Helping Restore Hope

Our Year in Review, 2012-2013

Our volunteers devote endless hours and time to helping restore hope for women and children who have met with adversity by meeting unmet needs within the Metro-Columbus area.  However, no matter how much we give, we feel we receive more because we have been blessed to be able to give either or both our time and money.

The highlights of our year netted assistance for many, but there are many who still need our assistance and yours.   If you would like to donate financially to our cause feel free to do so through Paypal.  Any way you can help is valued and appreciated.  If you just want to know more about what we do and how, feel free to visit  the website or come to one of our meetings at Overbrook Presbyterian Church the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.   You are always welcome!

Andy Alberts from The Graham School who recieved a scholarship for his "walkabout" from ALMC

Andy Alberts from The Graham School who recieved a scholarship for his “walkabout” from ALMC

Graham School Walk-About scholarships were awarded to three students.  Spring 2012 recipient Andy Alberts related his experience last March as part of an Ohio delegation to Washington, D. C., as a lobbyist for a local bicycle advocacy organization.  The delegation met with Representative Steve Stivers to advance a transportation bill.  Andy “felt like a real businessman and wore a suit.”  The experience and mentorship clearly boosted his self-esteem and expanded his view of how he can impact his community.  He is currently a student at Columbus State.  (A picture of Andy is featured under Philanthropy)

Our Annual Spring Luncheon was a fabulous success as women crowded in, and almost overflowed, the dining facilities at Brookhaven Country Club.  The fashion show followed lunch and a Chinese auction.

The first Walk/Run for Shoes to help fund our Head and Toe program was a great success. Approximately 75 participants…young and old, experienced and first timers, runners, walkers, and encouraging supporters… attended.   All enjoyed a light breakfast, fresh air, fellowship, and exercise.  Congratulations go to the chairpersons ~  two daughters of our Assistance League members and their friends, on their first endeavor into active fun fundraising.  (To view pictures of the event, go to Resource Development)

Our participation in Make a Difference Day was a tremendous success.  In less than two weeks approximately 165 new books for all ages were donated by our members to offer to social workers attending the Public Children’s Services Association of Ohio Conference October 24 and 25 in Worthington, Ohio to give to their foster children.  A newly purchased display board promoted the project and our organizational objectives.  The table was manned by a minimum of two volunteers throughout the conference to answer questions and provide information.

The social workers, other organizations connected with Children Services of Ohio, and the directors Children Services have requested the chapter’s partipation in the conference every year.  (To see how Make a Difference Day made a difference nationally check Philanthropy or go to info@assistanceleague.org.)

Guests at Gala

Guests at Gala

Our Gala on November 2, 2012 was well attended by members and guests at the Scioto Country Club.   In addition to our silent and live auctions, we had raffle drawings and other enjoyable activities for all in attendance.  (Pictures are available under Resource Development)

The Christmas drive for Children’s Social Services for the 5,300 plus children in need in Franklin County brought  gifts for toddlers include stuffed toys, Legos, sleepers, blankets, Tonka trucks, Sesame Street, and dolls. Kindergarten through fifth grade received games, transformers, books, arts & crafts.  Teenagers received gift cards.

 

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