On April 11, 2019, the Assistance League® Sierra Foothills celebrated their 10-year anniversary as the 120th chapter of the National Assistance League at the Cameron Park Country Club. More than one hundred members and guests attended. The organization’s community mission and vision of caring and commitment was on display when 14 of their charter members were introduced.
Crista Dixon, founding member, gave a brief look back – the serious and comedic struggles of establishing a nonprofit organization. The organization has evolved from selling candy and conducting garage sales to having annual garden and holiday home tours that draw large crowds. These fundraising events, along with grants and donations, help the organization provide new school clothes and community sports scholarships to disadvantaged children in El Dorado County.
Dr. Ed Manansala, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, gave an impassioned presentation was about Honoring a Decade of Impact in El Dorado County. There are large numbers of disadvantaged and homeless children residing in El Dorado County that need community commitment and assistance. The collaboration of the Education County Office of Education and Assistance League Sierra Foothills helps to address these needs.
In a decade, Assistance League Sierra Foothills has provided new school clothes to 5,563 disadvantaged and homeless children. Community sports scholarships were provided to 1,827 children/families, and 691 elementary school students were assisted in developing comprehension skills. Duffel bags were provided to 1,138 children displaced from their homes. Organized activities and shared social time were provided to 924 local seniors.
The Mission and Vision of the current 114 members of Assistance League Sierra Foothills continues. One goal for the 2019-2020 school year is to provide new school clothes to 950 disadvantaged children in El Dorado County.