Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Special to Valley News
I recently joined my legislative colleagues to recognize over 100 nonprofits that work tirelessly to enhance our communities and the lives of our citizens. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to have the usual ceremony at the Capitol, but the lack of a formal celebration cannot diminish the important contributions made by California’s nonprofits.
This year I am pleased to recognize the Assistance League of Inland North County as my Nonprofit of the Year. Serving communities from Fallbrook to Rancho Bernardo, and from Warner Springs to San Marcos, Assistance League’s 150 members volunteer more than 26,000 hours annually to serve those in need.
Programs include community outreach to address current community needs, such as providing 17 defibrillators to the Escondido Police Department and “Operation School Bell,” to improve self-esteem and school attendance by providing new clothing and shoes to school children. “Ready… Set… Read” provides one-on-one reading support and gifts of books for children, and “Operation Duffle Bags” assists foster teen graduates from the San Pasqual Academy. In addition, scholarships are provided for graduating seniors from San Pasqual and other local high schools. “Project Seniors,” aids older adults and homeless individuals, and “Kids’ Cozy Corner at Palomar Medical Center’s emergency waiting area provides needed comfort to kids and families dealing with stressful emergencies. The League supports nine philanthropic programs benefiting children, adults and older adults alike.
The Assistance League, celebrating its 35th anniversary, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Financed through donations and grants, the primary funding source is the Thrift and Consignment Shop located at 2068 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido.
To learn more, visit the League’s website at https://www.assistanceleague.org/inland-north-county/.
I’m very proud to salute the Assistance League of Inland North County and its wonderful volunteers, the 75th Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year for 2020.
Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.