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Helios Education Foundation Awards $10K to Assistance League® of Phoenix
By Lindsay Hansen - Wednesday Jun 28, 2023
The Assistance League® of Phoenix (ALP) was recently awarded $10,000 from the Helios Education Foundation to support Operation School Bell, a program bringing care packages of new clothes and essential items to low-income students in the Greater Phoenix Area.

“We appreciate the support we received from the Helios Education Fund,” said Aimee Runyon, CEO of Assistance League of Phoenix. “Thanks to their dedication to enriching the lives of students in Arizona, programs like Operation School Bell are able to continue being a source of relief for families facing economic challenges such as inflation.”

The program, which aims to fulfill basic needs, foster self-esteem, and make sure every single student can enter the classroom ready to learn, brings wardrobe packages to low-income and underserved students who may not have access to appropriately fitting clothing otherwise.

Assistance League of Phoenix partners with more than 130 Title I schools in the Greater Phoenix Area, with each school selecting up to 100 children to receive wardrobe packages. To make the program more accessible for families without reliable access to transportation, ALP utilizes 40ft retrofitted buses called Delivering Dreams Buses that bring the essentials directly to schools. The buses are filled with racks of clothing and shoes, along with private dressing rooms. Volunteers help each child select clothing and ensure that clothes and shoes fit properly. Each student receives a bundle of items valued at approximately $300 and includes two bottoms, three tops, seven pair of socks, seven underwear, a sweatshirt, a pair of shoes, a new book, a tote bag and a personalized health kit full of hygiene items.

The Helios Education Foundation was created in 2004 and works to create opportunities for success for students in Arizona and Florida.

About Assistance League of Phoenix:
Assistance League of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been serving the Phoenix area for 62 years. The organization has 125 members and 1500 community/corporate volunteers and is affiliated with National Assistance League with 120 chapters nationwide. Last year, Assistance League of Phoenix raised over $@M and volunteers gave over 27,000 hours to serve over 47,040 children in the greater Phoenix community. For more information on Assistance League of Phoenix visit