Operation School Bell® Delivery 11/4/2015

On November 4th Assistance League® of Pomona Valley held its third Operation School Bell delivery of the 2015-2016 year school year.  New school clothing was provided to over 150 students, and over 100 sacks of clothes were distributed to family members from our Community Closet. In addition to clothing, all of the children received books collected as part of our “Make A Difference Day” Children’s Book Drive.  In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company and TEGNA Inc. In collaboration with Points of Light it is the largest national day of community service.  Assistance League is proud to participate in this program with the “Children’s Book Drive”, and Assistance League of Pomona Valley collected 2,727 books on October 24th for distribution to the children we serve.

The pictures below describe the program far better than any words. They also show why we are working so hard to expand our Operation School Bell program so we can serve more children with a wider range of clothing.

Special thanks to all the members and volunteers that helped with this distribution.

 

November (Thanksgiving) Regular Meeting

The November regular business meeting was held on 11/3/2015.  This was a very busy business meeting with reports covering the results of the 16th annual Tea and Bake Sale held last month in addition to our other philanthropies and operations.  Our 2016-2017 nominating committee was also selected (oh how quickly time passes).   The Thanksgiving decorations on the tables put all of us in the mood for a wonderful luncheon after the meeting.  Some of the pictures taken at the meeting are shown below.

Assistance League® of Pomona Valley Participates in Multi-Chapter Roundtable

On Tuesday, October 27th, seven Assistance League Chapters met at the Riverside Chapter facility. Pomona Valley President, Cathy Harden, was joined by board members Carol Holmes, Sharon Goodrich, Lynne Kirchhoff and Rene Sippel. Table topics dealt with successful strategies and concerns involving membership, fundraising, public relations and philanthropic programs. The other participating chapters were: Redlands, Laguna Beach, Hemet-San Jacinto, Foothill Communities and Victor Valley. All participants were energized by new ideas and new friendships but especially by re-focusing on the tremendous service we give our communities.

Here are some pictures of the hardworking members….

16th Annual Festive Fall Tea – A Huge Success

Assistance League of Pomona Valley held its 16th Annual Festive Fall Tea and Bake Sale on October 11, 2015.  This year the event was moved from our Chapter House to the historic Ebell Club (Historical Society of Pomona Valley) in Pomona CA to accommodate more attendees and to present our guests with the opportunity to see some of Pomona’s great history at the on-site Historical Society Museum.  This event was a resounding success with outstanding decorations, wonderful food, door prizes, opportunity baskets, bake sale no one could resist and festive fun for everyone.  And, most of all, we raised much needed funds to support our philanthropic programs (Children’s Dental Center, Operation School Bell®, Community Closet, Books for Kids, Cubs for Kids and Assault Survivor Kits®).  Read the Daily Bulletin article on the Tea HERE.  For more information on these philanthropies see our website at alpv.org.

We want to thank all of our guests for their support of Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s philanthropic programs.  All those that attended, and those that could not be with us this year, are cordially invited to our 17th Annual Tea and Bake Sale to be held in 2016. 

Below are just a few of the pictures taken at the Tea.

 

 

Assistance League® of Pomona Valley Philanthropic Advisory Council Meets

The Philanthropic Projects Advisory meeting was held September 22nd at the Chapter House. Annual reports for the 2014-2015 fiscal year were presented by our program chairmen and the Dental Center staff. The Dental Center Co-Chairmen reported that we provided over 1,300 treatments to 425 patients during the past year. The Operation School Bell® Chairman reported that we provided clothing, hygiene kits and new and gently used books to over 1,200 children from the Pomona Unified School District and surrounding districts. 2014-2015 was a very successful year for both of these key programs.

