Engaged in Mission: Assistance League

Engaged in Mission: Assistance League

There are many from Colonial who are engaged in mission by partnering with the Assistance League (AL).

The AL is a national non-profit that oversees community-based projects. Mary Scott describes the AL as “an amazing group of women whose mission is to aid those in need through hands-on philanthropic projects.”

In 1996 volunteers came together to form the Minneapolis / St. Paul chapter and there are currently 130 voting members. The Minneapolis chapter raises its own money through sales of donated items at the Thrift Shop located at 64th & Penn Ave in Richfield. Members volunteer their time once a month at the Thrift Shop.

The programs supported by the AL are varied:

Assault Survivor Kits – Provides Assault Survivor Kits to hospital emergency rooms throughout Minnesota. These kits are distributed by the hospitals to victims of sexual assault.
Food For Kids – Provides food-filled backpacks given to needy children each Friday. Each backpack provides enough food to feed a family of four for the weekend.
Links to Learning – Grants to teachers to develop or enhance classroom programs. These funds fill gaps within the school district’s budget.
Operation Graduation – In January and June each year, Assistance League honors graduates who have completed the Adult Basic Education program to earn their General Education Development (GED) or high school diploma.
Operation School Bell/Literacy Plus – The goal of Literacy+ is to improve the ability of students having difficulty reading at grade level. Members conduct weekly one-on-one reading sessions with second graders to improve their skills.

Colonial volunteers especially love engaging in the “Clothes for Kids” program. They personally provide kids Pre-K through grade 5 for school uniforms. There are five elementary schools in North Minneapolis that benefit from this program, which reaches as many as 3,500 children!

Cindy Stone describes the Assistance League as “useful, organized, and fun.” Sounds like a great way to be engaged in mission. In fact, several Colonial women are involved, even in leadership positions: Linda Wood, Sue Christiansen, Sharyn Meagher, Mary Scott, Annette Anderson, Betty Bullion, Cindy Stone, and Amy Stark.

Want to engage? Contact Annette Anderson at annettelanderson@aol.com.

The women who give their time for the Assistance League is another example of those who are engaged in mission both inside and outside the walls of Colonial. Their story has inspired Mary Scott, who nominated them for the piece. (Click here to learn more about our “Engaged in Mission” initiative or to nominate someone to have their story told.)

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