Celebrating over 20 years of service in Tulare County!

Assistance League of Visalia is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that transforms lives and strengthens community 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.

Assistance League is part of the first wave of nonprofit organizations in the United States that empowers ordinary citizens to improve communities and transform lives through long-term volunteerism.

Organized as a national nonprofit in 1935, Assistance League’s roots date back to the turn of twentieth century America when founder, Anne Banning, pioneered a tradition of compassion and benevolence carried on by her modern-day counterparts in Assistance League chapters around the country.

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 76 “mighty” member volunteers working to make Tulare County a better place to live and work through our programs.   In 2021-2022, our dedicated members volunteered over 2874 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 fundraising events.

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

2023-24 Board of Directors

2023/2024 Board: 

Bonnie Casale, President  

Sandy Forbes, VP Membership

Vicki Miller, VP Resource Development

Cherie Stephenson, Recording Secretary

Robyn Batchman, Treasurer

Dee Kovachick, Strategic Planning

Clae Nave, Education

Sue Sanders, Corresponding Secretary

Cheryl Thomas, VP Philanthropy

Amee Longbottom, Marketing/Communications


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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