Assistance League of Greater Placer
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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, personal grooming kits, tutoring, backpacks and school supplies.

In addition, 'Books of My Own' provides third grade students with a personal dictionary 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. Another program within Operation School Bell is 'Competencies for Independent Living', a program we established in 1997. It serves 30 at-risk teens through courses designed to build knowledge and confidence, develop a mastery of life skills and aid their transition to self-sufficient adult living.
Budget
$133,750
Program Successes
- Through our shopping program, 1,212 children have shopped with their parents for their own clothes and attend school wearing new clothes and shoes in 2017-18.
- 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 4,172 students saw a performance in 2017-18.
- 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 2017-18, we tutored 276 children for 688 hours of classroom time.
- Competencies for Independent Living served over 30 at-risk teens in 2017-18; 34 volunteers donated 948 hours teaching life skills to these students.

Other successes in 2017-18:
- Delivered backpacks, school supplies and dictionaries to 2,342 school children
Description
The Community Assistance Program started in 2007 to provide services on a one-time basis to community residents those 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
$10,000
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 2017-18, volunteers provided 531 hours working with 14 community agencies to serve 58 clients, by purchasing clothing and household items and providing 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
$4,000
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 2018-19, volunteers put in 436 hours working with Placer County agencies to dress 69 clients.
Description
The Sierra Bears program began in 1989 distributing teddy bears to traumatized children and some adults who are seen in the emergency rooms as well as victims of fires and road accidents. We distribute bears to hospitals, the California Highway Patrol, Auburn Fire Department, and Sexual Assault Response Team to provide comfort and reassurance to children in traumatic situations.
Budget
$16,000
Program Successes
Traumatized children and adults find comfort and consolation from the teddy bears. Attending physicians and nurses have also noted that they can examine a child more easily if the child has a bear to hold.

- In 2017-18, volunteers provided 232 hours to package and deliver 2,165 bears to local hospitals and California Highway Patrol officers for traumatized children and some adults.
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, and Victory 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
$12,000
Program Successes
- In 2017-18,volunteers provided 175 hours to provide applications packets, interview students, review applications and select the scholarship recipients.
- This program awarded community college and trade school scholarships to nine 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
$1,500
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 2017-18 volunteers provided 1,190 hours visiting 53 senior care residents. Some of the events were a December Christmas Caroling Party at the facility and a Spring Picnic in the park in May.