When we have storms in our area — rain I like, wind I don’t! As I write today, the wind has settled down and that feels much better.
On Wednesday afternoon, members of our Assistance League chapter held our annual Membership Drive Reception at the beautiful Pear Valley Winery, 4900 Union Rd., Paso Robles. League member Kathleen Maas and husband Tom are owners of the winery and continuously give back to our San Luis Obispo County communities. Kudos to them for their support of the philanthropic work done by the many nonprofits in our area!
My guest was Hayley Mattson from Atascadero. She and her husband Nic are business owners in the community. The reception offered an opportunity for our guests to learn more about the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County Chapter; the Operation School Bell Program; the Assistance League Thrift Store; and the history of National Assistance League.
Our primary philanthropic program, Operation School Bell was created with the belief that when students go to school feeling confident about their appearance, it results in a more successful academic and social experience. Our program goal is to improve school attendance and participation by enabling students to attend school without feeling self-conscious or out of place due to a lack of proper clothing. This program provides new, school-appropriate clothing to students in need, in grades K through 12 in SLO County. Students are referred to Operation School Bell through school personnel.
To meet the changing needs in our community, we also provide to each student clothes, and an age-appropriate book of his/her choosing through Operation Bookshelf; papers pens, pencils, binders through Operation School Supply; and a dental hygiene kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, timer and brushing instructions.
James J. Brescia, SLO County Superintendent of Schools, was in attendance at the Membership Drive Reception to offer his support of Operation School Bell. He emphasized the important difference the program makes in the lives of children in need in our county.
Funding for our philanthropic programs is raised through a variety of chapter events, the chapter’s Thrift Store, as well as through the generosity of private contributors, service organizations and grants. Donations are fully tax-deductible.
For more information about Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, visit alslocounty.org. For information regarding membership, contact Vice President Membership Karin Morris 805-782-0824 or email [email protected]
Tickets are now on sale from members of Quota International of Atascadero for their O’Bunco event on March 13, starting at 6 p.m. at the Atascadero Elks Lodge BPOE 2733, 1516 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
Tickets are $25 per person and include snacks and door prize drawings.
Funds raised are used for philanthropic projects in the community. For more information, contact Myrna at 805-460-6129.
February is flying by…Get ready for March events…More on that next week.
Enjoy the weekend.