The Community Needs Assessment and Outreach (CNA&O) committee identifies a particular need in the community and focuses on meeting that need. The organization as a whole and ALF, CAP, and Assisteens as individuals participate in these philanthropic projects. Beginning with the first outreach project in 2012, members collected much needed items for “Skidettes,” an ecumenical group that makes sack lunches for individuals in the downtown area of “skid row. Since then, items such as food, personal care products, books, and electronic equipment have been donated that contribute to the health, well-being, and success of those who receive them. Community Outreach continues to create new projects to serve our local foothill community.
Assistance League of Flintridge funds philanthropic programs and outreach projects with earnings from the Bargain Box Thrift Shop which is managed and staffed by member volunteers.
During the holidays in 2019, the Community Outreach committee focused their contributions toward Five Acres in Altadena, a nonprofit organization that offers a full continuum of care for children and families in crisis, including foster care, adoption, deaf services, therapeutic residential care for foster youth and community-based mental/behavioral health programs. Members of ALF and CAP donated festive mugs filled with goodies and wrapped them for giving to 5 Acre families. Wii game consoles were purchased by ALF and installed for the residents to use while spending time at the facility. Also, as shown in the photos, many other organizations generously gave toys and gifts and then wrapped them for the families in need.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, the Community Outreach team did several projects supporting elementary-age students in Sunland-Tujunga, including fulfilling holiday “wish lists” and, during ACTION! WEEK, giving a book and a Payless voucher for shoes to each of the children.. The committee also provided dinners on four occasions to Door of Hope in Pasadena. Members prepared and served the dinners to clients and then provided after-dinner activities for the children. During ACTION! WEEK, the children were each given a book as well as shoe vouchers for all residents there. In addition, ALF provided three refurbished computers for use by Door of Hope clients.
Support for Foster Students
In 2017, when members of Assistance League of Flintridge learned that teens “age out” of foster care as “emancipated minors” on their eighteenth birthday, they wanted to know more. They identified a local high school where there were eight such individuals, and another was living in a neighboring community. These young persons needed to set up housekeeping independently.
The ALF Community Outreach committee consulted with the Foster Youth Achievement Program in Student Health and Human Services, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program. With their input and guidance, the ALF committee compiled a “wish list” of items needed by the teens in foster care. All of them were graduating from high school and planned to continue their education. “Our committee identified these young persons as being deserving of extra support at this transition in their lives,” said Linda Gill, the CNA&O Chair at that time.
For each person, the committee purchased a lap top computer and a protective sleeve. They also purchased a bedding set including sheets, pillow cases, and comforter. In addition, a list was posted identifying other items that Assistance League members could purchase individually and donate, including coffee makers, office supplies, household items, and personal care products.
Contact Community Needs Assessment & Outreach
For more information or to leave a message for the Community Outreach Chairman, contact the ALF Programs Office. We will respond as quickly as possible. Office hours vary.
Assistance League of Flintridge
4607 Oakwood Avenue
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011