Hearts that Care - Hands that Share
OPERATION SCHOOL BELL
Operation School Bell provides new school clothes to school children who have been referred by Alvord, Jurupa, Moreno Valley, Nuview, Perris, Riverside, Val Verde, Riverside School for the Deaf and Sherman Indian High School.
Each elementary student receives new jeans, shirts, a jacket, sweatshirt, underwear and socks, as well as a backpack, hygiene kit, books, school supplies and a voucher to buy new shoes. Children are dressed at our facility.
Middle and high school students each receive vouchers for $120 to shop at JCPenney stores.The stores provide scheduled days when Assistance League volunteers help guide the students in their purchases. They also receive backpacks, dictionaries and hygiene kits
Snack Attack was introduced to fight hunger among children of homeless or low-income familes. Our volunteers pack and deliver bags of healthy snack foods to 11 elementary schools in Riverside and Moreno Valley, as well as California School for the Deaf and Safehouse every Friday during the academic year.
These bags provide food for the weekend. Periodically books are delivered with the food bag to foster reading skills.
College Bound promotes secondary education among high school students. Eleven comprehensive and five continuation/alternative high schools in Alvord and Riverside school districts receive SAT study guides.
We helped AVID program students with $100 scholarships to defray the cost of college visitation trips sponsored by their schools.
Twelve college bound students were awarded $1,000 scholarships to help with their education goals.
Small, soft teddy bears wearing a t-shirt with an Assistance League logo are packed and distributed to local emergency rooms, fire departments, law enforcement and the juvenile court system to help children in traumatic situations.
Fun Kits filled with activity materials are given to children in emergency rooms. Blankets are also donated to the Riverside Police and Jurupa Valley Sheriff departments
Teen Support helps at-risk teens and “aged-out” foster care youth. Teens involved in programs at Safehouse Riverside, Inspire, and UCR Guardian Scholars receive support to help them overcome abandonment and trauma. Needs are determined on an annual basis.
hearts and hands
Hearts and Hands provides cultural and educational opportunities to under-served children. Examples of supported nonprofit organizations include:
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- Best Buddies at North High School
- Alpha Foster Youth Treatment Center
- Riverside Arts Academy
- My Learning Center
- Blindness Support
- Riverside Youth Judo Club
- TRAX Equestrian Center
- The Play Place
- Loma Linda University Children’s Oncology Center
Assisteens is an auxiliary of Assistance League of Riverside focused on developing a sense of community engagement, self-reliance and leadership in 7th to 12th grade students.
Sixty active young members raised funds by clerking and merchandising in the Thrift Store as well as recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles. This resulted in donations totaling $31,000 for the 2018-19 program year.
Their primary philanthropy Carolyn E. Wylie Center, which provides classes for children with learning, emotional and developmental disabilities received $4,000. Assisteens also delivered food, gifts and toys to three Wylie Center families for the holidays.
The Assisteens also gave $4,500 to help support Assistance League philanthropies, $2,000 to Annual Giving, and $15,000 to the Thrift Store remodeling project.