Gwinnett’s largest city is now home to the headquarters of Assistance League of Atlanta, a philanthropic group managed and operated by 270 volunteers that serve a network of community partners throughout the metro area. The charitable organization serves children and adults in need through its numerous humanitarianism programs.
The nonprofit organization recently celebrated the opening of its new 16,000 square-foot philanthropic center with a ribbon-cutting event on Monday, August 21. The new facility is located at 6264 Crooked Creek Road. The organization had outgrown its Chamblee location which it shared with its Attic Treasures Thrift Shop said Paula Smiley, the organization’s Vice President of Communications. The thrift shop will continue operating at its Chamblee location she said.
“The Assistance League is a testament to the impact that volunteers can have in our community,” said Mayor Mike Mason during Monday’s ribbon-cutting event. “The organization is well known for its benevolent contributions, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Assistance League of Atlanta to our city.”
First established in California in 1918 by the philanthropic efforts of two local women, the organization now has 120 chapters throughout the United States with over 23,000 volunteer members. The Atlanta chapter was formed in 1982 by a group of 34 women who founded the Atlanta Chapter in Chamblee. The local chapter has 260 volunteer members and operates with no paid employees.
The organization operates eight different programs, including Operation School Bell, its signature national program which provides new clothing, uniforms, jackets, hygiene kits and other items to students in the metro area. Elementary and middle school students are selected by school social workers and the items are picked up by social workers or delivered to the
school systems. In addition, Assistance League of Atlanta offers need-based scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education.
Its new Peachtree Corners facility is now the Atlanta chapter’s headquarters for the administrative staff and provides much needed meeting and warehouse space for clothing and other items used for its programs. For additional information email president@AssistanceLeagueAtl.org or call 770-458-2038.