Nonprofit Spotlight: Make a difference by joining Assistance League Reno-Sparks (sponsored)

Helping kids shop for new clothes to look their best.

Helping kids shop for new clothes to look their best. Courtesy Photo

Assistance League® of Reno-Sparks is looking for new members. Where else can you join a group of men and women who willingly contribute over 50,000 hours each year to make a difference for our community? Join us. Every helping hand makes those work hours lighter and more fun.

We’re all volunteers (no paid staff), so I like to say I get paid as much as our president!

Some of us work full-time. Many of us, like me, never had time to volunteer when we worked full-time, and we are enjoying making up for it now.

Helping homeless high school students succeed in school.


Just look at the impact we made in our most recent audited fiscal year (2019-2020):

  • Operation School Bell® purchased new clothing and uniforms for 14,798 Washoe County School District students.
  • Links to Learning awarded Washoe County School District teachers with monetary awards for classroom projects, FOSS kits, and elementary library books impacting 9,775 students.
  • Read to ME benefited 1,360 preschool-aged children with one-on-one reading sessions every week and gifted new books to children to take home.
  • Scholarships were developed for deserving high school graduates focusing on an underserved population.
  • Students in Transition gave 216 high school students clothes, school supplies, grooming kits, academic fees, caps and gowns, and/or scholarships.
  • We Care delivered to 51 children at Kids Kottage needed supplies and fun activities such as Trunk or Treat night.
  • Assault Survivor Kits® provided 152 victims of assault with clothing and personal grooming items.
  • Essentials supplied 4,890 children, seniors and community partners with personal grooming items.
  • Re-Share donated excess Thrift Shop goods to 11 local nonprofits, benefiting 15,550 individuals.
  • Veterans Outreach supported 4,527 male, female, and homeless veterans with bus passes, personal grooming items, household supplies, winter coats and other items as needed.
  • Food Pantry distributed two bags of supplemental groceries to 310 seniors each month, including 72 home deliveries.
  • Senior Sampler provided an opportunity for 275 senior crafters to earn supplemental income by displaying and selling their handcrafted items.

Wouldn’t you like to help make these programs successful this year?

Providing supplies for homeless Veterans.


What kinds of volunteers are needed? You’ll be amazed at where you might fit in. Some volunteer activities are obvious – we need people to work the front and back rooms of our Thrift Shop, which helps fund our programs.

However, there are many other opportunities. We need help in our accounting department, food pantry, grant writers, marketing team, technology team, administrative office, and Senior Sampler, to mention a few.

We need volunteers throughout the year to help stuff Essentials kits, run Operation School Bell, help our Veterans, and much more.

If you want to do something meaningful with your time, check out Assistance League. Make a difference in your community by sharing your enthusiasm and extending a helping hand while making new friendships that will last a lifetime.

Paula Jones is a volunteer for Assistance League® of Reno-SparksPlumas Bank sponsors this content.


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