PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAMS

Operation School Bell®, Assistance League's Signature Philanthropic Program

  • Clothing Distributions: Provides new school clothing and/or necessities for students. For some students, this may be the first new coat or clothing they can call their own, bringing smiles to many faces. 

- Elementary School Clothing Distribution: Members and Community Volunteers set-up a 'store' in designated schools on scheduled days, helping children choose a new warm coat, hat, gloves, tops, (uniforms for specified public schools), underwear, socks, hygiene kit, book, and a duffle bag.
- Middle School Store Shopping: Members help students shop for school clothing at local stores.
- Community Distributions: Our Chapter partners with local nonprofit agencies to help provide clothing and/or necessities for children through: Blast Off 2 School, The Children's Center, and Alternatives for Girls.

Since 1995, 38,345 local students have benefited from the Clothing Distributions with the aim of improving self-esteem and school attendance. In 2016-17 FY, 4,502 students were recipients at 14 distributions.
For more information and photos on OSB - Clothing Distributions, please see below.

  • Backpack Meals: Provides children & families monthly fresh food distributions (30 lbs of vegetables, protein, starch) throughout the year. Since 2010, 26,400 people received nutritious food with the aim of improving nutrition, concentration, and learning. In 2016-17 FY, 3,600 children and adults (900 families) received food.
  • Link to Creative Teaching: Provides enrichment project opportunies, not funded by districts, to teachers for students with the aim of expanding their knowledge in Reading, Math, Science, Technology, Arts, and Behavioral Modification. Since 2002, 51,787 students have benefited. In 2016-17 FY, 3,869 students were impacted by 30 projects.For more information and photos on Link to Creative Teaching,  Please click here.
  • One-2-One Tutoring: Volunteers provide weekly tutoring and classroom assistance for elementary students to help improve reading and other academic skills, and self-esteem. Since 1996, 10,060 children impacted. In 2016-17 FY, volunteers helped 2,915 students benefited: 165 with tutoring/assistance, 750 students celebrated 'March is Reading Month' at a special event, and 2,000 books provided, helping children discover the love of reading and for some, the first book they can call their own.
    For more information and photos on One-2-One Tutoring,  Please click here.

Rochester Hills Government Youth Group donates $8,100 to Assistance League

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Betty Zych, VP Fund Development (L) and Rosemary Dirksen, President of Assistance League (C) accept donation from Leanne Scott, Rochester Hills Deputy Clerk. (R)

Assistance League® of Southeastern Michigan received a check for $8,100 from the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council, which was presented by Leanne Scott, Rochester Hills Deputy Clerk. Assistance League President, Rosemary Dirksen and VP Fund Development, Betty Zych, gratefully accepted the generous donation. The Youth Council was started in 2005 promoting youth involvement in local government through active participation and exchange of ideas and experiences. This year's 16-member council earmarked the proceeds from their annual Charity 5K Run/Walk event to benefit Assistance League's Philanthropic Programs that clothe, feed, educate, and comfort infants, children and adults in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. "We are so thankful to be chosen by this remarkable group of teens who have recognized the needs within our communities. We appreciate their compassion to help others," said President Dirksen.
 

Assistance League Partners with Back to School Bonanza 2016

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A wonderful group of Assistance League volunteers ready for the Back to School Bonanza!
Event Chairmen: Cindy Guerrieri, Marcia Mikula and Carol Murphy

Click HERE to read about the event!

100 Women Who Care - Motown Award Donation to OSB®

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Karen Rashid-Barlow from 100 Women Who Care-Motown, (standing right) presents checks to Rosemary Dirksen, Sani Dwyer, (seated left) and Cindy Guerrieri (seated right)

Click HERE to read the news about this wonderful donation!

Free clothes, free shopping for over 3000 kids in need during Fall 2015 OSB® Distributions!

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2015 - Bordine's Donates $5,000 to Assistance League!

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Bordine President Calvin Bordine presenting a check to
Assistance League President Barbara Donohoe.

Click HERE to read about the event!
 

Assistance League Provides Clothing for over 280 Children at The Children's Center of Wayne Cnty

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Operation School Bell Brings Big Smiles to 3,865 Students!

Children's 2014 Book Drive Collects 5,650 Books for Programs

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L to R: Kris LaVanway, Barb Roller and Sue Hastings sorting through the mounds of books that were donated!

Operation School Bell & Kohl's Provide Clothing for 143 Pontiac Middle School Students

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Pontiac Middle School student Shyrielle Simmons (13) selects new clothing with the help of Assistance League member Vincetta Nicosia.

What better way to begin a new semester at school than with new school clothes. 

The story can be read HERE.

