Operation School Bell® is the signature philanthropic program of Assistance League. San Jose’s Operation School Bell began in 1993 with a very small budget of $1500 that allowed us to fit 50 children at one school with uniforms. Halfway through the year, the program received a donation of $1500 from an anonymous donor. With that amount we went back to the school and gave each child either a school jumper or a pair of pants.
The second year we were able to budget for, and furnish uniforms for 250 students in three schools. Each year the program has grown and now we have a budget of $100,000 and were able to provide 8,000 uniforms plus socks to over 4,000 students in 39 schools. In the 2015-2016 school year, an additional $40,000 was added to our budget to provide 2,600 sweatshirts to 23 schools. In 2015 and 2016, a TJ Maxx gift card grant from the TJX Foundation allowed us to provide 350 jackets to six schools.