Rainy weather and the resulting snarled traffic earlier this year did not deter Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, District IV, and Staff Assistant Laura Case from helping Assistance League® of Diablo Valley member volunteers bag clothes for Operation School Bell®, a nationally acclaimed program that provides clothing and shoes for elementary school
unincorporated Contra Costa Centre. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to, fire protection, library
services, animal control, health services, sheriff protection, and land use. In her spare time, Supervisor Mitchoff serves as one of eight Chapter Advisors to Assistance League of Diablo Valley. Assistance League of Diablo Valley benefits greatly from their generous gift of time and experience and are able to put it to good use to better serve those in the community who are in need and at risk.
After a brief introduction by Linda Mercer, Assistance League of Diablo Valley President, and Susan Angle, Grants Committee/Corporate Partners Committee Liaison, Operation School Bell Team Leader Lesley Salo demonstrated the bagging procedure. Working side-by-side with Operation School Bell member volunteers, it was down to business bagging such previously sized items as a warm jacket, one sweatshirt, three polo shirts, two pairs of
pants (one pair of pants and one skort for girls upon request), six pairs of sox and underwear, and one Payless shoe card. (Many of the recipient schools require uniforms.) In less than two hours, Operation School Bell Chairman Liz Haag counted 137 filled bags, which would
soon be delivered to eager and appreciative elementary school children. When Assistance League of Diablo Valley
partners with public officials and stewards, children thrive and the entire community benefits.
To learn more about Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Corporate Partnerships, Operation School Bell, and the chapter’s primary fundraiser, the Way Side Inn Thrift Shop in Lafayette, please visit the chapter website: diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.