100 Women Who Care Donates $13,600 to Assistance League's Operation School Bell

Read the entire article here! (Adobe Acrobat, 14KB)
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(L-R) 100 Women founders Amy Whipple & Linda Chayka; Asst League VP Resource Judy McWhirter & President Barb Bakker; 100 Women founder Barbara Donohoe; & Asst League presenter Cindy Guerrieri.

Operation School Bell - Detroit, Live in the 'D', Evrod Cassimy, Anchor WDIV-TV, Channel 4

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Assistance League President, Barb Bakker & Evrod Cassimy, Anchor WDIV-TV Detroit Operation School Bell, October 2013

Operation School Bell Receives $1,000 Grant from The Village Club Foundation

The Village Club Foundation, again this year, has awarded grant funds to Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan. This year's $1,000 grant will help support our signature program, Operation School Bell®, providing new school clothing and supplies for children.

At an Operation School Bell - Clothing Distribution, volunteers set-up a "store" in a designated school, where they help elementary children choose a winter coat, hat, gloves, pants, tops, (school uniforms for specified public schools), underwear, socks, hygiene kit, book, duffel bag and a shoe voucher. Volunteers also help middle school students shop for school clothing at a local store. Since 1995, 19,850 students in southeastern Michigan public schools have benefited from this program, increasing self-esteem and improving school attendance. In 2012-13 FY, 2,276 students were recipients of the Operation School Bell program.

Located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, The Village Club Foundation's purpose is to further educational, cultural and civic activities; to promote philanthropic projects; and, to operate for the good of the community. They work to enrich other nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, a nonprofit, all-member volunteer organization, provides clothing, food, tutoring, supplies, and care kits to thousands of people in need throughout the state of Michigan. Funds raised from the ReSale Connection (Assistance League's resale shop in Rochester, Michigan), fundraising events, and grant contributors are returned back to the community through their philanthropic programs. For information, please call 248-656-0414 or visit: www.semich.assistanceleague.org

A special 'Thank You' to The Village Club Foundation for their continued generosity and support!

Operation School Bell Receives $1,000 Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation

The Board of Directors of the Consumers Energy Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to support Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan's signature program, Operation School Bell®. During its history, the Consumers Energy Foundation has contributed $25.4 million through its grant programs to nonprofit agencies that demonstrate measurable improvements in the quality of life.

Operation School Bell provides new school clothing and supplies annually for elementary school children in need. Volunteers set-up "stores" in a designated school, where they help children choose a winter coat, hat, gloves, pants, tops, (school uniforms for specified public schools), underwear, socks, hygiene items, a book, a duffel bag and a shoe voucher. In some cases, volunteers help students shop for clothing at a local store. Students are selected by the school districts. Since 1995, 19,850 students in southeastern Michigan public schools have benefited from this program with improved self-esteem and school attendance. In 2012-13 FY, 2,276 students were recipients of Operation School Bell.

A very special Thank You to Consumers Energy Foundation for their continued generosity and support!!
 

Operation School Bell Receives $2650 Grant from Air Center, Inc.

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Pictured is: Carol Svatora of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan with Jim Casey, General Manager of Air Center, Inc.

Air Center, Inc., a Troy-based Industrial Distributor, has again this year, awarded grant funds to Assistance League® of Southeastern Michigan. This year's grant of $2,650 will help support their Operation School Bell Program of providing new clothing and supplies for children.

In 2012-13, over 2,000 children in the school districts of Detroit, Hamtramck, Warren, Pontiac, and Rochester received school clothing, hygiene items, a duffel bag, book, and shoe voucher. Since 1995, almost 20,000 elementary students have received these items.

Since 1993 Assistance League, a nonprofit, all-member volunteer organization, has provided clothing, food, tutoring, supplies, and care kits to thousands of women, children, and men in need.

A special 'Thank You' to Air Center, Inc. for their generous continued support!

Operation School Bell Receives $8000 Grant

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan has been chosen as the recipient of an $8,000 grant from the Young Woman's Home Association to help fund our Operation School Bell program.

We are excited that this group of hardworking ladies in the Grosse Pointe area continue to support our philanthropic programs. Their generous grant will help fund much needed clothing and supplies for elementary children in local schools.

Since 1877, the Young Woman's Home Association has been contributing to the successful development and enrichment of women and children in the greater Detroit area.

A special 'Thank You' to the Young Woman's Home Association for their generous continued support!

Operation School Bell Selection Process

Assistance League provides assistance to others through many agencies, but ultimately is not involved in the individual selection process, as with our Operation School Bell Program. Assistance League selects the school districts one year in advance, and then the school social workers select the children most in need of clothing. We regret we cannot make exceptions to this procedure. Please contact your school social worker or Social Services. We hope this is helpful. Thank you.

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Operation School Bell Clothing Distribution Photos

 
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