Our members currently operate five Philanthropic Programs serving children and adults in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Operation School Bell®
Operation School Bell is Assistance League Santa Clarita’s signature program. It is focused on providing new school clothing and shoes to children in elementary and junior high schools in the William S. Hart, Castaic Union, Newhall, Saugus, and Sulphur Springs School Districts. Eligible children are identified by school personnel and, with their parents, are invited to shop for appropriate school clothing at a local department store, where Assistance League volunteers and Assisteens® are available to provide help and guidance.
Assistance League volunteers believe strongly that children perform better in school when they enjoy a positive self-image. Operation School Bell helps prepare students for school and gives them a positive starting point for learning and academic success. Since, 1991, Assistance League Santa Clarita has served over 20,000 students in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Teddy Bear Patrol
Teddy Bear Patrol has been providing soft, cuddly teddy bears to children who experience traumatic situations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley since 1989. Automobile accidents, fires, domestic problems, separation from a family member, or an emergency room visit are among the situations that warrant comfort from a bear. The teddy bears are distributed by our Assistance League Santa Clarita volunteers to local fire stations, law enforcement agencies, and local emergency rooms. Over 10,000 Assistance League bears have comforted Santa Clarita children since the program’s inception.
Board Buddies is a program designed to help elementary school children strengthen literacy and character building skills through the lost art of playing board games. Assistance League Santa Clarita volunteers are paired up with students at Newhall Elementary School once a month, for an hour, to play games like Junior Scrabble, Yahtzee, Battleship, and Jenga. In addition to having lots of fun, the students learn valuable skills, such as taking turns, critical thinking, how to interact with adults, and letter and word recognition.
Family Ties began in 1990 when Assistance League Santa Clarita volunteers recognized that residents at the Santa Clarita Valley Convalescent Hospital would benefit from and appreciate some joy through visits and home cooked meals. Once a month, Assistance League Santa Clarita volunteers prepare the residents a home cooked meal, which is served in a festive atmosphere. Volunteers also use this time to engage and socialize with the residents. To make them feel extra special, the residents are recognized on their birthdays with personal gifts and cake.
Project Prom is dedicated to providing high school girls and boys who require assistance to attend their prom with self-confidence and in style with dresses, tuxedos, shoes, accessories, floral, and prom bids. Partnering with the William S. Hart School District, girls and boys are identified by school personnel to participate in the program, and are invited to visit a boutique that is set up and staffed by Assistance League and district volunteers, where donated dresses, tuxedos, shoes, and accessories are available for selection. Since 2010 over 500 girls and boys have participated in Project Prom.