Chapter News

2017 Assistance League® of Nashville Fall Luncheon

Assistance League of Nashville® is coming together to raise funds to clothe Metro Nashville Public School children in need for the upcoming school year. 100% of the funds raised will be used to clothe MNPS children.

Please join us for the 2017 Assistance League of Nashville® Fall Luncheon on September 15 to hear more about what we are doing for families in Nashville! We hope you will join us for this fun event! Please click here to purchase tickets and tables.

Can't attend the luncheon? We would love your support! Please click here to donate online.

fallluncheon2017.jpg

"All stacked up and ready to go!!"

2017osb3IMG_2457.JPG

Standard school attire arrived in 2 shipments on July 13 and 20. Multiple pallets of children's pants, shirts, socks and underwear were unloaded, stacked, and stored in the Operation School Bell room at our "Pencil Box" location. Over 3,200 students were served last year, and we expect even more for the 2017-18 school year.
This HUGE task was made easier by the many helping hands from the Lipscomb Academy boys basketball team and their coach, William Mantlo. Nine members of the Mustangs joined eleven volunteers from Assistance League to unload, transport, stack and ready clothing for distribution. This task was done in record time due to the outpouring of support from these young men. Thank you, thank you, Lipscomb Academy Basketball Team!!!
Work days for distribution begin August 14 and continue through the school year.

Meet Your New Board

2017-18boardMG_2427.JPG


New officers for 2017-18 met at the home of President Suzanne Baker on June 7, 2017. Our new year begins June 1, 2017 and ends May 31, 2018. Pictured are: (left to right)
Front Row: President Suzanne Baker, Vice President Membership Sue Comer, Vice President Philanthropic Programs Betty DeGraaf, Vice President Resource Development Rachel Cothron Second row: Parliamentarian Wendy Herr, Treasurer Bob Hart, President-elect Susan Schmitter, Recording Secretary Patty Hash
Not pictured: Lu Cole, Public Relations Chairman

Read Across America

On March 3, 2017, fourteen volunteers celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss by reading a book to the children in grades K-3 at Paragon Mills Elementary School.

Preschool Distribution

One of the rewards of volunteering is to meet some of the children we serve. Volunteers delivered standard school attire to five free standing Pre-school programs on Nov. 17 and 18. Each child received a gift bag containing 2 polo shirts, 1 long sleeved tee, 2 pairs of pants, socks and underwear.

Coat Delivery Day

On November 3, Assistance League®  of Nashville volunteers delivered 630 coats to six local middle schools.

New coats were donated by Macy's Dept. Stores.

Make a Difference Day

Assistance League® of Nashville participated in "Make a Difference Day" by collecting and distributing books to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Members collected 1,300 books. On Oct 20, nine Assistance League® volunteers took books to the Andrew Jackson Clubhouse and assisted children in choosing two age appropriate books to keep. Seven teachers, directors and/or educational volunteers each then chose 5 books to use in their reading programs. The approximately 700 remaining books were sent to the two other Middle TN Chapters of Boys and Girls Clubs.

Membership Luncheon

On October 20, twenty-seven members and guests of Assistance League® of Nashville attended a luncheon and cooking demonstration at The Green Door Gourmet in West Nashville. The Green Door is a 350 acre organic farm, country store and event venue. Chef Richard Jones gave a demonstration on the "perfect egg" and salad dressing emulsions. We were delighted to have six guests join us.

Support ALN with Amazon Smiles

Support us when you shop for back-to-school items. #StartWithaSmile at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-0418987 and Amazon makes a donation to ALN.

Once you select Assistance League® of Nashville as your charity of choice, simply go to smile.amazon.com each time you shop and we will get a donation.

Hand in Hand

June&Suz.jpeg

June Turner, Executive Director of Nashville Children's Alliance, and Suzanne Baker, President of Assistance League® of Nashville, sign another three year Hand in Hand agreement on August 1, 2016.

Delivery Day

Nine hearty souls braved the sweltering heat on July 21 to restock our Operation School Bell school clothing supplies. Three hundred thirty one boxes (7 pallets) were unloaded and stacked in the ALN supply room at Pencil Box. This was added to our first shipment of 180 boxes which arrived on July 14.

