Assistance League of Pasadena Delivers School Supplies

Extending a partnership to provide “School Supplies for Success” are (from left) Stella Francoallen (Eliot Arts Magnet Academy), Michelle Chino (Assistance League of Pasadena), Lorraine Schield (Assistance League of Pasadena) and Maricela Borough (Washington STEAM Magnet Academy).
Extending a partnership to provide “School Supplies for Success” are (from left) Stella Francoallen (Eliot Arts Magnet Academy), Michelle Chino (Assistance League of Pasadena), Lorraine Schield (Assistance League of Pasadena) and Maricela Borough (Washington STEAM Magnet Academy).

Assistance League of Pasadena is extending its partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District, launching Operation School Bell: School Supplies for Success Program. After meeting with middle school representatives, it became clear that there is great need to provide school supplies to financially underserved students during the second semester.
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Assistance League of Pasadena Hosting New Member Coffee

Assistance League of Pasadena is holding a prospective membership coffee at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 26, at 820 E. California Blvd.
“For more than 75 years, the volunteers of Assistance League of Pasadena have been dedicated to improving the lives of others in our community,” said President Julie Escudero. “This long-term tradition is one we are proud of and we hope to encourage others to join us in our programs:
• Underserved elementary school students receive through the chapter’s Operation School Bell program school clothing, a hygiene kit, a shoe voucher and an age-appropriate book.
• To support senior citizens, the Assistance League of Pasadena operates the consignment shop, Craft Fair, which showcases the work of local artisans who create unique, handcrafted items.
• Through its Assault Survivor Kits program, the chapter provides clothing and personal care items to survivors of abuse and sexual assault.
• Bear Hugs supplies teddy bears to local emergency responders to comfort children who have been traumatized.
Treasure Fair Thrift Store at 3239 E. Foothill Blvd. generates funds to support these and other programs.
For more information, visit assistanceleague.org/pasadena. To RSVP for the prospective membership coffee, call (626) 449-2068 or email alpasadena@sbcglobal.net.

Assistance League to Host Membership Coffee Jan. 25

The Assistance League of Pasadena is holding a prospective membership coffee at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 820 E. California Blvd. in Pasadena.
“For more than 75 years, the volunteers of the Assistance League of Pasadena have been dedicated to improving th e lives of others in our community,” said Assistance League of Pasadena President Julie Escudero. “This long-term tradition is one that we are proud of and we hope to involve others in our community to join us in this important work.”
The chapter was established in 1941 and has served the community through several programs:
• Underserved elementary school students receive through the chapter’s Operation School Bell program free school uniforms, a hygiene kit, a shoe voucher and an age-appropriate book.
• To support senior citizens, the Assistance League operates the Craft Fair Gift Shop and showcases the work of local artisans who create unique, handcrafted items.
• Through its Assault Survivor Kits program, the chapter provides clothing and personal care items to individuals who are survivors of abuse and sexual assault when their clothing has been retained by police for evidence.
• Bear Hugs provides teddy bears to local organizations to comfort neglected, abused or traumatized children.
To RSVP for the prospective membership coffee, call (626) 449-2068 or email alpasadena@sbcglobal.net.

Assistance League Celebrates VIP Middle Schoolers

Photo courtesy Ellen Close
Assistance League of Pasadena’s Very Important Performers include (in alphabetical order) Mark Araniva Ja’Von Black, James Canada (not pictured), Rosalie Cantero (not pictured), Kaiah Catanese, Hazelle Cortez, Kala Crenshaw, Josiah Cox, Maeiko Dorsey, Yasindu Gunawardena, Bernardo Huizar, Jasmine Martinez, Da’Mesha Moore, Thomas Pico, Justin Ramirez, Michelle Rodriguez-Badillo and Alfonso Sanchez, Ketsy Herrera Sanchez, Kassandra Serna, Joshua Tucker and Lily Valdez. ALP representatives are Michelle Chino, left, and Lorraine Schield.

Middle school students from Pasadena Unified School District schools were recently recognized for their achievements by the Assistance League of Pasadena at the “Very Important Performers” celebration. Each of the seven middle schools selected three students who demonstrated dramatic improvements in academics, attendance and citizenship. The goal of the VIP award is to provide encouragement to students who have chosen to get the most out of their middle school experience.
To learn more about the VIP program or Assistance League of Pasadena, visit pasadena.assistanceleague.org.