of San Luis Obispo County chapter was chartered in 1996 and is dedicated to recognizing the potential of volunteers in helping those less fortunate to a better, more meaningful life here in our County. Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization serving families and children through our philanthropic programs.
Assistance League is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, non-political, nonsectarian service organization.
- 120 Chapters
- $38.8 million returned to local communities
- 23,000 members
- 3.2 million volunteer hours donated
- 1.5 million people served
Please visit the "Financial" section of our website to view our most recently reviewed annual financial statements and tax returns. You will also find a copy of our Annual Report which gives an excellent overview of our activities during the past fiscal year. We have met our budget goals each year. By careful planning and spending, we have been able to consistently increase the number of students served by Operation School Bell as well as the amount spent on each student.
Funding for our philanthropic programs is raised through a variety of chapter events, the chapter's Thrift Store, a direct mailer, grant writing as well as through the generosity of private contributors, foundations, service organizations and municipalities. All funds stay within our County to support our programs.
Operation School Bell®
is the chapter's primary philanthropic program and was originally created to help children in need from Kindergarten through 6th grade, particularly those students whose school attendance, academic performance, and social adjustment may be affected by the lack of suitable school clothing. The program has evolved over the last 22 years to best meet the needs of the children. Operation School Bell currently clothes Kindergarten - 12th grade students. Children are referred to Operation School Bell by school personnel. Social service agencies and shelters direct families to their children's schools for clothing referrals. They see the children and their families and are the most able to make an assessment of students' needs. All shopping is done at a retail store, one in the North County and one in the South County. The children can chose the clothing themselves, getting a proper fit is guaranteed in a store, and the children return to school wearing the same clothes as their peers. This last school year our chapter provided over 1,900 children in our County with school-appropriate wardrobes.
To meet the changing needs in our community, we also provide to each student clothed: an age appropriate book of his/her choosing through Operation Bookshelf
; papers, pens, pencils, binders through Operation School Supply
; and a dental hygiene kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, timer and brushing instructions.