We are well stocked and gearing up for our first work day (s) of the season. We will be individually packaging clothing: shirts, pants, socks and underwear to be distributed to the schools at teacher's request. If you can help on any of these days, call the contact person for that day. Start time for all days is 10 am. If you can volunteer, contact Charlotte Westbrook.

Volunteers are needed for: Monday, August 15; Wednesday, August 17; Monday, August 22; Wednesday, August 24; Wednesday, August 31.

Listen and Learn

listen_IMG_1243.jpeg

Pictured from the left are Suzanne Baker, president, Assistance League® of Nashville; Dr. Maritza Gonzalez, Executive Officer of Diversity and Equity MNPS;Dr. Monique Felder, Chief Academic Officer MNPS; Betty DeGraaf, Vice President Philanthropic Programs Assistance League® of Nashville.


Betty and Suzanne attended a "Listen and Learn" session at the Martha O'Bryan Center on July 13, 2016. This session was one of many sessions held across the Metro Nashville Public School district for the purpose of meeting the new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Shawn Joseph. Also on hand were several Metro school board members, teachers, students, parents, and members of Dr. Joseph's Team MNPS.

National Leadership Conference

2016Nationalleadershipconfrence.jpg

Assistance League® National Leadership Conference was held May 24-26, 2016 in Burbank CA. Attending from the Nashville Chapter were Carol Vispo, Suzanne Baker, and Cheryl Hofman.

New Board Members

IMG_1395.JPG

Hi Ho, It's Off to Work We Go!!!

New board members had their first board meeting, Wednesday, June 1 at the home of President Suzanne Baker. Attending were Wendy Herr, Parlimentarian, Treasurer Cheryl Hofman, Elaine O'Brien, VP of Resource Development, Suzanne, Recording Secretary Lynda Dillin, Sue Schmitter, VP of Membership, and Betty DeGraaf, Philanthropic Vice President. In attendance but not pictured is Lu Cole, Public Relations. 

Nashville Walks

2016NashvilleWalks_IMG_1322.JPG

ALN members participated in Nashville Children's Alliance's Nashville Walks on April 9, 2016 at Centennial Park. Also walking for Children's Abuse awareness were family members and furry friends.

Read Across America

readacrossamerica2016-1.JPG

On March 3, 2016, members read Dr. Suess's Cat in the Hat to children at Paragon Mills Elementary as Part of Read Across America.

Pre-school Distribution

Volunteers from Assistance League of Nashville delivered bags of standard school attire to several Pre-K's in the Metro School System on November 19, 2015. The students were given two shirts, two pairs of pants, a long-sleeved t-shirt, underwear, and socks in their personal bags.

2015 Wine & Beer Tasting A Great Success!

Assistance League® of Nashville held its Wine & Beer Tasting and silent auction on February 13th. The event took place at Richland Country Club with over 150 guests attending.

With the support of Frugal MacDoogal and Lipman Brothers guests enjoyed 60 wines including taste of Caymus Special Select Cabernet, Chappelet, Emmolo Merlot, Cade, Chateau Montelena and too many more to mention. Meryll Rose of News Channel 5 served as emcee for the evening. Together with the sponsors, Professional Bank Services, HCA/Tristar, Genesco, CheckVelocity, Wilder Motors, TSR & Stormberg Group, Assistance League of Nashville raised around $34,000 to support economically disadvantaged children in the Nashville.

Proceeds from this event will support the programs of Assistance League of Nashville, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. Although part of a national nonprofit established over 80 years ago, all funds raised by Assistance League of Nashville go toward helping children in Nashville.

Funds are used for two programs--Operation School Bell® and Hand in Hand.
Operation School Bell is a unique program in Nashville and provides new school clothing, in compliance with Metro Nashville Public Schools Standard School Attire Policy, and other supplies for students. Since 70% of all Nashville public school students are considered economically disadvantaged, having the right clothing can be a significant challenge for families. This program's objectives are to increase each child's self-esteem, to increase school attendance, and make each child better prepared for academic success.

Hand in Hand provides services and supplies to the child survivors of sexual or severe physical abuse who are served by the Nashville Children's Alliance. The goal is to aid the children in their recovery.

