President’s Message 

Welcome to Our Website:

As members of Assistance League, we are dedicated, enthusiastic, “hands-on” volunteers with no paid employees meeting the needs of our High Desert community for over 39 years.

It has been a crazy COVID year, but Assistance League volunteers have proven to be resilient, flexible, and innovative as we have, once again, excelled at fulfilling our commitment to the Victor Valley community. Thanks to the determined efforts of our members, and generous community support, we were able to fund our philanthropic programs. We held a successful “Sock it to ‘Em” mail campaign, exceeded our expectations for grant funds, and reopened our Thrift Shop with the safety of members and customers in place as we followed all CDC guidelines.

  • Volunteers found ways to provide shoes and clothing for over 2,300 students, and food and essential items for over 2,550 individuals.
  • Household items valued at $4,000 were donated to young adults living at Oasis House.
  • Teachers and students faced with challenges of virtual learning benefitted from technology funds
  • We helped 1,120 students with our literacy program that was delivered to 36 kindergarten teachers across the district.

We have touched many lives and I am grateful be a part of this wonderful organization. We will move forward and continue to make a difference in our community.  New school clothes and shoes will go to our elementary and high school students 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.

For further information, please contact:

Kathie Bordonaro, President


Term Ends

5/31/2023          Richard Ewaniszyk (Attorney)

5/31/2023          Daija Marie (Accountant)

5/31/2022          Trenae Nelson  (Superintendent AVUSD)

5/31/2023          Bob Tinsley (General Contractor)

5/31/2023          Cindy Toms (Desert Community Bank)

5/31/2022          Caroll Yule (Retired)

Amazing News!

In December of 2020, our own President, Kathie Bordonaro, was awarded  The Victor Valley Chamber Accolade Award for ‘Volunteer of the Year’!  Congratulations to Kathie for being recognized for all her achievements as our leader through these difficult times.


Board of Directors 2021-2022

President – Kathie Bordonaro

1st VP Membership – Jane Pace

2nd VP Education/Orientation – Gail Robertson

3rd VP Philanthropic Programs – Sylvia Morrison

4th VP Resource Development – Ro Jeffers

Secretary – Sue Henderson

Treasurer – Pat Fox

Assistant Treasurer – Patti Everly

Assisteens® Coordinator – Kim Bruny

Marketing Communications – Linda Elliott

Operation School Bell® – Sandi Maberry

Strategic Planning – TBD

Thrift Shop – Linn Gaspar

Technology – TBD

Website Staff

Administrator – Technology Chairman

Webmaster – Lisa Hoegerman

Website Technician – Lynn Rastaetter