve. Informal girl groups began in the 1930s and were consolidated in 1944
  • Shirley Temple was a member of the Beverly Thrifties who supported the thrift shop. In 1959, guidelines were prepared for auxiliaries of members under the age of twenty-one and in 1961, all teenage auxiliaries were given the name Assisteens®
  • Through the gift of service to their communities, Assistance League chapters continue to fulfill Anne Banning’s philosophy of volunteer service: “To act as a friend at any and all times to men, women and children in need of care, guidance and assistance, spiritually, materially and physically.”
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Anne Banning
Ada Edwards Laughlin
Ada Edwards Laughlin
Assisteen Shirley Temple
Assisteen Shirley Temple

Annual Member Statistics

  • Over 280 current members
  • Over 50,000 volunteer service hours donated by members
  • 23,965 hours donated by community volunteers
  • Estimated value of volunteer service: $1,760,573

Annual Program Statistics

  • 3,230 children clothed through Operation School Bell®
  • 3,400 books provided to schools through the literacy component of Operation School Bell
  • 1,264 preschool children screened for amblyopia (lazy eye) and other vision problems
  • 2,077 children attended Kids On The Block puppet shows addressing bullying and safety
  • 3,099 items created by 74 Senior Friendship volunteers were donated to organizations serving children and teens in crisis
  • 4,050 bears delivered to traumatized children
  • 1,700 fourth grade students reached through History In A Trunk presentations
  • 1,200 essays judged in the Heritage Essay Contest
  • 102 homeless women outfitted by Clothes for Careers
  • 9 scholarships awarded to community college students