President’s Message

As President of Assistance League Victor Valley, I welcome you to our website!

We just had our annual lunch where we installed our new Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 fiscal year and I am honored to be part of such an amazing organization!  It is always special to get together with friends that we have so much in common with – the desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

We all took pride in hearing the incredible accomplishments our 169 volunteers achieved over this past year:

  • Operation School Bell®, our signature program, provided new school clothes to 1357 elementary and junior high school students.
  • Through Operation Hug, 1620 cuddly bears were distributed through local hospital emergency rooms to children in trauma situations.
  • Thirty-two victims of domestic violence were provided with clothing and hygiene items to leave the hospital after an assault.
  • Our Assisteens® provided diapers, underwear, food, hygiene items, birthday, Halloween and Christmas goodie bags to local domestic violence shelters.
  • We supported Young Authors by fully funding the binding of 736 original stories written by students.
  • Our chapter participated in National Assistance League’s annual philanthropic program, Legacy of Literacy. We collected 5025 new and gently used books that were then distributed to 26 local schools, two local libraries and a family center.
  • We continue to help fund the Daily Press’s ‘Newspaper in Education’, which provides teachers with a weekly ‘World of Wonder’ page that they can use in their classrooms.
  • Three schools received funds to support their science and technology programs.

All our funds to support our programs are raised through our Assistance League Thrift Shop, donations, special fundraising events, and grants.  Our members contributed over 28,000 hours of service this year alone!

We are all volunteers, including those friendly faces you see in our Thrift Shop. If you are interested in joining an amazing group of women, who work to achieve great things in our community, please contact our membership director at:  membership@assistanceleaguevv.org.

There is no better feeling than knowing you helped someone that really needed it. When this aid comes from the bottom of your heart, without the expectation of payment or reward, it can provide a deep sense of satisfaction that not only makes you happy, but inspires others to do the same. This notion of giving is the basis of volunteer work and aims for people to work together out of selflessness.

Remember we need people like you!  Each individual brings unique talents to an organization, and believe me, we can put your talents to work ‘transforming lives — strengthening community’.

Kindest regards,

Linda Elliott, President

Board of Directors 2018-2019

President –  Linda Elliott

1st VP Membership – Emily Caruth

2nd VP Orientation/Education – Ro Jeffers

3rd VP Philanthropic Programs – Sue Henderson

4th VP Resource Development – Cheryl Eaton

Secretary – Marilyn Baker

Treasurer – Carol Shows

Assistant Treasurer – Sandi Maberry

Marketing Communications – Kim Lindsey

Strategic Planning – Delia Itanen

Thrift Shop – Sharon Butler

Operation School Bell® – Penny Weiss

Assisteens® Coordinator – Kim Bruny

Website Staff

Administrator – Chairman of Marketing

Webmaster – Delia Itanen

Advisory Council

 

                                                                                                      Term Ends

Jeanne Kennedy                  Attorney at Law                                      2020

Daija Marie                          Accountant                                              2019

Trenae Nelson                     Assistant Superintendent AVUSD          2020

Bob Tinsley                         General Contractor                                 2019

Cindy Toms                         Desert Community Bank                        2019

Caroll Yule                          Shear Realty                                           2020