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2018 Annual Report

Feb 14, 2018

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Check out our most recent annual report.  Follow the path to how Assistance League of Long Beach is "transforming the lives of youth from childhood to beyond through coommunity programs."  We think you'll want to become involved!

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When a friend from church asked Nancy Lewis if she would be interested in joining Assistance League of Long Beach, she didn’t hesitate long. Nancy knew her friend, Bette Brightman, loved the organization, and she also knew and greatly respected Annette Kashiwabara, who at the time had just been named its new executive director. Also, Nancy knew that her opportunities for volunteering in a variety of ways would be great, and she had a long history of volunteering. . . .

She appreciates Assistance League of Long Beach for its many fine philanthropic programs and loves working alongside the dedicated members and staff. She said, “You don’t have to be rich to leave money to the endowment fund. The money we give is our way of ensuring that these vital services to children will continue.” And she notes, “There are many ways to donate to the endowment fund.” She contacted Annette Kashiwabara who worked with her to be sure that the method she chose was right for her.

For Nancy's full story, click here.


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Married for nearly 47 years, Suzanne and Doyle Powell have built a lifetime of memories together. They met in Long Beach when Doyle, a recent civil engineering graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla, moved to Long Beach to take on his first job. Suzanne, a California native, had earned her degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was working as an elementary teacher. In the years that followed, they would live in a number of California cities—wherever Doyle’s jobs took him. In time he would form his own company, Powell Constructors, Inc. Then in 2007, they would come full circle by relocating in Long Beach. . . .

For her daughter to be part of Assisteens, Suzanne would need to be a member of the chapter, and so she joined in 1989. She went on to serve in many positions, including Assisteens Coordinator and eventually President-Elect and President.

For Suzanne and Doyle Powell's full story


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Assistance League of Long Beach has always been a part of Linda Landes’ life.  In 1940 her mother, Clare Hossom, was one of the founding members. Linda is proud of her family’s many connections to Assistance League of Long Beach.  Linda became a chapter member in 1988 after her younger daughter went off to college.  As a member, Linda most enjoyed her Fridays working at the Thrift Shop.  With her mother, she is sure she visited every location the Thrift Shop ever had.

For Linda's full story


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Call it weirdness or whatever you want, Sandie and Terry McCarthy found it many years ago. They fell in love. Sandie joined Assistance League in 1984, culminating with her presidency, and Terry has contributed his expertise to the Orthodontic Center. Seeing the quality of the leadership and membership as well as all that Assistance League of Long Beach does for the community, Terry concludes that there is no better organization. It is the model for how to run a nonprofit. “We know,” they say, “that a gift today will ensure positive change in the lives of others.”

"It doesn’t matter what it is. What matters is what it will become.” - Dr. Seuss

For Sandie and Terry's story on how Sandie became involved with Assistance League of Long Beach and Terry became involved with the Orthodontic Program, click here.


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"A planned gift provides support for years to come and creates opportunities for members to have a significant impact upon the future success of all the Assistance League of Long Beach’s philanthropic programs.  By sharing the story of my bequest and my membership in the Legacy Society, my hope is that other member volunteers will be inspired to do the same.”  --  Karen Sprague

For Karen's story on how she became involved with Assistance League of Long Beach and Rick Rackers and their Operation School Bellregtm-12_black.jpg program, click here.


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Julie Taboada
2016 Rick Rackers' Woman of the Year 


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Faye and Bob Alperin believe in giving back to their community. Faye first discovered Assistance League® of Long Beach back in 1988 when she was a part of Rick Rackers. However, when her daughter Barbara became an Assisteens member, Faye joined Chapter and felt that it was the perfect fit for her.  The Alperins believe wholeheartedly in Assistance League of Long Beach and its mission because it is able to reach so many young people who are in need in our community.  They like that it is a “hands on” organization and meaningful for the volunteers.  For their full story.


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Watch quick 2-minute video about Assistance League of Long Beach and the philanthropic programs we provide on our home page.


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