President’s Message

Thank you for your interest In Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County.

Welcome to our website.  It is a wonderful representation of who we are and what we do. We are best known in the community through Operation School Bell®, our primary program which provides new school-appropriate clothing to kindergarten – 12th grade disadvantaged students in all ten (10) school districts in San Luis Obispo County.  In the 2019-20 school year alone, we clothed over 2200 students in need. In our 25 years in existence, we have provided school clothing for over 30,000 students.  We are proud to be an all-volunteer organization.

Our funding comes from a variety of sources.  Our chapter holds a biennial fashion show and luncheon, a direct mailer “Warm Your Heart…Clothe a Child”, and our most significant fundraiser – our beautiful Thrift Store located at 667A Marsh Street in San Luis Obispo.  Other funding is provided by event sponsorships, grants and donations.  All funds received stay within our county.  Also, in order to continue to prosper, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, performance, and the needs of the community we serve.

We are a 501(c) (3) corporation and operate in the same manner as for-profit corporations.  We start by developing a strategic plan to meet our agreed upon goals, taking into consideration the time requirements and funding sources available.  One cannot imagine the satisfaction gained by our volunteers when these goals are achieved, and not one dollar in salary has been paid, which is truly unique in the nonprofit world.

All of this would not be possible without the commitment made by our extraordinary and dedicated volunteers.  Few of us have the opportunity to “make a difference” in the life of a child outside of our own family.  Assistance League is the vehicle to do just that.  Please explore our website to learn more about our organization and the various volunteer opportunities available. Click the volunteer button below to see how you can get involved.  We encourage you to consider attending one of our monthly membership meetings and we welcome donations of any amount. You can donate online or by check; simply click on any DONATE button on our site and thank you for making a difference.

Best Wishes,

Helen Robertson
President