Labor of Love

The Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito (ALRSD) is celebrating its 20th anniversary during the 2016-2017 chapter year. ALRSD began as a guild of Assistance League (AL) in 1993 with 15 members, and in 1997 became the 100th chapter to be chartered by AL. Their anniversary theme is “Roaring Twenties,” which will be incorporated into several events throughout the year, including the upcoming open house at the ALRSD thrift shop.

ALRSD is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children and adults affected by trauma, violence, and poverty. Last year alone, ALRSD donated $120,000 and over 22,000 volunteer hours to the Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Carmel Valley communities. Philanthropic programs include Assault Survivor Kits, Hug-A-Bear, Preschool English Literacy Program, Knifty Knitters, Stand Up For Kids, and Operation School Bell (OSB). OSB is an annual program that provides clothes, shoes, and school supplies for elementary-aged children of low-income families. Each summer since 2005, ALRSD hosts a weekend shopping event as part of OSB for military enlisted families at Camp Pendleton. This year, 677 children took home clothes, toiletries, a stuffed animal, and other necessities to prepare them for the new school year.

Over 23,000 AL members in 120 chapters in 26 states are united in purpose and dedicated to making local lives better. Anyone is welcome to attend ALRSD’s monthly meetings, where camaraderie and passion for helping the community is evident. Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach. The social gathering begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. For more information go to www.alrsd.org.