Celebrating over 20 years of service in Tulare County!

Assistance League of Visalia is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in Tulare County.  Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement in philanthropic programs to address the needs of children in our area.

The Visalia  chapter was organized in 1996, chartered in 1998, and was the 102nd chapter of Assistance League.  There are 123 Assistance League chapters in 26 states with just under 23,000 members.  In 2013-14, Assistance League chapters returned over $38 million to local communities across the country and invested ~3.34 million service hours.

Assistance League of Visalia currently has 80 “mighty” member volunteers working to make Tulare County a better place to live and work through our programs.   In 2018-19, our dedicated members volunteered over 6,581 hours.  We encourage you to learn more about our chapter and the many ways you can become involved and make a difference.

Our funding sources include  private foundation grants, individual donations, and an annual fundraising event, “An Evening at the Derby.”

Mission Statement

Assistance League — Volunteers transforming the lives of children through community programs

Vision Statement

Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.

Annual Report

2019-20 Board of Directors

2019/2020 Board: 

Anna Gomez, President  

Donna Hofer, VP Philanthropy

Linda Adams, VP Membership

Donna Nottingham, VP Resource Development

Steve Claypool, Marketing/Communications

Julie Shelburne, Education

Maggie Meling, Finance

Donna Mekeel, Strategic Planning

Dee Kovachick, Recording Secretary

Bonnie Casale, Corresponding Secretary

Clae Nave, Parliamentarian


We believe that providing compassionate and caring services to individuals in our community is the standard and the primary measure of our organization.


We believe that our actions demonstrate our care for others and the community as a whole.  We support each other in a humane manner and hold each other accountable for the success and well-being of our organization.


We believe in treating all with respect and honoring the opinions and differences of all individuals.


We believe that integrity and authenticity in communication and action best demonstrate the most basic, intrinsic values held by our member volunteers.


We believe in the value of sharing our experiences and evaluating them in order to maintain the organization’s success and provide it with a stable base.

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