In 2017 – 18 there were 24 Assisteens who donated 1589 volunteer hours and raised $1,200 to use for community projects.

These young people assisted with Chapter Philanthropic Programs and helped in the Thrift Shop.  They participated in the Don Ferrarese’s Annual Holiday Tribute Veterans Dinner.  The helped decorate, and then served lunch to 1500 veterans.  They enjoyed talking with the veterans and hearing about their experinces in the service.

They provided help to the High Desert Domestic Volence and Better Way Shelter, donating diapers, clothes, socks and Halloween goodie bags.  They also provided clothing and grooming items to the Alpha Connection and Salvation Army.  In addition, they supported our Chapter Progarms, setting up the Annual Christmas Sale and holding a pie and coffee event to support our Legacy of Literacy program and made Easter basket to be sold in the thrift Shop.   They assisted in the Chapter Annual  Fundraiser by autioning themselves off, raising $675 for their progams.

And last but not least, they held their first Annual  Mad Hatter Tea and  Fashion Show.  A huge succes with 62 guests.

This year two of our Assisteens graduated.  Congratulations!!!!

Our young members are our future and from what we have seen and experienced with our Assisteens we can feel good and be proud.

History

Assistance League Founder, Anne Banning, always felt that it was fine to serve youth, but better to let youth serve. So in the 1930s she called on the daughters and granddaughters of Assistance League members to assist in various philanthropic programs.

We are proud to continue to encourage and provide volunteer opportunities for today’s youth. Assisteens membership is open to young people (boys and girls) in grades 7 to 12. The aims of participation are to develop a sense of community responsibility, self-reliance, personal responsibility, poise, public speaking and leadership skills.

We are looking for teens who are interested in serving their community through volunteer service and fundraising activities.  Assisteens support their own philanthropic programs as well as the programs of Assistance League of Victor Valley.

Membership

Presently, Assisteens membership is open to students in grades 7 to 12.  Each member will complete a minimum of 30 service hours during the year.  Volunteer hours include meeting times, fundraising activities and community service.

Philanthropic Programs

The Assisteens philanthropic programs and activities include:

  • Work in Assistance League Thrift Shop and Operation School Bell®
  • Prep the grooming kits for Operation School Bell
  • Provide Christmas gifts for children in shelters during the holidays
  • Create Easter baskets to sell in the thrift shop
  • Invite a guest speaker for the January and February meetings
  • Continue the “Lets Can-Can” year long food drive program
  • Continue the “Birthday in a Bag” program which provides birthday celebration items for children in shelters
  • Continue the “Happy Hinnies” program which supplies diapers and underwear to children at shelters
  • A program at the Apple Valley Christian Care Center is under development

Fundraising to support these activities

  • Organized and held the first “Mad Hatter Tea and Fashion Show”
  • Participaed in the Chapter Fund raiser by autioning off their “Trivia thinking Brains”
  • Two Restaurant Events – 20% off flyers due out soon
  • Additional fundraisers throughout the year will assist with membership activities and programs.

Meetings

Assisteens meet on the second Monday of the month, September through May.  Social Time at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting or project at 6:00 p.m.  Assisteens governing body meets the same Monday, one hour prior to the regular meeting.  Members are expected to attend all meetings.  Meetings are held at Assistance League chapter office, 22021 Outer Highway 18 South, Apple Valley, CA.

Additional Opportunities

Membership opportunities include interacting and working together with teens from different schools, holding leadership board positions, attending the National Leadership Conference, letters of recommendation for college applications and an overwhelming good feeling of giving back to their community.

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