Assistance League of Whittier is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in the Great Whittier Area.  Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs.

In 1950, the Whittier community had no service, guidance or assistance organizations. By May 1952, eight women met to explore a future club.  In the following months, eight more friends joined the group and they created  a organization called Whittier League.  Knowing the record of the National Assistance League for high standards of community service,  the Whittier women discussed the needs of the area with officers of the national organization and decided to qualify as a chapter.  In September 1953, Whittier League became a probationary chapter; then received their official charter in 1954.  There are 120 Assistance League chapters in 26 states with 23,000 members.  In 2014-2015, Assistance League chapters returned over $38 million to local communities across the country and invested ~3.2 million service hours.

Assistance League of  Whittier currently has ~200 member volunteers working to make the Great Whittier Area better place to live and work through our programs.  Assistance League of  Whittier supports eight community based philanthropic programs benefiting everyone from infants to adults residing in the Greater Whittier Area.  In 2016-2017, our dedicated members volunteered over 15,000 hours.  We encourage you to learn more about our chapter and the many ways you can become involved and make a difference.

The Thrift Shops on Greenleaf Avenue are our main source of funding.  The shop is staffed and managed entirely by our member volunteers.  Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.

Other funding sources include corporate and private foundation grants, individual donations, and an annual Community Support Letter requesting monetary donations dedicated to Operation School Bell®.

Celebrating over 63 years of service in Whittier!

Mission, Vision and Values


Assistance League of Whittier transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.


Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.







Tours and Presentations

Assistance League of Whittier members are available to conduct tours of our facilities for you or your organization and explain how our various programs create a better community.  Call (562) 693-6533 for information.

Volunteers Enriching Lives for a Better Community

Assistance League of Whittier 2017-2018 Board of Directors


Marge Williams

Vice President Membership

Linda Crowley

Vice President Philanthropies

Jan Sprague

Vice President Resource Development

Linda Eagan


Louise Eiler

Public Relations

Delia Morales

Strategic Planning

Mindy Schupmann

Recording Secretary

Pauline Williams

Corresponding Secretary

Maryanne Matson


Carolyn McFarland

Chapter House

DeDe Shatzen


Carolyn Sarrail

Assistance League of Whittier 2017-2018 Advisory Council

Jeff Ball
Friendly Hills Bank, CEO

Layne Beamer
Pastor, First Christian Church

Dr John Sudick

Cynthia Nickell
Rio Hondo Foundations

Joe Vinatieri

Paymaneh Maghsoudi
Director of Library Services  City of Whittier

Chief Jeff Piper
Whittier Chief of Police

Olivia Rios
Whittier Uptown Association