Assisteens Gathering Products for Local Donations
Assisteens are auxiliaries of Assistance League chapters that encourage and provide volunteer opportunities for young people in Grades 7 through 12. The goals are to develop a sense of both community and personal responsibility, self-reliance, public speaking and leadership skills. Assisteens raise money in a variety of ways to fund ongoing Assistance League philanthropic programs that benefit their community. The Assistance League organization has more than 2,200 Assisteens members nation-wide. More Assisteens history.
Assistance League of Flintridge established our Assisteens auxiliary in 1967. Today, the program has grown to 50 members. The group meets on one weekend day a month during the school year with opportunities on other days as they come up. Assisteens also staff the Bargain Box Thrift Shop, one Saturday per month.
NOTE – This year, due to COVID-19, some of the Assisteens activities shown below may be eliminated or limited in scope.
Bargain Box Sales Support These Assisteens Philanthropic Programs
Union Station Adult Center, Adult Donation Bags – Assisteens purchase items for, and then assemble, donation bags for adults who reside at the South Raymond Union Station location. The donated items include toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, tissue, and pens, pencils, paper, granola bars, etc.
Union Station Adult Center, Sack Lunches – Assisteens assemble sack lunches to be donated to the South Raymond Union Station facility. There are specific guidelines and requirements for the sack lunch donations which the Assisteens learn and follow. The guidelines include the types of sandwiches and nourishment allowed, dating the assembly of each sack lunch to ensure freshness, etc.
Union Station Family Center, Family Donation Bags – Assisteens purchase items for, and then assemble, donation bags for the families at the East Orange Grove location. Toiletries are included, as well as fun goods such as stickers, bubbles, bookmarks, gummy bears, granola bars, etc.
Comfort Blankets – Soft fleece fabrics are purchased and then crafted to create blankets for infants in need. Assisteens oversee all purchasing and crafting details. Assisteens funds pay for fleece fabric which is used when the members break into groups at their monthly meeting.
Ecumenical Council of Pasadena, Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter – The Bad Weather Shelter representative works with the Assisteens Coordinator to arrange a date to serve dinner and desserts to their clients, during an evening of inclement weather. Assisteens sign up to help at the Bad Weather Shelter in Pasadena.
Special Projects – Assisteens are encouraged to look toward their community and be inspired about how they can make a difference. In 2017-2018, Assisteens held a Read-a-thon at the La Cañada Flintridge library. They read books to children, made Valentine-themed crafts and provided refreshments. For 2018 – 2020, Assisteens identified a need at the Pasadena Humane Society. Individuals visited the shelter and volunteered their time, helping out with the animals who were waiting to be adopted into their forever homes. In 2020, Assisteens voted to support the Amerman Family Foundation dog therapy program at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Assisteens purchased 137 embroidered, lightweight jackets that were delivered to the hospital for volunteers to wear during their therapy sessions.
Bargain Box Thrift Shop – Assisteens sign up to staff the Bargain Box, one Saturday each month, September to April. The money raised is used to support the Assisteens’ philanthropic programs. The Assisteens enjoy working with the Assistance League members, as well as the public, in the Bargain Box.