There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a smile on the face of child, teen or adult who’s just been given a helping hand. The volunteers of Assistance League understand that a giving heart and simple acts can make a significant difference in the lives of neighbors in need.
With this goal, the organization offers several philanthropic programs that help promote the well-being and self-esteem of children, teens and adults.
Operation School Bell
Assistance League’s oldest and largest outreach program provides new clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to school children. Learn more about Operation School Bell by clicking here.
Tees For Teens
Assisteens® Auxiliary provides teen appropriate T-shirts and tops for distribution through Operation School Bell.
High school graduation is a time of celebration. However, for some seniors it’s bittersweet. They simply cannot afford to participate in the extra activities that accompany graduation. Assistance League offers financial grants to pay graduation related expenses. Qualified graduating high school seniors in Snohomish County who are interested in this program should contact their school counselor.
Operation Teddy Bear
Sometimes a little hug from a teddy bear can help return the smile to a traumatized assault victim. The Operation Teddy Bear program, along with Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse and the County Clerk’s Office, distributes teddy bears to assault victims throughout Snohomish County. The warmth and comfort of holding a teddy bear can encourage children and adults who are victims of domestic violence.
Assault Survivor Kits®
Often assault victims’ clothing is confiscated as evidence for future potential legal proceedings. Kitty Young Auxiliary distributes kits containing clothing and toiletries to local emergency room hospitals, where they are made available to assault survivors. The mere fact that assault victims are able to leave the hospital in clothing instead of wearing a hospital gown can be the first step in regaining their dignity.
Family Assistance Program
Everett Community College Scholarships
Each year there seems to be a regional or national disaster that needs a special helping hand. Assistance League works with The Salvation Army to provide clothing and household items to displaced families.
There are well deserving students who simply can’t afford to go to college. Assistance League works with Everett Community College to identify these students and grants scholarships to help pay for their education costs. Students interested in this program should contact the Executive Director, Everett Community College Foundation.
Operation Self Help
Low income men and women who are re-entering the workforce are given a helping hand at Assistance League’s Thrift Shop. Referred adults receive a “shopping spree” to purchase clothing for job interviews and the work place. Clothing can help renew their self-confidence and personal pride while providing assistance in helping to launch them back into the workforce.
Operation Stepping Stone
Developmentally delayed adults learn socialization skills through their supervised volunteer work at Assistance League’s Thrift Shop sorting room.
Community Outreach Projects
Responds to specific urgent community needs including support for Cocoon House and NW Regional Learning Center, also, students and their schools in geographically isolated areas were given a helping hand by Kitty Young Auxiliary.
Pass It On Program
Distributed unusable items donated to the Thrift Shop or purchased through Operation School Bell to other non-profits