Assistance League of Greater Placer
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
Operation School Bell started in 1992 to serve the needs of public school children from Head Start through 12th grade within the Greater Placer communities. Operation School Bell provides new school clothing to eligible children who are referred by school personnel. Shopping for clothing takes place annually in the early fall and throughout the year as needed at local department stores. This program also provides new shoes, tutoring, and school supplies.

In addition, 'Books of My Own' provides third grade students with books to promote literacy. Schools are assigned Assistance League of Greater Placer liaisons who work with them to implement Operation School Bell services. In 2009, we added a new program, 'Kids on the Block.' This is an educational puppet program performed in schools to enlighten children about bullying, school safety, learning disabilities, and other school issues.
Budget
$140,625
Program Successes
- Through our shopping program, 1,603 children have shopped with their parents for their own clothes and attend school wearing new clothes and shoes in 2019-2020.
- Children can also begin the school year with new school supplies that the districts are now asking children to bring on the first day of school. According to teachers, this increases the children's self esteem and helps them perform better in school.
- The Kids on the Block puppetry program shows children how to handle themselves in typical student situations. This information gives them confidence, makes them feel safe at school, and helps them to be aware and accepting of differences in children.
- Over 2,433 students saw a performance in 2019-2020.
- The tutoring program brings our volunteers to the classroom to help elementary school teachers with lessons on a one-on-one basis. This gives students individual help where needed and enables teachers to focus on other activities in the classroom.
- In 2019-2020, we tutored 300 children for 326 hours of classroom time.

Other successes in 2019-2020:
- Delivered backpacks, school supplies to 800 school children.
Description
The Community Assistance Program started in 2007 to provide services on a one-time basis to community residents who were experiencing an immediate need. This program allows Assistance League of Greater Placer to respond with financial assistance to purchase goods or services in a crisis situation. Each request is considered on an individual basis. Services provided are varied and depend upon available funds.
Budget
$12,000
Program Successes
- With the financial resources of the Community Assistance Program, community members who experience an immediate crisis are helped to move their lives forward in a positive direction.
- In 2019-20, volunteers provided 607 hours working with 14 community agencies to serve 57 clients, by purchasing clothing and household items and provided rent and utility assistance.
Description
Dressing for Success provides women and men seeking to re-enter the work force with job-appropriate clothing to enhance their image as they seek employment. Clients are referred to the program by local contracted job-training agencies. Government agencies also refer post-incarceration candidates who are re-entering society. They are provided clothing through the thrift shop. This program also provides several presentations throughout the year on appropriate dress for the workplace.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
- With the clothing provided by Dressing for Success, adults served by this program are prepared for job interviews that leads to employment and future financial security.
- In 2019-20, volunteers put in 514 hours working with Placer County agencies to dress 37 clients.
Description
The Scholarship Program was established in 2004. Graduating high school students from selected alternative education programs which participated in our Competencies for Independent Living Program were offered an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to a college or trade school.

The Scholarship Program now includes five continuation high schools in Placer County: Confluence and Maidu in Auburn, Adelante and Independence in Roseville, Victory and Rocklin Alternative Education Center in Rocklin, and Koinonia Family Services in Loomis. The students selected for this program have often had challenging life circumstances, but are very motivated to pursue post-high school training and education. They are referred to us by their high school staff and by other community leaders.
Budget
$18,824
Program Successes
- In 2019-20, volunteers provided 1201 hours to provide applications packets, interview students, review applications and select the scholarship recipients.
- This program awarded $19,763 in community college and trade school scholarships to 22 new and continuing recipients.
Description
The Angels for Aging program started in 2004 and has grown to provide socially driven meaningful experiences to senior residents in the long term care wing. The residents receive social visits, personal necessities, birthday and Christmas gifts, and cards from our volunteers. It especially serves the elderly who have no family or visitors.
Budget
$1,200
Program Successes
- With the care and compassion provided by members, residents of senior care facilities experience more comfort and joy in their living environment.
- In 2019-20, volunteers provided 474 hours visiting 535 senior care residents. The usual events, such as a December Christmas Caroling Party at the facility and a Spring Barbecue in May, were unable to be held this year.