Operation Literacy’s goal is to encourage and assist children as they embark on the path of reading; our membership works in various ways to help students achieve this goal. Members volunteer with the Better Basic program in schools and tutor weekly at Shades Cahaba Elementary School in Homewood to support the English Learner teacher. The Book Nook at the Shops of Assistance League provides donated books to customers as an inexpensive avenue to acquire valuable reading material.

Assistance League Named 2013 National Make A Difference Day Award Honoree

Assistance League has been named a 2013 National Make A Difference Day Award Honoree in recognition of its member volunteers collecting 113,101 books in a nationwide 94-chapter drive. The Assistance League project was selected from thousands of efforts that took place on Make A Difference Day 2012, the nation’s largest single day of volunteering sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light and supported by Newman’s Own.

Locally, Assistance League of Birmingham participated in the National Children’s Book Drive by collecting over 1,000 books for donation to Southhampton Elementary School, Jesse’s Place, Salvation Army, First Light, Shades Mountain Elementary School, Glen Iris Elementary School and Assistance League’s Operation School Bell. Together, with 93 other chapters of Assistance League, these local efforts led to selecting Assistance League as one of ten national honorees. 

More than 21,500 Assistance League member and community volunteers were inspired to participate in this event, with the project focused on children’s literacy since reading is a critical element in every youngster’s development. Locally, Assistance League of Birmingham members, Shades Crest Elementary School students, Coventry Neighborhood Association and Shades Cahaba Elementary School teachers contributed time and books to make this event a success. “By providing books to those in need, Assistance League continues to make a difference in our community,” said Jan Service, President of Assistance League of Birmingham.

Assistance League was recognized at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., in late April at which time it received a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own and was spotlighted in the April 19-21 issue of USA WEEKEND Magazine. In presenting the award, CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes pointed out, “In just one day, Assistance League put the gift of a new, magical world into some of America’s smallest hands.”

More information about Assistance League’s Make a Difference Day success may be found at www.AssistanceLeague.org.