Assistance League® of Diablo Valley enjoys a forty five-year-history in the Contra Costa community. Operation School Bell®, one of its eight philanthropic programs nationally acclaimed for outfitting elementary schoolchildren for an optimal school experience, has made a profound impact since 1994. In 2005, Assistance League of Diablo Valley appealed to our local corporate community to help shoulder this financial responsibility and appropriately named it Corporate Partners Committee. Wells Fargo, whose history spans one and one-half centuries and continues to shape history in our community as well as the world marketplace, answered the challenge with both financial and hands-on commitments. In a nine month window, Wells Fargo employee volunteers have participated in three activities, all of which benefit those in our community who are vulnerable.
The most recent occurred on Friday, September 14, a significant day for the students at Meadow Homes Elementary School, which is located in the Monument Corridor of Concord. Representing nineteen cultures,
the school community offers its children a safe place where they enjoy the love of learning by building a strong academic foundation, nurturing feelings of self-esteem, enjoying family involvement, and fostering respect for one’s self and for others. In one hour’s time, Wells Fargo employee volunteers, led by team leader Sheri Colvin, fitted one hundred students for a warm jacket, one sweatshirt, 3 polo shirts, 2 pairs of pants (1 pair of pants
and 1 skort for girls upon request), 6 pairs of sox, 6 pairs of underwear, and one Payless shoe card.
As important, Wells Fargo employee volunteers, in
partnership with Assistance League of Diablo Valley, provided something that would outlast clothes destined to wear out, be outgrown or handed down. They provided role models that broke through barriers. These role models conveyed the message to eager life-long learners, “Together, we will go far”…and…”we will all be here in the future.” On September 14, indeed a significant day for the Meadow Homes School community, a contribution became an investment in our community’s most valued asset, our
children. This investment promises merely not to double, but to compound. To learn more about Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Corporate Partnerships,visit our website: diablovalley.assistanceleague.org