Assistance League was organized in 1935 as the first nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization founded in the Western United States. The Assistance League was formed to promote the growth of effective volunteerism through leadership training and education, and to recognize the potential of volunteers in helping those less fortunate to a better, more meaningful life.
Assistance League volunteers have achieved remarkable results in improving the lives of those in need through innovative and targeted philanthropic programs. Helping members discover their potential to make a difference and using the tools to do so is at the heart of Assistance League’s national organization. The national goal is to equip its member volunteers with the instruments and expertise to serve their communities with excellence, and to put caring and commitment into action.
Today, more than 24,000 volunteer members in chapters across America are addressing the emotional and physical needs of children and adults regardless of race or creed. Dedicated members of Assistance League invested over 2.6 million service hours and returned an astounding $35 million to communities across the United States.
Seaside Helicopters to the Rescue!! The 7th annual Assistance League the Columbia Pacific® Golf Ball Drop held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 was a huge success in large part due to Gary Turel at Seaside Helicopters. The Columbia River Bar Pilots helicopter was out of commission but the ALCP Golf Ball Drop was saved by the generosity of Seaside Helicopters. Thank you Columbia River Bar Pilots and Seaside Helicopters!
It was a beautiful day for 26 young golfers to get the basic skills taught by Astoria Golf Pro John Kawasoe, followed by a hamburger/hot dog barbeque and bake sale. ALCP raised more than $10,000.00 at this event which will go a long way in dressing Clatsop County school children next year. ALCP provides clothing for school children in need, at a cost of approximately $100.00 per child. In the school year 2013/2014, ALCP provided clothing for 594 children. For this event, 2000 marked golf balls were sold for $5.00 each and dropped from the helicopter onto a marked green. Prizes donated from local businesses were given to the balls in or closest to the hole.
Ten ALCP Wonder Women attended the Chamber Annual Banquet at the Astoria Golf and Country Club. We made the front page of the Daily Astorian by having our picture taken with State Senator Betsy Johnson (a Wonder Woman herself!) and we won first prize for our costumes. Well, prize is a strong word. I guess it was just first “glory” since we really didn’t get a prize. The most fun of the evening was when the power went off and everyone grabbed their cell phones and turned on the flashlight app – it was like being at a rock concert! We had a great time, the food was delicious and I don’t think anyone will say “I’ve never heard of the Assistance League”. The theme is different every year (I think one year it was “Hats” and everyone made their own hat). So who knows what next year will be but plan on us being there and maybe we can have two tables of Assistance Leaguers.