A special thank you to our fabulous Event Co-chairs, Kim Shallcross or Marta Roberts for an outstanding event. 

Click one of the pictures below to view a slide show of the event.

Nashville_10_anniv.jpg

Assistance League® of Nashville celebrated its 10th anniversary on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 with a luncheon at Richland Country Club. Guest speakers included Mayor Karl Dean; Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools; Connie Williams, CEO PENCIL Foundation; June Turner, CEO, Nashville Children's Alliance; and Joanne Chase, Program Director, McNeilly Center for Children. Mayor Dean read a proclamation recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Assistance League of Nashville and presented it to President Jeannie Vraciu. Past and current members of this all volunteer organization enjoyed lunch and a slide show reviewing ten years of philanthropic programs, fundraising, and socials.


During its 10 years, Assistance League of Nashville has served more than 25,000 economically disadvantaged children in Nashville by providing them with new school clothing, coats, backpacks and school supplies. Currently, the signature philanthropic program, Operation School Bell®, provides two complete sets of standard school attire to over 3,000 students annually.
 

Meet our partner... The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Community_Foundation_Logo.jpg

Have you heard that Assistance League® of Nashville has received a $5000 grant from The Tomorrow Fund and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee? These funds will be used to support our Operation School Bell® program, and will directly help us to provide new standard school attire to 156 Metro Nashville Public School elementary students during the 2014-2015 school year.

The Community Foundation awarded more than $1.65 million in grants to 265 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation's 2014 annual discretionary grantmaking.


Operation School Bell, ALN's on-going philanthropic program provides new standard school attire (SSA) to economically disadvantaged elementary students attending Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Each child is given: 2 polo shirts, 2 pants, 1 long sleeve shirt, a belt, 3 underpants, and 3 pairs of socks. Students demonstrate improved self-esteem, increased class time, and improved attendance after receiving the new clothes. Our all-volunteer members provide new SSA to MNPS students system-wide. The goal this year is to clothe 3400 students with two complete sets of SSA.

The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services. The Foundation connects generosity with need in order to build a stronger community for the future. To learn more, please visit www.CFMT.org.
 

Assistance_League_of_Nashville_Jeannie_Vraciu_Pam_

ALN members Jeannie Vraciu and Pam Wilder with Jerry Williams from CFMT.

Warm Smiles from Winter Warm Up

Winter_Warm_Up_2014_2.jpg

On November 4th, ALN member Wendy Herr delivered new coats to 31 happy and now warmer girls in Jan Moore's Newcomer Class at McMurray Middle School. One recipient said, "This is like a coat from the mall! This is so nice. It is like my dream is real!" Then she corrected her English and said, "My dream come true!" The Newcomer Class objective is to assist new international students when English is not a primary language, assimilate into the American culture. In a thank you note to ALN, teacher Jan Moore said,"Thank you for blessing me. Thank you for providing such wonderful care for these sweet, sweet girls."


On her next stop, Wendy also delivered 10 coats to The Nashville Children's Alliance (NCA). Clinical Director and CEO June Turner said, "Thank you, thank you for the coats you delivered today. They will be such a blessing to our clients and we thank you." NCA is a nonprofit organization providing services to children when there are allegations of sexual or severe physical abuse.
.

Winter_Warm_Up_2014_1.jpg

McMurray Middle School Newcomers Class receive coats in the Winter Warm up.

Pre-K Distribution

Bag3.JPG

On November 13th and 14th, Assistance League of Nashville volunteers distributed bags of school clothing to Pre K students in Nashville. In teams of three, nineteen volunteers traveled to five individual Pre K programs and one after- school program, handing out over 150 bags of clothing! Children and volunteers were excited to be part of the event. Each bag contained 2 pairs of pants, 2 polo shirts, 1 long sleeve shirt, 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, and a belt.

HCA's Community Days gives to ALN

Operation School Bell© had a new look Monday, Nov. 10 with six HCA employees volunteering for the day along side Assistance League volunteer members. After a brief orientation to Assistance League by President, Jeannie Vraciu, and hands on training by Patti Hash, Operation School Bell Chairman, they got right to work. As a part of HCA's Community Days, these volunteers filled orders, checked orders, packed boxes, banded socks, and restocked clothes. In addition, Assistance League of Nashville received a $500 donation from HCA for being a part of Community Days. Thank you HCA for such a strong commitment to the community.

