Assistance League National is a national nonprofit organization with 22,000 volunteers and 120 chapters. It has served 1.5M people, donated 3.0M volunteer hours, and returned $43.7M to local communities.

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Philanthropic Programs


phil2Housing of Medical Emergencies (H.O.M.E.) (1986)

We own and operate a 10-unit apartment complex adjacent to Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center.  The facility, built in 1997 by Assistance League Downey, provides temporary, low-cost housing to families who have loved ones in rehabilitation care.  For the past 17 years we have provided this service for over 5,000 families.

Operation School Bell®(1986)

Operation School Bell was adopted in 1997 as the signature Philanthropic Program of National Assistance League and each chapter can define the type of support provided differently.  In Downey, this program provides school clothing for children in need from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.  The applications are provided to the Downey Unified School District annually for recommendation by teachers and administrators and then approved by each principal.  We work in partnership with Kohl’s Department Store in Downey and serve approximately 300 students annually.   In addition to clothing from Kohl’s, the students are given hygiene kits and vouchers for school spirit shirts.

Christmas Distribution (1975)

This program is designed to distribute holiday gifts to local agencies, including convalescent homes, shelters, and nonprofit community organizations.  Annually we distribute holiday gifts to 12 agencies for distribution.  These agencies include, Country Living, Living Help, Las Casitas, Su Casa, True Lasting Connections, The Villa, Brookfield, Downey Care Center, Downey Community Health Care, Downey Retirement Center, and Lakewood Health Care.

StoryTime Festival (1994)

Assistance League Downey, in collaboration with the City of Downey, offers an annual celebration of reading and book giveaway for local youth from preschool through 5th grade. Each child participates in a reading group based on their grade level and then they pick a book of their interest to take home.  Additionally, the festival features free face paintings and an educational puppet show provided by Kids on the Block.  Annually they distribute 200 to 250 books at this event.

Scholarships (2006)

Each year Assistance League Downey provides $8,000 in scholarships to Downey Unified School District graduating high school students who have demonstrated outstanding volunteerism in their community. The scholarships can be applied toward tuition, books and other school-related needs for the student to attend an accredited post secondary education program.

Glamour Gowns (2012)

This program provides high school girls who cannot afford a formal dress a chance to get a beautiful gown and jewelry at no cost to them.  They are also given a gift card for shoes.  Gowns are purchased by chapter funds or are donated and they fill the boutique that is located at the chapter house.  The senior girls are notified of the dates that the boutique will be open and then Assistance League members assist their guests in finding the perfect gown to make for the perfect evening at that most important high school formal.  In 2015 we served 94 girls and it’s growing every year.

Dental Program (1977)

Provides health services, consulting and referrals to families of children in need during the school year as identified. Children’s services are performed at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. We donate approximately $14,000 annually.

Healthy Start and Vision Care Program (1998)

Administration of the Healthy Start and Vision Care programs are worked in collaboration with the True Lasting Connections (TLC) Family Resource Center.  The Healthy Start program provides funding for counseling and referrals of other services for families of local school children during the school year as needed.  The Vision Care program works with children who are referred to this program by Downey Unified School District teachers and administrators so that vision screenings can be provided free of charge to the family.  If needed, vouchers for eyeglasses are given.  We provide $12,000 annually to support these programs.