An Overview of All Our Philanthropic Programs

OPERATION SCHOOL BELL

Operation School Bell® distributed new clothes and shoes to 2,624 pre-kindergarten through high school students in Salem-Keizer schools and the Chemawa Indian School.  All clothing requests are initiated by school counselors.shutterstock_140208901

“I don’t get new clothes very often and when I do I feel awesome!”

SERVING THOSE IN NEED

About 60% of Salem-Keizer District students live at or below the poverty level, which is $25,750 annually for a family of four.  In addition there are approximately 800 homeless students.  Nearly 60% of students receive free or reduced lunches.shutterstock_15658711

(2019 Census Bureau and Oregon Center for Public Policy)

 

 

 

HOMELESS YOUTH INITIATIVE

In conjunction with the Salem-Keizer School District we provided new clothing, shoes, laundry access, emergency food and enhanced hygiene kits to homeless children. 464 Homeless Students Served

R.E.A.D.

In partnership with Salem Public Library 650 students participated in reading and literacy programs.
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“I know you all do this because you care about kids and that means so much to us as educators.”

AUXILIARY OPERATION BACKPACK

shutterstock_180322844 (2)2,750 students received backpacks and school supplies in 64 schools throughout the school year.

Requests for school supplies are initiated by school counselors.

OPERATION BOOKSHELF

In conjunction with the Salem Public Library, 55 homebound adult patrons received deliveries of library materials.  Contact Salem Public Library for information on receiving this service.

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“It was so nice of you to remember my birthday and a special thank you for the books you bring every month.  I feel really rich when I have books to read.”

 

ACTION WEEK

We celebrated AL founder, Anne Banning’s birthday with a special activity to “Feed Body and Mind.”  In partnership with CBEL 20 students participated at a learning center to receive gifts of fruits and vegetables, and school supplies.

AUXILIARY INDEPENDENT LIVING

9 young adults leaving foster care to live on their own received mentoring, transition assistance and their own housekeeping items.ind-living-cropped

OPERATION ART ADVENTURES

Small grants of up to $1000 are available to teachers interested in offering art projects in their classrooms.

GIFT BAGS FOR CHILDREN

Auxiliary provided new clothing and pajamas for 17 homeless infants and preschool youth who were identified by Family Promise of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

FAMILIES IN TRANSITION

Auxiliary’s Families in Transition Program assisted 3 homeless families moving into stable housing by providing $500 shopping trips for essential household items.

All Financial and numbers-served figures come from 2020 IRS 990.  Assistance League of Salem-Keizer’s fiscal reporting year is June 1 through May 31.