ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Southern California founding chapter was formed in 1919 by Anne Banning and developed as an outgrowth of the Red Cross Shops established in World War I. It became the first nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization begun in the West to recognize the potential of volunteers in helping those less fortunate to a better, more meaningful life.
NATIONAL ASSISTANCE LEAGUE, organized in 1935, now has more than 23,000 member volunteers in 120 chapters across the United States. The innovative programs of Assistance League have touched the lives of more than 1.5 million children, seniors, families and others in need.
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Saddleback Valley was organized in 1985 and boasts more than 180 member volunteers and Assisteens®, (teens grades 7 through 12). Annually, our volunteers contribute over 9,500 hours of service to over 18,000 individuals through our philanthropic programs. By working together, our members and supporters help others in our local community live a more fulfilling life.
September 14, 1988: Invitational Coffee at Mission Viejo Country Club
October 5, 1988: Guild Organizational Meeting
January 19, 1989: Potential Guild Status
April 27, 1989: Articles of Incorporation
September 19, 1989: Philanthropic Project adopted and approved: OPERATION SCHOOL BELL®
December 10, 1989: First Annual Fundraiser: Christmas Tree Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Hotel
March 14, 1990: Nonprofit Status Ruling by I.R.S.
July 18,1991: Full Guild Status
September 26, 1991: Second Philanthropic Project adopted and approved: Senior Outreach
March 19, 1992: Chapter Status granted by National Assistance League
May 15, 1992: Guild is Chartered as the 82nd Chapter of NATIONAL ASSISTANCE LEAGUE
Friday, May 15, 1992
Dove Canyon Country Club
September 20, 2011
Chapter member Anne Neish served a two-year term as President of National Assistance League from 2011-2013. She represented the national organization at all leadership conferences and presided at all meetings of the National Board.