HCA Community Day1  2014
HCA Community Day2 2014

Local Event -- Children's Book Drive -- With National Impact

MADD 1

On October 25th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission - to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has sponsored Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.


For the third year in a row, Assistance League of Nashville, along with other Assistance League chapters across America, is participating in the event by holding a chapter-wide children's book drive to promote literacy. Locally, 1,002 books were collected and distributed to the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. Each child was able to select two books of thier own to take home and enjoy.

10th Annual Golf Classic a Huge Success!

Assistance League® of Nashville held its 10th Annual Golf Classic in September at Richland Country Club. The golf tournament was an overwhelming success and could not have been nicer. With the help of our major sponsors including HCA/Tristar, Regions, Pinnacle National Bank, Professional Bank Services, CheckVelocity, TSR, Wilder Motors, and Paychex we were able to raise over $31,000 to fund our two programs:

  • Operation School Bell® provides new clothing and other items to Metro Nashville school children in need.
     
  • Hand in Hand services recovering children and their families assisted  byNashville Children's Alliance.

.

Mix 92.9 Interview with ALN President

anna_marie_headshot.jpg

Anna Marie, Mix 92.9

Assistance League® of Nashville was featured on Mix 92.9, a premier Nashville radio show on Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Host Anna Marie interviewed ALN two-term president, Jeannie Vraciu about the many contributions to the Nashville community provided by ALN's all-volunteer staff. 

Click here to listen to the interview.

ALN receives the Mayor's Award for Outstanding System-wide PENCIL Partner


May 30, 2014
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean presented Assistance League® of Nashville with the Mayor's Award for Outstanding System-Wide Partner as part of the 32st annual PENCIL Foundation's BRAVO! Awards.

The PENCIL Foundation connects businesses and volunteers with students in Metro Nashville public schools and the yearly ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations that donate volunteer hours to the school system.

Mayor Karl Dean summarized Assistance League's contributions by saying that we are an all-volunteer organization of 88 members and that we provided two sets of new standard school attire to 3,283 elementary students

Budgeting Like a Pro!

P4083249.JPG

On April 8th, 2014, ALN volunteers met 16 students, 3 teachers, and 2 interns from the Newcomer Class at Overton High School at CiCi's Pizza at Hickory Plaza for lunch. After getting to know the students during lunch, we all went shopping at Kroger for groceries and personal items. Each student was paired with a volunteer, and shopped with the student's list with circled pictures the items to be purchased. The students and their ALN partners weighed produce, compared options, and shopped all areas of the store. Each student was allotted $75 , and the average spent was $74.89. Thanks to the 14 ALN members and 3 friends that helped make this such a rewarding day.

Click here to view an picture album of the event.

We Did It!

Assistance League® of  Nashville tied with Bridgestone for first place/largest group of registered walkers. Both teams had 52 registered. Centennial Park was awash with blue and white shirts bearing the ALN logo. The annual 5k walk is the fundraiser for Nashville Children's Alliance. As part of ALN's "Hand in Hand" program, we support Nashville Children's Alliance in a number of ways.  A big thank you -  if you walked, registered for the walk or invited a friend -- as you were a part of NCA's most successful walk to date.
 

Introducing Project Underwear

System-wide PENCIL Partner, Assistance League® of Nashville, through its Operation School Bell® program, has supplied Nashville's elementary students in need, with brand new standard school attire for the last six years. Each child referred to Assistance League by school personnel receives two pairs of khaki pants, two polo shirts, six pairs of socks, and a belt. Our goal is for children to look good on the outside and feel good about themselves on the inside, so they come to school with a positive attitude for learning which leads to academic success. This year to date, we have served over 2,400 students. When evaluating our program and assessing the needs, school administrators have expressed that there is also a need for underwear. So on February 6, Assistance League volunteers took steps to help fill that need by implementing a trial program, "Project Underwear." Three teams of Assistance League members personally delivered 3,123 pairs of underwear to stock nine Metro elementary schools' emergency clothes closets. The school administrators and counselors were excited and very appreciative.

