Assistance League of Santa Barbara Promotes Literacy and Leadership

Representatives of Girl's Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara accept donation of books from Assistance League of Santa Barbara. From left to right are Assisteens Kelly Colee, Natalie Casey and Claire Casey.

Over 20,000 Assistance League volunteers exceeded the national goal of collecting and donating 100,000 books. Assisteens®, the teenage auxiliary of Assistance League of Santa Barbara, took part in the campaign by collecting 420 books.

On November 20th, the Assisteens delivered 300 books to Girls, Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Girl’s Inc., which inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, provides free reading time and literacy classes, as well as other programs designed to build confidence, independence and pride. Books will also be included in the Christmas stockings at the Family Opportunity Center, where Assistance League members mentor and provide enrichment programs for approximately 25 participating students.

The Assistance League of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization serving the community through its 14 philanthropic programs since 1948. Assisteens, a national auxiliary formed in the 1930’s, provides teenagers with opportunities to serve those in need, develop a sense of responsibility and community spirit and learn leadership skills. The Assistance Shop, located at 1259 Veronica Springs Rd., is the major source of funding for these programs. For more information go to


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