Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County 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 its philanthropic programs.
Assistance League is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian service organization.
- 136 member volunteers
- 2,180 students served in 2018-19
- Raised $557,174 to return to the local communities
- 29,790 member volunteer hours donated in 2018-19
At the national level:
- 120 chapters nationwide
- $57.9 million returned to local communities
- over 22,000 members
- 3.5 million volunteer hours donated
- 1.6 million people served
Please visit the "Financials" 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 budgeted 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 holiday direct mailer, and 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 24 years to best meet the needs of the students and now clothes Kindergarten - 12th grade students. Students are referred to Operation School Bell by school personnel. Social service agencies and shelters direct families to their children's schools for clothing referrals. All shopping is done at a retail store, Kohl's in North County and Old Navy in South County. The students select their clothing and then return to school wearing the same clothes as their peers. This last school year our chapter provided over 2,175 students, Countywide, with school-appropriate wardrobes.
To meet the changing needs in our community, each student clothed also receives: an grade-appropriate book of his/her choosing through Operation Bookshelf; a tote bag filled with paper, pens, pencils, binders through Operation School Supply; and a dental hygiene kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and brushing instructions through Operation Dental Kit.
Our Pass It Forward program distributes donated goods that are received for the chapter's Thrift Store, but are not put out to sell. These items are then donated to other nonprofit agencies within San Luis Obispo County.
The Collaboration program coordinates the clothing of referred children at a retail store, using donor-designated funds.
The Community Outreach program utilizes one-time windfall donations.