Operation School Bell, Assistance League’s Signature Philanthropic Program

Clothing Distributions

Provides new school clothing and/or necessities for students. For some students, this may be the first new coat or clothing they can call their own, bringing smiles to many faces.

Clothing Distribution

Elementary School Clothing Distribution

Members and Community Volunteers set up a “store” in designated schools on scheduled days, helping children choose a new warm coat, hat, gloves, tops, (uniforms for specified public schools), underwear, socks, hygiene kit, book and a duffle bag.

School Store Shopping

Middle School Store Shopping

Members help students shop for school clothing at local stores.

Community Distributions

Community Distributions

Our chapter collaborates with local nonprofit agencies to help provide clothing and/or necessities for children through Blast Off 2 School, The Children’s Center and Alternatives for Girls.

Since 1995, 48,786 local students have benefited from the Clothing Distributions with the aim of improving self-esteem and school attendance.

In FY 2018-19, 6,135 students were recipients at 27 distributions.

For more information and photos on Operation School Bell – Clothing Distributions, please see below.

Nourishing Neighbors

Nourishing Neighbors

Provides nutritious meals for children and families. Since 2010, 32,174 people received nutritious food with the aim of improving nutrition, concentration and learning. In FY 2018-19, 2,682 children and adults (1,032 families) received food.

Link to Creative Teaching

Link to Creative Teaching

Provides educational enrichment project opportunities, not funded by districts, to teachers for students with the aim of expanding their knowledge in Reading, Math, Science, Technology, Arts and Behavioral Modification. Since 2002, 53,190 students have benefited. In FY 2017-18, 1,403 students were impacted by 12 projects.
For more information and photos on Link to Creative Teaching, please click here.

One-2-One Tutoring

One-2-One Tutoring

Volunteers provide weekly tutoring and classroom assistance for elementary students to help improve reading and other academic skills, and self-esteem. Since 1996, 15,591 children have been impacted. In FY 2018-19, volunteers helped 2,547 students benefit: 215 with tutoring/assistance, 648 students celebrated “March is Reading Month” at a special event, and 1,684 books were provided, helping children discover the love of reading, and for some, the first book they can call their own.
For more information and photos on One-2-One Tutoring, please click here.

Assistance League and Fiat Chrysler-Helping Hands Across the Community

Recently on a very special day, if you walked into Robbie Hall Parker School in Clinton Township, you could hear a lot of excitement in their gymnasium. Almost 600 students from Parker and McGlinnen Elementary schools were selecting their own new warm coat, hat, gloves, tops, underwear, socks, hygiene kit, book, and a duffle bag to carry it all! All these basic necessities were provided to the students at no cost by Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan.

Complete article available HERE.

Assistance League – Operation School Bell Blast Off 2 School 2018

Over 400 children from Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Auburn Hills and Addison Township received new hoodies, underwear, socks, hygiene kits, and books from Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan volunteers on August 18, 2018, at Neighborhood House in Rochester Hills. This Blast Off 2 School event was co-hosted by Assistance League, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, and Rochester Area Neighborhood House, a nonprofit human service organization.

Continue reading HERE.

Assistance League receives $30,000 grant to benefit Pontiac students

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan received a most generous grant of $30,000 from the David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation. The funds will support the Operation School Bell philanthropic program and will provide new clothing and/or necessities for an entire school in the Pontiac School District.

Since 1995, over 40,000 local students have benefitted from clothing distributions with the aim of improving self-esteem and school attendance.

Assistance League President, Rosemary Dirksen and Grant Committee member, Barb Bakker received the check from David Elliott Foundation Board President, Henry Woloson and Board Director, Cheryl Gambaro. When the check was presented at a regular membership meeting, the members stood in appreciation of this generous donation which will impact the lives of so many students

David W. Elliott was a long-time resident of Rochester, Michigan, until his death in 2011. As part of the estate plan, a foundation was established in 2015 to support charitable projects.

