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. In the past, items such as food, personal care products, books, and electronic equipment have been donated that contributed to the health, well-being, and success of those who receive them.
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 found that at a local high school there were eight such individuals, and another was living in a neighboring community. These young persons needed to set up housekeeping independently in their own living quarters.
The ALF Community Needs Assessment and 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, CNA&O Chair.
For each young 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.
Assistance League of Flintridge funds philanthropic programs and projects with earnings from its thrift shop, The Bargain Box, which is managed and staffed by ALF member volunteers.
The ALF Community Needs Assessment & Outreach committee also worked closely with Uma Shrivastava, owner of La Cañada Book and Toy Store, to purchase the requested books. She provided the books for a generous discount. Many Assistance League of Flintridge members also individually chose to buy books on the list to donate to the school.
Assistance League of Flintridge chose to undertake this book drive as its participation in USA Today Weekend Magazine’s annual nation-wide Make A Difference Day. Past recipients for this annual event include the La Cañada Flintridge County of Los Angeles Public Library, the Special Day Preschool Classroom at Paradise Canyon Elementary School in La Cañada Flintridge, Apperson Elementary School and Sunland Elementary School, both in Sunland.
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