Assistance League of Diablo Valley is one of the more than 120 chapters of Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization. In 2016-2017, 450 dedicated member volunteers, including Assisteens® Auxiliary, volunteered over 74,000 hours and touched the lives of more than 16,000 people in Contra Costa County communities through its philanthropic programs.
Seen above (back row, l. to r.) Target Human Resources Manager Kimberly Horton, Shell community volunteers Art Figueroa, Lori Martinelli, Michelle Ayala, Valerie Bagalla and Assistance League Corporate Partners Chairman Linda Mercer are on hand to help (front row, l. to r.) Casandra Matel, Samantha Manning and Aiden Ashafa as they shop for new school clothes.
Thank you, to Target and Shell employees who assisted Assistance League members with students who came to shop for new school clothes. That day the chapter provided new clothes for 73 students in Contra Costa County.
Assistance League members celebrated clothing 50,000 children with new clothes in Contra Costa County over the last twenty years since the chapter started this philanthropic program.
The celebration was held at the chapter's primary source of funding, Assistance League Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn, 3521 Golden Gate Way Lafayette, CA from 11:00 to noon on Saturday, April 23. Honored guests attending were Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach and Ms. Boman Pricipal of El Monte Elementary School.
Refreshments were served and door prizes donated by local merchants were awarded as a thank you to all our donors, shoppers and supporters.
When one of our member volunteers shared the following concern, a marvelous event emerged: "Now that I'm a grandmother," I asked myself, "books for children cover almost every topic imaginable, so why can't I find one about the concept and act of volunteering? Everyone has something to give to improve our community, children included."
She and fellow children's literature enthusiasts collectively "took pen in hand" to relate a story, actually a poem, sprinkled with alliteration and an intuitive rhyme scheme that would prove timeless and universal. Enhanced by award winning painter Stephen Osborn's colorful and masterful illustrations, as seen here, the inspiration catapulted a creativity and relevance, entitled Where's Your Grandma Today?, some of which unfolds below.
And then it's Eden's Grandma's turn, she has lots and lots to say.
She works hard in a thrift shop, which is open every day.
The shop sells clothes and toys and books and dinner plates and candles.
There are even balls and baseball mitts and sports bags with long handles.
"The money from the thrift shop buys kids new clothes and shoes.
We fill big boxes full of food for hungry people, too.
We like to help in preschools, checking sight and testing hearing,
And read to children just like you, and give them books for sharing."
Copies are available at Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, 3521 Golden Gate Way Lafayette, CA.
To order your copy of Where's Your Grandma Today? contact Assistance of League of Diablo Valley 925-934-0901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of Assistance League of Diablo Valley encourage you to learn more about the chapter, Buena Vista Auxiliary, Assisteens and the many ways you can become involved and make a difference in the communities of Contra Costa County from Walnut Creek to Concord, Lamorinda, Richmond, Antioch, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Clayton, Danville, Martinez and Alamo, California.
Monthly meetings of the membership are held September through April at Rossmoor Event Center. The May meeting is held at St. Stephen's Church, 1101 Keaveny Ct., Walnut Creek, CA. The June Annual Meeting is held at a to be determined site each year.
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Community Resource Center®
2711 Buena Vista Avenue
Walnut Creek, California 94597
Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop
3521 Golden Gate Way
Lafayette, CA 94549