ABOUT ASSISTANCE LEAGUE AND OPERATION SCHOOL BELL
Other Assistance League of Colorado Springs programs include
- Part of the proceeds from the Auto Show benefits Operation School Bell.
- The Auto Show, which is sponsored by the Colorado Springs Automobile Dealers Association, has benefitted Operation School Bell since 1974.
- In Operation School Bell's first year, Assistance League clothed 17 children at a cost of $7.50 per child.
- During the 2010 school year more than 4,000 K-12 students were given new clothing, which included a winter jacket, two pairs of pants, two shirts, five pairs of underwear, six pairs of socks, a cap, gloves, and a hygiene kit. Students also received grade-appropriate books, school supplies or backpacks. During the past 40 years, about 69,900 children have been clothed at a cost of over $3,292,000.
- Operation Can You Hear Me? -- Trained Assistance League volunteers provided hearing-screenings for more than 600 children in cooperation with El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. Volunteers then make recommendations for rescreening to professional audiologists should a child need additional testing. More than 24,500 preschool children have been screened since the program began in 1985.
- Kids on the Block is a puppet theater program created to help educate El Paso County public school children in grades 2 through 5 about social concerns, physical and learning disabilities, divorce, and substance abuse. In 2010, more than 1,000 children learned valuable life lessons through Kids on the Block. More than 74,000 children have been reached by this program since it began in 1986.
- Buddy Bear program provided more than 1,500 teddy bears in 2010 to children in traumatic situations. Assistance League provides bears to the Colorado Springs Fire Department; Stratmoor Hills Fire Department; Memorial Health System; the Alamosa, CO, base of Eagle Air Med, a fixed wing air ambulance service serving the Navajo Nation and the Four Corners region; and TESSA, an organization supporting victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. This program began in 1991 and has distributed more than 18,400 bears.
- Assault Survivor Kits® program, in cooperation with Memorial Health System�s Sexual Assault Crisis Center, and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program provides clothing/hygiene kits to sexual assault victims who must leave their clothing as police evidence. More than 1,000 kits have been distributed since the program began in 1995. Approximately 100 kits were provided in 2010.
Assistance League of Colorado Springs, chartered in 1970, is a chapter of Assistance League�. It is a totally volunteer, nonprofit organization of approximately 175 philanthropic-minded members who are dedicated to improving our community by helping children and families in need. For more information about Assistance League of Colorado Springs programs and volunteer opportunities, visit www.AssistanceLeagueCS.org.
Funding for Assistance League of Colorado Springs philanthropic programs comes from the following sources:
- Gifts and grants
- The Assistance League of Colorado Springs thrift store named Bargain Box
- The annual Auto Show sponsored by the Colorado Springs Automobile Dealers Association (CSADA) with The Gazette newspaper as a presenting sponsor. Proceeds from the Auto Show have supported Assistance League of Colorado Springs, Operation School Bell� program for 37 years.