A letter from the president...

Welcome to the website of Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County!

Please take some time and look through these pages. They represent who we are and what we do. Or you may choose to go directly to the issue(s) most important to you listed on the home page. We have three philanthropic programs: Operation School Bell®, Operation Bookshelf and the Homeless Collaboration. In 2014-2015 school year Assistance League clothed over 1600 students in need, living in and attending schools in San Luis Obispo County. We provide new school-appropriate clothing to kindergarten – 12th grade children in all ten (10) school districts in our County.

Our funding comes from a variety of sources. Our chapter holds a fashion show luncheon, has a direct mailer, an electronic mail fundraiser; and our new Thrift Store at 667A Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo opened in April. Other funding is provided by event sponsorships; grants and donations from foundations, service organizations, and municipalities; and through the generosity of private contributors. All funds stay within our County. As is required in all endeavors that want to continue and prosper, we are constantly evaluating our efforts, performance and the needs of the community we serve.

The world of the all-volunteer nonprofit is unique and is becoming more and more rare. We are a 50l(c) (3) corporation and do all the same things for-profit corporations do. We agree upon a goal, plan a strategy with all considerations of time and funding of how to achieve it, assign committees and officers responsibilities of oversight and go to work. You cannot image the satisfaction when these goals are achieved and you realize not one dollar in salary has been paid. It seems like magic!

The magic is the commitment made by our extraordinary, 100 plus volunteers. Few of us have the opportunity to “make a difference” in the life of a child outside of our own family. Assistance League is the vehicle to do just that. Please click on our short video shown below to learn more. Consider attending one of our monthly membership meetings. This fiscal year we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary as a chapter!

Best wishes,

Jan Hutchinson


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