A snapshot of our programs that directly impact L.A.’s most vulnerable children
Fall 2021
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A Letter from Leadership
Hello friends!

With back-to-school in full swing, Assistance League of Los Angeles programs are helping underserved youth in need of school supplies, grooming items, clothing, books, and financial scholarships. By helping youth get to school and stay in school, League programs give fresh hope to break the cycle of crushing poverty.

Great news: our new League Chapter House has finally opened! We now live in the heart of Hollywood at 6640 Sunset Blvd, just across from the iconic Crossroads of the World! We welcome League members, children, and the community to participate in a wide array of activities, service projects, and social events. We also welcome corporate supporters and donors to leave their legacy by naming a room or space at the new Chapter House. Learn more about our special naming opportunities below.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Warm regards, 
Melanie Merians, CEO
Adrienne Seltzer, Board Chair
Get Involved!
YPG Serve and Sip 9.25.21
YPG Members Served and Sipped, Together!

On Saturday, September 25th, the League’s Young Professional Group (YPG) members and guests gathered at our new chapter house for a mimosa brunch. Together they worked on service projects, made valuable personal and professional connections, and discussed the year ahead. Members reported that they felt inspired by the space and are looking forward to hosting future events and activities aimed at fostering growth in one another with hopes that they can better support their passions to be of service to impoverished youth.

If you are an early or mid-career professional and would like to join forces with a dedicated and innovative group of peers in your community, join YPG today! The next event will be a free members-only Halloween Happy Hour on Saturday, October 23rd.

Have questions or just want to chat about YPG? Contact Alex Landa, Membership and Development Coordinator.
Family Day of Service:
No-sew fleece blankets and grooming products drive
Saturday, November 13th from 10am-1pm

Join our community effort to make 100 no-sew fleece blankets and collect more than 3,000 new grooming products for children in Los Angeles.

Event Sponsors, Corporate Volunteers and Community Groups!

Please contact Kai Tramiel, Senior Director of Membership and Community Engagement, to get involved.
In the News
The Larchmont Chronicle features our Operation School Bell program
What's Her Story: Women in the Archives at the Autry Museum of the West

The League was proud to be recently featured in a special exhibit titled What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives at the Autry Museum of the West and Research Library (“the Autry”). The exhibit highlighted 100 years of the League’s history as it focused on extraordinary women of the 19th and 20th centuries who were ahead of their times. The women featured included philanthropists, explorers, political activists, artists, and an archaeologist. Liza Posas, Head of Research Services and Archives at the Autry, not only prepared the exhibit, she kindly served as a private docent for League members and staff who visited.
Updates on our Programs
The League's new location, 6640 Sunset Boulevard--in the heart of Hollywood--will be home to our volunteers and support staff. Additionally, the Chapter House will serve as a meeting place for our members, social gathering hub, special events space and a site delivery for Operation School Bell.

Commemorate our new home and leave your legacy of service and compassion by:
  • Purchasing a Change Maker Donor Wall Tile
  • Investing in the future of the League with Chapter House room naming opportunities
  • Joining the Heritage Circle, our planned giving society

Donors may designate any of their donations to support a specific Auxiliary or service program. To learn more, please contact Allie Fernandez, Sr. Director of Development and Corporate Engagement.
In the Spotlight
Pictured: New Assistance League of Los Angeles member, Maria Alvarado, organized a very successful shoe drive benefitting foster youth.
Meet Maria Alvarado, a new member of our Hilltoppers Auxiliary that operates Foster Children's Resource Center, a program that provides new clothing and essential supplies to foster youth. In addition to volunteering on Saturdays at the Center, Maria utilizes her bi-lingual Spanish speaking abilities to better drive FCRC's communication with the foster youth served. Maria has also organized a successful holiday shoe drive for donors to learn more about FCRC and view their contributions online.

Kristin Muhl, a fellow member of the Hilltoppers Auxiliary and Director of the Foster Children's Resource Center shared that: 

"Maria's background as a teacher and school administrator have provided FCRC with a meaningful skillset. Children and parents alike adore her. She is patient and kind, and great at engaging with the kids. Maria is an extraordinary member of the League!"

Thank you for being in our community of care, Maria!

If you would like to learn more about our Foster Children's Resource Center and how to get involved, please contact Kai Tramiel, Senior Director of Membership and Community Engagement.