Assistance League of Santa Barbara is the 10th of 120 chapters of National Assistance League, the first nonprofit, nonsectarian organization begun in the West to help those less fortunate. Our local story began in 1948 when a group of women joined together to form the Assistance League of Santa Barbara.
Meetings were first held at members’ homes and then at the Montecito Country Club. In 1952, the chapter rented a small house on Anacapa St. where the women sold a variety of goods, from homemade items, clothing and jewelry to furniture and baked goods.
In 1955 the Hunt-Stambach House, built in 1880 by architect P.J. Barber for Col. Charles C. Hunt and later owned by Dr. Henry Stambach, was slated for demolition when members of Assistance League came to its rescue, saving a fine example of early local architecture. Meetings and luncheons were held there for ten years. The chapter moved to its present home in 1965.
The Assistance League of Santa Barbara has approximately 350 members, who volunteered over 50,000 hours last year to support and implement sixteen philanthropic programs. We are an all-volunteer organization with no executive director or paid staff, and the Board of Directors, which is comprised of the officers and committee chairmen, are elected annually. Nationally, 24,000 Assistance League members in 29 states donate over 2,000,000 volunteer hours each year.
The chapter’s auxiliary, Las Aletas (Little Wings), was formed in 1964 for the daughters and daughters-in-law of members, but soon opened the membership to all interested women. Members volunteer their time and talent to three philanthopic programs. Operation School Bell-Goleta serves students in the Goleta Union School District, the Kids on the Block puppet shows entertain and educate children, and Operation Book Shelf provides home bound individuals with reading and audio material. The members assist with Assistance League philanthropic programs and Assistance League Thrift Shop staffing.
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. Our chapter formed an Assisteens auxiliary in January, 2006, and the group’s enthusiastic boys and girls developed their own philanthropic and fundraising programs, as well as offering support to the chapter. Membership provides an opportunity for teens to complete community service hours required for graduation and the skills and experience they acquire reflect favorably on their college applications.
Now in 2017, the auxiliary has approx. 50 members
Assisteens Co-Chairmen, Maya McClure & Olivia Gordon
The Ukulele LuLus of Assistance League of Santa Barbara have been playing and singing together since 2003. Originally the LuLus were a small group of members interested in learning how to play the ukulele, sing and have fun! Over the years the group has grown to over thirty members, performing as a community outreach program for Assistance League of Santa Barbara, bringing the joy of music to many local groups who benefit from their enthusiasm and opportunity to sing along.
Our shop is the primary source of funding for Assistance League of Santa Barbara's philanthropies. A wide variety of quality goods are for sale, including clothing, books, toys and household goods. Assistance League of Santa Barbara returns over 90% of its funds to our local community through our philanthropic programs.
Our shop is staffed entirely by volunteers! Over 35 members are working every day we are open to receive, clean, organize and price every item that is donated. Our goal is to provide our customers the very best we can offer.
All items in the thrift shop are donated by members, local merchants and the public of our wonderful community. They are tax-deductible and gratefully accepted during store hours. Come visit the Assistance League Thrift Shop. You may be surprised at what you will find!
1259 Veronica Springs Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 687-9717Shop Hours:Monday & Wednesday10:00 am to 3:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pmPhone: 805-687-9717We close on some holidays and other special days. Call the shop occasionally to check out hours.
Vision Statement: Improve lives of residents in Santa Barbara County by providing financial, educational, and social support to children and adults in need.
Mission Statement: Assistance league of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization that develops and implements programs to benefit children and adults in Santa Barbara County.
A Chapter of National Assistance League®