Assistance League of Flintridge
Assistance League was originally developed from a group of women led by Anne Banning during the San Francisco earthquake and World War I. Since that time, Assistance League has grown to over 23,000 members and 120 chapters nation-wide. Each chapter develops and administers programs to meet the needs of their specific communities. Assistance League of Flintridge became the organization’s 21st chapter in 1954. We are proud to be part of this tradition of giving and honor those who paved the way.
ALF members meet once a month on a Wednesday morning. During the rest of the month, ALF members staff the Bargain Box Thrift Shop. Staffing duties may include receiving donated items, pricing, merchandising products and monitoring the shop floor, and using the cash register to ring-up sales. On other days, members actively participate in the chapter’s many philanthropic programs. Proceeds from sales made in the Bargain Box are the sole support for our programs. ALF does not do any other outside fundraising.
ALF members administer and support the following philanthropic programs:
ALF offers two after-school drama programs each year. ALFie Players for students in grades 3-6 takes place in the fall and ALFie Company for students in grades 5-10 is held in the winter. ALF members administer the program, working with staff and other volunteers to register students, select plays, hold rehearsals, set-up venues and support the performance activities.
ALF Instrumental Music
Assistance League of Flintridge offers music classes at the three La Cañada Unified School District elementary schools for students in grades 4-6. ALF members administer the program, working with the District, ALF staff and other volunteers to register students, coordinate classes and curriculum, provide rental instruments, arrange for special practices and events, set-up venues and support concert activities.
ALF Summer School
For over 40 years, ALF Summer School has provided enrichment classes for students in grades 1-8 at two La Cañada Unified School District schools. ALF members administer the program, working with the District, ALF staff and other volunteers to register students, organize classes and curriculum, provide supplies, and coordinate the daily activities of approximately 700 students.
Every year since 1995, Assistance League of Flintridge awards Mary Ellen Hillgren scholarships to La Cañada High School seniors who will be attending a four-year college or university in the fall. A committee of ALF members reviews the applications and selects the recipients, based on excellence in academics, character, extra-curricular activities and community service.
Retired Service Volunteers
The RSV program gives seniors a weekly opportunity to get out and socialize with friends while providing a very useful service and support for nonprofit groups in the community. ALF members administer the program, coordinating projects for the group, and are on-site on Fridays to help with the work and to provide a lunch for the RSVs when the work is done.
Operation School Bell®
Since 2005, Assistance League of Flintridge in partnership with Assistance League of Pasadena, provides clothing, personal care items and books to elementary school-age children in the Pasadena Unified School District. Students in need from La Cañada Unified School District are also provided the opportunity to receive school supplies, backpacks, and gift cards for clothing and shoes. ALF members administer the program, staff during school clothing fitting sessions, and coordinate the distribution of items to the families.
The Community Needs Assessment and Outreach committee participates in one-time philanthropic projects to fill a particular need in the community. Two times a year, committee members reach out to local organizations, businesses, school district representatives and members to identify the greatest need and have provided items such as hygiene kits, books, school supplies, and computers to under-served youth.
It takes quite a team to make it all happen. Be assured that your help is both needed and appreciated.
Ready to Volunteer?
ALF welcomes new members throughout the year. After completion of a short orientation process and payment of membership dues, new members are able to assist in the Bargain Box Thrift Shop and other philanthropic activities right away. New members may choose their level of commitment based on their ability to serve.
If you think that being part of Assistance League of Flintridge might be right for you, please complete and return the ALF Prospective Membership form. You will be contacted by a member who can answer your questions and get you started.
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Assistance League of Flintridge
4607 Oakwood Avenue
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
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Meet Our Newest Members
Ming Dickinson, Melinda Gillman, and Paige Hulsey, with Orientation Chairman Barbara Roybal