 

Betty_DeGraff_Assistance_League_member_with_Chad_S

Betty DeGraff, ALN Member with Chad Sisson, Guidance Counselor, Haywood Elementary

Assistance_League_member_Patti_Hash_with_Charlie_T

ALN member, Patti Hash with Charlie Traylor, Schwab Guidance Counselor

Bonnie_Stuck_Assistance_league_member_with_Marvell

Bonnie Stuck, ALN member with Marvella Hobert and Judy Marsh, Glenn Guidance Counselors

2014 Wine Tasting "An Affair to Remember"

Project Underwear Has Launched

Administrators at Metro Nashville Public Schools have been asking for underwear and Assistance League of Nashville is taking steps to help fill that need by implementing "Project Underwear." Our preliminary research shows that the need is huge, not just for small sizes but for all sizes. Some children may have accidents and others may not have any underwear at all.

On Friday, February 6th, three teams of Assistance League volunteers (Patti Hash & Bonnie Stuck, Karen Dreier & Betty DeGraaf, and Sue Comer & Robin Aguilar) personally delivered 3,123 pairs of underwear to stock 9 metro schools' emergency clothes closets. The school administrators and counselors were so excited and appreciative to receive them. One told us that "this underwear will be used up in no time."

ALN Awarded Grant

Community_Foundation_Logo.jpg

On November 20, 2013 The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee awarded Assistance League® of Nashville a grant in the amount of $3,000. "This grant was selected from among hundreds of applications. It represents our continuing interest in the support of the fine work you do in addressing the needs of our community" stated Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Assistance League is very appreciative of the grant which was made possible from donors Bonnie R. Bashford Fund and Nacarato Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Funds will be used to provide new standard school attire to 100 MNPS elementary students during the 2013 and 2014 school year. 

2013 Golf Classic Success!

2013 Golf Table Piece with Sponsor Names

Assistance League® of Nashville hosted its 2013 Golf Classic on September 23rd at Richland Country Club. Perfect fall weather, 7 major sponsors, 20 hole sponsors, and over 30 member volunteers combined to entertain 100 golfers. ALN thanks our celebrity sponsors Eddie George and Anna Marie of Mix 92.9 for participating in our event. A very special thanks goes to Tournament Director Kim Shallcross who devoted countless hours in organizing the event. Funds raised in this event will be used to clothe Metro Nashville school children through Operation School Bell®

 

Click here to view more photos from the 2013 Golf Classic.

Comments from Program Recipients

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your help with uniforms for our families. I can't believe how fast they arrive to our office, and they are so easy to distribute to the teachers since they are labeled and in bags. What you all do is absolutely priceless. Thank you again!

Cristina Villarreal, Cole Elementary Family Resource Center

I want to thank you on behalf of the students and families of Glenview. When I say some children would be dirty and absentees would be higher if we did not have your help. God bless your contributions, efforts and hard work. We truly appreciate all of you and what you do.

Claudia Russell, Principal, Glenview Elementary

This program was such a great help to us at Cockrill Elementary. Thank you for sponsoring it and please do it again next year!!

Catherine Prentis, Principal, Cockrill Elementary

Such a wonderful program that you provide for our children who need a little extra help with clothing! I am very grateful for this support, and our children are so proud to have new standard school attire clothing. Thank you so much. I continue to be amazed at the community support that our schools receive.

Eileen Wills. Principal, Julia Green Elementary

Thank you so much for providing these school uniforms to our most needy students! It has really made a difference.

Anne Trainor, School Counselor, Haywood Elementary

Warm Smiles from Winter Warm Up

Assistance_League_of_Nashville_Jeannie_Vraciu_Pam_

ALN members Jeannie Vraciu and Pam Wilder with Jerry Williams from CFMT.

Volunteers from Assistance League of Nashville delivered bags of standard school attire to several Pre-K's in the Metro School System on November 19, 2015. The students were given two shirts, two pairs of pants, a long-sleeved t-shirt, underwear, and socks in their personal bags.

 
Hosted and Managed by Highpoint Web Design