“Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.”
Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.
In the summer of 1953 ten women met to combine their efforts in forming a philanthropic group that soon became The Service League. Their early activities were to staff the local Red Cross office, fundraising for the Red Cross and the local Y.M.C.A and the Children’s Hospital. In 1955 the Assistance League of Southern California invited the group to become a probationary auxiliary and The Service League officially became Las Sievas (Those who Serve) of Assistance League of Southern California in 1958. Their junior auxiliary became Las Chicas (Young Girls) of Assistance League of Southern California.
On January 13 1975 after a probationary period, Las Sievas of Assistance League of Southern California was given chapter status (NAL 57th) and officially became Assistance League Downey. They purchased a building located at 11026 Downey Avenue as a thrift shop and meeting place. Meetings eventually moved to the Casa De Parley Johnson estate (now referred to as the chapter house), which was bequeathed to the Assistance League Downey by Gypsy Johnson. The Second Tyme Around Thrift Shoppe is still on Downey Ave and is our main source of income to support our philanthropic programs.
In 1976, the Las Chicas group became an auxiliary of Assistance League Downey and is now known as Assisteens®. In 1994, Gypsy Johnson auxiliary was formed in order to enlist the support of professional women or anyone who could not provide volunteer hours during the day. This group meets at the chapter house one night a month and works their programs in the evening or on the weekends. They also administer the Assisteens auxiliary.
In 1997 Assistance League Downey built the Housing of Medical Emergencies (H.O.M.E.) facility. It is a 10-unit apartment complex adjacent to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. The complex provides temporary, low-cost housing to families who have loved ones in rehabilitation care. There is a manager living on the premises and members volunteer in the office on weekdays.
If you would like to know how to become a member of the Assistance League Downey, you will find that information by clicking here or by visiting the Membership & Auxiliaries page.
If you don’t have time to volunteer but would still like to help, click here to find ways to contribute in support of Assistance League Downey or visit the “How to Contribute” page.
2019 Board of Directors
President – Donna Lindley
First Vice President (Membership) – Ann Hutchinson
Second Vice President (Philanthropies) – Connie Wetzstein
Third Vice President (Resource Development) – Theresa Ford
Secretary – Lynda Kriss
Treasurer – Judy Faust
2019 Elected Committee Chairperson –
Thrift Shop – Adele Alexander
Buildings & Properties – Stacy Brabant
Strategic Planning – Peggy Farnham