The meeting continued with a discussion of our efforts to increase the visibility and significantly expand both of these programs during the 2015-2016 period.  Jane Hubbard and Carole Lyles, Co-Chairmen of the Dental Center program described the efforts they are making to raise our visibility within PUSD and other school systems in our area to significantly increase the number of patients served. This includes community outreach efforts to hand out new informational flyers and posters to school nurses and health assistants from Pomona, Bonita and Claremont Unified School Districts and dental clinics at Western University. Jane and Carole are working with Jody Ruby from PUSD Health Services, to identify where and how we can best contribute to meet the student’s needs. Members of our Dental Center staff, Dr. Elva Maldonado and Mary Hernandez, reported on the current operations and some of the future equipment and facility needs. The Dental Center has received a $6,000 Community Development Block Grant from the City of Pomona to help cover the costs of increasing the number of patients served.

Stephanie Roberts, Chairman of the Operation School Bell program and Sally Boyd, Chairman of the Community Closet program discussed the work being done to significantly expand the program to provide jeans and pants to both girls and boys using our first Community Development Block Grant from the City of Pomona for this program. This has been a goal for some time and we are happy to now be able to proceed. Julia Cortez from PUSD Family Services reported on the efforts to organize and schedule school children for our Operation School Bell delivery days.

In addition to the afore mentioned individuals, we would also like to extend our thanks to Dr. Mark Maine PhD, Dr. Anderson Alas DDS and Dr. Jennifer Tsai DDS for their support and contributions to our programs.

 

Operation School Bell® Distribution

On September 23 Assistance League® of Pomona Valley held its second Operation School Bell® delivery of the 2015-2016 year school year. New school clothing was provided to over 150 students, and included jeans and pants purchased with funds from our first Community Block Development Grant for this program from the City of Pomona. This grant is allowing us to significantly expand the range of clothing we are able to provide.  In addition, our Community Closet provided over 100 stuffed full bags of cloths to family members and others in need from our community. Special thanks to all the members and volunteers that helped with this distribution.

Our next distribution will be held on October 28th.

Operation School Bell® Work Party

On September 15th we held our member work party to prepare for the September 23rd Operation School Bell clothing distribution.  These work parties are a lot of “work”, but also great fun.  We had two very productive sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening.  Hundreds of shirts, tops, pants, undergarments and other clothing items were folded and placed on shelves or hung on display racks.  Books were sorted and restocked (each student gets one new book and several gently used books at the distribution).   Also, over 100 hygiene kits, each containing over a dozen household and personal items, were prepared.  We are now all set for the upcoming distribution where we expect to provide school clothes and books to about 200 children from the Pomona Unified School District.

Here are some pictures of the happy worker bees…..

 

First Regular Meeting of 2015-2016

The first regular meeting of the 2015-2016 year was held on September 1st.  The meeting was called to order by the new President, Cathy Harden.  The major topic of discussion during committee presentations was the Festive Fall Tea and Bake Sale to be held on October 11, 2015 at the Ebell Club in Pomona CA.  Planning for this event is moving ahead very nicely and all members are very excited with the new venue capable of holding many more attendees than at previous events held in the Chapter House.  Stephanie and Sally reported on the Operation School Bell® distribution held in July and showed the members some of the new clothing purchased for the next distribution on September 23. There is a very high level of energy and excitement as we embark into the 2015-2016 year.

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PRESIDENT CATHY H CALLING THE FIRST MEETING OF 2015-2016 TO ORDER

 

Here are more pictures taken at the meeting…..

 

Join Us for the 16th Annual Fall Festive Tea at the Historic Ebell Club

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(Want to see some pictures (OK, a lot of pictures) of the fun at last year’s tea? Click Here…..)

Strategic Planning Meeting

The Strategic Planning Committee met on August 18, 2015, to update goals and strategies for the Chapter.  When the committee’s work is finished it will be presented to the Board and Membership. 

Pictured from left are members Lynne Kirchhoff, Audrey Crabtree, Kathee Elliott, Michelle Williams, Carol Holmes, Stephanie Roberts, Carole Lyles, Cathy Harden and Sharon Goodrich.

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