Assistance League of Huntington Beach believes that our overarching structure provides compassionate and caring services to individuals in our communities. With 340 local volunteers, we actively execute our philanthropic programs, Thrift Shop, Fundraiser and provide a Vocational Training Facility. Ongoing education, administrative guidance and empowerment are key principles employed to collectively guide our chapter. Our members design, fund and effectively implement unique philanthropic programs to meet specific needs in our local community.
Assistance League of Huntington Beach has identified four strategic priorities: A. Philanthropic Programs - By the end of 2018 ensure that all programs demonstrate measurable outcomes against objective. B. Membership Growth - Beginning in 2014, increase voting membership by 5% per year over the next five years. Recruit and retain active, diverse and committed members. C. Fund Development - Increase Thrift Shop funding by 5% annually to provide enhanced services to our community. Marketing efforts will be increased using social media and print resources. D. Operational Excellence - Continue to promote ethical, informed and effective leadership annually, by ensuring that our chapter remains 100% in compliance with National Assistance League bylaws, policies, procedures and standards
In 1941, some of the most prominent women in Huntington Beach organized an auxiliary of the Santa Ana chapter of National Assistance League. We started the first Thrift Shop in Orange County. Assistance League of Huntington Beach was officially chartered as a chapter in 1950. Historically and currently, Assistance League Huntington Beach has truly served our community from the cradle to the grave. Over the years, an engaged Executive Board, a professional community Advisory Board, community based Collaborative Partners, and a knowledgeable and dedicated team of ALHB Committee Leaders expanded the chapter's ability to promote effective volunteerism through education, service and leadership development. We are confident we can continue to serve many of our community's needs with the continuing support of our members and the public.
Assistance League of Huntington Beach's signature program, Operation School Bell, annually clothes more than 2,580 children. "Anna" received her first new clothes and new shoes and is no longer subjected to the bullying that kept her from attending school and is now reading above grade level. Since the beginning of this program, we have provided clothing for over 20,000 children in need.
Our second impactful program is Operation New Beginnings, which provides clothing and household goods from our Thrift Shop for adults and children referred from sources such as Project Self Sufficiency, Interval House, Building Futures, local faith-based charities and the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter. Operation New Beginnings also supports the Veterans Resource Center at Goldenwest College and Coastline Community College, which provides services such as computers, study areas and healthy snacks, to help returning combat veterans meet their educational goals. This program affected the lives of 400 people in our community this year.
Our third significant philanthropy is Links to Learning, a program designed to provide awards and support to our local schools in four districts for enrichment programs. This year we were able to fund 260 awards to school teachers, affecting the lives of 5,900 children by providing them with books, classroom enrichment programs and interactive technologies.
Our community includes Westminster, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. Several years ago we expanded Operation School Bell to include a growing population of McKinney Vento (homeless) high school students in all three communities. Each year we clothe more children. We have increased the number of agencies that refer children and adults to Operations New Beginnings and plan to continue adding 1-2 more agencies for the next few years. We have expanded Links to Learning to the Oceanview School District and the Westminster School District. We have expanded the Golden West College Combat Veteran scholarships to be available for all Veterans and opened it to Coastline Community College. We expanded the Goldenwest College nursing scholarships to include bridging to a 4 year school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.