Spotlight on Nonprofits: Assistance League Reno-Sparks Supports Students, Vets, and Suppliers (Sponsored)
The Aid League worked with the Education Alliance to donate more than 430 laptops to students in Washoe County schools. Courtesy photo
Delores Clewe, president of Links To Learning, Fran Fricke and Barbara Tomac, co-chairs of Operation School Bell®, AL’s largest philanthropic program, quickly realized that the 2020 school year was going to be very different.
Throughout this year, our Operation Bell School volunteers have continued to purchase clothes for some of the most deserving students while reaching out to schools to help them provide clothes for their wardrobes.
Because the Read to ME program had to be cut due to Covid, Reading “Grandmas” created 21 videos, available on the Boys & Girls Club website, that preschoolers can watch at home or at the Boys & Girls Club kindergarten.
The Students in Transition program for high school students in need has had to make several adjustments. SIT Still Provides Clothing, Tuition Assistance Bursaries, School Supplies Essential Hygiene Kits and Day Bus Passes to Washoe County CIT Program – all under COVID restrictions strict.
Our veterans outreach program had to move away from in-person contact programs, but that didn’t mean veterans couldn’t have their annual baby shower or holiday angel tree. In June, AL hosted a drive-through baby shower. Each of the 31 mothers received a diaper bag full of gifts donated by LA members.
In September, AL provided the VA Homeless Veterans Stand Down with 235 wheeled sports bags and approximately 500 jackets. In December, LA members provided 42 gift bags to hospitalized female veterans and completed gift requests for 27 homebound veterans.