President Roberta Lieben receives our charter from National Assistance League President Betty Kirby on June 15, 1966.

Significant Dates

 1962 Formation of Assistance Guild of Sonoma County
 1962 First philanthropy developed to support the Polio Drive for the Salk Vaccine
 1962 Major philanthropy developed to support Plumfield, a school for the emotionally disturbed and blind children
 1963 Opened “New To You” Shop in rented building on Fourth Street as major fundraiser
 1966 Chartering of Assistance League of Sonoma County
 1967 Funds for Futures program established
 1967 Plumfield sponsorship discontinued
 1969 Major earthquake put “New To You” Shop out of business
 1969 Renovated building rented and opened as “New To You” Shop on West Sixth Street
 1969 West Sixth Street building purchased
 1972 Sights and Sounds program established
 1978 Building loan paid
 1980 Celebrity Lecture Series established
 1982 Housing of Medical Emergencies (HOME) established
 1985 Celebrity Lecture Series discontinued
 1990 Booster Bags program established
 1993 Redwood Empire Auxiliary established
 1998 Operation School Bell® program established
 2010 Housing of Medical Emergencies (HOME) discontinued
 
2010 Building facelift completed
 
2011 Building murals completed
 
2011 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate updated look of building and 50th Anniversary
 
2012 Inside of shop redecorated

Community Recognition

 1991 JCPenney Golden Rule Award
  1991 Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation Partnership Award
  1996 City of Santa Rosa Merit Award Community Service Organization
  2000 Volunteer Center Community Service Award – Operation School Bell
  2002 City of Santa Rosa Merit Award for Youth Services – Sights and Sounds
  2003 Volunteer Center Community Service Award – Booster Bags
  2004 Volunteer Center Service Group Community Project Award – Operation School Bell
  2008 City of Santa Rosa Merit Award – Housing of Medical Emergencies
  2009 Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Outstanding Volunteer – Redwood Empire Auxiliary
  2013 The Press Democrat’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Thrift Shop in Sonoma County
  2014 The Press Democrat’s Honorable Mention for Best Thrift Shop in Sonoma County
  2015 The Press Democrat’s Honorable Mention for Best Local Non-Profit and Best Thrift Shop in Sonoma County
  2016 The Press Democrat’s Honorable Mention for Best Local Non-Profit and Best Thrift Shop in Sonoma County