Bay Area: Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Assistance League of Diablo Valley is an all-volunteer organization serving Contra Costa County since 1967 with 16 different programs, all designed to help children, students, seniors and families in need. Last year, the organization’s 450 members volunteered 33,000 hours and touched the lives of 10,000 people in Contra Costa County.

Many programs focus on children and education, such as provisioning 6,000 students in K–12 with new clothes and shoes; donating books valued at $20,000 to children, classrooms and school libraries; and awarding scholarships to 52 young adults, helping them to pursue a college education or vocational training.

The organization also supports community programs for other age groups, including donating boxes of food to families on CalWorks, and providing baby bags for infants at risk of developmental delays and backpacks with emergency supplies to foster children and teens in crisis. Last year Assistance League of Diablo Valley also provided 5,028 reassurance calls to homebound clients, along with offering support to many other groups and individuals.

All programs are funded by proceeds from the Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop in Lafayette, and grants and donations from individuals, businesses and foundations.

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