Nonprofit Spotlight: Companies help Assistance League Reno-Sparks support children (sponsored)

Assistance League donated over 430 laptops to the Washoe County School District for distance learning last fall.

Assistance League donated over 430 laptops to the Washoe County School District for distance learning last fall. Courtesy Photo

Many local businesses have stepped up to help Assistance League® of Reno-Sparks help students get back to school this fall.

Assistance League’s new Olympics of Giving program is off to a great start and will continue to take donations from local companies throughout the summer and fall so that all deserving students can be served and successful in school.

Students are so happy to get to choose new back-to-school clothes at the shopping events. Courtesy Photo


The Olympics of Giving program lets companies sponsor some of Assistance League’s 11 philanthropic programs, particularly those programs that support local students.

Assistance League works closely with the Education Alliance and the Washoe County School District to help students be successful in school in many ways. In the most recent fiscal year, ended May 2020, programs funded by Assistance League impacted over 26,000 students.

Assistance League “grandmas” read to pre-school children and provide them with books to take home. Courtesy Photo


At the pre-school level, Assistance League “grandmas” read to young minds and provide books to take home, inspiring the love of books.

Assistance League has several programs to help elementary and middle school students:

  • Conducts shopping events where deserving students selected by school counselors, accompanied by their parents or guardians, select new clothes at local Target or Walmart stores.
  • Helps stock the clothes closets in local schools so teachers can immediately assist students in need.
  • Provides many schools with uniforms or spirit shirts and sweatshirts for all their students.
  • Offers $400 grants to teachers to take students on field trips or do other important projects that are not funded by the schools.
  • Provides $1,000 worth of new elementary school library books to many schools each year.
  • Purchases science kits so students can have a hands-on education.
  • Donated over 430 laptop computers for schools to loan out to students for distance learning for the 2020 school year.

At the high school level, Assistance League volunteers conduct shopping events at Kohl's for selected homeless students. Students are supported with grooming kits, school supplies, academic fees, caps and gowns and scholarships for continuing education.

Assistance League provides school uniforms and spirit shirts for several Washoe County schools every year. Courtesy Photo


Assistance League is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. Its largest source of funding is its Thrift Shop at 1701 Vassar Street, Reno. Other funding comes from grants, individuals, and companies in our area.

This year, with our Thrift Shop closed for many months due to the pandemic, Assistance League is relying on the generosity of local businesses to help fund its programs for the 2021-22 school year.

Please join our Olympics of Giving program. Send all donations to Assistance League, PO Box 7376, Reno, NV 89510. If you have questions, please email President Carol Harriman at presidentALRS@yahoo.com. Also, please let Assistance League know if you would like to join and make a difference in our community.

Paula Jones is a volunteer with the 
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