Assistance League® of Diablo Valley is a nonprofit, member volunteer organization dedicated to improving lives in our community through hands-on programs. Established in 1967, its two auxiliaries and eight philanthropic programs have put “Caring and Commitment into Action” by reaching out to people of all age groups in the Contra Costa community who are at risk or in need. The chapter’s primary fundraiser, Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, is located in Lafayette. Other funding sources come from its Corporate Partners Program, which enlists hands-on and financial help from the business and corporate communities.
Corporate Partners Committee Chairman Joan Siltanen has recently reported that since 2006, 20 companies, as well as
various community and elected officials, have participated. Many of these have returned year after year. As a result, the Corporate Partners Program has benefited from the efforts of 400 employee volunteers who have amassed 1200 service hours and have donated $95,500 in grants and donations. They include (in no particular order): Macerich – Broadway Plaza, Target, Starbuck’s, Shell Oil, Humana, Fehr and Peers, Office Max, Chevron, Wells Fargo, Kohl’s, AAA, PMI, Golden Eagle Insurance, Safeco Insurance, Chubb Insurance, California State Employee Insurance, Administaff, Dow Chemical, Nordstrom, and United Way. Supervisor Susan Bonilla and her staff, a
reporter from the Contra Costa Times, Supervisor Karen Michoff, Sheriff Rupf and deputies, and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Trustees have also been involved.
Due to a challenging economy and a growing client base, Assistance League of Diablo Valley is seeking additional businesses and corporations to add to its list of corporate
partners. While employee volunteers have helped primarily with Operation School Bell®, thrift shop opportunities and
food box assembly provide additional hands-on activities.
With minimal overheads and only one paid staff member, Assistance League of Diablo Valley takes pride in the fact that it was able to return 73% of its revenue to the community in 2011-2012. With your help, we hope to match, if not better, that amount. To learn more about the Corporate Partners Program, please visit the website: diablovalley.assistanceleague.org, or phone 925-934-0901 and ask for Joan Siltanen, Corporate Partners Committee Chairman.