Legacy of Literacy

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan’s Legacy of Literacy book drive was extremely successful. An initiative of National Assistance League, the Michigan chapter collected 2,648 books, benefitting our philanthropic programs such as: Operation School Bell, Wee Help Kits, and One-2-One Tutoring. Our book drive also serviced community programs such as Neighborhood House Blast Off 2 School, Children’s Center of Detroit, several Michigan tri-county schools, and the Rochester Hills Public Library. The book drive committee, under the chairmanship of Barb Roller, had the unique experience of accepting a donation of books from Bob Lytle, local Rochester, MI pharmacist, and children’s author. We aided in distributing class sets of his various book titles to schools whose students were recipients of the Operation School Bell program. To date, Bob has donated 685 books to our programs. The gift of books continues to bring joy for reading to many students.

Assistance League receives donations from Holy Family Regional School

Students, teachers and families at Holy Family Regional School in Rochester Hills, Michigan, demonstrated love and compassion for students in the Pontiac School District when they collected coins for an Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan fundraiser, “Coins for Kids … Coins for Clothes.” Lorraine Taliercio, VP Resource Development Assistance League, approached the administration asking for student participation in this community outreach of helping those in need.

Nearly $3,000 was raised to help provide uniforms for the students in the Pontiac Schools.

“With school appropriate clothing and adequate supplies, students are better equipped to improve self-esteem and school attendance,” said Assistance League President Rosemary Dirksen. “We appreciate Holy Family Regional School students, staff and families for their generosity.”

Assistance League and FCA Help Bring Smiles to Many Students

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan members were overwhelmed when they entered the Manufacturing Engineering (ME) conference room at FCA US LLC headquarters in Auburn Hills for the “Presentation of Donations” event.

Thank You, David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation!

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan was invited by the David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation, presenting sponsor, to the Crittenton Foundation 2017 Gala at the Royal Park Hotel, Rochester, Michigan.

The Elliott Foundation recently granted our chapter with $15,000 to be evenly distributed between Operation School Bell, Assault Survivor Kits®, and Link to Creative Teaching.

The lovely evening was enjoyed by chapter President Rosemary Dirksen (center R), Board members and Chairs of the Philanthropic Programs.

Also pictured is Cheryle Gambaro (center) Board member of the David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation.

We Are Assistance League! Operation School Bell

Click HERE to watch the video of our members and community volunteers being cheered on as we left.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 639 students from Huron Park and Patton Elementary Schools in Roseville, MI went home with a new winter coat, fun tops, book, socks, underwear, hat, gloves, and a hygiene kit. With the help from our members, volunteers from Miller Vein, GM Financial, family & friends, we brought smiles to these children. The entire school cheered us on as we left on Wednesday. Thank you to all of our supporters!!

Rochester Hills Government Youth Group donates $8,100 to Assistance League

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan received a check for $8,100 from the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council, which was presented by Leanne Scott, Rochester Hills Deputy Clerk. Assistance League President, Rosemary Dirksen and VP Fund Development, Betty Zych, gratefully accepted the generous donation.

The Youth Council was started in 2005 promoting youth involvement in local government through active participation and exchange of ideas and experiences. This year’s 16-member council earmarked the proceeds from their annual Charity 5K Run/Walk event to benefit Assistance League’s Philanthropic Programs that clothe, feed, educate, and comfort infants, children and adults in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties.

“We are so thankful to be chosen by this remarkable group of teens who have recognized the needs within our communities. We appreciate their compassion to help others,” said President Dirksen.

Operation School Bell Clothing Distribution Photos

Recently on a very special day, if you walked into Robbie Hall Parker School in Clinton Township, you could hear a lot of excitement in their gymnasium. Almost 600 students from Parker and McGlinnen Elementary schools were selecting their own new warm coat, hat, gloves, tops, underwear, socks, hygiene kit, book, and a duffle bag to carry it all! All these basic necessities were provided to the students at no cost by Assistance League® of Southeastern Michigan.

Complete article available HERE.

Our Members Volunteered Over 5,300 Hours for Operation School Bell Last Year!

Video: Jackie Pham testimonial

View this heartwarming video of a woman who benefited

from Operation School Bell as a child from Vietnam.