President’s Message

Welcome to Our Website:

Assistance League of Victor Valley® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to service in our community. We are dedicated, enthusiastic, “hands-on” volunteers with no paid employees meeting the needs of our High Desert community for over 38 years.

In March, we were faced with a virus that changed everything for our organization. We had to cancel our annual “Come Fly With Us” event, close our Thrift Shop and cease all meetings and gatherings. Schools were closed and families were struggling. Helping our community during this time became a priority. The board and members came together virtually on conference calls and Zoom meetings. We implemented our Outreach program to meet the essential needs of over 890 students and their families, and we continued our Operation School Bell program by supplying services for hunger, supplies and health.

Funds raised to support our programs for the communities of Victor Valley come from our Thrift Shop, major fundraising events, donations from individuals and organizations in the community, as well as grants from corporations and foundations. We are grateful for all the support.

As we begin our new year, we will find ways to continue with our wonderful programs. We will supply new school clothes and shoes to our elementary and high school students, either through our partnership with Target or other delivery methods, and our Assisteens will provide grooming kits for high school kids in need through their Teens Helping Teens program. We will provide cuddly bears to our local hospitals, comfort kits for sexual assault survivors and supplies for youth transitioning out of foster homes. Through Project R.E.A.D. we will work with the schools to enhance student learning. Our Outreach program will be available for emergency situations, and we will continue to benefit many recipients through our Pass it On! program.

If you have a caring heart, time to give, and a desire to serve others, we invite you to join us “Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community”. Please look through the pages on our website, and learn more about our chapter and the wonderful programs we support.

Join us and be part of this amazing team.

For further information, please contact:

Kathie Bordonaro, President

                          Advisory Council

                                                                                                      Term Ends

Richard Ewaniszyk              Attorney                                                   2021

Daija Marie                          Accountant                                               2021

Trenae Nelson                     Assistant Superintendent AVUSD           2022

Bob Tinsley                         General Contractor                                  2021

Cindy Toms                         Desert Community Bank                          2021

Caroll Yule                          Retired                                                     2022

Board of Directors 2020-2021

President – Kathie Bordonaro

1st VP Membership – Jane Pace

2nd VP Education/Orientation – Gail Robertson

3rd VP Philanthropic Programs – Chris Faust

4th VP Resource Development – Ro Jeffers

Secretary – Kathy Lenhardt

Treasurer – Pat Fox

Assistant Treasurer – Patti Everly

Assisteens® Coordinator – Barbara Burns

Marketing Communications – Linda Elliott

Operation School Bell® – Sandi Maberry

Strategic Planning – Delia Itanen

Thrift Shop – Linn Gaspar

Technology – Sylvia Morrison

Website Staff

Administrator – Technology Chairman

Website Technician – Lynn Rastaetter