Vintage Linens

Two Week Linen Sale at the
Assistance League Gift Shop
August 10-24, 2019
One-day Consignment of Linens & Sewing Notions
Thursday, July 25, 9:00-3:00

Bring clean accurately measured, quality items (Limit of 20)
Donations of linens (and other items) are welcome any time?
There will be no markdowns.
Items will be priced to sell quickly.
Contact a Consignment Manager with Questions.
Monday or Wednesday 10 – 3


Over 30 volunteers from Assistance League, Salem Leadership Foundation, and Salem First Church of the Nazarene helped sort over 1400 snack boxes for 34 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, and 6 high schools.

The Bookmobile is Rolling Again!

Create Lasting Friendships While Supporting Your Community

Assistance League Salem-Keizer is looking for new members to join our wonderful organization. Our mission is to improve the lives of those in need in our community through various philanthropic programs. By joining, you’ll not only make lasting friendships but also have fun while making a positive impact on the community. We welcome individuals who are passionate about helping others and making a difference.



One of our community partners, Community Business and Educational Leaders (CBEL), supports the Cornerstone Learning Center. The learning center is set up to assist students with their virtual school lessons. The Cornerstone Learning Center, which opened October 2020, was the idea of Community Resource Trust Chair, retired Supreme Court Justice Paul DeMuniz.

The ALS-K Operation School Bell (OSB) coordinated with CBEL to arrange distribution of fruit and vegetables snacks, and literacy materials for the students and families on February 25th. The Chair of our childhood literacy program, R.E.A.D, collaborated with the Salem Public Library to organize distribution of the Library’s Books 4 Kids backpacks with age appropriate books and literacy activities. The Library provided backpacks and literacy materials through a grant they received to distribute literacy kits, and the ALS-K Auxiliary contributed school supplies. ALS-K purchased fruits and vegetables snacks from a generous donation by Goodwill Industries designated for OSB to provide food to those in need. Judy Martin, ALS-K President, emphasized, “We are proud of the many partners who joined our effort to provide “Food for the Body and Mind.”

Assistance League of Salem-Keizer Action Week

The Assistance League of Salem-Keizer (ALS-K) celebrated Anne Banning, the National Founder of Assistance League, on her February 25th birthday. Action Week, February 22nd- 26th, was an Assistance League nationwide event sponsored by the volunteer organization. Chapters worked together to make a difference in individual communities.

ALS-K member volunteers chose a theme of “Food for the Body and Mind.”

ALS-K members provided fruits and vegetables, and literacy materials for students attending a learning center serving Salem-Keizer Public School elementary students living at the Cornerstone Apartments. This low-income project was developed by Community Resource Trust, Salem.



Action Week Photo

Operation School Bell


The Assistance League’s Operation School Bell (OSB) philanthropic program presented ten $100 grocery gift cards to both principals and Community Schools Outreach Coordinators at Auburn and Hallman Elementary Schools. The presentation was made by the ALS-K President-Elect, Toni Phipps and the OSB Chair, Charlotte Rieder-

Bolton. The school principals will identify the families and will meet them at a store to help pay for their shopping. The source of these funds is part of a gift received from Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette. 

Fifty $100 grocery cards were also presented to the Salem-Keizer Public Schools McKinney-Vento Homeless Program to take families of homeless students shopping for groceries. The OSB Chair, Charlotte Rieder-Bolton reports that remaining funds from the Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette will be distributed by the end of the school year. Operation School Bell wishes to thank Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette for its contribution to the students of our community.

Project R.E.A.D.
(Read, Enjoy, Achieve, Develop)

Through innovative and creative thinking, our READ program has come up with collaborative projects to put this philanthropy back on the active schedule to serve students.
During national Action Week (Feb 22-26), the READ Team worked with Operation School Bell, Salem Public Library, Auxiliary and Hospitality to serve children and families in celebration of founder Anne Banning’s birthday. The project provided healthy snacks, new books and school supplies to students and families attending the Cornerstone Apartments Learning Center. It was a fun opportunity to work together and serve others.
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On March 4, three teams of AL volunteers and the READ Team gathered at the Gift Shop to fill book bags provided by the Salem Public Library in a project called “BOOKS 4 KIDS”. The library had received a grant to purchase books through the Scholastic company with the stipulation that the books would be given away.
AL members assembled age-appropriate books, bookmarks, library information and activity books into bright blue bags meant for students from Head Start through Grade 5.  OSB volunteers will deliver these bags to schools for those students who use OSB services. These filled bags will be distributed through the end of the school year.
The READ Team hopes to assist the library with their deliveries in the future and hopes to resume in-school visits with Jessica Marie, the library’s Youth Services Director.
Where there is a will to get things accomplished, there is a way!

Watershed,Inc donation to Operation School Bell


Salem-Keizer Assistance League’s philanthropic program, Operation School Bell®, received 300 colorful nylon bags from Watershed, Inc. The bags will be used to pack the clothes and shoes requested by counselors for elementary students. The packed nylon bags will be sent in the white trash bags to the schools. Students will then be given the clothes packed in the nylon bags to take home. This is an improvement over having to carry the new clothes in trash bags. Operation School Bell® would like to thank Watershed, Inc. for this wonderful donation.

         Thank you, Sodexo!

 We are forever grateful to Sodexo food services for their many years of outstanding contributions to our annual Lasagna Lunch Fundraiser. Generously supplying all the freshly made lasagna, salad, breadsticks and more, Sodexo ensured that this event quickly became a cherished community tradition.

Delores Tesky, Sodexo’s Regional Executive Chef, met with us each year to share her catering expertise and guidance. While unfortunately the 2021 event had to be canceled, Sodexo was a willing partner to the end. Without their incredible and generous support, including their employees’ time and use of their food preparation facility, our annual Lasagna Lunch Fundraiser would not have been the financial success it was. As Sodexo has demonstrated over many years, it’s all about helping the children. Thank you!